The Luvaville Blog
The Luvaville.com Blog is ALL about travel and lifestyle for urban parents. Here, we wish to share with you some of our travel experiences as well as tips and various recommendations on fashion, great design, trendy and practical products that go along with life as parents.
When you are in London, it's a must to swing by one of the Caramel baby & Child shops. If you happen to be in London this coming Saturday 25th of May, you are invited to view the party collection at Selfridges. It's no secret that we are huge fans of Caramel and even if London is not on the destination list, their webshop is just a click away!
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If you are in London during the Easter holidays, you shouldn't miss out on the Lindt Easter Egg Hunt in Covent Garden. This is the second time, that the golden Lindt bunny is taken over London and at the same time supporting Action for Children. This year, the Big Egg Hunt is on tour in 10 different cities in the UK. 101 eggs have been decorated by leading artists and will go on auktion to raise funds for Action for Children. So if you are in London, please join the fun and support the good case at the same time. See the program here and download the map of Covent Garden. There will be many activities: egg hunting, Moshi Monsters activities and meeting Peppa Pig. So get ready for some chocolate hunting!!!
London seems to be laid out for a parent with a stroller in one hand and a toddler in the other one, offering good spaces in streets, in shops, in restaurants and in supermarkets. The true marvel of London is its beautiful parks which most of them have very entertaining playgrounds and wonderful zoos. Many restaurants are offering fresh and healthy food together with special amenities for children and families, so it's always easy to find a place to eat. Furthermore, parents as well as kids can enjoy a vibrant cultural life combined with great shopping in London. Find more addresses in our full guide here, where you can search for specific facilities and areas according to your family's needs! London has it all and despite what many people thing very child-friendly!
At the moment, you get a 25 Euros discount when booking an apartment with Waytostay, using the code Luvaville.
Where to sleep
Stay in this 1 bedroom apartment with Waytostay in the heart of the fashionable area of Kensington and Chelsea. Here you are close to all the great museums in London, the best shopping and some of the fantastic sights that London has to offer.
The Avni Standard apartment has 57 sqm and includes a living room with a fold-out bed, a kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom. This way, you can comfortably fit the entire family and still have the comfort of eating in during the nights and taking it slow during the mornings. When you visit London, you walk around most the day and the central location of your apartment is vital. You have here Hyde Park with many playgrounds a stroll away and the amazing Natural History Museum just around the corner.
During the month of February, we focus on spring breaks and apartment rental in collaboration with Waytostay to give you and your family the best city break experiences.
Sara Helena Kangas is our Friday guestblogger here on Luvaville.com and an experienced family traveller. She is also the author of two brilliant guide books for children and their parents to cities such as Berlin & London under the "Ella Bellas eventyr". Sara also writes a blog (only in Danish) with lots of tips and tricks for other cities. Hopefully, her guide books will soon be translated into English at some point until then all you none Danish people outthere can follow her here with us!. Read our review of her first book with Elle Bella in Berlin here.
Once again it is possible to experience the wonderful fountain in the courtyard of the London Somerset House. For the last two months it has been closed due to the ice rink (It was possible to use it up to last Sunday December 6th). But now the 55 waterjets is back in function – and it’s quite impressive to see it ...
Somerset House is located close to the river Themsen, which is cutting its way through the capital of England. The building (neoclassical architecture) from 1796 contains a lot of different exhibitions that get changed along the year. Thanks to that discovering modern art and nice design is an easy thing. And if you go through the main building, you can enjoy a cup of coffee, a sandwich or another dish with a stunning view over the river Themsen, at the River Terrace. But then again ... going to the café requires that you are able to drag the kids away from the funny fountain with the almost dancing water ... A really great experience!
We are happy to introduce you to Sara Kangas as a guestblogger here on Luvaville.com. Sara will be blogging here with us on Fridays, so stay tuned. Her first blogpost is naturally about her new guide book coming out in the serie of the little girl Ella Bella and her family adventures. Read our review of her first book with Elle Bella in Berlin here.
On monday, December 3rd, is the big release of the second book of the adventures of Ella Bella and her family. Ella Bella is a 5 year-old girl who is the main character in a new series of guidebooks. The main goal of Ella Bella's adventures is to experience new cultures as a family but explained in a way that kids can understand. In the first book, which was released in June 2012, Ella Bella goes on adventures with her big brother and their parents in Berlin. Right now the books are only available in Danish under the title "Ella Bellas eventyr", but hopefully an English version of the books is not too far away!
This time Ella Bella travels to the wonderful capital of England, London. The city has an incredible number of cultural sights and must-see museums – not to mention the parks, the cafés and the nice, colorful markets. Follow the stories of Ella Bella and her family here on the Luvaville-site, as they discover the culture in a wide range of big European cities such as Paris, Barcelona, Oslo – and of course Berlin and London.
Bianca Wessel is the famous blogger about Scandinavian lifestyle for kids: Little Scandinavian and for adults: Go Scandinavian. Bianca comes from Norway but lives in London with her husband Børre and their two daughters Beatrice age 11 and Amélie age 7. Bianca is here inviting you to get a little peak of her life, everyday life in London with kids, favorite places and nice travel adventures.
1. What do you like best about living in London with children?
2. What is it like a typical day in London with your family?
3. What is your favorite area in the city and why?
4. Where do you like to go for lunch or dinner with your daughters?
5. What kind of public transport do you use getting around in the city with your family?
6. Your favorite shops for yourself and for your daughters?
7. The best play ground or cultural activity in the city?
8. When you are travelling on family city breaks or vacation, what's most important when selecting the destination for your family?
9. Can you recommend a city to discover with children and why parents should take the kids along?
10. What's your next travel destination with children?
During the next 4 days you can get 20% off on all collections at Caramel Baby & Child, one of my favorite British fashion brands. So pass by the stores in London see addresses here, here and here or click by the online store and find the kid's party wear for the Christmas holidays, toys or something really beautiful for the home from the new interior collection!
In Harrods, you can the next few months find a Disney Pop Up store with all the amazing Disney characters that children love. On the 4th floor, you find the children's department with clothes and toys. Enter the magic universe, the kids will love it and the parents and grand-parents will certainly find ideas for this year's Christmas presents. You also find a little family restaurant The Three House just by if you and the kids need a refill. Do remember to check out the Christmas window decorations also with the Disney theme or read about it here!
Harrods, 135 Brompton Rd, SW3 1 Kensington
If we were going to London, I know that my daughter would love to get a look at the beautifully decorated Harrods. Like every year, the famous department store, creates the most amazing Christmas window decorations and this year with the opening of a Disney Pop Up Shop on 4th floor - the theme will make every child and little girl sparkle. All the famous Disney princesses decorate the windows in the most beautiful designer dresses and scenary. Sleeping Beauty, Jasmin, Pocahontas, Papunzel, Belle, Ariel, Mulan and Snow white - they are all there... so if you are travelling to London, make sure to pass by, kids as well as parents will be fashinated by the decorations. The decorations were reveiled at the Christmas parade last week.
Harrods, 135 Brompton Rd, SW3 1 Kensington - www.harrods.com
All images from Harrods Facebook page
Come and try gourmet cupcakes, cuptails, cake pops and much more at Molly Bakes pop-up Halloween cake shop this Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 5pm at The Hoxton Hotel in Lodon! Get ready for some scary treats! See more on www.hoxtonhotels.com!
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