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WELCOME As we leap into a new year, it feels like no matter how chilly or wet the weather gets, at least we’re headed towards the light at the end of the tunnel – spring! This issue looks forward to just that, with the new collections in our floral-inspired fashion story (p.36) and shopping pages (p.23), and we take a closer look at the hottest new childrenswear brands everyone will be talking about in 2018 on p.48. But until the first signs of the new season begin to show, when we’re not venturing out for welly walks, we’ll be enjoying the excuse to hunker down for cosy family time, playing games, doing puzzles and creating epic indoor assault courses for the children. If you’re looking for activities to keep your kids entertained too, don’t miss our Agenda pages which are jam-packed with ideas for things to do in the capital (p.91). And for those after some sunshine inspiration, Georgina Blaskey’s family holiday to Oman proved a once-in-alifetime experience (p.76). Elsewhere, we catch up with Hollywood star Charlize Theron, who talks motherhood and movies, and the consumate battle to juggle both (p.44). Lisa Mehydene from Edit 58 opens her address book for days out in London with the kids (p.28), and handbag designer Melissa del Bono of Meli Melo welcomes us into the beautiful home she shares with her young family on p.52. Don’t miss our invaluable guide to surviving sniffle season the natural way (p.70), and we also look at how the current childhood obesity epidemic could be avoided with a few simple steps (p.68). And finally, before I go, don’t forget to enter our River Island competition to win a £300 spending spree on p.19. Good luck!
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73 TRAVEL NEWS
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28 MY LITTLE LONDON
From ski to sun, here’s what’s new for globetrotting families
74 POSTCARD FROM ST MORITZ
Lisa Mehydene of Edit 58 talks interiors
Beena Nadeem heads to the snowy Swiss
styling and life in the capital
mountains with her husband and daughter
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76 ADVENTURE IN ARABIA
The best design-led reads to stock up
How a sun-seeking trip to Oman turned out
on this spring
to be life-changing for one family
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Theron reveals how she’s embracing her
84 EDUCATION NEWS
44 MOTHERHOOD TO THE MAX
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48 NEXT BIG THING
Keeping you in the know
86 IS IT EVER OK TO QUIT?
Meet the flourishing new fashion names
Should you let your child give up their
hobby, or insist they stick with it?
52 TOTES AMAZING At home with Meli Melo handbag designer Melissa del Bono
88 MEET THE HEAD Classroom chat with St Catherine’s Bramley
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68 FIGHTING FAT These simple changes to your child’s diet can help to keep them healthy
70 HOW TO SURVIVE SNIFFLE SEASON
13 LITTLE NEWS The latest on all things big in kid world
30 DIARY Dates to note for the next two months
Stop colds and flu in their tracks, naturally
34 INSTA INSPO Say hello to the inspiring family behind the profile @lifewithmicah
21 LITTLE LOVES Marie-Chantal’s new all-in-one style staple has staying power
60 PARTY TIME WITH CAROL MIDDLETON Easy-to-plan ideas for a cosy, après-ski
23 SPRING BREAK
The new-season kidswear and accessories
64 GET CRAFTY
to covet now
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58 MOTHER STYLE
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Lighten your look but stay snug with the high steet’s best transitional pieces
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91 AGENDA London events happening throughout
February and March
36 STRIKE A POSY
98 THE BUSINESS
Let your little one blossom in spring’s bright
Catching up with Irène and Thomas
and blooming key pieces
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THIS ISSUE’S CONTRIBUTORS MICHELLE PIERRE-CARR
Fashion journalist Where do you live?
Where do you live?
I live in Croydon, South London. I’ve lived there since I was a child so I really know the area well. It’s the only place in London with a tram service, so very green!
Near Clapham Common, I love the green space and being able to see the city all at the same time.
Valentine’s Day: love it or loathe it?
I have to say, I love and loathe it. Who doesn’t love receiving cards and presents, but I hate how prices for things become ridiculously expensive just for one day. What are your goals for this year?
To spend quality time with family where possible, and stay happy and healthy.
Michelle styles Strike a Posy on p.36
Valentine’s Day: love it or loathe it?
I love it – as long as I’m not in a restaurant!
Where do you like to spend time with the kids at this time of year?
Kew Gardens is always fun and works for every age and season (if you wrap up), plus the coffee and cake in the restaurant are pretty delicious, too. Camilla shares her new-season mum style edit on p.58
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Olli Ella’s hand-woven apple baskets have got us dreaming of spring. Whether you’re foraging for fruit, hunting for Easter eggs or just off on a family picnic, there’s a large design for mum and a smaller one for your little gem, complete with a lid to keep everything safe. From £20 each, olliella.com
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It’s what underneath that counts when it comes to staying warm this season. The latest line from Smalls includes base layers made purely from superfine Merino – designed to keep little ones cool in the heat and warm in the cold, with natural stretch for easy movement. The pieces come in five colourways, with sizes up to 13 years. From £15.25, lovemysmalls.com
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Mickey Mouse and friends have arrived at Westfield’s London and Stratford City centres to ensure it’s not just adults who have all the fun on a shopping trip. Disney Playworld features interactive flooring, on-screen games and short features, as well as a slide, play car and light-up winner’s podium. Fun for all! westfield.com
I N P I CTU R E S
For three weekends in the run-up to Mother’s Day on Sunday 11 March, kids can enjoy a VIP styling session and Mummy & Me photoshoot at Trotters’ flagship store, after picking out an outfit from a curated edit. Digital files will be sent to you, with gift items featuring the photos available to order. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book. 139-141 High Street Kensington.
Drew Barrymore has teamed up with Crocs to create a special collection for women and kids this February. Combining comfort and bold design with exclusive graphics, there are custom charms available for the clog and slider designs. This collaboration comes as part of Crocs’ ‘Come As You Are’ campaign – for which Drew is ambassador – which aims to celebrate uniqueness and inspire everyone to be comfortable in their own shoes. crocs.co.uk
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Pop by Monsoon, the new fun and casual athleisure line for girls, is bursting with bright pastels and interesting prints. Mix and match the 21 pieces in the range – standout pieces include neon floral leggings and slogan tees. Sizes from five to 14 years. From £14, monsoon.co.uk
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If getting your child to pick up a toothbrush twice a day is a struggle, add some fun to proceedings with Melo Labs’ iKO Kids finger toothbrush. It doesn’t require any water or toothpaste – simply releasing fluoride through the bristles as it’s used. Available in four fruity flavours. £5.99, melolabs.co.uk
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Prepare for the chilly spring mornings to come with the new range of padded jackets from Toastie Pig. Filled with cosy duck down, there’s four bright colourways to choose from in sizes up to eight years. Each one packs down into a handy drawstring bag, too – great for when you’re on your travels. £64.99, toastiepig.com
Asics Tiger celebrates the 80th anniversary of Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, with a special collection for women and kids. The three trainer designs are inspired by the main characters; the suede ‘Snow White’ style features an oversized velvet bow, the ‘Evil Queen’ is cast in black and gold, and there’s seven colour ways for the ‘Seven Dwarves’ design. From £60, asicstiger.com
A bear necessity
It’s been quite the year for Winnie the Pooh, with a Hollywood film and large V&A exhibition to his name in the last six months alone. And now, Steiff has created a limited edition musical version of Pooh, complete with felt waistcoat and music box which plays the melody from the Disney adaptation. £129, steiff.com
THE FASH PACK
Make stressful shopping a thing of the past with the styling service from Muddy Creatures. Create a profile on its website, select the styles that suit your child, and receive a box of handpicked outfits delivered to your door. Brands are chosen for their design-led style and environmental ethos, with labels including Mini Rodini, Tiny Cottons and Angulus. muddycreatures.com
FAM I LY F ITN E S S
Looking for a new way to get everyone more active? Try the new Prama class at David Lloyd clubs. Suitable for adults and kids aged five and over, the session uses interactive flooring, flashing lights and music to guide you through a fun workout. Currently available at Harbour Club Kensington, the class will be rolling out to Acton Park and Beckenham later this year. davidlloyd.co.uk
Stand out this spring
The new collection from Sophia Webster has just landed and we couldn’t be more enamoured. Jelly sandals, slip-ons, Mary Janes and clogs feature the brand’s iconic butterfly motif, as well as colourful metallics and a dusting of glitter. Sizes available from baby to 10 years, with matching women’s styles available. sophiawebster.com
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An early start for Lisa at Sunbury Antiques
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LISA MEHYDENE THE MOTHER OF TWO AND FOUNDER OF INTERIORS LABEL EDIT 58 SHARES HER STYLE TIPS, WEEKEND HAUNTS IN THE CAPITAL AND THE JOYS OF ‘DATE DAY’ Lisa brings one-of-a-kind treasures to the masses with her online interiors store Edit 58
Where do you live in London?
We live in Wandsworth. For us, it’s the perfect mix of open space and urban life. We know all our neighbours and love that it feels like a mini village in a big city.
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Where do you like to go with the children at weekends?
Our favourite family activity is to visit one of the markets; Broadway, Maltby Sreet, Columbia Road… there’s nothing nicer than a mooch around while filling up a basket with treats. It’s nice to get under the skin of a different part of London each time while also supporting independent producers. We also spend a lot of time in the parks. Our favourites are Richmond Park, Battersea Park and Regent’s Park. I try to meet up with friends so we get to chat while the children play together. And we love going to Kenwood House at Hampstead Heath, too, and will often meet my parents there. On the first and last Sunday of each month it holds family activities which are great fun, plus it has the most amazing views of London. Where do you shop for your twins?
I buy the children’s clothes from a whole host of places. I do love the more traditional look on children, so brands like La Coqueta, Olivier Baby & Kids and Little Circle are my go-tos as their pieces are all beautifully made. I also source quite a lot of vintage dresses for my daughter – either from charity shops or flea markets on holiday. On the high street I’m always picking up pieces from Zara, Mango, H&M, Next and La Redoute. And I just got my daughter the most brilliant leopard-print coat from Tu at Sainsbury’s. LITTLELONDONMAGAZINE.CO.UK
As a self-confessed interiors addict, how would you describe your own home style?
I always say it is much like my fashion style. I like to mix high street finds with vintage and designer, so the resulting look is hard to pin down. But it has warmth and texture, and feels homely! Where do you head for home buys?
Anywhere and everywhere! My favourite vintage market is Sunbury Antiques. It’s close to home and packed full of great treasures. It’s definitely the best way to spend a morning. I also love Retrouvius – some of the larger items in my home are from this brilliant salvage firm. Zara Home is great for tableware, glassware, linens and children’s room décor, and The Conran Shop consistently has the best visual merchandising around. I’m thrilled it has recently started to stock Edit 58. Plus, London’s museum shops are always great for postcards, coffee table books and little treasures. My husband berates me for always wanting to go in the shop before even looking at the exhibits! How do you manage the balance between your work and family?
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and to have the flexibility to determine my schedule a little more than I would in a traditional workplace. At the start it was hard, the children weren’t yet at school, so I would snatch time when I could and worked late into the night. However, since they started school last year it has become much easier for me to balance the role of parenting and work. I drop them off and then have a solid six or seven hours most days to focus on work, before I go to collect them. Once I’m with them I don’t do any more work until they’re in bed. Having a brilliantly hands-on husband also helps, especially as we have no other childcare help. Do you ever manage to carve out time for date night?
We love nothing more than a dinner out. Getting dressed up and heading into town always feels special and exciting. We like to try out new places, but also have some firm favourites that we return to time and again. Since having children, going to the cinema also feels quite decadent! We make the most of it by heading to the Olympic or Electric cinemas, where we can enjoy the film on a sofa with a bottle of wine. We’re also quite partial to ‘date day’, as my husband can get out for a few hours at lunch sometimes. I’ll go and meet him in East London and we’ll have lunch – we love Lyle’s. That way we can be asleep on the sofa come evening and we don’t have to stump up for childcare either! What’s in store for Edit 58 in 2018?
Lots of exciting things are afoot for the coming year; collaborations, new products, extensions to existing lines and lots more photos of my feet on pretty rugs! L
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Christopher’s Caterpillars is a bright and beautiful 60-minute tale of minibeasts and mystery for children aged two to seven, happening down at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith for one day only. £8 each, lyric.co.uk
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Ahh, a day of rest for mothers everywhere! Wishful thinking, perhaps, but breakfast and snuggles in bed wouldn’t go a miss this Mothering Sunday.
What to do and where to go in the capital over the next two months
Created for families with little ones aged eight and over, La Petite Soirée takes centre-stage at Leicester Square’s Aldwych Theatre for one last matinee at 3pm. With all the spirit of the adult version – minus the saucy stuff – expect lots of laughter, a heady cocktail of cabaret and circus acts in this wild, feel-good, family-adapated show. Tickets from £15,
Prepare to be amazed at La Petite Soirée
Chinatown will be bursting with decorations and dancing to mark the start of Chinese New Year this weekend. Take the children to Leicester Square’s family zone on Sunday for plenty of cultural activities and performances.
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It’s time to put your best frying pan forward this Shrove Tuesday with pancakes for all! Either head into town for the traditional pancake day races, or don your aprons and perfect your flipping skills at home with the kids. If there was ever a day to celebrate date night, this is it. Or, if that’s a luxury you can only dream of, check out Leonora Bamford’s Valentine’s Day activities on page 64, to get the whole family involved.
It’s your last chance to check out the works of one of Britain’s best-loved storytellers, Michael Morpurgo today at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Entry is free! vam.ac.uk
Every weekend until Saturday 31 March, Harrods’ Toy Kingdom will be hosting its special Peter Rabbit & Friends Treasure Hunt for all young customers. Get involved! harrods.com
The Easter celebrations start here. And with Good Friday falling at the end of the month this year, why not kick off the holidays spotting new baby lambs at one of the capital’s many farms, including Mudchute Farm, Hackney City Farm and Vauxhall City Farm. Celebrate the Year of the Dog
Do you have a bookworm on your hands? Today sees the largest celebration of reading across 100 countries, with the 21st World Book Day.
HALF TERM BOREDOM BUSTERS MAKE SOME NOISE From 15-17 February, Battersea Arts Centre will welcome Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals to the stage for a half-term performance. This supersilly story features big-beat songs, puppetry, animation and more. From £8 each, bac.org.uk
PICK UP A PAINTBRUSH Get creative at the National Gallery with its Pop-Up Portraits workshop. Learn how to draw faces, then get to work making your own picture. Free, nationalgallery.org.uk
READY, STEADY, KICK Chelsea Football Club
brings its soccer school to various venues in southwest London. A five-day course for mini kickers,
aged four to five, and the Soccer School, for ages five to 12, will ensure little legs get a good run. From £50, chelseasoccer schools.co.uk
MEET NEW FRIENDS Maggie & Rose
Join in the fun as Maggie & Rose’s half-term camps are back, jam-packed
with everything from Chinese New Year cooking to crafting special Valentine’s masterpieces. The Kensington club offers half-day camps for kids aged two to six, while the Chiswick club caters for those aged four to eight, with full-day sessions. maggieandrose.com
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My Beautiful Room
BY JASMINE ORCHARD
Toddlers will love these sturdy flash cards. The 18 cards showcase nine bold colours, making this a vibrant design addition to any bookshelf or toy box.
BY ANDREA BEATY AND DAVID ROBERTS
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The marvellous milliner loses her hat; will her friends be able to find her the perfect replacement?
Featuring 3D press-out furniture and stickers, pre-teens will love creating moodboards for their dream bedroom.
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A stylish alphabetical exploration of modern architectural icons, from Knoll to Noguchi. It makes timeless design fun and accessible for aesthetes of all ages.
A positive tale that says ‘it’s OK to be different’, this book is a beautifully delivered celebration of diversity and acceptance.
This first book from the biography series tells the story of Coco Chanel and her journey to becoming a fashion icon.
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Colour for Baby
The Chinese Emperor’s New Clothes
BY NATASHA SLEE AND SANNA MANDER
CURATED BY YANA PEEL
AND ANA ALBERO
Shirts, Skirts and Shoes
This set of four fold-out books, themed on red, yellow, green and blue, feature works from Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse and more.
An exquisite retelling of the sartorial fairytale, this time set in imperial China.
A spectacular catwalk concertina book featuring 100 examples of creative excellence in women’s fashion. A must-have for budding Westwoods.
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#OOTD Colouring Book BY LAURA HICKMAN
From boho babes to rock chicks, show off your #OOTD by colouring in these chic black and white illustrations, giving each outfit your own personal twist. £9.95 • Laurence King
My Wonderful World of Fashion BY NINA CHAKRABARTI
An interactive colouring book for fashionistas of all ages, with illustrations to colour in and designs to finish. Includes clothing, shoes and more.
ILLUSTRATION: COCO CHANEL BY ANA ALBERO
£12.95 • Laurence King
How To Be a Fashion Designer BY LESLEY WARE
Brimming with fun ideas and projects for fashion-lovers, this inspiring book teaches children about materials, textures and colour palettes. £12.99 • Dorling Kindersley
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fter sharing that, at four months, their son had been diagnosed with Down’s syndrome, the new normal for model Amanda and her husband, Mike, became about spreading awareness of the condition. With his beautiful mass of blond hair and warm smile, Micah has since accumulated more than 59,000 followers in his three years.
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Why do you think Life With Micah gained such a following?
We strive to keep it authentic, and I think people gravitate toward that. Instagram has been a major source of strength for us. Our personal circle in the Down’s syndrome world is still growing, so the new relationships we are making with other families are so powerful. I’m very thankful. Who inspires you?
Michelle Sie Whitten, who created the Global Down Syndrome Foundation with
her parents, John and Ana. The medical research they are doing is groundbreaking. And I’m inspired by any woman mothering more than one child. I don’t know how they do it! What parenting essentials have proven invaluable?
Friendships – I’ve become much closer to the people in my life who are attending to the same things I am. Also, my True Botanicals face oils and Clé De Peau under-eye concealer, which make me appear far less tired than I actually am… Where do you like to shop?
Zara! And we have found lots of kids’ brands through social media, such as @hipkinkids and @childrenofthetribe. Do you visit London?
Yes, it’s one of my favourite cities. I usually stay in Stoke Newington – I really enjoy the vibe on the East Side. L
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THERE ARE FEW THINGS AS FIERCE AS A MOTHER’S LOVE – AND FEW WOMEN AS FEARLESS AS CHARLIZE THERON. HERE, THE ACTRESS TELLS JAN JANSSEN JUST HOW SHE’S EMBRACING HER GREATEST ROLE TO DATE
n person, Charlize Theron is far more light-hearted than her film roles would suggest. She speaks with ease, and a relaxed sense of confidence, although there’s a hint in her eyes that says she’s ready to fire back if provoked. Today, she’s looking fabulous as ever, her career in high gear and “happier than I ever expected to be” as the mother of two adopted children: son Jackson, six, and daughter August, two. “I waited a long time to become a mother,” says the Mad Max actress. “It has exceeded all my expectations. It’s such a beautiful feeling to hold your children in your arms and be able to watch them grow and discover the world. “It’s changed my life completely,” she continues. “Before, when there were no children in my life, my work always came first. I also had the freedom to be able to take off and travel for three or four months at a time by myself. But even though I can’t do that anymore, I’m so incredibly happy to spend my time with my children. Every day that I wake up I’m thinking about what I’m going to do with them and how I’m going to make them happy.” Theron is still enjoying the critical and commercial success of her summer 2017 film, Atomic Blonde, which has given Charlize her own personal action film franchise as both star and producer. She spent five years developing the project, which she intended to be a vehicle allowing her to play a weaponised extension of her own rather formidable persona. A high-octane mixture of martial arts and espionage, the film showed that Theron is capable of any kick, punch or lethal blow her male counterparts might demonstrate on screen. 44
The actress regularly shares her passionate and political views on Instagram
With her mother and closest friend, Gerda
Now I realise there is something really powerful in being OK with being alone “I wanted to take the concept of a spy thriller and turn it on its head,” she explains. “I liked the physicality of the story.” Fighting the stereotypes that come with being a beautiful actress, Theron radically reinvented herself as a Hollywood star when she took on the role of real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003). The former model gained 30lbs to play Wuornos and altered her appearance in such a way as to be almost unrecognisable in the role. It was a huge risk, but it paid off. Her performance was rewarded with a Best Actress Oscar and enabled her to escape the gilded studio cage that confined her to so-called ‘girlfriend’ or ‘sexy young thing’ roles. “I’m not simply an artist for hire,” she explains. “There is absolutely nothing mechanical in my choices and the way I interpret my roles. Do I take risks? Charlize’s Maybe I do. But it’s the only way to grow children, Jackson personally and professionally. I always try and August to choose characters that will reveal the most authentic parts of myself.” Theron credits her mother, Gerda – still her closest friend – for having inspired her to take a more fearless and adventurous approach to life. “She has taught me to stand up for myself and be courageous, and that’s exactly what I’m going to give my children,” she says. “I’m not someone who indulges in self-pity and I hate it 46
if I ever start feeling sorry for myself. I was raised in a way that I should never allow myself to be the victim, but to take responsibility for my decisions and live as boldly as possible. “My mother has given me a lot of guidance on that level. She’s someone who believes in not dwelling on the past and getting on with your life. I’m trying to live on those terms.” This is the kind of sensibility that Charlize hopes to impart to her two children. Adoption turned out to be the best path to parenthood for Theron following the collapse of her decadelong relationship with British actor Stuart Townsend in 2010. Their break-up hit Charlize hard, and revealed the deeply vulnerable side that her bold exterior tends to mask. She didn’t work for the next two years. “I’d been in serious relationships from the time I was 19, and suddenly I became single for the first time in my life. I had to make a conscious effort to rediscover myself and it was hard.” She admits she is someone who always found extreme comfort through relationships, but stops herself: “Now I realise there’s something really powerful in being OK with being alone, especially for women.” Charlize would eventually return to active screen duty with Young Adult, and surprised everyone, even some of her closest friends, when she adopted a four-month-old baby boy in 2012, whom she would name Jackson. After welcoming the toddler into her life, the actress was exultant: “I want to be that example for my son. I want him to grow up with a mom that he could see and look at her life with all the mistakes and with all the failures and all the flaws and say, ‘My mom lived an authentic life. That was the life she wanted to live.’” Three years later she would adopt August, now two, and Theron says she has found motherhood to be a generally joyous challenge. She grew up as an only child with a violent, alcoholic father whom her mother would eventually kill in selfdefence when Charlize was 15, after he had threatened them both with a shotgun in a drunken rage. (South African police never pressed charges against her mother). The incident plainly left psychological scars and in her late twenties, she went into therapy after years of denial. But this previously solid force has not only embraced the emotions of that traumatic event, and overcome them; she has now dedicated herself to becoming the most loving parent she can be. “I didn’t grow up with siblings, and had no idea of the beauty that siblings have with each other. It really is one of the most incredible things I’ve ever witnessed,” she says, “to see how much they love each other and to see how excited they are to see each other. It’s really beautiful.” Her children have also helped Charlize embrace that softer side that she has long tended to hide from plain sight. “Being a mother has struck me at a very deep level,” she admits. “My mother showed me by her own example that you need to take responsibility for your own happiness – and be tough, pick yourself up off the floor when times are hard and embrace life to the fullest. I would be very happy as a mother myself to be able to pass on those values to my children.” L LITTLELONDONMAGAZINE.CO.UK
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At the Berlin premiere of Atomic Blonde
WEX BABY Ettie Wexsteen is the creator behind superstylish label Wex Baby. After working as a buyer for a major player on the British high street, Ettie got a taste for the industry and realised there was a gap in the market for chic, French-inspired children’s clothing. Combining her experience with her sister Sally’s incredible monochrome illustrations, the brand offers cotton, made-to-order unisex t-shirts and sweaters for children aged up to six, designed in Paris – where Ettie’s family hail from – and made in England.
Where do you get your ideas?
“Usually when Sally and I meet up or chat on one of our daily phone calls, that will trigger a bit of a creative explosion. We try to discuss new designs every two months or so, and will put together moodboards which might include current trends, films, prints and general French culture.”
KINGDOM OF ORIGIN
What’s new for Wex Baby this season?
and roll come to the fore, with cool party
“New designs are released every few months, which carry over into other seasons. Key favourites include our Oui Oui t-shirt and the simplistic Je suis un monstre sweater.”
separates and starlet prints for girls, while this
Describe your brand in three words…
rain coats. Most importantly, though, the
“French, unisex, modern.”
brand retains that focus on ethically made
Once in a while, a brand comes along that blows others out of the water with its craftsmanship and fabrics, and designer and mother Vanessa Wright’s Kingdom of Origin did just that when it launched in March 2017. The first collection saw classic British ’60s rock
spring sees the launch of the Wild Meadows collection, inspired by the English countryside – think dusky pink linen, playful prints and
pieces produced right here in the UK.
of my daughter Bea – what she loves to wear, her adventurous and sassy spirit, and I’m strongly influenced by beautifully crafted fabrics. With adjustable straps on things like the dungarees, rolled-up hems and cuffs, soft elasticated waistbands and quality fabrics, the idea is that all of Kingdom of Origin’s clothes can be loved and worn through all seasons, and eventually passed down.” Why girlswear in particular?
“It was my daughter who sparked this whole adventure, so naturally I was inspired to design girlswear. I’d love to launch a line for boys eventually, but it’s early days, so I’m taking one step at a time!” Describe your brand in three words…
Where do you get your inspiration?
“When I sketch for a new collection, I think 48
“Beautiful, timeless, ethical.” kingdomoforigin.co.uk
next big THING
DANIELLE WILKINS MEETS THE FLOURISHING FASHION NAMES TO WATCH OUT FOR THIS SEASON
For all of Kingdom of Origin’s pieces, the fabric, trims – even the packaging – are sourced here in the UK
I HAVEN’T THE FOGGIEST Designer Yen Chan worked in womenswear in New York before she launched her girlswear label in the UK. After showing a few pieces to Harrods – who gave its seal of approval and asked her to design a whole collection – I Haven’t The Foggiest was born. Her painterly designs, for girls aged up to 10, feature a pastel palette, expressive brushstrokes depicting sweet florals and birds, and plenty of soft ruffles and silk ribbons. Yen hopes to
EVA & INDIE
expand into boys clothing later this year,
Eva & Indie’s girls’ collection is a veritable
having designed some gender-neutral
feast of colour and design. Naming the label
pieces in a polar fleece fabric for AW18.
after her two children, artist Vivian Gaprelian hand-draws her prints, which are digitally
How did you come up with the name, I Haven’t The Foggiest?
printed onto cotton. Her spring collection
“I was having dinner with friends, when I was asked what I would call the brand. I answered, ‘you know, I haven’t the foggiest!’ It was my friend Gino Gareza, a talented photographer, who designed the logo.”
– think mermaids and musical prints.
Where do you get inspiration?
“Exhibitions, architecture, travel – anything really! I allow my mind to wander.” Describe your brand in three words…
“Interesting, poetic, free.” likefoggiest.com
comprises a selection of great-fitting dresses
How did it all start for Eva & Indie?
“I started off painting images onto fabric, and then I learnt to sew. The idea was to just make clothes for my girls, but then I started getting requests from friends – and friends of friends.” Where do you get inspiration?
“Many of my ideas just come up when I’m out and about, others will be requests from my girls, and the objects or animals they love.” Describe your brand in three words…
“Unique, quirky, colourful.”
Modern British label Another Fox, set up by former fashion buyer Andrea Carter in 2016, offers stylish all-over prints and graphics on gender-neutral pieces for kids aged up to six. Not only does Andrea design the range herself, she sources all the fabrics, screenprints everything by hand, and finishes each garment, too. Watch out for subtle nods to the seaside this spring, with navy stripes, sandy hues and a hand-drawn lobster print.
How did Another Fox come to life?
“The inspiration came when I was pregnant and I struggled to find aspirational childrenswear that wasn’t expensive. I wanted to give parents the option to shop cool over cute without breaking the bank. By the end of my maternity leave, I decided to quit my nineto-five buying job and focus on Another Fox.” Where do you get inspiration?
“I research key trends for the season and use that as a starting point – WGSN, Instagram, and street trends. It’s also really important to me that the colour and fit of each piece caters to both boys and girls.” Describe your brand in three words…
“Fresh, standout, unconventional.” anotherfox.com
ONE WE LIKE With its classic-cut pieces and cool prints, One We Like makes it easy for parents to shop sustainably for their little ones. The brand works with top illustrators and creatives to deliver organic cotton dresses, tops, sweaters, trousers and accessories for babies and kids aged up to 14, with additional pieces for mums, too. Owner, designer and mum-of-three Vicky Springfeldt, who previously started a kids’ brand agency back in Sweden in 2004, now splits her time between Stockholm and London.
One We Like’s collections are made using only organic cotton or leftover fabrics
Can you talk us through One We Like’s design process?
“It starts early – about a year before items hit the store. I try not to look at what other brands are doing or spend too much time on Instagram or Pinterest at this point – it’s so easy to get distracted. I work with Li, my illustrator, and we play around with lots of ideas until we land in a definite colour scheme and theme for the collection that we both like. It usually takes 100 cups of coffee and as many emails, texts and meetings until we come to a decision…” What inspired the SS18 range?
“When I started work on this collection, I was saddened by the political climate – both over in the US and here in Sweden, so I really wanted to do a range with a positive vibe and a strong sense of unity. We call it the One World collection. My favourite piece is the yellow sweater with the watercolour peace sign, it’s so happy!” Describe your brand in three words…
“Timeless, playful, long-lasting.”
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Totes amazing KATE FREUD MEETS HANDBAG DESIGNER MELISSA DEL BONO OF MELI MELO TO TALK FASHION, STYLE AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE IN HER LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY: HELENE SANDBERG
tepping inside Melissa del Bono’s impeccably chic West London home, it’s hard to believe that lurking behind the scenes is energetic three-year-old Baxter and his older sister, Clementina, six. The Notting Hill townhouse seems to provide plenty of space for the two youngsters to burn off steam, while Melissa busies herself in the kitchen making proper Italian coffee for us both. Her face lights up as she tells me how life has changed since the arrival of her children. “They’ve reminded me what it is to be innocent and curious again. My life is so enriched by these little people who become such a special mix of you and your husband!” Said husband, Doug, is now CEO of Meli Melo, the handbag label Melissa set up more than 10 years ago using her own savings. Following an early career in fashion PR, she decided she wanted to create a handbag line that was both understated yet luxe, and all handmade in Italy, from where her family hails. Though the brand started small, its unique designs quickly caught the attention of everyone from Sienna Miller and Poppy Delevingne to Alessandra Ambrosio, and having grown significantly since then, Meli Melo now boasts its own store on Portobello Road. Following nine months of nausea during both her pregnancies, when her babies arrived Melissa needed to find a way to savour her fleetingly precious
Melissa has teamed up with Meli Melo fan Olivia Palermo for her latest designs
time with them while keeping the business going. So, Doug stepped in to help with the financial side and they worked so well together he took over as CEO in 2014. These days they happily live and work together, giving the 38-year-old designer the career and life balance she so wanted with her children. Like all mothers though, she never feels like she’s getting it quite right. “I wonder if I am juggling it all well enough, the guilt is constant!” she laughs. “But there are ways I make it work, and I have got better at managing it all. Like, even though Fashion Week is always at the beginning of the school term, I make sure I am around for the children. And in the first nursery days with Clementina, I didn’t appreciate the importance of the school holidays, but now
I see how burnt out and tired they are from school and how important it is for them to be with their parents without rules and routines.” The family home is situated just off Portobello Road, an area Melissa describes as feeling ‘like a village’. “I love that the kids know everyone here,” she explains. “The baker, the florist, the butcher – and their school and my office are less than five minutes’ walk from the house. It’s given them well-established roots in the city,” she says. It’s also an area known for its excellent childrenswear boutiques, including Caramel, Bonpoint and Petit Bateau, all of which Melissa has discovered to her delight. A particular favourite is Wild & Gorgeous. Melissa explains, “My husband loves to take the kids to the store in Westbourne
Grove. They do such fun pieces with the right amount of sparkle for the girls, and the coolest, quirkiest designs for boys.” If she isn’t shopping locally she ventures to Liberty on Regent Street for its iconic prints, and Oeuf NYC, the American brand which offers a perfect blend of old-school and quirky. Another go-to is thetot.com, an amazing curated collection of everything mothers need. And for shoes, it’s always Veja for Baxter and Chipie old-school plimsolls for both kids. Melissa says, “I grew up in them and they just bring back such good memories. Clementina was also just given a pair of Golden Goose sneakers too, the lucky girl!” When Melissa gets a minute to herself she loves nothing more than a wander down Golborne Road, where she finds
The children have reminded me what it is to be innocent and curious again – my life is so enriched
much of her inspiration for upcoming collections. “If I can steal an afternoon away, I love a yoga session followed by a juice at Bodyism. Or for something more adventurous, rollerblading in Hyde Park is so much fun, followed by a glass of wine at Dock Kitchen with friends,” she adds. After a day out with the children – favourite haunts include the Natural History Museum and Clip ’n Climb – home is very much a retreat from the hustle and bustle on their doorstep. The house is what Melissa describes as ‘cosy Scandi with an Italian twist’. The palette, all rich greens and white, with a dash of sage and blue thrown in for good measure. Family life focuses not only around the kitchen table but also the oversized, BB Italia sofa, the perfect place for Melissa and Doug to relax in the evenings and the children to
The special-edition ‘Severine’ is available in two colours
romp during the day. The linen cushions were bespoke from The Cloth Shop in Notting Hill, the velvet ones from the French store Caravane in Marylebone. Also from BB Italia was the striking portrait of a woman which sits above a chair upholstered by Melissa in fabric by Robert Allen, making for an eye-catching corner of the house. Another bold piece of art is the flamingo print, which was a gift from her husband for her 30th birthday. Melissa is also a big fan of antique shopping, finding pieces on Portobello Road and in Sunbury Antiques market. “Working in fashion, I’ve found increasingly that 56
interiors and art give me a real kick,” she says. But it’s in the décor of the children’s rooms where Melissa’s playful side really comes into its own. “It’s what I would call eclectic!” Melissa explains. “I bought the ‘candy bar’ garland from Liberty, picked up the mini deckchair on a trip to Polzeath in Cornwall, the ice cream stall at Les Couilles du Chien on Golborne Road, and the lampshade in Clementina’s room she drew on herself depicting her favourite dinosaurs and dogs. It’s kooky but I love it.” So what does next year have in store for the dynamic designer? “For now I am excited to have just launched a collaboration with fashion icon Olivia Palermo who brings her New York-cool to our new design, the Severine. There will be another collaboration this year, too, and I’m expanding in the US market so its going to be a busy one! “But I am lucky I love my job, and the fact I am managing to make it work around my children makes it all the better.” L melimelo.com
Time to unwind
Sani Resort, Halkidiki’s most stunning family destination, has seen many new additions to make 2018 your best holiday yet
HOME TO ONE OF THE MOST VITAL BIRD SANCTUARIES IN GREECE, SANI Resort’s wetlands, gently rolling pine forests and hills give way to five miles of white sandy beach and luscious gardens. The resort boasts an exquisite array of five-star hotels, and 2018 sees the launch of more impressive updates, including further expansion at the stylish Sani Club. Additions include 25 contemporary suites designed for families, some with a private pool, and a new collection of extra-spacious double rooms for 2018. Interiors have been redesigned and the bathrooms extended alongside new indoor and outdoor pools.Recent additions also include the introduction of the Pines and Cabana restaurants overlooking Sani bay, serving the best local produce. Sani Resort is all about relaxation, so take it easy while your children are well-catered
for in its crèches and mini clubs, which are suitable for little ones as young as four months. Offering separate sleeping spaces, themed play areas and a kitchen where kids can enjoy a spot of baking, this is a child’s paradise. Help is also at hand on the beach, with dedicated personnel who are there to look after young ones for up to 30 minutes free of charge, while you relax. The range of activities available at Sani Resort is what brings families back year after year. Get ready to race with Sani’s new KTM bike club, working with top names in the world of biking to offer guests of all ages a thrilling experience. This season also sees the opening of the resort’s football academy run by the Chelsea FC Foundation, featuring a UEFA-approved pitch and club house. Children can also enjoy the upgraded Kids’ Corner in Sani Beach and Sani Club – now equipped with interactive play tables, which have already proven to be a big hit in the teen house, Ozone. The award-winning beaches promise safe, crystal-clear waters to explore, and the resort operates tennis, dance, waterski and sailing academies for active guests. L 57
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Give mini snowsports fans a party they will never forget with an authentic alpine theme FEBRUARY IS THE PERFECT MONTH TO HIT THE SLOPES AND ENJOY valuable family time skiing, sledding, snowboarding and, of course, cosying up in front of the fire with warm blankets and hot drinks once the sun goes down. If your little one loves skiing holidays or even just spending time playing outdoors in the snow, this makes a great seasonal party theme. Welcome guests into your very own ‘log cabin’ decked out with cosy faux fur cushions and rugs, customised signs, fairylights, propped-up skis, a sprinkling of fake snow and electric pillar candles to bathe the room in a warm glow. You could even add the name of your lodge to a piece of weathered wood to hang above the front door. Woodland decorations, such as pine cones, branches and garlands of greenery add an authentic touch, too.
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When it comes to feeding your guests, the most warming options are always a winner. Supervised cheese and chocolate fondue stations (although potentially quite messy!) will be a hit with children and adults alike. Serve with bite-sized dipping morsels such as strawberries, grapes, marshmallows, pretzels, cubes of bread and tortilla chips. Bowls of filling macaroni cheese will offer something more substantial, while a hot chocolate station, complete with an array of decadent toppings, makes the perfect dessert for sweet-toothed guests. Children love winning medals – and what better way to keep them entertained than with their very own indoor Olympics? Transform tabletops into stations for curling or air hockey, and while a snowball fight isn’t technically a sport, it is a lot of fun for a winter-themed party! L
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For a striking unisex piece of art your kids will love long after they’ve left home, look no further than Emily Parker Illustration’s designs. We particularly love this geometric polar bear print, but also check out her cushions and lampshades. £29, notonthehighstreet.com
This soft and snug alphabet rug from Lorena Canals makes the perfect addition to any playroom. Available in three different colourways, including blue, pink and natural, each rug is handmade by skilled artisans in India. £149, nubie.co.uk
HOOK ME UP Quirky and practical in equal measure, these animal hooks from Ferm Living are guaranteed to add a little fun to your child’s bedroom. Choose from the dog, owl or cat designs, or mix and match all three. £17 each, alexandalexa.com
LEONORA BAMFORD AND NANNY ANITA SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE SEASONAL ACTIVITIES AND DAYS OUT
ith both Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day on the horizon, there’s no shortage of crafting going on in our household! Nanny Anita has been dreaming up ideas for Mother’s Day presents, and we’ve been busy making love heart crystals for the children to hand out at school and nursery. My idea of heaven on Mother’s Day is breakfast in bed surrounded by my family, and my new obsession has to be this eggs on toast recipe with a twist. My son came up with this idea for heartshaped omelettes and I could happily eat them every morning. And finally, on a shopping note, there are so many amazing children’s brands out there right now. This month I’ll be heading to the new store of French label Bonton, which has just opened up on Westbourne Grove, to pick up some lovely pieces for spring. L
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BOOK SWAP 2018 VALENTINE’S PAPER PLATE DREAM CATCHER You will need: • paper plate • paint • paintbrush • wool • hole punch • feathers • beads Method • Cut out a heart shape in the centre of your paper plate. • Use the hole punch to make holes around the outside of the heart, plus three holes along the bottom of your plate, and one hole
at the top of it. • Paint your plate and leave it to dry. • Use wool to thread across the heart. • Cut three lengths of wool and tie them to the holes that you made at the bottom of the dream catcher. • Thread on the beads and feathers. • Finally, add some wool to the top so you can hang it up by your bed.
EASY EGGS ON TOAST You will need: • sourdough bread • 2 fresh eggs • butter • ketchup • avocado and tomatoes (optional)
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Method • While you whisk your eggs in the bowl, pop some sourdough bread in the toaster or on the grill. • Heat a frying pan on medium heat and add a little oil or butter. • Pour your whisked egg mixture into
the pan. • After 30 seconds or so, flip the egg mixture over like a pancake and cook the other side. • My children love using cookie cutters to cut the omelette into shapes. Why not use a heartshaped cutter to add that extra special touch on Valentine’s Day! • Place your eggs on top of buttered toast and serve with ketchup or fresh avocado and tomatoes.
Although we’re huge fans of technology at home, I do still think it’s important for the children to read real books every day. This February, I’ll be taking them along to the free London Children’s Book Swap 2018 at the Artsdepot in North London, which looks really special. Kids across the capital get to share their pre-loved books and make space for some new favourites. Plus, there will be other bookish events going on throughout the day. Saturday 10 February, 11am to 4pm. artsdepot.co.uk
HAND - DECORATED HANKIES FOR MOTHER’S DAY You will need: • plain cotton hankies • fabric pens Method • Decorate the hankies using the fabric pens. • Be sure to follow any washing instructions that the pens require before giving the present.
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KITCHEN KIT The luxury leather aprons from Dutch label Witloft have been downsized for a special collection just for little ones. Available in five colourways – pink, olive, brown, black and gold – each one features an adjustable waist belt and neck tie, and fit kids up to around four years old. The perfect opportunity for some parent-child twinning! £45, wit-loft.com
The latest and greatest foodie finds for your mini diners FLIPPIN’ TASTY Bolster the kids’ pancakes with good stuff this Shrove Tuesday. The Grainy Brainy Pancake Mix from Sweetpea Pantry combines brown rice flour with buckwheat, quinoa and flax which, when mixed with eggs and milk, gives you a stack of delectable pancakes packed with Omega 3. Naughty toppings optional! £2.75, sweetpeapantry.co.uk
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CULINARY STARS Little ones can learn from the best, with a masterclass from super-chef Adam Simmonds. Popping up in Soho this half term, Adam will teach small groups how to cook a twocourse menu of chicken escalope and chocolate brownie. Taking place Saturday 17 February, book online now. £55, thetestkitchen.uk
BREAKFAST TO GO For those more eventful mornings, the new kids’ drink from Up & Go makes for a worthy time-saving breakfast solution. Made with milk and fibre-packed oats, each carton is fortified with vitamins and minerals. £3 (pack of four), asda.com
Research by Whitworths has revealed some insight into what six to nine year olds really know about health and nutrition, with 1 in 5 believing eating sugar before bed gives you nightmares, and 38% stating that we should avoid eating fat as much as possible. brightlittlenuts.co.uk LITTLELONDONMAGAZINE.CO.UK
How much you serve up often determines how much your child will eat. Let them listen to their own bodies to know when they are full
Fighting fat KEEPING OUR CHILDREN HEALTHY IN TODAY’S BUSY WORLD IS OFTEN EASIER SAID THAN DONE. RHIAN KIRKBY REVEALS HOW SIMPLE CHANGES CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE
ccording to the government, by the age of 11 one in three children in England is overweight, and if trends continue, half of all children will be overweight or obese by 2020. The figures may sound shocking, but sadly they are true, with MPs even going as far as to describe the issue as a ‘national emergency’ and a problem which costs the NHS £5.1 billion each year. The need for drastic action to avert this crisis has been well documented over the last couple of years, with the likes of chef Jamie Oliver championing the move for change. But while campaigners push for some ‘big-picture’ solutions to the problem, parents are being encouraged to look a little closer to home.
PORTION CONTROL Research from the Infant & Toddler Forum shows that nearly 80 per cent of pre-schoolers are being given too much to eat, with 10 per cent of parents routinely serving up adultsized portions for their little ones. “Parents are much more likely to worry that their child is underweight, rather than overweight,” explains paediatric nutritionist Judy More, “and as a result, children are often encouraged to eat more than they need.” She advises parents to respect their child’s ability to know when they’re full and to stop offering alternatives, such as milk and crisps, if they don’t eat their meals. But portion control isn’t just a problem for pre-schoolers. According to child psychologist Gill Harris, it continues
throughout childhood and has far-reaching effects: “How much parents offer often determines how much children will eat and habits learned in early life generally tend to persist,” she says.
SNACKS Of course, it’s not just about mealtimes, snacks also have a big part to play. “Giving in to pester power for unhealthy and calorific snacks is easier than having to say no,” says nutritionist Ela Law, “but giving in means parents won’t be able to manage their child’s weight and energy balance.” That’s not to say that snacks should be banned. In fact, according to Judy More, children need two planned snacks a day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. She emphasises these should be sensible, nutritious foods such as fruit, oatcakes or breadsticks, with sweet, high calorie and low nutrient foods being given just once a week. “The after-school snack has become a growing problem,” says Denise, a primary school teacher, “and banning certain snacks in schools has made the problem worse. It’s amazing to see how many parents greet their children every day with crisps, sweets or chocolate. We’ve stopped the ice cream van parking outside school, but you still see queues of parents at it just around the corner. This is where pester power really wins out.”
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“Absolutely,” says professor Russell Viner from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, “because overall the population is getting heavier our idea of what is a normal weight changes.” Ela Law agrees, “there’s a very fine line between puppy fat and being overweight. Puppy fat isn’t the cute, innocent thing everyone loves in a baby – it’s in fact a very real problem.” Health professionals all advise that if you suspect there’s an issue it’s better to deal with it early. A routine visit to your GP will determine whether your child is in a healthy LITTLELONDONMAGAZINE.CO.UK
FEED THEM WELL
• According to the Early Years Nutrition Partnership, young children are eating the equivalent of eight sugar cubes a day (the recommended is three to four). Swap sweets and chocolate for malt loaf snack packs, oat cakes with cream cheese or sugar-free jelly. • Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for brain development and the nervous system. Get more oily fish into their diets by serving up salmon, fresh tuna and mackerel in a fish pie or homemade fish fingers. • Kids are also consuming too little fibre – just 10g per day, instead of the recommended 15g. Choose tasty sources such as apples, carrots, bananas and berries, and swap white bread and pasta for wholegrain varieties.
weight range and you can calculate their BMI yourself, online. “Of course, as children get older they will become more self-aware of their weight and body shape. It’s so important that they feel good about themselves and don’t punish themselves if they don’t conform to what they think is an ideal shape. The mental health problems associated with obesity are as worrying as the physical impact it can have,” Russell Viner explains.
WHAT TO DO As adults, we think that going on a diet and LITTLELONDONMAGAZINE.CO.UK
cutting out foods is the way to lose weight, but this isn’t the right approach when it comes to our children. Children need a rich and varied diet – what they don’t need is low nutrient, high calorie food and drink. Judy More advises parents to control their child’s portions, give nutritious snacks and encourage regular movement, and says these things alone should enable children to lose their excess weight as they grow taller. “Subtlety is key,” says Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum, “the less children know about it the better.” 69
His advice has been backed up by a recent study from Liverpool University which found that a parent’s perception of their child’s weight can have an impact on the child’s actual weight. Children whose parents considered them to be ‘overweight’ tended to gain more weight over the following decade compared with those children whose parents thought they were a ‘normal weight’. Proof, maybe, that keeping quiet, leading by example and moving more really could have an impact on our children’s growing waistlines. L
How to survive sniffle season NUTRITIONIST LOUISE PYNE REVEALS HOW A DIET RICH IN CERTAIN VITAMINS CAN STOP COLDS AND FLU IN THEIR TRACKS NATURALLY
s annoying as they are, colds are an inevitable part of the winter package. Certain foods, however, offer extra immunity benefits. These are rich in antioxidants like phytonutrients which support immunity by boosting the number of circulating white blood cells in the body. These immunity weapons act as powerful protection against potential bugs to slash sick days. However, since white blood cells have a short life span you’ll need to make sure that levels are constantly being replenished. Here’s how…
KIWI FRUIT Packing more vitamin C than oranges, kiwi fruit helps the body’s cells work optimally and studies show that increasing levels can reduce the length of time you are sick, too.
SWEET POTATO Orange foods are an excellent source of vitamin A, an essential nutrient for keeping the eyes, skin and immune system healthy. Why not mash the potato and top with grated cheese to use as a topping for shepherd’s pie?
GREEK YOGHURT Fermented foods are rich in probiotics, beneficial bacteria that help to keep digestive systems healthy – and good immunity is linked to a well-functioning digestive system. Avoid flavoured yogurts as these are high in sugar, instead flavour natural yoghurt with pieces of fruit or honey.
CAULIFLOWER Cauliflower contains a substance called glutathione which seeks out any unwanted invaders and gets rid of them.
BANANAS Bananas are a good source of vitamin B6 which supports your child’s immune system by manufacturing antibodies and helping red
blood cells carry oxygen around the body to speed up the healing process.
EGGS Not only are eggs packed full of energyboosting B vitamins, they are also a source of zinc. Zinc plays a role in wound healing and creates enzymes which helps to fend off bugs.
SALMON Oily fish is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to the high omega 3 fatty acids. Make fishcakes by mashing together cooked salmon with potatoes and peas. Shape into patties, dip in beaten egg and breadcrumbs, and shallow fry.
SPINACH Spinach is a good source of iron, a mineral that transports oxygen around the body to fight infection. It also contains calcium which will nourish growing bones. Veggie sources of iron are more absorbable when paired with vitamin C, so eating spinach with red pepper will give a better boost than spinach alone.
AVOID GETTING SICK Win the cold war with these easy and helpful super strategies
WASH HANDS The most common way to catch a cold is through touch. Carry an antibacterial hand santiser and make sure your kids wash their hands before every meal, too.
GET PLENTY OF REST Cells naturally replenish through rest, so the more snoozing time your child gets, the quicker she will recover. Enjoy downtime together doing puzzles or reading books.
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Onions are a prebiotic, boosting gut microbes so they function optimally. It also contains an antioxidant called quercetin which is known for its immunity-promoting powers. L
Bedding is a breeding ground for germs so if you sense a cold coming on, change the bed and air out the mattress to guard against bacteria.
This special type of the sweet stuff is crammed with antibacterial properties. Offer your child a teaspoon of honey if she’s got a cold coming on as a preventative measure.
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NEW & IMPROVED Four Seasons Fairways in Quinta do Lago, Portugal, has announced a complete renovation of its 32 villas. Working with a local interior designer, plans also include a new fine dining restaurant, outdoor cooking station and kids’ club. The resort remains open while work takes place – book now for a discounted deal. fourseasonsfairways.com
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It takes young fliers just 49 minutes and 47 seconds to ask the dreaded ‘are we there yet?’ according to a survey by Emirates. 64% of parents worry about entertaining the kids on a flight, with many relying on ‘electronic babysitters’ and the promise of snacks. emirates.com LITTLELONDONMAGAZINE.CO.UK
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ST MORITZ BEENA NADEEM and her family undertake a digital ‘ detox’ in the Swiss mountains “COME ON, LILLIA! IF YOU DON’T HURRY UP AND TAKE YOUR SKIS OFF, mummy will be late for her spa treatment.” My partner Ian is laughing at this outburst of pretension, though in a mountain resort where a bottle of water can set you back 9 CHF, surely the option of a post-ski spa visit is one’s right? The day before we had spent four hours on the train from Zurich. The hotel’s chauffeur was waiting to collect us from the station, whisking us off to a fairytale hotel complete with a ballroom-cumrestaurant, 20-metre infinity pool and spa, kids’ club and outdoor ice-skating. Grand Hotel Kronenhof is just 6km from St Moritz, in a little slice of utopia called Pontresina. On arrival we decide to embrace the spirit of Switzerland, where wellbeing is taken seriously, and undertake a family ‘detox’: a week without a single flickering blue screen or social media update, set in the silent mountains, our phones and iPads locked in the belly of the hotel’s safe, and our rooms emptied of everything electrical. After a whole day’s skiing, I was grateful for my impending spa treatment – a delicious detox bath and massage. Afterwards, I settle into the serenity of a waterbed overlooking a mountain panorama. As a dusky peach light scatters across the mountaintops, I wonder
how long this moment might last. The answer, as it turns out, was not very long. As I glance across the pool, I see Lillia collapsing into fits of giggles. “Mummy, it has underwater speakers,” she shrills. I wrap a gown around her and we take in the moment. “Look at those clouds,” she says, giving me a hug. The mornings are blessed with a beautiful light; cool, crisp and sunny. After breakfast, where Lillia’s cherub-like looks reward her with extra portions of waffles, watermelon juice, hot chocolate and strawberries, we are ready to be carried outside. I admit, we only attended Grand Hotel Kronenhof ’s sunrise walk in spirit, instead choosing to lie-in, though we do make an effort for the ski yoga, before heading to Lillia’s favourite: the snow parks. Its mixture of rolling humps and steep drops elicit shrieks of joy. When we return to our room, Lillia pounces on her bed, which each day has been showered with gifts from the hotel. When people talk of fairytale escapes, this is it and more. The one time I did have to whip my phone from the safe was met with a stern, “Mummy, put that down” when it would usually have got a, “Can I play on that?”. It’s fair to say, that’s a result. L
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ollowing the dark, grey days of winter, we were very excited to be travelling to Oman – and from touchdown, it didn’t disappoint. It’s a country which delights in revealing the unexpected for a first-time visitor, bringing joy to adults and children alike. A jaw-dropping landscape that demands your attention, from moonscape to sand dunes, canyons to coral reefs, it’s a land of contrast and culture, with an old soul and new outlook. For heat seekers like us who wanted sunshine and a reasonable flight time, Oman ticked every box – sun, sea, sand, scenery and sights – but would it deliver? What I hadn’t put on my list was ‘surprises’, but within days I could have added it as my children unknowingly pushed their mental and physical limits. Seeing my eight-yearold son suspended perilously over a 1,000m canyon edge, 2,000m above sea level, with a harness and hard hat his only protection, was a heart-stopping moment so exhilarating I could barely look up to admire the scenery. Or my at-times-hesitant 10-year-old daughter confidently leading our camel caravan up sand dunes to watch the sunset beyond. What started as a luxe yet typical family holiday quickly morphed into a journey of selfdiscovery for us all. First stop was Muscat and the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort, nestled beneath the golden Hajar mountains. With 198 seafacing rooms, Al Bandar is the middle of three hotels, five minutes’ walk from all the restaurants, the kids’ club, water sports and splash park. The numerous pools interconnect so you can actually swim through the resort, but if that feels too much like hard work, jump on an inflatable ring and let the lazy A boat trip to Dimaniyat Island revealed another side to Oman
Noah holding the fort at Nizwa
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river escort you between facilities. Having built the property on a secluded bay which is also a protected turtle-nesting site, the hotel has a dedicated turtle ranger. One night after dinner at the Bait Al Bahr seafood restaurant, our phone rang and Mohamed the ranger told us, “There’s a turtle on the beach laying her eggs.” Springing out of bed, we ran, pyjamaclad, down to the sea to watch a majestic female Hawksbill make her nest – a deeply moving sight to have witnessed. Our first excursion with our Abercrombie & Kent guide and driver, Quais, was to Nizwa and the old fort. The oldest part was built in the ninth century to protect Oman from the Portuguese; it resembles a giant sandcastle and boasts all kinds of gruesome defence mechanisms which the children loved hearing about, such as pitfalls, date oil traps 79
and arrow-slit windows. From there we drove through lush date plantations, past the pretty hillside village of Birkat Al Mawz, before embarking on the 36km winding road to Jabal Al Akhdar, the green jewel of the Al Hajar mountain range. Perched on the curving rim of a great canyon, Anantara Al Jabal Akhdar Resort is an extraordinary location for a hotel, where dramatic gorges, peaks, terraced land
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Happy hump day: The family trekked through Wahiba Sands for the final part of their trip
What started as a luxe yet typical family holiday quickly morphed into a journey of self-discovery for us all and wadis pepper the view. Contemporary Arabian rooms, some with private infinity pools, emphasise the splendour of Omani design and floor-to-ceiling windows maximise the vista. Activities include climbing and abseiling along the Via Ferrata route, where we could experience the thrill of dangling off the canyon’s sheer drop, a first for my son and the start of a new passion. With sunrise yoga on a suspended platform, guided hikes through ancient villages, mountain biking, archery, and cookery school including a spice-buying trip to Nizwa souk, this is a resort of endless experiences authentic to its unique location. Following a comfortable night in the cool mountain climate, we set off to Wahiba Sands. More thrills and spills awaited as Quais let the tyres down and took us dune bashing. Skidding and sliding up and down, the children delighted as we tumbled around.
After a revitalising lunch at the Desert Nights Camp, a collection of semi-permanent tented suites, we mounted our camels (daughter at the helm!) and made the half-hour trek to our secluded tent in time to watch the sunset, a truly magical moment for my mental memory bank. Canvas Club offers bespoke, luxury camping in solitary locations, and our tent was a spacious haven, decked with ornate rugs and bedlinen, with a separate bathroom tent housing a hot-water shower, basin and toilet. Our hosts, Sam and Jan, prepared a Middle
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Eastern feast which we ate in the three-sided dining tent, the stars our backdrop and wild, wandering camels our entertainment. Just when we thought there was nothing in our stay that could top everything we’d seen and done, a boat trip revealed yet another side to this Middle-Eastern gem. A catamaran with Oman Sail to Dimaniyat Island revealed an underwater world of vibrant coral reefs, technicolour fish and more turtles. Jumping off paddleboards to swim and snorkel, it felt a far cry from climbing the canyon days earlier. Mountains to coast, desert to canyons, nothing could have prepared us for the sights of Oman. For a family holiday that combines luxury hotels in jaw-dropping destinations with warm people and captivating history, Oman delivers with grace and style. L LITTLELONDONMAGAZINE.CO.UK
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IS IT EVER OK TO QUIT? When your child wants to abandon their hobby, should you let them, or insist they stick with it? GEORGINA BLASKEY finds out
ver heard the phrase, winners never quit and quitters never win? For many adults, the word ‘quit’ is so loaded with failure, that as parents we can find the concept hard to stomach. Why? Our view of quitting is intrinsically linked to our own upbringing. Were we allowed to quit activities we didn’t enjoy? Were you one of those forced to perform in violin recitals, only to deliver an at-best squeaky, stilted version of Three Blind Mice while your parents smiled, so happy they’d given you the musical opportunity they never had? There are scenarios where quitting is the right thing to do but there are also times when perseverance must be encouraged. If your child, who has until now been an enthusiastic and successful member of her swim squad, one day says she’s quitting, it might be a shock. Until then she has enjoyed it, as a family you’ve designed your lives around her schedule, and she has genuine talent. What do you do? Clinical psychologist Dr Nihara Krause suggests going through a process to ascertain the situation: “Consider their age,” she explains. “Children will expect different things at different stages. A younger child will expect instant gratification so it may be difficult for them to wait and learn. It’s better to try the activity a few times at taster sessions to work out if it’s suiting them.” You should also be honest about your goals. “Parents may want to give their children opportunities they missed out on, they may have had to stick at something themselves or have time
and money invested, but it’s important to be honest about why you are being so insistent.” Getting the balance between quit and grit starts with asking the right questions. Does your child want to quit because they feel like a failure? Do they feel awkward when they are there? Do they have friends there? If they are finding it hard to integrate you may need to help them boost their social skills. If they feel anxious, you may need to offer support. “Many children are doing so much, they are tired,” reminds Dr Krause. “They have school, homework, and then a club. What is meant to be fun may just feel like more hard work.” We are all guilty of overscheduling our children with extracurricular activities,
holiday reading and homework. With that in mind, I feel the other things they do must be enriching. At times, this means doing things they don’t feel like. Often they’ll go lukewarm on choir practice or Saturday football, only to come back round a week later. Persevering through the dips is part of the journey. But when a dip turns into a desire to stop, how do we teach children to quit healthily? The language we use can have an impact. We can talk about giving something ‘a go’, about choosing something else. If we despair or get angry, we are reflecting our feelings on to our child. We may also put them off trying new things. Children generally don’t want to disappoint their parents so it’s important to give them a clear understanding of what is involved. For example, if you’re going skiing for the first time, explain to your child that it’s something ‘we have to try three or four times before we feel confident and able to do it’. Be aware that different children respond to different activities. Some like discipline and rigour, others will not. “The motivation they need to produce a result must come from them, and they need to feel they can build on the result,” says Dr Krause. “If you have a child who is regularly quitting, look for a pattern. It could be related to confidence, anxiety or social skills. Do they need help?” Being clear about why they want to quit, understanding the reason and accepting their decision is a learning curve for the whole family. Sometimes quitting can be the bravest decision we make. L
IF WE DESPAIR OR GET ANGRY AT OUR CHILDREN, WE MAY PUT THEM OFF TRYING NEW THINGS but why? To make them more appealing to their secondary school? To compete with other mums? Personally I want to expose my children to a variety of activities in the hope they will find something they enjoy. While my daughter most likely won’t perform with the Royal Ballet, she may develop a lifelong love of dance. My son may not play rugby for England, but he’ll cheer them on from the stand with a good understanding of teamwork and the complexities of the game. In my view there are some things children should never quit – academic effort is non-negotiable in our house (please note, effort, rather than attainment). They will learn their times tables and cursive handwriting, they will finish their
EDUCATION WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU LET YOUR CHILD QUIT LISTEN TO YOUR CHILD Ask your child to explain why they want to quit. Listen to what they’re saying, gently ask questions, and try to empathise.
UNDERSTAND THE WHOLE STORY There are often two sides to a story. Listen to your child and then listen to their teacher or coach in order to make sure you have all the facts.
THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMITMENT We want to teach our children to keep their commitments in life, so we must teach them to understand the importance of following through with what they say they’ll do.
PERSISTENCE IS THE KEY Thomas Edison famously ‘failed’ 10,000 times on his way to inventing the light bulb. What if he had simply quit along the way?
QUITTING ON IMPULSE IS MISGUIDED Encourage your child to spend time reflecting on things in order to make a decision they won’t regret.
CHILDREN OFTEN QUIT FOR THE WRONG REASON Try to get to the bottom of why your child wants to quit. This may take some decoding on your part. “It’s not fun anymore” could mean “Kids make fun of me.”
CHALLENGING EXPERIENCES CAN BUILD STRENGTH Patience and perseverance are two virtues that your child can use throughout their life.
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MEET THE HEAD
St Catherine’s School, Bramley
We catch up with NAOMI BARTHOLOMEW, head of the girls’ prep school How long have you been at St Catherine’s School?
I joined St Catherine’s in 2009 as the deputy head and later became head of the prep school in 2012. What do you see as the school’s main strengths?
We take enormous pride in providing an environment that is both nurturing and challenging in equal measure. We have hugely talented and committed staff, and the relationships between the staff, parents and girls are outstanding. How do you ensure every girl achieves her potential?
We recognise the partnership between home and school is the key to a successful education. Hence, we adopt an open-door policy for parents, who we hope feel welcome at all times. We ensure that the girls are provided with activities that challenge them. Specialist teachers in PE,
mark 125 years. And, as the great-great granddaughter of Lord Ashcombe, one of the school’s founders, HRH Duchess of Cornwall agreed to be patron.
ICT and Music enhance the work of the form tutors, and the girls are taught in superb surroundings. We also make time to pause during a busy week. Assemblies, form times and tutor group activities provide this chance to reflect. Weekly chapel services also play a key role in the girls’ education here.
At what age can pupils board at St Catherine’s?
We have occasional boarders in Year 6 (aged 10-11) then more convert to boarding as they proceed through the Senior School. We welcome full, weekly and occasional boarders and many London families find our weekly boarding option, with a bus taking girls home on a Friday night and back to school on Sunday evening, works very well.
Can you tell us a bit about St Catherine’s history?
Having opened to 11 boarders and just six day students back in September 1885, St Catherine’s grew in popularity. By 1890, the buildings were extended and in 1894, the chapel was completed. By 1945, there were 97 boarders and 155 day girls, and in 1949, the governors purchased Church House which forms the focal part of the prep school. Decades of expansion then followed – the Anniversary Halls, which house a gymnasium, sports hall and an auditorium, were opened to
What makes St Catherine’s an attractive option for London families?
Many St Catherine’s families have chosen to relocate to the Surrey Hills for a better quality of life. We are also in an excellent location for those commuting
both into London and travelling abroad via Gatwick or Heathrow. What’s new for the school?
We are delighted with our latest addition – the Wonder Lab – our refurbished science lab opened by Maggie Aderin-Pocock last term. Science is a real strength here and we feel strongly that the very best facilities be provided. We also launched our Baby Cats Creatives series and are welcoming two to four year olds for music, storytime, arts and physical activities. These have proven popular already. We also introduced our Create the Future campaign which includes a new Sixth Form boarding house, the CATalyst (a new teaching space for science, tech, maths and digital learning) and the Art and MakerSpace which will extend our current facilities for fine art, ceramics, textiles and photography. L stcatherines.info
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WHERE’S WALLY? FUN RUN Sunday 18 March, from 8.45am. This annual fun run, organised by the National Literacy Trust, is suitable for the whole family and includes a 1k race for under-12s. If you’re not taking part, show your support from the sidelines and enjoy live music, food stalls, a book sale, face painting, rides and more. Runners will go home with a goodie bag, too.
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Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 February, 10am to 12.30pm. Over two days, little ones can learn the art of paper-folding, collage and illustration, allowing them to create a pop-up portrait of their favourite animal or pet.
Sunday 4 March, 11am and 2pm. Award-winning husband and wife duo Megson blend their infectious mix of vocals and harmonies into a gentle, entertaining concert especially for children aged up to seven.
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BEAR & BUT TERFLY Friday 9 and Saturday 10 February, times vary. Bear and Caterpillar are the best of friends, but what happens when Caterpillar stops munching and begins to look sick? This tale of love, loss and friendship is told through storytelling, puppetry and live music. Admission: £7 each.
NORTH LONDON’S GOT TALENT 2018 Saturday 3 February, 6.30pm. In aid of North London Hospice, North London’s Got Talent is back with a host of lively acts perfect for the whole family. There will be performances from the Elizabeth Harris School of Dance, Studio 45 and last year’s young winner, Danny Corbo. The panel of judges includes Pineapple Dance Studios founder, Maggie Paterson.
Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 February, 9.30am to 4.30pm. News splash! Dusty the duck is back this half term with his puddle-jumping competition. Don your wellies and enjoy splashing about in the fresh air. It is free with admission, so be sure to do a bit of nature spotting in the grounds afterwards.
Admission: Adults, from £11; children, from £6; under-fours go free. WWT London Wetland Centre,
Monday 12 February to Tuesday 31 July, from 9.30am. After successful runs in Birmingham and Manchester, this awe-inspiring production comes to the capital. Step into a time machine and go back 67 million years to enjoy a guided dinosaur safari, watch hatchlings emerging from their eggs and visit a lookout with panoramic views of teeming prehistoric life in every direction.
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Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 February, times vary. Explore the wondrous world of Iceland in this 20-minute session at the Science Museum. Gather round to hear an exciting story of erupting volcanoes and giant glaciers, then go on to explore the rest of the museum afterwards.
Monday 5 to Saturday 17 February, times vary. Now in its fifth year, this jawdropping spectacular returns with more than 30 jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, daredevil stuntmen and the hair-raising motorcycle act, Globe of Death.
Monday 12 to Friday 16 February, 11am to 3pm. Eltham Palace is the perfect place to get your thinking caps on this half term, with exciting workshops for budding Darwins and Brunels. Take a trip through history’s coolest inventions – from the practical to the downright wacky – and create your own to add to the books.
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South Kensington, London SW7 2DD
Holborn, London WC2A 2HT
Yard, Greenwich, London SE9 5QE
ICY COOL ADVENTURE
CIRQUE BERSERK !
Admission: Adults, from £15;
Sydenham Hill Wood, Crescent Wood Road, Sydenham Hill,
Thursday 15 February, 11am and 2pm. This new show, in partnership with the Southbank Centre, is jam-packed with wordplay, improvisation, audience participation and musical wizardry from poets, rappers, storytellers and the brilliant Tongue Fu band. Created for children aged seven to 11, Tongue Fu’s frontman Chris Redmond is a regular at UK music and literature festivals, and his experience as an educator includes work with CBBC.
DINOSAURS IN THE WILD
Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, North
TONGUE FU FOR KIDS
DUST Y’S PUDDLE - JUMPING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sunday 11 March, 11am to 4pm. This fun day down at Sydenham Hill Wood is especially for fathers and their little ones. Learn about the different trees, build dens together and gather around a campfire to toast marshmallows. Book in advance to avoid missing out!
Admission: £15 each.
020 8369 5454, artsdepot.co.uk
Dusty’s Puddle-Jumping Championships
WONDROUS WOODL ANDS DAD’S DAY
CREATIVE FAMILY MATHS SES SION Saturday 10 February and Saturday 10 March, 2pm to 5pm. The Maths on Toast charity will be hosting its monthly sessions down at Pancras Square Library – a new space in Kings Cross. The free classes incorporate cutting, sticking and games to make learning fun, and each month has a different theme. Admission: Free.
Pancras Square Library, 5 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG mathsontoast.org.uk
THE WINTER’S TALE Wednesday 14 to Wednesday 28 February, times vary. This new version of Shakespeare’s classic tale is reimagined for children aged eight to 12. Join the brave and intelligent Perdita on a journey of magic, as she uncovers her story. Admission: £12 each.
National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX nationaltheatre.org.uk
Admission: Adults, £14.40; children,
The Winter’s Tale
JAZ Z FOR KIDS : WOMEN OF JAZ Z Saturday 31 March, 11am and 1.30pm. Introduce your child to the world of jazz music with this brilliant, hour-long concert aimed at kids of all ages. Members of Albert’s Band explore songs written by some of the most amazing female jazz vocalists around, including Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Diana Krall. Little ones will be dancing along in no time. Admission: Adults, £12; children, £6; under-twos go free. Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP royalalberthall.com
HEDGEHOG DISCOVERY DAY & HOUSE - BUILDING WORKSHOP
HOCUS POCUS : CHILDREN’S MAGIC WORKSHOP Saturday 24 February, 1.30pm. West End Magic arrives at the Museum of Comedy for a series of workshops this year. Welcoming children aged seven to 13, the workshops are led by top Magic Circle magicians. They cover the basics of magic and teach tricks using everyday objects, with a chance for kids to do a show for parents at the end.
Sunday 11 March, 11am to 3pm. Woodberry Wetlands is giving families the chance to learn all about hedgehogs and their habitats with a variety of drop-in activities. Take home your own homemade clay hedgehog, play the hedgehog ‘survival game’ and take part in a free workshop to build your own hedgehog house to put in your garden. Spaces for the house-building workshop are limited, so be sure to register your interest in advance.
Wednesday 14 February, 11am to 3pm. Does your child love building things? Drop in at Fulham Palace for a host of architectthemed fun, including the chance to try your hand at brick rubbing, build a new palace out of paper, fashion a Tudor arch and travel back in time with costumed storytellers. Before you head home, make sure you get dressed up and have your photo taken in the pop-up photo booth.
07793 090718, wildlondon.org.uk
Admission: £2 per child and accompanying adult.
Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue, London SW6 6EA 020 7736 3233, fulhampalace.org
PINOCCHIO Until Tuesday 10 April. For the first time, Walt Disney classic Pinocchio comes to life on stage, with unforgettable music and songs that kids and adults alike will recognise from the film. For the ultimate day out, check out the themed afternoon tea available at the National Theatre’s House Restaurant until 31 March.
and accompanying adult. Flip Out Brent Cross, Staples Corner Retail Park, Geron Way,
Museum of Comedy, The Undercroft,
London NW2 6LW
St Georges Church, Bloomsbury
020 8050 2391, flipout.co.uk
POP - UP PERFORMANCE : WINNIE -THE - POOH
London N4 2RH
Every Saturday until Saturday 24 March, 11am, 1pm and 3pm. To celebrate the V&A’s new Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibition this winter, the museum is hosting performance activities every weekend. Take your littlest ones along to enjoy storytelling, music and puppetry.
SKIEASY Daily, 9am to 9pm. If you’ve got a mini ski or snowboard enthusiast on your hands, or want to get some practice in before a trip, Dukes Meadows in West London sees the return of its indoor ski slope this winter. The continuously rotating track provides a surface which sees everyone from beginners to advanced learners improve their skills 10 times faster than on snow. There will be plenty going on during February half term, too, so be sure to take the kids. Suitable for little ones aged five years and over. Admission: Adults, £37.95; children, £32.95. Dukes Meadows Golf & Tennis, Dan Mason Drive, London W4 2SH 020 8994 3314, skieasy.net
National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX 020 7452 3000, nationaltheatre.org.uk
ROYAL MEWS HALF TERM Thursday 15 and Friday 16 February, 10am to 4pm. Stop by the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace for a selection of arts and crafts. As well as free hands-on activities, little ones can try out a royal carriage for themselves, learn how to tack up a pony, and spot a real horse or two at the stables. Admission: Adults, £11; children, £6.40; under-fives go free.
The Royal Mews, Buckingham
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell
Palace, Buckingham Palace Road,
Road, London SW7 2RL
London SW1W 0QH
Royal Mews Half Term
Admission: From £15 each.
Admission: From £10.50 per child
Admission: £15 per child.
New River Studio, Woodberry Wetlands, East Gate Entrance,
Monday to Friday during term time, 9am to 3pm. Did you know, Flip Out Brent Cross has dedicated trampolining sessions for under-fives? These cool classes are perfect for developing your child’s coordination, balance and confidence, as well as for parents who want to keep fit.
Way, London WC1A 2SR
BUILDING THE PAL ACE
HARE & TORTOISE
Hare & Tortoise
Tuesday 13 to Saturday 17 February, times vary. Pied Piper Theatre Company heads to the Lyric Hammersmith this half term to present this funny and tender adaptation of the well-loved story. Suitable for children aged three to seven, and their families, discover who will finally win the race – the younger, fitter Hare, or the slow and steady Tortoise?
Kids en Cuisine x Planet Organic
KIDS EN CUISINE X PL ANET ORGANIC Saturday 17 February and Saturday 17 March, 10am. If you have a budding chef on your hands – or simply want to encourage your little one to develop their kitchen skills, Kids en Cuisine hosts regular cooking workshops around the capital, with two events happening down at Planet Organic Wandsworth over the next two months. The company provides all the utensils and ingredients required, with some brilliant recipes to take home and share with the family.
ROYAL MEWS EASTER EGG HUNT
Admission: £10 each.
Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square,
Saturday 31 March, 11am to 3pm. Easter is early this year! And the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace is a great place to look for eggs, with its annual family hunt. Enjoy Easter-inspired arts and crafts and then follow the special horse-and-carriage-themed trail to find the hidden treasure.
London SW1W 0QH
Planet Organic, 52 Garratt Lane,
London SW18 4FT kidsencuisine.com
AURORA ORCHESTRA : FAR, FAR AWAY
IMAGINE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL
Saturday 10 and 17, and Sunday 11 and 18 February, times vary. Gather round and join the talented musicians from the Aurora Orchestra on a glittering adventure through the Marvellous Kingdom – dance with the dewdrops, spy the Sugar Plum Fairy and get ready to tussle with the rascally Mouse King! This immersive performance, designed for little ones aged up to four, makes the perfect introduction to classical music and Tchaikovsky’s enchanting ballet arrangements, with storytelling from writer-inresidence Kate Wakeling.
Wednesday 7 to Sunday 18 February, event times vary. The Southbank Centre’s annual kids’ arts festival returns for its 17th year. With storytelling at its heart, families can enjoy 12 days of theatre, literature, music, dance and visual arts. Highlights include the Super Hero Party with theatre-maker Jess Thom; author Jacqueline Wilson discussing her much-loved characters and latest novel; BBC Radio 1’s Greg James and Chris Smith presenting an actionpacked superhero event based on their new book, and Harry Hill bringing his new character to life with illustrator Steve May. More than half of the events are free, too, with something for all ages.
for specific events.
Kings Place, 90 York Way,
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road,
London N1 9AG
020 7520 1490, kingsplace.co.uk
Admission: Adults, £8.50;
Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre,
020 8741 6850, lyric.co.uk
The British Library, 96 Euston Road,
Saturday 10 March, 10.30am. Enjoy a spot of Saturday morning theatre at Lauderdale House with award-winning songwriter and musician David Gibb, as he takes little ones on a magical musical journey - where bears live in cupboards under the stairs, wolves are roaming the school corridors and trips to the moon are a regular occurrence! Designed for kids aged two to eight years.
The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace Road,
London NW1 2DB
£6.40; under-fives go free.
Tuesday 13 February, 11am and 1.30pm. Celebrate Chinese New Year at the British Library, as artist and performer Jih Wen Yeh weaves fascinating stories and performs a beautiful ribbon dance. You can even get involved yourself, with a ribbon dance workshop for the whole family. This drop-in event will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
King Street, London W6 0QL
CLIMB THAT TREE
Admission: Adults, £11; children,
Admission: £12.50 per child and
CHINESE TALES & RIBBON DANCE
Admission: £8.50 each.
01937 546546, bl.uk
BRIGHT SPARKS Sunday 11 February, 1pm and 3pm. This humorous and visually exciting play explores the beauty of difference and how things are always better when people work together. Watch as two opposite characters get their wires crossed and their noodles in a muddle as they strive to find ways to work and play together. Admission: £7 each.
Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park,
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford,
Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG
London SE8 4AG
020 8692 4446, thealbany.org.uk
Imagine Children’s Festival
Admission: Free; charges may apply
GROUPS AND CLASSES Our favourite things to get out and do BALLET CL AS SES
FO OTBALL C OAC H I N G
After-school and Saturday classes.
West London School of Dance was founded in 1986 by Anna Du Boisson. The purpose of the school is to teach different forms of dance and provide students with the opportunity to perform in professionally staged productions, with classes for boys and girls aged twoand-a-half to 16 years old. The school’s philosophy is to inspire in its pupils a love of music, movement and freedom of expression. The classes are professional, all accompanied by pianists and taught by qualified staff. Unlike other ballet schools in London, the school does not follow an exam syllabus to measure progress; instead it offers the students the challenge and thrill of performance. Studios are located in W1, W2, W11, W12 and SW7. t: 020 8743 3856 westlondonschoolofdance.co.uk
LEARN TO SWIM
Fun and imaginative workshops.
Football fun for all the family.
t: 0800 092 1062 littlehouseofscience.com
t: 020 7937 7965 kiddikicks.co.uk
Little Maths, Rhythm & Shapes and Little Science are two fantastic afterschool workshops that nurture curiosity while making a child’s first steps in the world of maths and science that much easier. Little Maths workshops, for two to four year olds, help to build confidence with quantities and numbers ranging from one to 10. Meanwhile, tackling that other difficult-to-grasp subject, the Little Science workshop, for three to eight year olds, introduces new scientific concepts in an age-adjusted way through an exciting mix of discussions, practical demonstrations and scientific experiments.
FUN FRENCH LESSONS
The very best football coaching for toddlers and children aged from 18 months, with Nippers from 18 months, Runners from two-and-a-half years, Racers from threeand-a-half years and Ligasoccer match play from five to 10 years. The classes are unique as they involve the whole family by encouraging parent participation. Get involved and see your child score a hat-trick of football, fitness and fun. Parties, private tutorials, holiday classes, nursery and after-school sessions are also available. Kiddikicks is available to franchise, too. Sign up today to receive your free mini player’s kit.
Classes in Chelsea, Knightsbridge and South Kensington.
Classes in Chelsea, Putney, Notting Hill and St John’s Wood.
Classes in Knightsbridge, Kensington and Notting Hill.
t: 07557 051904 swimmingrocks.co.uk
t: 020 7385 5565 clubpetitpierrot.co.uk
t: 07530 459468 thelittlelondonmusicschool.com
Swimming Rocks has established itself as London’s most exclusive swim school. Its dedicated teaching team are well-known for their outstanding knowledge. Providing swimming lessons in luxury locations, courses are available for babies, children and adults either on a private or shared basis, or in a small group. And Swimming Rocks’ creative teaching pathway ensures every child develops their individual swimming style. Lessons are available daily during term time, as well as intensive courses in the holidays.
Club Petit Pierrot, London’s premier French club since 1993, offers innovative, stimulating programmes for children from as young as eight months old. Led by a team of passionate, qualified native teachers, children flourish and learn French effortlessly while having fun with a wide range of activities. The contemporary songs from the club’s educational CD also add to the enjoyment. Language experts agree that learning a second language early on enhances overall cognitive skills and improves a child’s brain development.
The Little London Music School introduces your child to the joy of music and builds the foundations for learning an instrument. Specialising in classical music, it offers classes and tuition for children aged from six months to five years. The Little London Music School classes feature a tailor-made curriculum for each stage of your child’s development. With professional musicians, teachers and orchestral instruments, its comprehensive curriculum is designed to foster enjoyment and understanding of music. Enjoy a free trial.
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ALEX AND ALEXA
Create a truly magical and bespoke bedroom for your child with Cuckooland’s range of quirky furniture and toys. From novelty beds designed to look like aeroplanes and camper vans, to supersized beanbags, printed teepees and indoor hammocks, this is the place to let their imaginations run wild. The online retailer has plenty of gift ideas and worldwide designer pieces for the rest of the home and garden, too, so parents don’t have to miss out on all the fun.
Home to more than 200 fashion, sportswear and toy brands from across the world, Alex and Alexa is one of the coolest online boutiques around. Founded more than a decade ago by husband and wife team Alex Theophanous and Alexa Till, the site remains dedicated to offering parents the world’s best kids’ brands at the click of a button. Look out for stylish collections from the likes of Adidas Originals, Billybandit, Stella McCartney Kids, Young Soles and many more.
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HOUSE OF FRASER
Petit Bateau is renowned for its chic, laidback aesthetic, and uses only the finest quality cottons to create iconic, timeless staples for babies, adults and children, from soft knitwear to classic Breton-stripe tees. A Little London favourite, Petit Bateau remains the go-to destination for discerningly stylish parents in the capital who yearn for an injection of classic Gallic chic for their family’s wardrobe.
Inspired by the childhood of founder and mother-of-five Celia Muňoz, La Coqueta’s collection channels the sweeter, more oldfashioned Spanish aesthetic to perfection. Pretty smock designs, ruffled collars, vintagestyle frocks and delicate pointelle knits are given a contemporary twist with fresh cuts, rich colours and modern prints. Shop here all year round for truly charming clothes to see them through the seasons.
Stores across London petit-bateau.com
5 Heath Street, London NW3 6TP lacoquetakids.com
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The husband and wife duo developed Bonton together with Thomas’s mother, Marie-France
THE BUSINESS Irène and Thomas Cohen founders of
BONTON Co-founder Irène talks work life, her love for London and the key to Bonton’s success How did life begin for Bonton?
Thomas’s parents founded Bonpoint in 1974, so kids’ fashion has always been in the family. When Thomas started working for Bonpoint he was in charge of the IT department, and I was working for Condé Nast, but I became friends with a lot of the girls working in the design office at Bonpoint. Thomas’s mother, Marie-France, had the idea of building a project together – in 2000 there was almost nothing for kids, and she had in mind a children’s basics brand that was more casual than Bonpoint. When I became pregnant, she asked me to join the company to learn more about the business and slowly we started the Bonton story together. Describe a typical day for you.
We are up at 7am every day – our three
children have school from 8am, Monday to Saturday. We have breakfast as a family – I love this time together, even though now it lasts only 10 minutes because my teenagers are always running late! Then I go to the office – it’s close to one of our stores so usually we pop in there to discuss merchandising or displays. Then I try to go to the gym, around 7pm, two or three times a week. After, I’ll have dinner at home with the kids and watch a movie, or we go out for dinner with friends.
How do you juggle family with work?
What’s the best thing about your job?
I love the energy of this town, and I think English people are so chic! We had been looking for a store here for over 10 years, so the opening was one of our favourite moments of 2017.
The people! I love that moment when an idea lands on the table, and a good idea can be brought by anyone on the team. I think this is one of the keys to Bonton’s success, we have a very collegial way of working and everyone’s opinion counts. And I am sure our customers feel that behind every product there is a mother or father who has already approved it. I also love meeting with authors, artists, designers and other brands – it’s very rewarding. Who is the Bonton customer?
I like to think that we have multiple kinds because of our variety of products and price points. The brand appeals to everyone. Bonton made its UK debut with a new store in Westbourne Grove in November 2017
With Khadija, our nanny. I’ve known her since before having my son, and she has been there with us since. The only way to juggle family with work, for me, is knowing someone is at home with my children and doing things as well as I would, or even better – especially with the cooking! You recently opened Bonton’s first UK store in Notting Hill. What do you love about London?
What advice would you give to other mothers wanting to launch a business?
Find your identity and the specificity of your project and stick to it. Never get greedy, even if you are sometimes tempted. I am convinced that when you are faithful to your project, the customers are never disappointed. What’s next for Bonton?
A second store in London – we’d love to have a huge flagship here. And also another opening in France, probably in Marseille. L bonton.fr
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