In The Know: Cool Things For Parents & Kids

This month we’ve rounded up some of the best finds for mums and dads, guaranteed to keep the kids busy and you on the right side of sane – from a themed afternoon tea featuring a very familiar face through to the latest must-read for new and not-so-new parents…

The Tiger Who Came To Tea – Afternoon Tea

The Savoy has partnered with HarperCollins Children’s Books to launch a children’s afternoon tea themed around The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Launched as part of the 50th anniversary of Judith Kerr’s treasured classic, the iconic picture book is the inspiration for a feast of teatime treats, drawn from the tea that Sophie shared with the visiting tiger: think child-friendly sandwiches, tiger-striped scones and pastries that playfully reference moments in the story.

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Anine Bing Kids

It’s no secret that one of SL’s favourite designers is Anine Bing. For anyone with kids – or cool nieces and nephews between the ages of two and ten – her range for children, Bing Kids, is just as stylish. We’re a big fan of its unisex Motley Moto jacket (€359), inspired by the cult favourite leather jacket of its parent brand. Pair it with Sadie leggings and an Eagle tee for a full-on rock look for your little one.


Mums Know Best

Mum Knows Best (MKB) is a collection of family recipes and a community of food-loving families, started by Natasha Corrett. After having her little boy Rudy she wanted to connect with other mums around the world through the love of food. MKB is about inspiring mums to cook simple meals from scratch on a daily basis, finding recipes that the whole family can enjoy from the weaning stage through to toddler meals, lunch boxes and family meals. Our favourite recipes include cauliflower wings with BBQ sauce and ‘All the Veggies’ bolognese.


The Mother Of All Jobs

When Christine Armstrong became a mother, it never occurred to her that she would want to give up her job. But the truth is, combining work and small kids is hard, and when Christine tried it, she found herself desolate with misery. Determined to find a way forward, she looked for answers by interviewing other working mums and found that she wasn't alone. The Mother of All Jobs brings together the wisdom of the women who opened up about everything (and we mean everything) into a manifesto for happy professional families. Ignoring the glossy lives presented on social media, this book shows that, while it's not always pretty, working parents can thrive if they have the knowledge others learnt the hard way.



Newbie, the sustainable Swedish lifestyle brand for little ones, is about to launch its ‘Bed time stories’ collection, the brand’s first-ever wallpaper and bedding line which has been designed in collaboration with Boråstapeter, the prestigious Swedish wallpaper house. Launching in February, the wallpaper will be released alongside a limited edition of bedsets in matching designs. Featuring the brands iconic rose garden and forest friends prints in muted blues and pinks, the wallpaper can be paired with a collection of 100% sustainable Newbie bed sets, pyjamas and accessories.


Imagine Children’s Festival

Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival turns 18 this year – but it’s nowhere near growing up. The annual event returns from 13th-24th February for a half-term week of the best in children's theatre, comedy, family parties, hands-on activities, DJs, dance, immersive experiences for children and their families. With more than 180 events packed into 12 days and 50% of the festival completely free. Imagine is the biggest festival of its kind in London.


Mini Deco

Minideco is the shop to turn to if you have children, but also enjoy living in a stylish environment. The store offers a design-conscious range of toys, bedding, room decor, accessories and much more for babies and children, while keeping in mind that a child’s surroundings need to stay friendly and support their natural development. We especially like its range of furniture and room decor which provides a Scandi approach to kids’ rooms. We’ve got out eye on everything from Danish design company OYOY.


CBeebies Radio Podcast

CBeebies Radio takes you to a world of sound and music, where you can share imaginative adventures and listen to stories with your favourite CBeebies friends and characters. The online station is aimed at pre-school children and can help to develop their listening skills and imaginations. Podcasts highlights include Tilly & Friends, Raa Raa The Noisy Lion and The Adventures of Super Numtum.


Puddle Jumping Championships

Join the London Wetlands Centre for its annual ‘London Puddle Jumping Championships’ over February half-term. Children of all ages are encouraged to grab their wellies and have fun jumping in puddles. Bring all the necessary wet weather gear and see if your kids can compete in the puddle jumping obstacle course – you might want to bring a towel for the car… An urban oasis for wildlife and people, just ten minutes from Hammersmith, visitors can also stroll among the lakes, ponds and gardens and hang out in the cafe and play areas.


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