Our family tradition featuring Giraffe

My dad was leaving town last Tuesday and one of our family traditions is to go out to dinner as a family the evening before someone is flying out. But on Monday I didn’t have anyone to watch S and so we decided to go for brunch on the Sunday. It was also the day the clocks went back and so by 10am “new time”, we were all quite hungry.

We headed over to Giraffe in Belsize Park.

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I’ve never eaten there but driven by the one near us and used the loo at the one on the Southbank (my favourite part of London). Giraffe is bright and spacious and very child friendly (there were several family tables when we got there). As soon as we were seated our waiter brought over some crayons and a colouring sheet for S. Soon after he took our order he brought a little plastic green giraffe over for S which became his favourite toy for the next week.

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Whether you want something light like yoghurt and fruit, something slightly heavier like Croque Giraffe or something indulgent like stacked blueberry and banana pancakes, Giraffe caters to everyone. They also have a good selection for kids and at great prices (£5.65 for a meal and a drink).

I ordered S the Sunny Schnitzel & Salad (with a side of steamed vegetables) and being a lover of all things spicy, I had the Huevos Rancheros Mexican Breakfast. I can tell you, it really hit the spot. The base was crispy, the avocado and tomato salsa was so fresh, the eggs were perfectly cooked and the jalapenos and chorizo gave it a spicy kick.

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I’ve had a look at the mains menu online and it’s definitely a place I need to check out again. S is still young and when eating out I like to know he’s getting good quality, fresh food. Giraffe hits the nail on the head with that one!

Toddler’s morning out

S is currently on summer break from nursery and so apart from a 90 min nap at lunchtime, we have 10 hours a day to fill. I’ve decided to use this time to do things around London (and the UK) that we don’t usually get to do: The army museum, the national history museum, the science museum, Gulliver’s World, Peppa Pig World and general out and aboutness are on my list.

A fortnight ago I had friends in town and we did the Original London Bus Tour (review coming soon) and yesterday I had to go down to Holborn and took S with me. We got dropped off to the tube station (thanks mom!) and took the Northern Line and then the Central Line to Holborn. On the return we did the same journey but then took a bus home from the tube station. S absolutely loved it. He loves trains and buses and he’s at that age where he prefers not to use a pram, which actually makes life a lot easier for me. He knows we have to press the traffic light button before crossing the road and wait for the green man. He listens to instructions, holds my hand and understands the concept of “cars coming”. I’m loving this age and his new found independence.

Also, people are so friendly when you’re out and about with a toddler. Granted, S says hi and bye to practically everyone but people let you on the train first, offer you a seat quite quickly, S has even been offered fruit by a lady who’s banana he was eye’ing.

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When on the tube…

Think I need to add the Transport Museum in Convent Garden to my list of places to visit before the end of the summer.

Are there any other must see toddler friendly places you recommend in London?