Tuesday, 30 June 2015

London Fun: Summer Streets 2015

This July, Londoners' favourite shopping destination 
is once again banning red buses, cars and black cabs 
to transform itself into an urban haven 
with loads of activities and events for kids & families. 

It's the fourth edition of Summer Streets in Regent Street, 
taking place on each Sunday in July. 

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Each Sunday features a different theme 
with lots of activities & surprises:

On Sunday 5 July, Regent Street will get transformed into an idyllic garden 
with summer lawns and a sustainable bee & butterfly zone. 

On Sunday 12 July, the theme is Health & Fitness, 
and visitors will be able to practise their rugby skills 
and cheer on the 10K runners. 

On Sunday 19 July, Regent Street will celebrate Fashion; 
premium brands will be showcasing their unique designs 
on a 50m catwalk. 

And, finally, on Sunday 26 July is Arts & Culture Day, 
with live art installations from London’s leading artists 
and displays of fashion collections and artworks. 

There will also be exciting giveaways, live entertainment, 
special offers from Regent Street's retailers, 
celebrations for Liberty's 140th anniversary 
and 20-minute complimentary treatments at Hotel Café Royal’s Akasha Spa! 

In a nutshell: perfect family outing 
for lots of London fun {and some shopping}! 

Summer Streets 2015 on Regent Street, every Sunday in July 
For more info, please click here

Monday, 22 June 2015

London Window Displays, Spring/Summer '15

Spring is that time of the year 
when London's grands magasins fill their window displays 
with the most imaginative themes & vibrant colours. 

Here's a little pick of the best 
Spring/Summer 2015 window displays.

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#HarrodsFlowers at Harrods, Knightsbridge

The theme: This spring, Harrods decided 
to turn the leafless Brompton Road into a botanical garden, 
by adorning their windows with sublime oversized paper flowers. 

At a glance: The windows display iconic flower fragrances, 
with some brands creating bespoke perfumes for the occasion. 

Favourite bit: the divine smell 
which accompanies the floral displays.

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#Sensorium at Fortnums, Piccadilly 

The theme: 'A feast for the senses', 
Fortnum's Sensorium window displays 
will have more than one drooling over them. 

At a glance: Mountains of Turkish delight wrapped in silk scarfs, 
red chili peppers next to designers' lipsticks, 
iconic perfumes balancing on loose Earl Grey tea...

Favourite bit: The window full of diamonds scattered on cheese heads;  
a board informs us that Parmesan 
shares the same crystal structure as diamonds. 

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#SelfridgesXWorkIt at Selfridges, Oxford Street

The theme: Selfridges Says Work It campaign 
explores the evolution of our work-life balance  
through its windows and a series of events. 

At a glance: Giant fortune cookies carrying philosophical messages, 
oversized puppet hands holding bulbs and a clever message, 
and a dress/work of art by Gareth Pugh (pictured above).  

Favourite bit: A still life painting window created by Hermè
with a miniature Japanese garden and a divine carré de soie.

See more photos on A Mum in London's 
Pinterest board London Spring Window Displays 

Harrods, nearest tube station: Knightsbridge
Fortnum & Mason nearest tube station: Green Park & Piccadilly Circus
Selfridges nearest tube station: Oxford Circus & Bond Street 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Babynomics: Budgeting on Maternity Leave

Babies may be teeny tiny, but they sure come with a heavy load of stuff: 
from sterilising equipment to baby bouncers and buggies to car seats, 
baby's paraphernalia can be bulky and very costly. 

In a recent report, the Centre of Economic and Business Research  
estimates that the cost of raising a child to age 21
has risen above £225.000. 

This means that parents must plan carefully their finances,  
especially during those first months of maternity/paternity leave 
when the family's income gets stretched. 

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Smart Buys 
Try not to buy in advance 
everything you see on those "Baby Must-Have" lists; 
most of these items are unnecessary and will clutter your home. 
In fact, babies need only a few things 
during the first months of their life. 

Babies outgrow their clothes fast and there's no need 
to invest in designer rompers that Baby will wear once or twice.
Hand-me-downs from friends 
and second-hand equipment like bouncy chairs and toys 
from charity shops are they way to go. 

Bulk Deals 
Nappies, wipes, formula milk, baby toiletries: 
all these can cost a small fortune in the long run. 
Luckily, all big supermarkets hold 'Baby Events' regularly, 
where they offer discounts and deals on most baby products, 
while large retailers, like Amazon, offer discounted prices on nappies and wipes.
Advice: once you spot a deal, buy in bulk. 

Planning for the Future
That tiny little baby won't be tiny for long. 
Planning for their future and protecting them
is a matter to be considered when you start a family. 
By putting a small amount of money on the side each month for their studies
or by getting a life insurance which can start from just £6 per month, 
you make sure your loved ones' future is protected. 

Helping Hands 
During the first month, life with a newborn can be tough. 
Do not be afraid to ask your relatives to help out: 
by cooking a meal, doing the ironing or babysitting 
you save money and feel supported. 

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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Welcome, Baby

Exciting things have been going on for a while 
at a Mum in London's casa. 

After nine months of sweet anticipation, 
our little family of three 
welcomed its newest addition. 

Baby P, born on the 2nd of June 
at Chelsea & Westminster hospital. 

Big brother is very proud of his new upgraded role, 
Baby is very cute and quiet, 
and both parents are over the moon 
and a bit sleep deprived {no surprises there}. 

All so very happy and grateful 
to have this sweet baby joining the crew!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Going Out in London: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Along the Thames's south bank, next to the Tate Modern
one will spot an odd-looking building with a thatched roof:
The original Globe was built in 1599 
and one of its shareholders was Shakespeare himself .
This was where many of his greatest plays were presented, 
until 1613 when a fire burned the theatre to the ground. 

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Set a few metres from the original location, 
the reconstructed building, which was based on the original theatre's design, 
hosts an array of high quality theatre productions in a truly stunning setting. 

Attending a performance at the Globe is a unique experience: 
with a yard opened to the sky, 
spectators stand and get close to all the action. 
{you can always book a sitting ticket in the covered galleries 
if you prefer more comfort}. 

What's even better is that the the Shakespeare's Globe
offres at each performance 700 tickets at just £5,  
giving you the chance to become part of the 'groundlings', 
the name given to the audience members 
who stood in the yard of the original Globe, 
paying a penny to stand close to the stage. 

So, with ticket prices costing less than a two way Tube journey, 
this summer, Londoners and the capital's visitors 
can enjoy fantastic Shakespearean productions, 
like the Merchant of Venice, King John & Richard II,  
in the most original setting. 

In a nutshell: a unique theatrical experience in London.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT
Tickets from £5
Nearest Tube station is Blackfriars & London Bridge
Read more about this summer productions at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

*photos courtesy of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

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