Thursday, 8 October 2015

Afternoon Tea for Children in London

This is the best restaurant ever,  
exclaimed an enthusiastic Kid 
before taking another bite of his chicken sandwich. 

You see, we had been invited to sample 
a mini afternoon tea specially created for the little ones 
at the Reform Social & Grill restaurant
of the Mandeville hotel in Marylebone. 

A short walk from Oxford Street's hustle and bustle,
the Reform Social & Grill is ideal
if you want to take a break from shopping and sightseeing
and enjoy a nice afternoon tea with the little ones.

The afternoon tea for children
is fairly priced at £12.50
and comes in its own lunchbox.

It comprises of savoury sandwiches
{fish finger, peanut butter and BBQ chicken}
and of an array of beautifully presented sweets;
chocolate marshmallow lollipop,
chocolate chip scone, gingerbread man, jelly & custard pot,
and a milkshake to wash all this down.

And while the kiddos enjoy this sugar high,
it's only fair for grown ups to kick back and enjoy
a Vintage or a Gentleman's Afternoon Tea.

I opted for the Vintage one,
which is inspired by the 40s and 50s.

It's served with a champagne Bellini
and comprises of  classic savoury sandwiches
{top points for the coronation chicken}
and a vintage choice of sweet treats,
like a Somerset cider apple cake
and classic Battenberg.

The Reform Social & Grill atmosphere is formal yet relaxing,
with comfy leather booths
and vintage posters on the walls.

All in all, it's a great way to introduce the kids
to this exceptionally British tradition
and treat them to a nice afternoon in central London.

In a nutshell: an affordable child-friendly afternoon tea
in the centre of London that will make your little ones very happy.

Mini Afternoon Tea £12.95 and Vintage Tea from £26.50 at the Reform Social & GrillMandeville Place, London W1U 2BE
Nearest Tube station: Bond Street

Disclosure: Complimentary meal. 
All views & wording my own. 

Monday, 5 October 2015

Baby's Personalised Wall Art

 I have a penchant for personalised gifts; 
some of my most treasured possessions
are those personal ones that bear initials, names and dates. 

I just love that every time I look at them 
I am reminded of the event they mark 
and of the person who gave them to me.

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Since Baby P's birth, I have been looking 
for a special gift to mark his arrival, 
until I stumbled upon these lovely prints by Charlotte Axworthy 
from I Just Love It, an online boutique specialising in personalised gifts.

Fully personalised with the child's name and signed by the artist, 
the prints look great both in the nursery or the living room 
 {I am even thinking of getting one made for Mr K and me}.  

The artwork is quirky and the illustrations pretty original. 
The print comes framed or unframed 
with a white or coloured mount. 

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I Just Love It has a wide array of unique personalised presents, 
both for children and adults, 
that are great for birthdays and other special occasions.

Some of my favourites are this personalised bunting
the 'healthy eating habits' placemat 
and the adorable handmade cushion with the child's name.

Plus, with its competitive prices, 
something tells me Father Christmas 
will be doing his a lot of his shopping there this year!

In a nutshell: a perfectly original gift 
for christenings, new arrivals and first birthdays.

Personalised Framed Print, £29.99, available from I Just Love It

Disclosure: Gifted samples. 
All views and words my own. 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Pizza in the City

Tucked inside London's banking district  
one can find the capital's freshest, tastiest 
and, most importantly, fully customisable pizza. 

At Pizza Buzz, the concept is simple yet tasty: 
you choose your base {they even offer gluten free ones}, 
and pick toppings from a variety of high quality ingredients 
like prosciutto, salmon, kale, portobello mushrooms, burrata cheese. 

Then, your creation gets into the woodfire oven for 90 seconds, 
and is served piping hot before you even had time to seat!

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We went to Pizza Buzz on a Sunday 
and were all very impressed. 

Firstly, Pizza Buzz is very child friendly: 
kids get to create their pizza as they like it 
and take a goodie bag with exciting bits and bobs 
that will keep them busy while parents eat. 

Secondly, the decor is positively fresh with nice details 
that you won't see in your average pizza joint.

Lastly, the pizza: it's heavenly. 
By using their own exclusive flour blend that eases digestion 
and the tastiest topping ingredients 
at Pizza Buzz they take the pizza making to another level. 

We all made our own pizzas: 
the kid and I picked the foccacia base 
and garnished it with chicken, mushrooms and broccoli, 
while Mr K chose a bianca base with pancetta and portobello mushrooms.

All the pizzas were light, full of taste and cooked to perfection. 
A creamy burrata with rocket was the perfect accompaniment, 
and the Mamoo honey-flavoured ice cream a welcome finishing touch. 

Pizza Buzz also caters for people with intolerances: 
they offer a gluten free base and an almond milk ice cream 
for people with lactose intolerance. 

Plus, it's reasonably priced too, 
making it ideal for a family lunch out. 

In a nutshell: London's 'make your own pizza' heaven. 

Pizza Buzz2b Worship Street, EC2A 2AH, a five-minute walk from the brilliant Museum of London, the Barbican Centre & Shoreditch
Pizza from £6.75, kids' menu £5.50 (pizza and ice cream)

Complimentary meal.
All views and wording my own.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Happy Readers: Tips for Great Storytelling

We love reading at a Mum in London's casa. 

The kid's bedroom is filled with books 
and every night at bedtime, after we read him a story, 
 he will go to bed holding his favourite books.

The main reason children enjoy reading 
is because they feel it's an adventure they can go on at any time 
and they become friends with the characters in their books, 
according to a survey released to mark the partnership 
between the National Literacy Trust, McDonald's, 
Penguin Random House and Roald Dahl Literary Estate. 

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If you want to make reading to your children more fun for everyone, 
why not try some of the following tips? 

1. Use funny voices to bring characters to life 
2. Include surprising noises and sound effects keep children interested
3. Stop at exciting moments to ask your child to guess what happens next 
4. Make reading with your child a special time for both of you 
5. Use facial expressions to engage them and make them laugh 

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Acknowledging the importance of books and reading, 
McDonald's partnered with the National Literacy Trust, 
Penguin Random House and Roald Dahl Literary Estate 
to distribute 14 million books via their Happy Meals, 
making Roald Dahl's extraordinary world accessible to millions of children. 

The eight specially created books contain extracts 
from Dahl's most famous books along with activities, 
and a free specially designed app 
with voice-activated features to bring the stories to life.  

For more info about Roald Dahl, visit
Download the fully compatible with iOS and Android devices app by visiting the App store and searching for Happy Studio

Thursday, 10 September 2015

An Appleyard Plant

Some days, life with a new baby can be hard:
the sleepless nights, the constant feeding,
the no time for anything else.

So, there is no better surprise than answering the door 
and being greeted by flowers 
{luckily, Mr K has this down to an art}. 

And while a beautiful bouquet can make my day,
a potted plant can make my week: 
you see, I love having live plants in my house
and watching them growing and blooming.

 So, when London's luxury florists, Appleyard London
asked me to review their potted plants, 
the tough bit was choosing one. 

Appleyard London are well known 
for their stunning bouquet delivery services,
which I reviewed a while ago;  
and I must say that their plant range does not disappoint.

Roses, lilies, orchids and hydrangeas 
presented in cute little pots 
can brighten up the day and transform a room.

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As an orchid fan, I chose the Dendrobium Orchid, 
which arrived in a perfect state thanks to the protective packaging.

The orchid came in full bloom in an adorable tin pot,
with a guarantee to flower for at least 3 weeks.

The prices are very reasonable too, 
with plants starting at £14.99,
which makes them perfect as a gift. 

What's more, Appleyard London offers 
all 'A Mum in London' readers 
33%* off their stunning luxury bouquet collection 
so you can treat yourself or send flowers to your loved ones. 

In a nutshell: the perfect way 
to make someone feel very special. 

Dendrobium Orchid in tin pot, £26.
Use code BLOG33 for a discount of 33% off  all Appleyard's range of luxury bouquets and have flowers delivered.

*Offer excludes plants & the flowers by post range.

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