Thursday, 9 October 2014

Disney on Ice: Festive Fun

It's a family tradition to attend a show during Christmas time. 

I love the feeling of taking a seat in a warm theatre 
to watch a festive feelgood show,  
while outside it's all cold and raining. 

And what would be more festive and feelgood 
than a whole bunch of beloved Disney characters  
ice skating in bedazzling costumes?

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Disney on Ice celebrates 100 years of magic 
and brings a spectacular skating show in the UK. 

The show, that kicked off in Glasgow on the 26th September,  
will tour the country before its grand finale in London 
at the O2 Arena during the Christmas holidays. 

The show includes acts from classic characters 
like Mickey, Minnie, Pinocchio, the Disney Princesses,  
and from more contemporary characters 
like the adorale cast of Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles.

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The more than 60 Disney characters,  
dressed in fantastic costumes,  
will be executing breathtaking skating figures 
along some of the most memorable Disney scores.  

With choreographies by an Emmy Award winner 
and a set designed by a team 
who have worked on numerous Broadway productions, 
this is family entertainment at its best.

In a nutshell: spectacularly festive fun for all the family.

Disney on Ice tickets from £22,25.
London dates: 24th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th December, 3rd, 4th January. 
Other UK dates and info here.

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Monday, 6 October 2014

The Paddington Trail: Fifty Bears, One City

From the 4th of November till the end of December,  
everyone in London will be going on a bear hunt... spot the cutest Peruvian bears 
in what's called the Paddington Trail.  

Fifty amazing Paddington bear statues 
will be placed across different parts of the city  
and next to London's most famous landmarks,  
to celebrate the arrival of the Paddington movie 
in cinemas on the 28th of November. 

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The bear statues have been designed 
by international renowned actors, 
athletes, artists, designers and celebrities. 

To name a few:
Nicole Kidman, Ben Whishaw, Emma Watson, 
Guy Ritchie, the Chelsea football team, David Beckham,   
and the city's own mayor, Boris Johnson 
{I can't wait to see that one}

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What's more important is that the bears 
will be auctioned to raise money for charities, 
like the NSPCC whose work is all about protecting vulnerable children.

Last but not least, Visit London, 
the official promotional organisation for London, 
is hosting a competition
where the lucky winners will win return trips to London, 
a stay in a 4* London hotel, 
£100 to spend in the Paddington shop and much more. 

Check out the map of the Paddington trail, watch the trail video, and find out more about The Paddington movie here.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

How Child-Friendly is London?

How easy is it to raise little people 
in one of the world's most famous capitals? 

Let's map the pros and cons of London life with kids 
to see how child-friendly this city really is. 

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London, said to be the world's museums capital, is the place to dip little toes in culture and to broaden horizons. Most London museums have free entry and amazing facilities for the little ones. Our favourites are the Science Museum, the Natural History and the Tate Modern

Buses have limited space for buggies, and the tube, apart from being crowded most of the times, has no step-free access {few are the stations with a lift}. So, since I wouldn't recommend trying to navigate a buggy in a packed train, the best way to get around London is to walk, unless it's raining, but that's another story.

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Occupying a high place on the list with the world's greenest cities, London is a haven for outdoor fun. With eight Royal Parks {our favourite is Richmond Park} and plenty of greens and local parks, most of them equipped with state of the art playgrounds, this is children's heaven. A must-visit playground is the Diana Playground in Kensington Gardens.

With the average price of houses rising higher year by year, London is one of the world's most expensive capitals when it comes to buying or renting a house. Lots of families, struggling to pay extortionate prices, move further out, while buying a flat in the capital is a distant dream for most of the people, especially those who have children. I calculated that, adding a member to our family, would set us back £500 pounds per month in terms of finding a bigger house. Eek!

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Most, if not all, of London's councils have in place a network of family friendly facilities like Children's Centres and Kids' Clubs. There you can meet other families, join playgroups, get support and even attend courses {a crรจche is provided}.

Returning to work is not an easy option for mothers; more so if they have to face the cost of childcare in London. With an average price of £320 pounds per week for a full time place, it's likely that one whole salary will be used to pay for childcare. And for families with more than one child, going back to work is simply not an option.

Read more about London's Museums and Parks, and explore more child-friendly activites in London.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

A Super{dry} Fashion Night Out

For one night, 
London's most iconic shopping streets, 
Oxford and Regent Street, 
get transformed into a fashion catwalk. 

It's Fashion's Night Out, 
a special occasion for everyone to celebrate fashion 
and enjoy cocktails and exclusive shopping 
at some of the capital's most stylish boutiques. 

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Having received an invitation to Syperdry's FNO event 
at its flagship store in Regent Street, 
I set out to discover more about this British fashion label 
{no, it's not Japanese, just the graphics}. 

After receiving helpful styling advice 
by the very stylish Lilah Parsons 
and enjoying an acoustic set by the Fireflies, 
it was high time for some browsing.

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I knew Superdry from its signature casual streetwear 
{my younger brother is a fan}. 

What I didn't know was that Superdry 
was also the place to find superbly well tailored coats,  
pretty sequin dresses and stylish footwear.  

I was impressed by the brand's Premium label: 
the fabrics are of the highest quality, 
the tailoring is absolutely perfect 
{never seen so many stitched details} 
and the designs are fresh and classic at the same time. 

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My favourite picks from the Superdry AW14 collection 
would be this woollen city mac in a very chic deep navy colour 
{I'll be wearing it all winter long}, 
the sequin top and dress, 
and the gorgeous faux leather ankle boots.

In a nutshell: British design & tailoring at its best.

Shop the style: Coat £249.99, Boots £89.99, Top £64.99, Dress £69.99
Superdry flagship store, 103-113 Regent Street.

Disclosure: I was gifted an item from the AW14 collection.
All opinions & wording my own.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Brilliant Gifts: Illuminated Canvas

You know that feeling when your adorable child 
wakes up at 03:00 am demanding that you turn on the light 
to scare away the monster hiding behind the curtain?

Well, this has been happening a lot lately 
in A Mum in London's casa, 
where daunted by the prospect of yet another broken sleep
we decided it was high time for a radical solution.

A nightlight.

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This is exactly what prompted two parents 
to set up Illuminated Canvas
a company that creates the most amazing wall art:  

A canvas with incorporated LED lights 
that brightens up the walls and gives warmth to the room. 

Plus, the canvas doubles up as a very stylish nightlight. 
Win-win all around.

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Their children ranges feature canvases with adorable illustrations 
that can be personalised with the child's name,  
as well as the elegant Alphabet range, 
where you get to choose from a variety of letterings and colours. 

It really makes an ideal present 
for christenings, baby showers and birthdays. 

The handmade canvas is of high quality 
and the colourful illustrations 
are a welcome touch in your child's room 
{read: the Toddler welcomed his with enthusiastic clapping}. 

There is also a home range 
{I love this happy yellow one, perfect for a kitchen}, 
a wedding and a Christmas range. 

And they can also create canvasses 
from your favourite photos or your child's artwork. 

After all this, it really comes as no surprise 
that Illuminated Canvas has been voted Gift of the Year 
and has won many awards. 

In a nutshell: a brilliantly unique gift!

View all the ranges at Illuminated Canvas.
Prices from £34.95, choose from two sizes.

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