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Jamie's Italian

Jamie's Italian

Just off Piccadilly Circus, this Jamie's Italian is set within a converted pub and has a terrace too that is lovely on a summer's evening. The fresh pastas and cocktails are very tasty!

East Street

East Street

Quick and tasty Pan Asian food just off Oxford Street.

easyGym

easyGym

A hidden gem gym at the top of the Plaza Shopping Centre. It's been the setting for a few famous ITV film shoots and has an excellent double gym class session on a Sunday morning!

Busaba Ethai

Busaba Ethai

This is the perfect place for a quick and tasty dinner with friends in central London. The pad thai is so tasty and they even have an app that you can save money with.

Said

Said

The most dreamy place for a late night hot chocolate...

Bageriet

Bageriet

A Swedish bakery selling the best cinnamon rolls in town!

One Aldwych

One Aldwych

The afternoon tea at One Aldwych is a magical experience. Inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the steaming cocktail is just one of the culinary spectacles!

The Gallery, Sketch

The Gallery, Sketch

A stylish spot for afternoon tea, but be sure to check out the toilets that are shaped like eggs!

Soul Cycle

Soul Cycle

A cult-like following has brought this incredible workout studio from America to its first London location - a great workout!

Neal's Yard

Neal's Yard

Bohemian cafes and shops with a relaxed vibe - the brightly painted frontages add to the quirky nature of this delightful central back street.

TKTS

TKTS

One of the best kept secrets in London apparently. The TKTS booth sits in the middle of Leicester Square and is the official ticket reseller for all of London's West End shows. Left over seats are passed to TKTS a few days before each show and sold at a phenomenal discount - sometimes more than half price!

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Based on Forest Gump, this lovely shrimp restaurant from the USA has opened its first restaurant in London! Amazing food and the restaurant is decked out just like you're on the film - it has its own gift shop too!

Bone Daddies

Bone Daddies

A small but tasty menu of Japanese ramen dishes.

Dishoom

Dishoom

If you really want to taste Indian food, then this is the place to go. They offer chai (tea) in a little cup when you're in the queue and the atmosphere at this place is amazing - it feels just like Bombay!

Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House

My favourite place in all of London, the Royal Opera House stages world class performances. Although top seats are pricey, you can get cheap tickets from £5 if you're happy to be further back.

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Seven Dial Under 5s Stay & Play

Covent Garden Community Centre
Large private room, toys provided. Coffee and tea at £1.50 with unlimited refills. (Large selection of food and drink available to buy at the bar - reasonably priced) Website

Mini Mozart- Babies and Toddlers Concert and Class

St-Martin-in-the-Fields
Although you are welcome to book your baby into his/her older sibling's class, if like us, you were crazy enough to have two kids close together, we have another option for you. At some venues we offer a specific mixed Babies & Toddlers class where babies enjoy the class with their adults and the older sibling interacts with the teacher. (0 - 4 yrs) Packed with piano & percussion, bursting with Bach & bubbles, and flush with fairy tales and flutes. Website

Rhyme Time

Charing Cross Library
What a hidden gem this rhyme time is ... and it is going to get better. Robin Martin brings her wonderful voice and entertainment talents to the Charing Cross rhyme time in addition to the Wednesday session at the Mayfair library. Robin definitely adds West End panache to the Under Fives library sessions. Under 5's Website

Toddler FC

Central YMCA
Kick-start your child's football skills with our energetic sessions designed to improve technique and fitness led by our qualified football coaches. Website

Saturday Club

YMCA Club
An energetic start to the weekend is something we all need - adults and children alike. Our Saturday Club is a fabulous way for your children to get fit, be creative and socialise, ensuring they have a stimulating start to their Saturdays. Suitable for children aged 4 to 12, among the activities on offer are swimming, trampolining, basketball, indoor football, pottery, arts and crafts, a bouncy castle and capoeira. Give your child something fun to do for the weekend! Website

Oasis Sports Center


The central Oasis Sports Centre includes not one but two swimming pools - one indoor and one outdoor, both heated. Often the outdoor pool is popular with recreational swimmers and can be more over-crowded than the indoor pool even during the winter months. £3.75 (Outdoor swim) Website

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Dragon Hall
The Under 5s Drop In at Dragon Hall is on Friday mornings from 10am to 2pm, during school term time. All under 5s are welcome with their parents or carers. There is lots of space to run around, different activities each week including trips out to other venues Website

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