Thursday, 28 August 2014

Back to School with Nutmeg

It's back to school time 
{apparently the weather deems summer is over}, 
and parents all over the country 
face the gloomy task of stocking their kids' wardrobes 
with new autumn pieces & school uniforms. 

This is never easy: 
finding cute, good quality clothes 
which are met with the child's approval 
can prove a bit tricky and very costly. 

But not if you shop at Nutmeg

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Nutmeg is Morrisons own clothing brand, 
to which I was introduced a few months back. 

Designed by a mum, 
Nutmeg's clothes are great value for money, 
and feature an amazing attention to detail.

I really like  the big zips that run smoothly, 
the quality and softness of the materials, 
the cute details and the low prices. 

Plus, after being soiled, pulled, washed countless times
the clothes remain as good as new. 

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The Toddler received some clothes 
from the very cute Nutmeg AW14 collection,    
and I can safely report we were both very impressed. 

The gilet is a real steal at £10, 
thick, warm and very stylish. 

The jeans (£8) have cute details and an elasticated waist, 
while the cotton jumper (£7) is super soft and comfy. 

Most importantly, 
they have a picky Toddler's approval. 

In a nutshell: great everyday clothes for the little ones
that won't break the bank. 
See the Nutmeg AW2014 collection and find your nearest shop

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Sweet September from La Pâtisserie des Rêves

You know that feeling 
when your summer holidays end {sigh}
and you need a little pick me up 
to beat the back to school/work blues? 

There is a certain kind of treat 
that always works its magic in those situations.

A real, super scrumptious French patisserie,  
like the ones you can find at 'La Pâtisserie des Rêves
who just opened two stores in London 
{in Marylebone & South Kensington}.

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What's even better is that La Pâtisserie des Rêves 
is organising a 'back to school' tea party 
where all attendees will receive 
a complimentary box with mini treats.

Hosted by co-founders, 
pastry chef Philippe Conticini and entrepreneur Thierry Teyssier, 
the annual afternoon was established in Paris 
and has proved increasingly popular, 
with over 2,500 guests attending last year's event.

In London, 
it will be held on Sunday 7th September from 14:00
in Marylebone's Portman Square. 

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Simply pack a picnic and drinks, 
dress in pink & white 
and head to central London for a fun day out. 

For the children, apart from the square's playground, 
 there will be a mini treasure hunt 
with hidden boxes of treats attached to helium balloons 
{sounds like fun}.

The afternoon will culminate in a competition, 
judged by Philippe and Thierry: 
guests are encouraged to dress in pink and white 
and get creative with their picnic 
for the chance to win a complimentary private tea party 
at the boutique for up to 20 guests. 

To reserve a place, 
RSVP on the Patisserie's Facebook page

La Pâtisserie des Rêves picnic at Portman Square, Sunday 7 September from 14:00.
Nearest tube stations: Marble Arch & Bond Street

Friday, 8 August 2014

A Greek Holiday

It's no secret that we have been counting days 
{a bit like prisoners} 
lately at A Mum in London's casa. 

After a long wait, 
our much anticipated 
summer in Greece is finally about to begin. 

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So, the next weeks will mainly consist of:

diving in the crystal clear Aegean sea, 
lazing like lizards on a sandy beach, 
eating lots of moussaka and stuffed tomatoes, 
going out for late drinks. 

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The Toddler will indulge 
in some of his favourite summer activities: 

chasing the very patient Cycladic cats, 
eating as much ice cream as one can, 
relaxing in the hammock with a good book,  
and getting very spoilt by everyone. 

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There will also be lots of sunset watching, 
a few ferry trips, 
late afternoons at the beach 
and some free babysitting {we hope}. 

There won't be any blogging though, 
so see you again in a few weeks. 

Happy summer! 

Photos taken in the islands of Tinos, Kythera, Syros

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

London Date Night: Skylon at Southbank

If you want to spend a beautiful summer evening 
like a true Londoner, 
then head to Southbank. 

Right on the banks of the Thames, 
under the leafy trees, 
Londoners get to unwind 
and enjoy some of the best sunsets in town. 

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Southbank is definitely 
London's most vibrant and summery spot. 

There are so many things to do:
catch a film at the British Film Institute
attend a concert at the Queen Elisabeth Hall, 
or get a good dose of culture at the Tate Modern 
{open till 22:00 on Friday & Saturday}. 

Then you can go for a romantic dinner and drinks 
to one of the many restaurants & bars. 

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One restaurant I would recommend in a heartbeat 
is the Skylon. 

On our recent date, 
Mr K and I had dinner at the Skylon Grill 
and we were very pleasantly surprised. 

We opted for the post theatre menu, 
which is great value for money 
with 3 courses for £23.50. 

We had the salmon and garden salad for starters  
and the very tasty chicken Caesar 
with hand cut chips as a main. 

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The big surprise was the desserts: 
The panacotta was scrumptious and light, 
while the iced banana mousse with caramel pop corn 
was a little chef d'oeuvre patissier.  

Our French waiter provided excellent service, 
the ambiance was relaxed and convivial, 
and the views were simply beautiful. 

And after that, the perfect way to end a summer date 
is to sip a Pimm's while watching boats going up and down the Thames 
{the Royal Festival Hall's bar make excellent Pimm's}. 


See what's on at Southbank Centre
Nearest Tube station is Embankment
Skylon Grill & Restaurant, Royal Festival Hall

Monday, 4 August 2014

The Grosvenor Hotel Victoria: a Review

We were recently invited to spend one night 
at a four star hotel in central London. 

We promptly said yes, packed our bags, 
and hopped on a District line train. 

A few stops later,
we were in the heart of London,
at Victoria station. 

Ready to indulge in the old-time grandeur 
of one of London's oldest purpose built hotels.

The Grosvenor Hotel

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The Hotel 

Built in 1862 just next to Victoria Station,
The Grosvenor was once considered
the most luxurious hotel in London.

Having undergone a recent refurbishment,
The Grosvenor can proudly reclaim its past glory.

The grandeur and opulence
is evident right away in the lobby.

A sparkling chandelier & amazing flower centrepiece
steal the show,
while the warm welcome from the staff
makes you feel at home right away.

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Staying at The Grosvenor  

We were given an Executive Room, 
with a king size bed and a walk-in closet 
{the dream}. 

The bed was huge and very comfortable, 
and was spacious enough for the three of us 
{the Toddler slept in the middle}. 

The spacious bathroom was equipped 
with a high pressure shower head 
and luxury toiletries from Penhaligon's 
{an ideal way of relaxing after a long day}. 

The little touches like the handwritten welcoming card, 
the bag of treats, the soft teddy for the Toddler 
and the free and easy to access Wi-fi 
were duly appreciated. 

Plus, executive room guests enjoy 
complimentary access to the Club Lounge, 
where one can have breakfast, 
or enjoy a complimentary drink. 

Eating at The Grosvenor

We had dinner at the hotel's Brasserie,  
a warm & cosy restaurant with a dimly lit dining room, 
perfect for an intimate dinner. 

The menu features classic feel-good brasserie dishes, 
like moules marinières, club sandwich, rib eye with chips 
and an array of appetizing salads and starters. 

We had the traditional fish & chips (£14.50), 
which according to Mr K was the best fish & chips we has ever had, 
the vegetarian risotto with wild mushrooms (£12.50) 
and the Toddler had a croque monsieur (£10.50) 
followed by a scrumptious ice-cream sundae. 

The portions were enormous and the food was genuinely good, 
and I would definitely recommend the Grosvenor's Brasserie 
if you are looking to enjoy a nice meal in an exquisite setting. 

Plus, they have high chairs & child-friendly dishes 
{like the club sandwich & sausages with mash potatoes} 
for the little ones. 

Sightseeing from The Grosvenor 

The Grosvenor Hotel is ideally situated 
for visiting London's most iconic landmarks on foot 
{the tube station is only 2 min away if walking is not your thing}.

I'd suggest you start with Buckingham Palace 
{a 10 minute walk from The Grosvenor}, 
to see the Changing the Guard.

Then stroll through the beautiful St James's Park 
where you'll get amazing views of London's skyline at the Blue Bridge
{if you have children, they can let off steam at the playground}.

Next, I'd recommend you pass through the Horse Guards 
to see the most beautiful horses 
and take some snaps in front of 10 Downing Street.

Five minutes from the Prime Minister's home 
you'll find London's most famous landmarks:
the Big Ben, Westminster Abbey & the London Eye 
{all a 25 minute walk from The Grosvenor}. 

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In a nutshell: The Grosvenor is a grand London hotel, 
where one can enjoy a very comfortable stay, 
good food, excellent service 
and an ideal location for sightseeing. 

The Grosvenor Hotel101 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0SJ.
Rooms from ~ £250.

We enjoyed a complimentary stay & dinner at The Grosvenor Hotel. 
All views and wording our own.