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Review: The Milestones Museum, Basingstoke

TweetAs another British summer arrives, the imploration on every parent’s lips is the same: I need rainy day activity ideas! We’re constantly on the lookout for interesting outings, especially as our teenager and tween are long past enjoying soft-play. We recently visited the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke and discovered a great afternoon’s outing that’s educational to boot. We were...

Cotswolds: Delicious food at the Upton Smokery

Tweet  One of the delights of the English countryside is farm shops. Countless times we’ve followed modest signs pointing to discover gustatorial Aladdin’s caves, full of luscious cheeses, tempting meats, fruits so beguiling they’re a little bit obscene. Often I’ll also pick up some bowls or interesting kitchen knickknack as a gift. When we visited the Uptom Smokery (@Uptonsmokery), I...

Hampshire: Exploring Hillier Gardens with kids

Tweet   There are few things more glorious than an English garden in fine weather. Before I moved to the UK I had no real understanding of how passionate the English are about gardening. They feel about gardening the way so many other people feel about food or sex or myriad other things-not-gardening. I would recommend any visitor to England makes an effort to visit one of the fabulous gardens, and now on my ...

Jumping on the giant inflatable Stonehenge

TweetI thought the coolest thing that Jeremy Deller has done was his documentary about Depeche Mode fanatics, “Our Hobby Is Depeche Mode“. That was until we visited Sacrilege, his inflatable Stonehenge. This is surely the only giant bouncy prehistoric World Heritage site in the world. It’s travelling around England and, looking for something more inspiring than another day at the local park, I...

Day out: Crazy golf on the roof of Selfridges

TweetIt turns out you can have your cake and golf it too. The clever chaps behind Bompas & Parr have teamed up with Selfridges to create an installation on the roof of the department store – a cake-based crazy golf course. These were the guys who last year flooded the roof to make an emerald green boating lake. Now they’ve created this 9-hole course with hazards made of cake. For years Bompas &...

Brixton Village Market for families

Tweet   Our quest for the best burger took us today to Brixton Village Market, to try Honest Burgers. It’s drawn raves from The Observer’s Jay Raynor, Metro and TimeOut, among many others. In the olden days, before children, this is the kind of place I would have strategised to visit with my friend R. before the first magazine or newspaper write-up. These days, we’re lucky to get someplace...

Battersea Park – my Instagram/PhotoToaster gallery

TweetOne of my favourite things to do on a Sunday morning is walk through Battersea Park. I used to do the same thing in Prospect Park when I lived in Brooklyn, in Windsor Terrace. (About which: don’t be fooled by the celebrity status of Central Park. Prospect Park, also designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, is in my opinion a far superior park, with fewer crowds, less trampled grounds and just...

Where to shop this weekend to help London children

TweetWhen you go out shopping for affordable, thoughtful and delightful gifts for family and friends this weekend, you can also help give to Kids Company, the charity that helps disadvantaged children. The usual sidewalk scrum at Oxford and Regent Streets will be replaced with a completely pedestrianized experience, with the streets closed to traffic. It’s called the American Express Shop West End VIP (very...

Review: The ice rink at Westfields London

TweetJust as blockbuster screenwriters all get the same idea at the same time (annihilating animal virus almost wipes out humanity, obscure comic-book hero gets reimagined as self-consciously cocky metrosexual), several years back a lot of the premier tourist attractions in London all had the same brainstorm: let’s open an ice skating rink! In truth, you wonder why they waited so long. As winter fun goes, ice...

Family day out: Midcentury Modern, Dulwich

TweetTake a seat, or maybe a desk or a vintage vase. In truth, you’ll want to take them all home from Midcentury Modern this Sunday, the best fair I’ve found to see, touch, and – frankly – oogle fabulous midcentury furnishings. All year long I look forward to the Midcentury Modern fair, where close to 100 vintage dealers sell absolutely gorgeous ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, even...

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