Family travel with flair

9 tips for families at Polo in the Park

  The official signs are iris-purple, the Champagne Lanson tent is a dashing pink, the women’s dresses and children’s outfits turn them into a sea of peonies, bluebells and bright honeysuckle. Even the gents stride round in trousers the colour of spearmint, lemon meringue and coral. This was our second year to attend Chesterton’s Polo in the Park in London as a guest of the event. Once again...

Review: The World of Charles and Ray Eames, Barbican

  Take a seat. In this case, a quintessential seat of the 20th century. That’s the way into the The World of Charles and Ray Eames, a current design exhibition at the Barbican – about the couple who created the iconic plastic DSW chair, the moulded plywood chair, the lounge chair and ottoman, all of which still feature like furniture supermodels in modern home magazines, in films and on television, even...

London summer family fun: Polo in the Park

Summer in London is awash in festivals and outdoor parties, but there’s something quite special about Polo in the Park. The sport has real elegance, excitement and panache, and now it’s more family friendly than ever. (Scroll to the bottom for discount code for money off your tickets for the Friday or Sunday.) The organisers have teamed up with Sharky & George, the cool, fun children’s...

I’m going to BritMums Live 2105 – join the Linky

Talk about a great day out. Usually on Jenography I write about outings with the family or grown-up experiences when we occasionally leave the kids at home. But one of the biggest weekends of my year is BritMums Live, the blogging and social media conference we organise at BritMums. We get to socialise, network and learn with hundreds of our closest friends. It’s coming up on 19-20 June at The Brewery in...

iPhoneography: Preparing for Chinese New Year in London

I’ve always loved Chinese New Year, even if we don’t always celebrate it in grand style. I also love walking through Chinatown in London whenever I’m in the West End. Compared with Chinatown in New York, which has taken over Little Italy and goes on for block and blocks, London’s Chinatown is basically one or maybe two streets. It’s tiny, really. But whenever I am on my way to...

3 top tips for ice skating at Natural History Museum

Ice skating is a regular part of the Christmas season for us. Maybe it’s because I grew up with visions of myself twirling on ice like Dorothy Hamill (the US equivalent of Jane Torville in singles skating). This rarely happened. I grew up in a semi-arid desert, the nearest rink an hour and a half drive away. These days in London, you’re never far from someplace where you can get your skates on....

Summer in London: Wahaca on the Southbank

  There are those moments when I’m reminded how much I love living in cities and how much I love living in London. Tonight was a glorious summer evening on the Southbank, the Summer of Love festival is going on, people were drinking and relaxing on the terrace and I met Selena from Oh, the Places We Will Go at the Wahaca Southbank Experience. Wahaca really is one of the best places to get — we...

Visiting Wimbledon the British way

While the usual signs of British summer are here — chilly weather, drizzle, deep supermarket discounts on Pimms — this year I’m taking full advantage and doing 2 traditional British summer activities: attending Wimbledon and going to the Henley Regatta. These two activities incorporate so many things the English hold dear: dressing up, drinking, attending civilised sporting events and...

The best holiday ice skating in London

Over the past several years my family and I have criss-crossed the city trying out different ice skating rinks. I’ve loved it since childhood, when I would force my mother to drive from 2 1/2 hours to the nearest ice rink so I could pretend I was an ice princess. (I have a great picture of me trying to do an arabesque on ice — the minute my mother hit the shutter, I hit a chink in the ice and she...

A good children’s bookshop in Dulwich

I don’t make it over to Dulwich very often, although we do go for the Midcentury Modern Fair. (See my review of the fair.) Now I have another reason to go: the Tales on Moon Lane bookshop. I’ve heard things here and there about this bookshop – great for kids, enchanting, and so on. In a recent blog post, Nell Gifford – who founded the excellent Gifford’s Circus of which I am a personal...

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