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b_together is the new family hub in St John’s Wood to know about. Founded by child learning development specialist Maggie Bolger, the stylish space has an on-site nursery, children’s soft play zones, studios for workshops and classes, and an eco-led retail space. There’s also a bookable workspace and a designated members’ space if you’re local to the area and want to sign up for exclusive events and access to a range of classes. Stop by the on-site AT Feast brasserie for tasty, healthy dishes the whole family will enjoy, or book a cookery workshop to learn how to prepare plant-based meals at home. Little ones will love the painting and PE classes, while adults can enjoy a drink at the bar.
47 St John's Wood High Street, NW8 7NJ
Winnie-The-Pooh: Once There Was A Bear
To celebrate the 95th anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh, Jane Riordan is releasing a prequel to the original children’s story at the end of September. Available to pre-order now, the book is written in the style of A.A. Milne with colourful illustrations by Mark Burgess. The story takes readers back to Harrods, where Christopher Robin first spotted Pooh Bear, before continuing the adventures to the Hundred Acre Wood, the Natural History Museum and London Zoo, where Pooh meets his namesake, Winnipeg. A lovely gift for little ones, the book is suitable for children aged five and above.
Little Cotton Clothes
Little Cotton Clothes is the brainchild of two sisters, Imogen and Leonie, who struggled to find beautiful, traditional children’s clothing that was still affordable. Today, the duo design all the pieces from their countryside studio, all of which are made from natural fabrics that are soft on the skin and super comfortable. The Spring/Summer 21 collection has plenty of pieces girls will love, from ditsy floral smocks to soft cotton dresses. Be sure to look out for the pretty blouses and knitted cardigans – ideal for playdates and everyday wear.
Banquist's Kids Course
Get the kids into the kitchen with Banquist's cookery courses. From Mexican feasts to Japanese eats, each lesson is curated and taught to your kids via in-depth video tutorials by Michelin-starred chef Paul Foster. They can learn how to whip up impressive plates including chicken tacos with guacamole, Chinese crispy duck pancakes with dipping sauces, pizza made with mozzarella and fresh basil, and even Japanese chicken katsu curry with sticky jasmine rice. A great activity for the summer holidays, the four-week course includes on-demand lessons, plus all the fresh ingredients needed, which will be delivered on Thursdays. Courses start from £99.
Disney On Stage, Covent Garden
If you’re looking for a fun summer holiday activity to keep the kids entertained, head to Covent Garden where Disney are hosting a pop-up stage with a series of performances. The free experience will immerse adults and children into the world of The Lion King, Frozen, Mary Poppins, Beauty and The Beast and Aladdin. Expect costumes and puppets from the shows on display, interactive games and crafts, photo opportunities around every corner, and special events the kids will love. The pop- up will run until Monday 30th August.
Carriage Hall, 29 Floral Street, WC2E 9DP
Scientia Pure Clarity Range
Vegan and sustainable beauty brand Scientia has just launched its new Pure Clarity range. When the brand’s founder, Tiffany Salmon, experienced adult acne after she stopped breast-feeding her second child, she wanted to create a post-pregnancy skincare range that was both gentle and efficacious. Available to buy from Cult Beauty, the range features hero actives including PHA succinic acid, calamine, niacinamide and green tea to target and soothe breakout-prone skin. The three-step routines includes a deep-clean cleanser, PHA tonic and targeted blush paste which works to clear spots and redness without drying out or irritating skin.
Cook With Buddy
Jamie Oliver isn’t the only one in the family who can cook. His son, Buddy, now has his own cooking show for kids, where he shares his tips and skills in the kitchen. Series one has just been added to NOW TV, where Buddy cooks up a storm with the help of his siblings. Little ones can follow easy instructions to make tasty dishes like one-cup pancakes, banana bread, crispy breaded chicken, veggie meatballs and mini pizzas with a quick tomato sauce. Suitable for the whole family, it’ll give you plenty of culinary ideas for the summer holidays.
If your little one struggles to sleep alone at night, Moonie sell a lovely range of soft toys with nightlights. Specifically created to aid sleep, the soft toy will help your little one fall asleep by replicating the sounds of natural pink noise from a mummy’s tummy. They also have a clever smart cry detector that activates the soothing hum of calming lullabies as soon as your baby starts crying. With sound choices ranging from womb, forest stream, sea waves and rain, there are five modes of relaxing lights which automatically mute after 30 minutes. Choose from bears, bunnies, and other sweet cuddly toys.
Clark & Beau Swimwear
If you’re looking for sweet swimwear for your little ones, Clark & Beau has something for everyone. With options for both girls and boys, choose from pink gingham swimsuits, towelling cover-ups and personalised shorts. The brand even has matching pieces for mums and dads – ideal for a family holiday or staycation. We love the brand’s floral playsuits and colourful swim shorts for boys, both of which come in a range of fun prints.
Sunflower Shower At The Newt
Regular readers of SL will know we’re big fans of The Newt Somerset, so we were excited to hear the hotel has just added a ‘Sunflower Shower’ in their gardens where children can cool down and splash around under new sprinklers. Ideal for a fun family day out, the hotel can be reached via a 90- minute train journey from London, where kids can visit the woodland and deer park, walk through the interactive ‘Story of Gardening’ museum, and try tasty West Country ice-cream and homemade lemonade from the on-site shops and stalls. Don’t forget to pack their swimsuit or trunks!