Thursday, 21 May 2015

A Good Spring Clean

I love coming home to a clean house
and I even enjoy the de-stressing properties
of doing some household chores,
like cleaning the windows {wax on, wax off}.

But I'll admit there's something even more enjoyable:
having specialists, once in a while, to tackle the hard stuff
and banish dirt from places you can't reach or can't even see.

In other words, having a good spring clean.

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a London company offering a range of homecare services, 
which I was recently invited to review. 

With them, one can book a one-off spring cleaning, 
by paying a straightforward hourly rate 
without the hassle of contracts. 

When booking the service, 
I was asked if there were any specific areas that needed extra attention  
and received advice based on my specific needs;
we then agreed on a detailed checklist of tasks,  
on the number of cleaners and on the hours the cleaning would take. 

On the day, the cleaning team arrived on time 
and started immediately ticking off the boxes of the checklist.  
By having two persons over a 3 hour period, 
our 2 bedroom house was sparkling clean in no time. 

I was impressed by the effectiveness & speed of the service 
and will certainly be using Fantastic Services again in the future. 

The hourly rate per person for the one-off clean is approximately £15 
and it is totally worth it every once in a while, 
as this service guarantees a super clean and germ-free house.

In a nutshell: professional and effective 
London cleaning service.

Fantastic Services one-off cleaning, from £14.50 per hour. 
Fantastic Services are available in London, Bristol, Oxford and Manchester.

Disclosure: I was invited to review this service. 
Words & opinions my own.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Eating out in Central London: Inn the Park

Nestled in the lush vegetation of St James's Park
away from the hustle and bustle of central London, 
one can find a refreshingly cool & delicious foodie spot.  

Inn the Park restaurant, despite its fairly royal location, 
is an unpretentious all day restaurant with a clear focus 
on quality seasonal dishes made from the finest local produce.

We were recently invited to try out the new summer menu 
and we can safely report "It was yummy"!

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The vegetarian sweet potato and lentil burger was delicious,  
the mustard and honey roasted chicken was juicy and aromatic, 
and the banana split and Eton Mess were simply heavenly. 

The menu is predominantly English with a healthy twist, 
making it ideal for a light lunch or dinner in the heart of London.

Inn the Park is an all day destination.
You can have a hearty breakfast, an al fresco lunch or dinner,
and sip cocktails while enjoying superb views of London's landmarks.

They also offer a kids' menu with children's favourites 
like barbecue chicken and ribs with salad or mash 
and a choice of handmade ice creams for pudding.

Tip: if you are looking for a hearty pancake breakfast
before embarking on a London sightseeing tour,
Inn the Park is definitely the place to go.

In a nutshell: good, healthy food & stunning setting
in London's very heart. 

Inn the Park, inside St James's Park, open daily from 08:00 to 23:00.
Nearest Tube stations are St James's Park & Westminster.

Disclosure: We were invited to taste Inn the Park's lunch menu & breakfast, 
views & wording our own.

Friday, 15 May 2015

TimeQuake at Hampton Court Palace

This year, the magnificent & very child-friendly 
Hampton Court Palace celebrates 500 years 
and is inviting families for a unique adventure 
over the May half-term.

Think of a trip back in time 
through the stories of Hampton Court Palace's 500 year history 
with an exciting quest full of games & activities.

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Created by award-winning author Damien Dibben, 
the TimeQuake mission will send visitors 
on a whistle-stop tour to meet characters from the past, 
{from Kings and Queens to servants}, 
to play games and to make extraordinary discoveries.

For the first time, visitors will explore parts of the palace 
where the public are normally forbidden to go, 
through secret passages, down concealed staircases 
and behind closed doors {sounds exciting}!

TimeQuake is aimed at children aged 7-14 and is free, 
included in the admission ticket. 
Only for May half-term, 23-31 May.

In a nutshell: what could be more exciting 
than exploring a 500 year-old palace?

Adults from £18.20, under 5s go free, family tickets available.
For more info about visiting Hampton Court Palace, click here.
For more information about family events at Hampton Court Palace, click here.

*photo courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Polo in the Park 2015: a child-friendly summer event

Smartly dressed people watching a noble equestrian sport
while drinking champagne?

One would be excused for thinking
that children are not exactly welcome at a polo event, 
but guess what? 

which takes place at Fulham's Hurlingham Park  
on the 5th, 6th and 7th of June 2015, 
is one of London's most child-friendly events this summer.

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The organisers, whose aim was to bring polo to the city,
take one step further by creating a fun-filled experience for families.

Having teamed up with child entertainment gurus, Sharky & George,
and soft play specialists, Eddie Catz,
the 'Little Hooves Kids Club' promises
to transform this exclusive adults-only event
into a super child-friendly day out.

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The team has planned an exciting array of activities for children of all ages:
there will be face painting, bouncy castles, dressing up boxes,
creative workshops and fun races to keep the little ones entertained
while parents relax and enjoy complimentary fizz.

Most family-friendly days
are Friday afternoon and Sunday all day
when children will even invade the pitch
to play polo with space hoppers
{heaps of fun guaranteed there}.

Plus, one for all 'A Mum in London' readers:
use the discount code 'POLOSOCIAL'
and get £5 off Friday and Sunday tickets!

Chestertons Polo in the Park, Hurlingham Park, Fulham SW6
Nearest Tube station: Putney Bridge (5 minutes walk)
Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children over 5) from £70, children under 5 go free

*all images courtesy of Chestertons Polo in the Park

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Summer Ready: the Kids' Edition

Summer is nearly here and the joyful season 
of weddings & christenings is about to begin. 

And since one should never need an excuse 
for shopping pretty children's occasion wear, 
may I introduce you to a newly discovered online fashion shop 
selling beautiful designer clothes for babies, children & teens. 

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1. £50 - 2. £93 - 3. £13.50 - 4. £40

Base Fashion is the place to go if you are looking 
for quality, timeless designer clothes for children 
to suit every occasion. 

The selection of clothes they offer is brilliant,  
as you can combine different styles, designers and price tags 
to create a unique outfit. 

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1. £22 - 2. £119 - 3. £43 - 4. £52
Hosting a multitude of well-known as well as up-and-coming brands, 
you are sure to find the perfect designer outfit for your child 
without breaking the bank. 

Browsing through the site, 
 I fell in love with the gorgeous dresses from French label Derhy Kids
Spanish Mayoral's floral prints, 
nautical-chic baby pieces from Armani Junior
and solid British style from brands like Barbour & Hunter

Base Fashion offers free delivery on all UK orders  
and has two London stores 
{one in Westfield Stratford and one in Westfield White City}. 

In a nutshell: kids' clothing shopping made easy and stylish.

Baby Boys: 1. Ralph Lauren Striped Shortall £50, 2. Armani Junior Suede Pram Shoes £93
Baby Girls: 3. Mayoral Pram Shoes £13.50 , 4. Gant Jersey Dress £40

Girls: 1. Mayoral Top £22, 2. Monnalisa Butterfly Print Skirt £119
Boys: 3. Levi's Summer Shirt £43, 4. Tommy Hilfiger Chino Shorts £52

All from
Free UK Delivery, Free Delivery in Europe on orders over £70

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