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London Gardens, Fenton House

Hampstead, It's always a pleasure to meet. We adore wandering your beautiful rose lined cobbly lanes, each time we are with you we can barely believe you are in London.

We will forever thrive off of the hustle and bustle of living in London. It's an inherent part of us. It keeps us motivated. It keeps us dreaming. But when those moments of being overwhelmed and overworked and perhaps overstimulated hit, we make sure we listen to our souls and escape to a place of sanctuary for a change of scene and to rest our minds.

Balance...it's the key to a successful, happy life.

That's what I believe at least. Even if for half a day every now and then. We have a growing list of places we go to for a little time out in London. There are tranquil spots in London, they just need to be discovered.

Fenton House transports you back in time to when life was a little less fast paced, enclosed by the most precious walled garden. A small piece of country life in London. How heavenly to spend a late Sunday afternoon playing lawn games as a family and exploring the vegetable garden, apple trees, hanging pears and every other beautiful element of this most wonderful plot. A wander around the house is also such a delight.

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Admiring...

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Escape to the Roald Dahl Museum
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Driving on the motorway out of London to escape the hustle and bustle of our crazily intense city for a moment is always exciting. A short distance from London in the beautiful home county of Berkhamstead tucked in the little village of Great Missenden you will find the home of Roald Dahl. A slightly sleepy yet pretty place, and very much unspoilt and beautifully uncommercialised. Quite a still, motionless village apart from odd locals running errands and small flocks that come to visit this gorgeous little museum dedicated to one of the world's favourite children's authors, quite a refreshing comparison to our day to day faced paced life.

To re-live moments of my own childhood with my children is beautiful. Roald Dahl is sure to be dear to most people of our generation. An author who we cannot wait to share with our children and escape reality and be transported to the land of Road Dahl via our imaginations. A whole day to fully immerse ourselves and learn more about the background and personality of such an influential person in our childhood and now our children.

The day was complemented just perfectly with another nostalgic element of our childhood, Mr Kipling cakes, which we munched on throughout our trip.

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Roald Dahl Museum - 81-83 High St, Great Missenden HP16 0AL

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum

 

A Spring Picnic at Kenwood House
Childhood. It's special. Let's make it magical. Turn the simplest moments into extravagant memories and let them live forever. 

Let the mind imagine a backdrop as perfect, stunning and vibrant as a treasured oil painting. A painting filled with every shade of pink and splashes of orange and yellow with a dash of white. The scene set with bloom covered archways leading to secret dens, paths and a fairytale garden just as you imagine in Alice in wonderland. That is where we setup our first official picnic of the year. Yes, such mesmerising places do exist in real life. London, yes, London.

Warm spring days are popping by every now and then, yearning to be used for late afternoon picnics wanting us to pretend summer has arrived almost a sneak peek, just a taster of our summer to come. And, on those days I am more than willling to oblige and pretend if only for a moment that summer is here to stay. I cannot help myself but to plan an outdoor picnic at any opportunity.

 Im just glad, for that opportunity to put together a picnic with a lot of style and creativity. I'm a creative and I will always look for the most creative way of doing the simplest things.

I just know these picnics will create lasting magical memories of their childhood. 

 

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Our picnic was in collaboration with www.notonthehighstreet.com

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Discover: Legoland Windsor
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Blessed with an Easter baby. 

Lucia turned 3. Excited. Perhaps the most excitement leading up to a birthday, ever. And, this is where she wanted to be. Couldn't be swayed with my endless bribes for a birthday party with friends. No. So, putting putting aside my dream of a 3rd birthday party, I reminded myself that her happiness was all that mattered. It was decided, Legoland it was.

And, just like that we were transported in mind and body. Utterly mesmerised and encapsulated somewhere that our souls yearned to be free and our inner child was released. For a moment we were taken back to our childhood and joined our children at that place in time where they are right now. Just as if we had been transported in a time machine. It was thrilling. It was Amazing. And, it was magical.

 Legoland does that to you.

Wouldn't it be lovely if every birthday filled you with excitement such as this.

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Gabriella wears:

Leggings - H&M kids

Top - TK Maxx (last season)

Trainers - Sports Direct

 

Westminster Abbey | London
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I really consider myself a cultured Londoner but i've mistakenly overlooked visiting Westminster Abbey.

How could I have never visited such a wonderful historic church which has been at the forefront of British History and tradition for many centuries, and, still is. 

This is the very thought that hovers in my mind after 5 minutes of entering the gates at Westminster Abbey.

In all honesty I must have walked and driven past this regal place more than a thousand times, always admiring its splendour yet never entered. I almost felt disappointed with myself that I'd never thought to make the effort to experience Westminster Abbey and it's ground before now. I love nothing more than sharing new experiences with my children and i'm so pleased I've had the opportunity enjoy something new with them. It was beyond exciting to tell them all about the royal weddings and other events that have taken place here. The grounds of Deans Yard were oldy worldy and cobbly taking you back in time for a few moments. With photography being forbidden inside the Abbey, I will leave that for you to experience yourselves.

Westminster Abbey shall never be overlooked again. It has been firmly moved to the top of my list of places to take visitors I have from out of town.

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Gabriella Wears:

Jeans - Zara kids | Top - Gap kids

Lucia Wears:

Dress - Zara kids

 

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Tea & Scones | V&A Madjeski Garden
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It's one of my favourite places to be. To rest, to relax, absorb and to be inspired. How I love the V&A. Why? It's pretty. It's toddler friendly. They serve tea and cake. I say no more.

On this day, we had a lazy summer morning. Which we love.

My suggestion on how to follow those slow summer mornings goes like this. I imagine you're not yet dressed, so thats the first task. Make lunch, a light lunch at home. Pack up a few bits for the little ones, don't forget the wipes or take nothing but a book if you're on your own. Plan your route to South Kensington. Wade through the tourist and keen British art enthusiasts and find sanctuary in the V&A's Madjeski Garden. Pick up where you left off with a slow relaxing afternoon by enjoying some tea and scones on the lawns whilst the little ones run around and explore the gardens and be entertained by the free children's activities.

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Crepes | Portobello Road

It's Our Thing

Every now and then. We must. We've just got to have it. Nothing else will do. 

Grabbing a roadside crepe off of a street stall is something that we love to do. Not any street stall. Has to be a Portobello street stall. So satisfy. So necessary. Hit's the spot like nothing else in that moment.

It's not just the crepe, but everything surrounding the crepe. The 10 minute walk along Westbourne Grove from home. Turning right onto Portobello right after having a quick glance to our left to catch the infamous rainbow coloured houses above the shops on Portobello. Experiencing that complete rush of inspiration as we scurry past the antique stalls and shops. Touching the crowds of tourists as we go. Waiting our turn and deciding in our minds what filling takes our fancy. Being pleasure and totally engrossed as we watch our crepes being made. Excitedly we almost always head to our right and decide which colour house and it's steps we want to sit on. Then, we savour our surroundings. We savour the moment.

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Gabriella Wears:

Top: Zara Kids

Jeans: Zara Kids

Battersea Park Zoo | A Family Day Out

We love to paint a beautiful weekend by filling it with adventures whether they be simple or extravagant in nature. We are keen animal lovers and although we have no pets yet we love nothing more than a day at the zoo or farm. Living in London has many things in plentiful amounts but zoos and farms is one particular area where you have slightly less choice. However, Battersea Park Zoo is a wonderful alternative to London Zoo and still relatively centrally located, just a stones throw away and short walk from Chelsea over Battersea Bridge which pleases the eyes and soul with the most encapsulating views if you choose to wander across. We couldn't resist the tempting views and decided to exit our uber ride a little early to enjoy a slow paced walk to savour the views over the bridge finding our way into the leafy hidden park. You will find the zoo tucked away just beyond the entrance nearest to Battersea Bridge. The zoo is a haven for families, designed with toddlers and younger children in mind. There are smaller animals, scheduled feeding times which can be watched and enjoyed by the whole family, small play areas dotted around and above all, it offers interactive moments which will very happily play on your mind  for all the right reasons.

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Take a Picnic

In my opinion, summer is made for picnics and let's seize every opportunity to have one. Make use of the beautiful Battersea Park in which the zoo is set in. It's beyond gorgeous. Take some time to soak up the summer sun, I certainly did. It felt so good to enjoy a punnet of dark red cherries and watch various people pass by. I'm actually a keen people watcher, honestly, I could sit somewhere for hours completely occupied. What better way to break up the day than to sit out on the lawns, set up a picnic and let the children run free and refuel. Not to mention the great opportunity to take a moment for yourself and watch the world go by. I literally enjoy making a meal out of a picnic, any opportunity to put my creativity to work. Styling our picnics by choosing pretty napkins, throwaway trays, summery melamine cups and lovely blankets certainly makes the whole affair even more enjoyable, for me, at least. Thankfully the girls always adore all the little details.

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Fabulous Play Areas

What makes Battersea Park Zoo that much more suitable for toddlers and younger children are the endless play areas. There are many places to make a pitstop, the play areas are scattered around the zoo waiting to be explored by little people. Just so ideal to keep them busy and avoid moments of boredom. I'm not quite sure what was more interesting for the Gabriella and Lucia, the animals or the amazing play areas. There were tunnels and Lucia became obsessed with, wooden tree houses that had them running in and sliding out. 

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The Orangery | Hyde Park

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The orangery is the most delightful, pretty, hidden gardens you may ever see, especially in London. From Spring time onwards the colours just continue to burst through, every time you visit you will see another layer of colour appear. Utterly gorgeous. Expect to be mesmerised and in awe of this peaceful oasis take some lunch and savour every detail, listen to the sound of water fall from the fountains and be sure to take your camera.

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We walk this Orangery even in the winter and I'm so glad that we do, I somehow appreciate the bare and moody backdrop the orangery provides in the Winter. Come the Spring, the transformation is just so spectacular. The white snowdrops in March that delicately stand around the orangery and through the walk way are the first sign of what's to come. The bluebells add another dimension,  a few weeks later, the tulips and other Spring flowers just take the whole experience to another very beautiful level.

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It makes the perfect place to have a wander with the children, it's perfect for toddlers, the bright florals seem to keep them very entertained. If you're really lucky take a book to enjoy whilst they nap. It's also a huge crowd pleaser for when you have guests from out of town or abroad and its totally free. 

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Take a stroll down the windy maze to the little cafe and enjoy a cup of tea at Kensingtoon palace. 

Warwick Castle | Trainline App

London, we Love you, but, we need some time away. Just a day will do, which, i’m sure will make our hearts yearn for you once again.

They say a change is as good as a rest. With juggling working life and a family lately, it’s been draining everything we have both mentally and physically. So, we decided to escape the rat race for a day. Family time is so precious, it’s rare at the moment, but ironically it’s the very reason why we are working so hard, so that we can have more time together, time to create beautiful memories that we will all treasure forever. For a little time out we decided on an adventure to Warwick castle in Warwickshire. It’s surprisingly easy to get to from London. Just a train ride away.

Climbing out of bed a couple of hours earlier than usual on the weekend was completely worth it. We huddled into a taxi which dropped us off 5 minutes down the road to Marylebone station. With no need to buy tickets because we purchased ours a couple of days before using the trainline app we had some time to grab some coffees and croissants from Patisserie Valerie. Sipping on hot coffee whilst letting the train take the strain and watching the city pass us by as we entered the countryside was utter bliss. Just what we all needed.

Warwick station is a tiny little station with no ammenities other than a small taxi station. A little word of advice would be to come prepared. Bring snacks, food and drinks for the little ones and yourself. It’s not London, there’s no Pret or Starbucks on every corner. Sometimes I forget how lucky we are. However, some remoteness was just what we were looking for. A very pretty 10 minute walk will take you to the castle from the station and you may be as lucky as we were and stumble upon the most delightful English Tea room ever. Located on Castle Street, just a few steps before the castle entrance you will find Thomas Oken Tea Rooms. The perfect spot and so fitting for a pit stop to refuel and enjoy our surroundings. They served the best scones I’ve ever tasted. Amazing.

We spent a long lazy afternoon wandering around Warwick Castle, climbing towers, pretending to be princesses, spotting the gorgeous peacocks dotted around the grounds and we watched the great big eagles fly around the huge estate. The girls explored everywhere, holding hands along the way. It was wonderful, very cold, but wonderful. I can imagine in the summer that you could make even more of the day, think dreamy picnics with the regal castle as the backdrop and refreshing drinks on the lawns in front of the conservatory admiring the stunning view of the river.

The Trainline app made the day run so smoothly, I cannot recommend the app more. I’m definitely the woman who loses her tickets, forgets to print them or arrives at the station so late that I miss my train because I have to book my ticket. The one thing I always have is my phone, so being able to pass through the gates with just showing your purchased tickets on the app or scanning the app is so convenient. Once your on the train its just a matter of showing your activated tickets on your app. How easy. Not only is it convenient but booking through the Trainline is sure to save you money with average savings being around 43%. I’m completely converted.

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Have Breakfast at the Park
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Breakfast in Hyde Park Mummy Gorgeous

I highly recommend having breakfast at the park at least a couple of times a week. If you live near one. Of course it's nice on a bright summer's morning, but actually, I quite enjoy moody winter mornings. The air is so crisp that it wakes you right up and there is a dual purpose to grabbing a coffee on the way, a caffeine fix and to keep your hands ever so warm. To be honest, I've always liked to spend the day's first moments in the park. I use this time to plan my day ahead, I relish in the quiet time to find inspiration and soak in the season around me. On my winter park visits I've realised that winter isn't that bad, it brings a sense of calm and stillness, so necessary when you live in London, any city, I guess.

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Breakfast in the park mummy gorgeous

This morning was one of those mornings where I had spent every moment until the early hours cleaning and tidying the house the night before and the thought of rice krispies smashed into the rugs, tables to be re-cleaned, milky hands over the just polished mirrors and the general chaos that mornings can bring, filled me with a little anxiety.

If you're super organised, then prepare a little homemade breakfast the night before, and, if you are like me then pop into a Pret, Starbucks or wherever you fancy along the way to the park and pick up some fresh coffee, a babyccino for the little ones (if they are with you) and few croissants. My girls love having breakfast at the park, they think it's such a treat, when really, it's probably more of a treat for me to not have to return home to mess and breakfast plates.

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What's even better is that you are already in the park so they can have a long run around and wear themselves out before lunch. Why shouldn't a mother enjoy a few peaceful moments while the children play and eat. When you return home, they will be as calm as can be. Bliss.

Ice-Cream at Harrods Ice Cream Parlour
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Harrods ice cream parlour

Just because it's cold outside let's not forget about ice-cream. Honestly, there is no chance for me to do such a thing, I'm forever reminded and asked for ice cream all year round. I know the girls have been missing their cold, sweet treat, so, I promised them an ice cream experience that would make up for the lack of ice creams over the past few months. They were not disappointed. Isn't there something just so mesmerising about Harrods? I can never wait to be overwhelmed with the feeling that you get as soon as you approach the guarded doors, the ones to the magical department store. It's a store that really plays with your senses, I love being whisked away to another land in mind and body. We all know that Harrods delivers a magical shopping experience and their dining experience is just as spectacular. For ice cream, there is simple nowhere like Harrods Ice Cream Parlour.

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Harrods ice cream parlour

I will make your decision very simple when it comes to choosing which ice cream sundae to choose. The Harrods Special. It wins hands down, no competition. It's the very reason visiting Harrods for ice cream is a clear winner. If I have visitors in town that request ice cream I always take them to experience the magic of a Harrods Special. I couldn't resist sharing a video of the ice cream showstopper.

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With just a little change from £20 it isn't cheap but honestly, the drama and theatre that comes with the truly scrumptious desert is priceless and when considering that it could easily feed two to three people it is quite cost effective. If you do treat your children to a trip to Harrods Ice Cream parlour, trust in me when I say that it will be spoken of for days, months and yes even years after. It would make the perfect birthday treat or reward for something special. It's also great for no reason at all.

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The Round Pond, Hyde park
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London blog - round pond hyde park

Dreary days, grey cloudy overcast and drizzling skies. Doesn't winter make it just that little more challenging to get yourself motivated? Let alone entertain little people. Feeding the ducks shouldn't just be left for spring and summer. The girls still like to get out in the fresh air so we have been strolling down to the round pond in Hyde Park to feed the ducks at least once or twice a week. We wrap up in our warmest attire, warm coats, woolly hats and knitted scarves and we pack a huge bag of stale bread for the ducks to enjoy.

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Family blog - round pond hyde park

At this time of year the round pond is a lot quieter and without sounding silly it's nice to spend quality time with the ducks without a million other people watching your feeding session. We usually always finish our time with a walk around the pond, its very peaceful, with a view that allows my mind to meditate and relax and in the near distance you can admire Kensington Palace.

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London travel blog - pond hyde park
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Mummy Blog - feeding ducks london
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UK Lifestyle Blog - round pond hyde park
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London Lifestyle Blog - pond hyde park london

Even if you don't live walking distance to Hyde Park, going to feed the ducks at the round pond is located in the perfect location, you can hop off the tube or bus at Queensway or Bayswater and on entering the park it's a very uncomplicated 5 minute straight walk from the entrance. If you're feeling really energetic you could combine it with a visit to the Diana Memorial Play Park which in my opinion is the best play park in London for children.

Nearest stations: Queensway or Bayswater

Seashells and Waves at Somerset House
Waves Somerset House London
Waves Somerset House London

It may not be home to London Fashion Week any longer but it's still very iconic, beautiful and one of THE places to be in London. I'm quite happy to sit in a cafe usually Tom's kitchen followed by a little wonder of the grounds. No matter what the weather I love to venture out onto the terrace where the most gorgeous view of the embankment can be found.

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Somerset House Buildings

Completely by luck we decided upon the perfect moment to spend an hour or two at Somerset House over the weekend. It's been on my ever-growing list of things to do. To see the Frozen Waves Broken Sublime exhibition by Marc Quinn, that is. It's one of those exhibitions that if I didn't see I would never have forgiven myself. The crowds had disappeared home to enjoy their Sunday roast and we were left to enjoy the exhibition with only a few others in the background. Utter Bliss. And, the perfect opportunity to snap some photos without lots of people ruining the shots and enjoy a little tranquility. The exhibition is beautifully set in their courtyard. It's simplicity allows your mind the time to appreciate the detail, time and passion that has gone into creating each of these magnificent oversized sculptures. It's actually displayed with lots of space giving the opportunity to admire each piece from many angles. The spaciousness gave my mind the chance to wander away, imagining crashing waves and dreaming of collecting seashells. That captivating yet peaceful feeling that is felt when you sit and listen to the sea at the beach could be felt. The choice of material works so wonderfully with the historically feel of Somerset House. The contrast of old buildings and the contemporary sculptures is stunning. Quite breathtaking. Isn't there something quite beautiful about mixing the old with the new?

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Couldn't resist a selfie moment with the beautiful seashell

Whilst I wandered the courtyard, the girls ran around like two little crazy bears. They found themselves a drain that formed a train track, and, they pretended to be trains while I appreciated the art. Not disturbing a soul. Could a mother ask for any more? This is what I love about outdoor exhibitions. I haven't got to worry.

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The huge doors that lead the way to Toms kitchen for a quick refuel before leaving to go home.

What I wore:

Cardigan - Zara Playsuit - Zara Boots - Topshop

A Wander at the V&A Museum
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Mid last week lots of thing were starting to pile on top of me. Rather than going around in circles and getting nowhere with anything I decided to take a moment and do something I enjoy. Since it had been a few months since I'd last been to the V&A I felt an afternoon at one of my favourites would put everything right. I've previously mentioned how our London Museums and Art galleries make the perfect meeting places or to have an inspring coffee on your own. Just being in a place surrounded by like minded people is often enough to get you motivated and feeling good or inspired.

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John Madejeski Gardens V&A
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Gabriella wanted to come along. If my children show interest in going to a museum or gallery I do try to take them. Personally, I think its never too early to introduce children to cultured activities and places. If they go from a young age their minds will have plenty of food for thought and give them opportunities to exercise their curiosities. They will become accustomed to the way they should behave and as they get older it will become second nature, they will ask questions about what they see, giving them wider topics of conversation and they will explore and have varied interests. The things we teach and do with our children is what they will do and pass on to their children. Which for me is a very comforting thought. I think it's lovely to keep such things that are important to you and your family alive. Not only that, it's such a pleasure that I can now share lots of quality experiences with Gabriella now that she is four.

Last week, whilst Lucia slept in the afternoon we hopped on a tube and decided to go the V & A Museum and enjoy some lunch in their stunning cafe, over lunch we made a last minute decision to go and see the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition. For those of you who haven't yet been, I will not ruin your experience by talking too much about it but it really is one not to be missed.

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Over the most delicious lunch in their cafe I keep wondering why I love the V&A so much. I believe its a combination of things. Their exhibtions quite often fit in with my love of fashion and textiles, I'm usually happy to go alone or I can usually always persuade a friend to go to a fashion exhibition if I fancy some company. The outside space, the John Madejeski Gardens somehow perfectly reflects the V&A, the colour tone and choice of flowers for the gardens have you feel as though you are wondering though a real life V&A print design. It's so clever.

After lunch we spent some time outside admiring the country style flowers against the red brick, the stunning summer pavilion by architect Frida Escobedo which symbolises reflection so well and I kept catching Gabriella playing with the water fountains. Why is water one of the temptations that children can never resist?

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The John Madejeski Gardens V&A Museum

I've often met friends at the V & A for lunch and its somewhere I'm really happy to take the children, I never feel as though they are a problem and you can always take them outside to let off some steam and have a run around. In the warmer months if the cafe is too civilised for the children make use of the John Madejeski Gardens outdoor food stall and have lunch on the lawns or tables outside.

John Madejeski Gardens
John Madejeski Gardens

I think Gabriella's outfit was perfect for the occasion. I'm so in love with the autumn raspberry tones and winter florals. Raspberry is rich, fruity and quite fun. The perfect alternative to the standard pink. I love them separately as well as together. the fringed boots add a hit of the 70's and boho vibe. Both of which I adore.

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AW15 trends
Fringed Boots
Fringed Boots

Gabriella Wears:

Jumper : Zara Skirts: Zara Tights: Zara Boots: Zara - last season

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Italian Fountains Hyde Park
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They make such a beautiful backdrop. The perfect spot to take a moment during a stroll through the park. You will often find people reading a book, eating lunch, enjoying a coffee or gazing at sparkling droplets of water that fall from the fountains. Long lazy afternoons reading a booking in front of the fountains are currently on hold, but we do take some time to hang out and have a snack, sometimes lunch, we say hello to the duckies and admire how beautiful this place is. I will often catch gabriella and Lucia completely taken in by the view, their little minds enjoying their surroundings. It's really very sweet.

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Gabriella loves to scoot up and down and all around the fountains as if they are part of a maze. Yesterday, she scooted until her heart was content, only popping back to me or rather Lucia to fuel up on some grapes and off she went.

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I can remember only a few years ago when this beautiful little spot had started to lose its charm. It was run down and very tired. I cannot described how pleased I was to see it be fully restored to its former glory, it has been carried out so beautifully. It feels regal, full of splendour and has a historically British feel again. If I ever have visitors over from out of town, I usually always take them to this spot after all it is a place to be admired.

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