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The Updated Ultimate Directory

I have just spent the last 5 hours updating the Directory – phew, that was a job that I had let slide but it feels great now to be up to date. The natural progression after a bit of a break was to include businesses and services not just in London but also in the South East, so that’s what I have done, updated every category including some new ones including GAP YEAR COURSES & PETS .

Hope you enjoy and get some helpful hints and don’t forget to email me with a recommendation!

Love Lucinda xx


Daisy First Aid – Fist Aid Courses at Home, South London Review on TLM 

Good Coverage – Practical, Affordable PR Training

Meri Rasoi – Unique Indian Cooking Courses At Home

Pippa Bateman – Public Speaking

Sew Pretty – Sewing Courses (Adults & Children)

Quick Brown Fox – Video Courses Review on TLM

Quince Art School – Learn How To Draw & Paint, Dorset

The Wyld Cookery School – Fun & Hands On Cooking Classes Review on TLM 

Yoga With Sabine – Private & Group Classes


Cece and Me – Chidren’s Shoe Fitting Service

Clarendon Tutors – Tuition & Cultural Trips For Kids Review on TLM

Ella’s Books – Bespoke Photo Books Spotlight

Katie’s Classroom – Online Video Tutorials for Primary School Kids

Kings Tutors – London based Private Tutoring

Labelistas – Personalised Labels for Bottles NEW ENTRY 

Lets Ask Livvy – Behavioural Strategies for Everyday Parenting  Spotlight 

London’s Little Thinkers – Educational Recommendations & Activities for Kids

My Pocket Money Toy – The Pocket Money Subscription Box

Ooh La Label – Custom Sticky Labels

Roll Out History – History Timeline For Your Wall

Speech & Language Therapist – Claire Torrence, Fulham

Smart Infused Fud – Brain Boosting Frozen Bay & Kids Food NEW ENTRY 

Teatime Tutors – Tutors Who Will Also Feed Your Children

Time Tokens – Manage Your Children’s Screentime

The Little Reading Club – Children’s Subscription Book Service To Your Door


Bespoke 360 – Car Management

Cozi App – Shared Family Diary

Car Sleuth – Car Sourcing Spotlight on TLM

Dropless – Waterless mobile car cleaning Review on TLM

Friends of Friends London – A Helping Hand For Every Day Life

Clutter Clinic – Professional Organising Service

Greystar Digital – Small Business Digital Solutions Featured in the TLM 2018 small businesses to watch

Jenny James Therapies – Aromatherapy Message

Occomedia – Web Designer Spotlight

Olivia Read – Life Coach Spotlight

Poppy’s Funerals – Alternative Funerals

Room To Breath – Virtual Assistants

Scooter Computer – Computer Help To Your Door

Storcx – the personalised money-pooling website for group presents or events


Charlotte Billington – Career Coach Spotlight

Joyce Guiness Recruitment – PA & Administrative Part & Full Time Jobs

Mini & Mighty – Marketing Consultancy Focused on Small Businesses

Pippa Bateman – Public Speaking Coach

Ruth Kudzi Coaching – Professional & Personal Coaching Service For Mums

The Return Hub – Relaunch your Career in Financial Services Spotlight


Arise & Shine Beauty – Mobile Beautician for New Mothers

Blow App – Blow Dry At Home Review on TLM

CKR – Eyelash Extensions

Moreton Place Beauty and Wellbeing – A discrete beauty sanctuary in Pimlico

Oskia London – Bioactive Skin Nutrition – Review on TLM

Secret Spa – Luxury Mobile Beauty Service

Treatwell – Discounted Last Minute Beauty Appointments


Au Pair World – Online Au Pair Service

Bea & Co – Creative Childcare Spotlight – Babysitters, Nannies, Au Pairs, Childminders & Tutors Spotlight

Clarendon Inspires – Bespoke Educational Days Out NEW ENTRY

Hello Mums – Award-winning babysitting service across London

Like Minders – Safe, Flexible & Affordable Babysitting & Childcare

Let’s Mush App –  Meet Local Mums

London Vacation Nanny – Nanny Service For London Holiday Makers

Rockabye Babysitters – Babysitters for London Hotels

Sort Your Help – Bespoke Domestic Placements

Student Nannies – Your Local Student Childcare Network

The London Mummy Network – A place to share & request childcare with other mothers

Transition Peak – Online Career Coaching NEW ENTRY

Wimbledon Babysitting – Trusted, Reliable Day & Evening Babysitters in South London


Baby Paddlers – Baby Swimming Lessons for children aged 0 – 4 years

Diddi Dance – Dance Classes for Under 5’s

Hoop App – What’s On For Kids in Your Area Review on TLM

Kidsorted – Holiday Club Finder

The Little Grand Tour – Children’s tours of museums and art galleries Review on TLM

Little House of Science – Classes for curious minds

Monkey Music – Music Classes for Babies & Pre Schoolers Throughout The UK

MCC Cricket Academy  – Cricket Courses NEW ENTRY

Role Models – Life Skills Courses, Special Education Courses & Creative Childcare

Shooting Starz – Football Classes/Clubs

Tatty Bumpkin – Kids Yoga Classes

The Little London Music School – Introducing Your Children To The Joy Of Music


Arambha – Handmade Leather Shoes from Ethiopia Spotlight

Annafie – Traditional Childrenswear NEW ENTRY

Big Cat Clothing – Men & Boys Swimming Trunks

Bumble & Ava – Traditional Children’s Clothes

Catapult Clothing – T Shirts for Boys

Den & Patch – Curated Boutique of The Best Children’s Brands NEW ENTRY

Coco-belle – Smocked Dresses from Paris

Dabble Beach Kit – Hoodies & Hammers for Little Ones NEW ENTRY

Five Boys Clothing – Boys Clothes & Accessories Spotlight

Folpetto – Italian Swimwear NEW ENTRY

Four Fairies & a Prince – Danish Clothes Spotlight

JuniperBerry Kids – Neon Accented Girls Dresses

Little Boxers – Traditional Boxer Shorts for Children

Little Leggies – Unique Girls Clothes 0-11

Mymia – Resortwear for Kids

My Twirl – Gorgeous Dresses For Girls Who Twirl NEW ENTRY

Olivier Baby & Kids – Cashmere & Liberty Prints

Sprout and Shed – Secondhand High Quality Children’s Clothes and Kit Featured in the TLM 2018 small businesses to watch

St Bert’s Clothing – Retro Clothing for Kids

Three North Stars – Children’s Pyjamas Featured in the TLM 2018 Small Businesses to watch

Tinker & Belle – Handmade Liberty Print Childrens Clothes

Twinkledust – Children’s Clothes and Accessories

We Are All – Vivid & Bright Australian Designed Childrens Clothes Spotlight 


Cupcake Family Club – Parsons Green

Maggie & Rose – Kensington & Chiswick

Orange Lion Club – Putney

Purple Dragon Play – Chelsea


Ballpix – Personalised Rugby & Footballs NEW ENTRY 

Big Bib – Beautiful, easy-to-wear, cotton and linen tunics for 2-7 year olds Featured in the TLM 2018 small businesses to watch

Harry & Holly – Online Store for Tween & Teenage Presents

Hullabaloo – Indian Block Printed Textiles

Liz & Pip – Personalised Children’s Prints NEW ENTRY 

Make It Friday – Personalise Bags & Transfers NEW ENTRY

Memories of Growing Up – Unique baby & Christening Gifts

Millie Pink – Gifts & Accessories for Tweens & Teens Spotlight

Millie Accessories – Hair Clips & Bows

Petrichor London – Handmade personalised accessories for kids Featured in the TLM 2018 small businesses to watch

Parrot Street – Book Club for Children Featured in the TLM 2018 small businesses to watch

Poppy & Honesty – Liberty Print Interiors

Smart Mats – Paper place mats to help educate children in a fun and interactive way Review on TLM

Tiny Magic Mail Monthly Themed Fairy Gifts Spotlight

Vintage Toy Art – Framed Traditional Toys


Animal Parties – Live Animal Parties at Home

Bead Kids – Jewellery Making Parties  NEW ENTRY 

Craft & Crumb – DIY Themed Childrens Cake to Make At Home

Crate a Party – Party Accessories Tailored To Your Theme & Delivered To Your Home

Dazzle & Fizz – Magical Bespoke Childrens Parties

GB Elegant Events – Event Decor & Party Supplier

Hercules Cake House – Handmade Occasion Cakes

Honeyjam – Ready Made Party Bags

Jelly & Blancmange – The One Stop Party Shop

Little Eco Eats – Biodegradable Packed Lunches NEW ENTRY

The Little Art Society – Arts and Crafts parties and workshops in London and the South Review on TLM

Sharky & George – Children’s Entertainers (Spotlight)

The Bubble Lady – Interactive Bubble Show at Home

Victoria Defty – Couture Cakes For Special Occasions


Alex Barker Catering – Private Caterer NEW ENTRY 

Archies Food – Seasonal Food Catering

GB Elegant Events – Event Decor & Party Supplier


Mange2 – Event Catering

Mini Epic – The Ultimate Party Invitation – Spotlight

Piccolo Plates – Childrens Meal Delivery Service

Top Hat – Event Catering


Culsans Gap Travel – Conservation Projects Abroad NEW ENTRY 

Freckles Childcare – Junior Nanny Course NEW ENTRY

The Hive Cookery School – The Ultimate Chalet Host Training

The Wyld Cookery School – Gap Year / Chalet Hosting


Casa Berti – 17th Century Private Tuscan Escape

La Pratola – The ultimate Tuscan villa for all the family Review on TLM

Villa 178 – 3 Bedroom Villa, Menorca

Rachel’s Villa Holidays – The holiday specialist for France and Italy Review on TLM

RoRo Retreats – Family Yoga Holidays

Tonic Lanka Collection – Boutique Villa’s & Hotels in Sri Lanka


Allerton Design – Landscape Gardener

Canford Frames – Framers

EMR Design – Building Services

Joanna Archer – Garden Designer Review on TLM 

Lance Lawson – Carpenter & Craftsman Spotlight

LH Property Services – Professional Quality Cleaning, With a Personal Touch

MK of Fulham – Electrician

Richard Cullinan Joinery – Joiner Spotlight

SW Property Repairs – Fixing Property in SW London

Task Rabbit App – Handymen To Your Door within Minutes

Timothy Cobbold – Painter & Decorator


Alice Leigh Design – Interior Designer London

Annabelle Holland – Interior Designer London & Hampshire

Ashoka Designs – Indian Inspired Lampshades and Soft Furnishings NEW ENTRY

Edward Bulmer – Natural Paints

Fenella Design – Interior Design & Lampshade Designer

Harris & Rose – Bespoke Curtains & Blinds London & Cotswolds NEW ENTRY 

Holdsworth Hunt Interiors – Interior Designer London, Oxon & Glos

Hollyhock Home – Nursery Fabric and Accessories

Kiddiewinkles – Online Children’s Interior Accessory Destination

Noa & Noni – Family Furniture

Olivine Life – Online interior design and advice Spotlight

PV Framing – Bespoke Picture Framers

Rosanna Lonsdale – Handpainted Lamp Bases

Sophie Stanbury – London Based Interior Designer

Talia Cobbold –  – Interior Designer  Spotlight


Daisy First Aid – Fist Aid Courses at Home, South London

Dr John Harper – Children’s Skin Specialist

Dr Ovaici – Private GP

Marina Palmer – Councillor, Specialising in Women Health

Naturdoc – Naturopath, Natural Investigation Into Health

The Courtyard Garden – Psycotherapy & Counselling

The Sleep Advisor – Healthy sleeping advice and solutions Review on TLM

The Wrinkle Dr – Cosmetic Proceedures  Spotlight


Indigo Island – Beach to Bar Shirts NEW ENTRY 

Pandora’s Boxers – Boxer Shorts

Plum – Luxury Alpaca Knitwear Featured in the TLM 2018 small businesses to watch

Proviz – High Visibility Sportswear

Stitched Shorts – Tailored Cotton Shorts NEW ENTRY 


Mungo & Maud – Dog & Cat Accessories

pampeano – Argentinian Personalised Leather Dog Collars & Leads

Tiny Wolf London -Colourful Canine Jumpers


Alexa Kidd-May Photography – Natural & Creative Family Photography

Anastasia Evdokimova – Newborn & Baby Photography

Heather Neilson – Maternity Photographer Specialist

Helen Bartlett – Award winning family photographer in black and white Spotlight

Jo Arkright Photography – Children & Families

Luciana Rizzi Photography – London Family, Lifestyle & Boudoir Photographer

Rebecca Challis – Headshots & Little Ones


Amy Shuckburgh – Portrait Artist

Caroline de Peraycave – Portrait Commissions in Oil & Charcoal  NEW ENTRY

Charlotte Ashenden – Portrait Artis

Phoebe Dickinson – Charcoal Portraits

Samuel Francis – Children’s Oil and Charcoal Portraits Review on TLM

Tess Greig – Pencil Portraits


AE Photography – Newborn Photography

Ann Dobson – Lactation Consultant Specialising in Tongue Tie

Baby Daze Brighton – Sleep Consultant London & Brighton NEW ENTRY 

Boo’s Baby Bites – Freshly Made, Freshly Frozen Delivered Straight To Your Door

Bump & Baby – London Antenatal Courses TLM Review

Cassandra Butcher – Newborn Photography

Chelsea Swim Spa – Mother & Baby Swimming

Clare Byam-Cook – Lactation Consultant

Essential Bag Company – Changing Bag Filled With Gifts

Hot Tea Mama – Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Tea Range NEW ENTRY 

Lulubaby – Antenatal Courses

Marloe London – Luxury Accessories for Parenthood

Stilettos & Strollers – Birth Companion for Modern Mothers NEW ENTRY

Tiny Tots Rentals – Don’t Buy – Rent! NEW ENTRY

The Baby Sleep Shop – All Your Babies Sleeping Needs

The Bump Class – Preparing Parents for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond – Spotlight

The Little Art Collection – Swaddles & Muslins

Yoga With Sabine – Pre and Post Natal Yoga Classes


A & L Property Solutions – Property Management Spotlight

A Place Like Home – Rent Out Your London Home as a Holiday Let

Hart & Vine – Property Finders in Tonbridge & Sevenoaks

Hutton Bubear – Property Search For Private Clients London & Hampshire  Spotlight  NEW ENTRY

Life After London – A Website to Help You Move Out of London

No Place Like Home – Family Homes Property Finder Spotlight

The London Property Match – Property Search in London Spotlight


Bubba Gumps – American Diner, West End Review 

Commander – Creche Every Sunday, Notting Hill

Goat – Kids Club Sunday, Chelsea Review 

T Rex Grill – Natural History Museum

Urban Meadow Cafe – Mummy & Mini Tea, Hyde Park Review

Sticky Fingers – American Diner, High Street Kensington

The Mitre – Gastro Pub, Fulham

Top Dog–  Hot Dogs, West End


Birchill Farm – Farm Stay, North Devon

Black Pig Retreats – Safari Glamping Tents, Dorset Review on TLM

Clydey Cottages – Farm Stay, Wales

Little Aldon – Holiday Home To Rent in Yeovil

Lucknam Park – Hotel and Spa – Wiltshire – Review on TLM

North Haynes Farm Cottages – Farm Stay, Devon (Good disabled access)

Mill Farm Glamping – Wiltshire

Mother Ivy’s Bay – Holiday Park, North Cornwall

Oyster Shell Lodge – House to Rent in Loch Fynne

Shallow Pool – House for 6, West Looe, Cornwall


Cellandia – Unique Storytelling Cards

Ellie Good – Illustrated Cards, Prints and Notebooks Featured in the TLM 2018 small businesses to watch

Erskine Rose – Marbled Notebooks

Illustries – Books For Sharing Life’s Best Moments

Ledbury Letterpress – Letterpress With Neon Colours

Painted By Alice – Bespoke Invitations & Silhouettes

No Issue – Customised Tissue Paper Featured in the TLM 2018 small businesses to watch

Small Signatures – Handpainted Personalised Letter & Note Cards NEW ENTRY


Amy Welfare Private Travel – Creating Unique Worldwide Travel Experiences

Magnus & Me – Travel & Lifestyle For Single Parents

Family Transfers – Airport transfers designed with children and families in mind Review on TLM

Peligoni Club – The Club Holiday For People Who Hate Club Holidays

Perivola Villas – Luxury Villas in Santorini, Greece*

Rachel’s Villa Holidays – A Free Villa Finding Service For Busy Parents

Scott Williams – Unique Access To Extraordinary Houses

Simpson Travel – Luxury Villas & Small Hotel, Europe

Smith & Family – Mr & Mrs Smith – For Families

Seven Ten Travel – Trusted Tour Operator – Review on TLM

Steamboat – Skiing Holidays, Colorado

Tots Too – Luxury Family Holidays


Air & Grace – Luxury Footwear

Beulah – Ethical Fashion Spotlight

Bella Hoskyns – Country Clothing NEW ENTRY 

Big Cat Clothing – Fur Gilets

Bundle Maclaren – London’s Hottest Young Milliner NEW ENTRY

Colour Attic – Handmade Sweatshirts

Kate Evans – Image Consultant and Life Coach – Review on TLM

Livotte – Luxury Organic Cotton Tops

Miller & Drake – Ladies Fedora Hats Featured in the TLM 2018 small businesses to watch

Indian Summer – Lifestyle & Gift Boutique

Les Chatelless – Customizable Slippers NEW ENTRY 

Loved By Da – Ibiza Inspired Womens Clothes & Accessories NEW ENTRY 

Octavia Hix – Upmarket Resortwear for Mothers & Daughters  NEW ENTRY 

Ridley London – Tops & Dresses Spotlight

Rose Rankin – Sneakers Spotlight

Sister Design – Gorgeous Resortwear

TLM Edit – A Curated Collection of Items From The London Mummy

pampeano – Argentinian Belts Spotlight

Parasol Rose – Undressing Solutions Spotlight


Auree – Jewellery Spotlight

Baroque – Jewellery and Gifts Featured in the TLM 2018 small business review

Brox Rocks – Handmade Jewellery

Forage Somerset – Lifestyle Products from around the World Featured in the TLM 2018 small businesses to watch

Harry Rocks – Unique Personalised Jewellery

KookyTwo – Stylish Handcrafted Jewellery

Rootie and Tootie – Hairtie Bracelets Featured in the TLM 2018 small businesses to watch

TLM Edit – fashion & Accessories Handpicked By The London Mummy


Amelia Anderson – Quirky Animal Designs

Anna Cox Cushions – Handmade Cushions

Apatchy – Personalised Bags and Cases

Bricks & Stitches – Online Fashion Shop and Blog

Ele Grafton – Bespoke Light Boxes, Collage Illustrations and Prints

Flossie & Bumble – Handmade Interior Accessories

Giftpop – One Stop Destination for Your Gift Needs

Harriet Hoult – Abstract Artist Spotlight

Initially London – Monogrammed Gifts and Accessories

Bee and Bear Bakery – Gift order Brownies, Muffins and Afternoon Tea Featured in the TLM 2018 small businesses to watch

Jolly Good Brownies – Delicious Brownies To Your Door & Subscription Boxed NEW ENTRY

Jo Deakin China – Beautifully crafted, fine bone china Review on TLM

Melissa LaFave London – Handpainted Glass Trays & Lamps NEW ENTRY 

Nicky Jack Art – Pen & Wash Architectural Watercolours

My Paper Tote – Gorgeous Strong Metallic Bags Made of Paper

Scarlett Woods – Cartridge Handbag, A Modern Shooting Bag NEW ENTRY 

Georgia Fiennes – Strikingly Fun Animal Paintings


The Modesty Company – Luxury Towel Wrap for Women

The Wedding Shop – Wedding List Services

Wedding Presents Direct – Online Bespoke Gift Service

Days Out Family Life Services

Lucinda’s Christmas Fair Line Up

Eek, I haven’t posted on here since April. Why? has been keeping me busy! I shouldn’t complain, however I do miss keeping you in the loop with new businesses, start ups, fashion round ups and what’s on so I fully intend to get back to it. As I am sure you can imagine, the longer I don’t do it the more of a hurdle it is both mentally and physically to get on and do it. Where to start!

To begin with, I thought I would share some fabulous Christmas Fairs that are popping up in the South East – of which I will be displaying my wares! If you are able to pop along, please come and say hi – I don’t bite 🙂

Click on the links below for more details or to pre order tickets (the big charity ones are ticketed). 


The EEC Christmas Fair

24th & 25th September

Tidworth, Wiltshire

The Daisy Trust 

Monday 30th September

East Wing, Hurlingam Club, London

St Michaels Hospice Christmas Gift Fair 

Tuesday 1st October

Sandford Springs, Kingsclere, Hampshire

Ludgrove School Christmas Fair 

Friday 4th October

Ludgrove, Wokingham

The Dummer Fair 

9th & 10th October

The Dummer Cricket Centre, RG25 2AR

The Cotswold Fair 

11th – 13th November

Daylesford, Kingham, Gloucestershire

The Fulham Prep Christmas Fair 

Sat 16th November

Greyhound Road, Fulham London

The Absolutely Best Christmas Fair 

Wed 20th & 21st November

Chelsea Town Hall, London

St Andrew School Fair 

Sat 30th November

St Andrews School, Berkshire

It’s going to be busy, but I can’t wait!

Oh and did I tell you we threw another thing into the mix? Our darling new golden retriever puppy Jofra. (Yes, the same as the cricketer, we chose him the day after we won the World Cup!)



Activities Property Services

Hutton Bubear : Finding Your Family Home

Spring has sprung and it’s the time of year when people who know it’s time for a change, start their property search. Where do you begin? Especially if you don’t know the area,  the house might be right but what about location, commute, community to name a few major aspects on making a ‘good move’.  The competition for a great family home, in particularly outside London, is fierce and you need someone in the know and on the ground who can be your eyes and ears to properties that you wouldn’t otherwise hear about…

This is where Catherine and Alice can assist! Hutton Bubear are a bespoke property-buying agent providing unrivalled access to properties marketed both privately and publicly including many not available on the open market.


Hutton Bubear

They act solely on behalf of their buyers and tenants to find homes across Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire and London.

They have excellent relationships with all the agents and are often first to hear about a new property on the market through word of mouth.

If any these counties are on your list – get in touch and I can guarantee they will make what is usually chore, very enjoyable!


We pride ourselves on clearly understanding our clients’ brief in order to find the perfect property for them.




What made you start your business?

We moved out of London to relocate in the country with small children in tow and even though we had a great deal of property experience, we realised that finding the perfect house is just the start. To us, there was an obvious gap in the market for a professional advisory service for families looking to make the move from town to country (or vice versa).

Together we decided to put our years of property search experience together and create the business to fill that gap. We both fully understand the challenges a big move brings and work tirelessly to make it as smooth as possible for our clients.

family home


Who is HB ideal for?

We’ve worked with lots of people in different situations, from families relocating from a big city to the country to those wanting to downsize. We’ve worked with investment buyers to those with no experience wanting to find their dream house.




We understand our clients have busy lives so our aim is to provide a home search that’s second to none as well as taking out the stress of the buying process by dealing with agents, lawyers and other third parties on our clients’ behalf.


How do you juggle work with family?

It’s easier now that all of our children are at school but with two of us, we were able to help each other out when we first set up the business. We’re a real team and when we’re not on the road finding properties we work where we live. Obviously we try and maintain a healthy balance but because there are two of us, it means we really can be in two places at once if we need to be!




What do you recommend thinking about when looking for a home?

  • Schools are obviously high on the list with most of our clients but the key is knowing the (realistic) travel times as well as fully understanding what each school can offer.
  • We look closely at the practicalities of commuting including train journeys and travel to stations.
  • We find out if there are any hidden catches that might be a future nuisance or financial burden along with checking a myriad of other things like road noise, planning applications, flight paths and so on.
  • Gut feel when you walk into a house counts for a lot but we make sure all the pros and cons have been fully investigated.


Alice’s Favourite’s 

Restaurant : Numero Uno on Northcote Road. A throwback to my London years! Still love it.

Hotel : Baba Beach Club in Thailand thanks to an unforgettable family holiday a few years ago.

Holiday Destination : The North coast of Scotland – remote, but so beautiful.

Shop : Iris in London. Happily they have a brilliant online shop so I can still visit albeit virtually these days!

Website : – gorgeous things for the home

Interior designer : Rita Konig

Parenting tip?

The ability to laugh, a proper Sunday roast and a good night’s sleep all help!


Give them a call today for an initial chat!

Alice 00447920 454 944 Catherine 00447885604127 or just have a nosy of their website…

Follow @huttonbubear on Instagram


Reviews Services Travel

Family Transfers : Take The Hassle Out of Your Journey To & From The Airport

We have all had the dilemma when the taxi has arrived without the correct car seat you definitely ordered. Only one thing for it – to take your own, which is a massive inconvenience – who wants to lug that across continents? Family Transfers is a company that specialises in making your trip as hassle free as possible.


We were lucky enough to review this service, starting in Hampshire at 4am at the beginning of the Easter Holidays. With an early flight booked and a way to drive to Stanstead it was brilliant to have a car to pick us up – with all the correct sized car seats for our three kids aged 8, 6 and 4.

Car Seats

A comfortable 8 seater arrived quietly in our drive ahead of schedule and Jorge our quiet and helpful driver leapt up to take the suitcases as soon as we appeared. We spaced the children out, seat belts on, radio off, perfect temperature and within half an hour all of us were asleep.


As they drive you straight to the drop off point there was no tassel of finding our designated parking space for the week.  Although I will hand it to Stanstead it is a well oiled machine and very organised, it is still quite far from the terminal to walk with kids – especially when it is so fresh first thing in the morning.


On our return, Jorge had our flight details so met us off our slightly delayed flight.


He immediately took control and loaded the bags onto a trolley (and maybe one or two kids!)


It was very helpful to have an extra pair of hands when dealing with tired hyper kids. My kids seem to go potty in an airport! Jorge pushed the trolley all the way to the car that gave us extra hands to guide the kids.


He delivered us home safely without a hiccup and I can honestly say it was such a joy having the transfer both ends sorted.  It is just another area to tick off your list when you are travelling that you don’t have to worry about.

Now for the next holiday….


They aren’t limited to airports – ports and train stations too or you could even hire a car and driver for the day and do a sight-seeing tour.

Use LONDONMUMMY10 for 10% off all bookings. Valid until end of June.



End of Tenancy Cleaning in A Hurry?

One of our major headaches when we rented out our house was the end of tenancy clean. I wish I had known about Nick and his Anyclean team, who I have handed over the reins to today. So if you need an end of tenancy clean – read on!

LogoSometimes, you need to leave town in a hurry. No, not because you’ve done something you shouldn’t – that’s another story – but because something’s changed in your life that requires a quick move. For example, you may have landed that great new job but so that you don’t spend most of your spare time commuting, it’s going to mean moving across to the other side of London – or to the other side of the country… or the world. Or you might finally have managed to put enough together to buy your own home so you want to move out of your rental accommodation into the new place as soon as you can. Or maybe your landlord’s selling up and the new owner of the place you’re renting wants you to move out (bad luck!).

Whatever the reason, there are times when speed is essential. However, an important part of moving out of is doing the clean-up.


If you’ve had to pay a deposit at the start of your tenancy (very common – a lot of landlords require this because there are some rotters out there renting homes, not like you) then you probably want it back again, especially if you have to move from one rented flat to another somewhere else. This means that you have to leave the house, whether furnished or unfurnished, in good condition. Even if you were lucky enough not to have to pay a deposit, it’s still just plain old good manners to clean up your mess before you leave simply because, well, how would you like to have to go into a place that’s been left in a mess?

As my mum always said, it’s nice to leave things better than you found them.


However, if you have to move out of your home, then you’ve probably already got enough on your to-do list, especially if you’ve got a family and/or pets in tow. You’ve got an entire household to pack up, transport to arrange, new schools to find and maybe even a farewell party or two to attend.


What Not to Bother About When You Move Out

Wait before you declutter.

OK, moving house is often touted as a great time to get rid of some of the junk that you’ve stuffed in the cupboards but the truth is that when you have to move in a hurry, you don’t have time to sort through all your stuff. The secret here is to get rid of obvious junk and rubbish thatyou encounter when you empty out the kitchen cupboards or whatever, but save the process of deciding whether you need something in your life or not to when you unpack at the other end.

Skip fancy cooking.

Yes, you may be a bit fan of Jamie Oliver’s 15-minute meals but these require a bit of organisation and preparation – and for you have all your kitchen equipment accessible, which might not be the case if you’ve already lobbed your blender and saucepans into the box labelled “Kitchen”. There are times when it seems that preparing and eating food just makes fresh mess to tidy up. This is one time when you’re allowed to eat most of your meals at the local Indian takeaway or to live on pizza.

Don’t pack everything!

Leave the kettle and your favourite mugs until the last moment so you can have a cuppa to restore your sanity while packing.


Places You Need to Check When Moving Out

It’s when you move out, especially in a hurry, that you suddenly realise how many odd nooks, crannies and corners there are in your home. Even if you call on a professional cleaning company to clean these odd spots, it’s still a wise idea to look inside them to see if you’ve left anything there.

Who knows – you might come across something you’d thought you’d lost.

Here’s a few places that you will probably need to check out, especially if you’re moving out from a furnished home:

· behind the sofa and behind any other large items of furniture like the fridge (this is usually the moment you discover how badly the carpets need to be cleaned)
· under the sofa cushions (not so many coins down there these days but other things still show up)
· weird storage spaces like under the house, in the roof or behind the garage
· built-in wardrobes
· in the hot water cupboard
· around the garden or outdoor spaces (there can be quite a few children’s toys in odd places like under bushes or in the flower beds)
· under the beds
· inside the oven, including in the warming drawer. Pull the warming drawer right out and look underneath it, as cake tins and pie dishes sometimes wriggle their way over the back and down
· inside the dishwasher, especially if the dishwasher is one of the fixtures. It can be all too easy to overlook a few spoons that fall down below the racks


Anyclean’s Professional Post Tenancy and Checkout Cleaning Service

Of course, if you’re really pressed for time and you want to make sure that you leave everything as you found it (if not better) so you can get your deposit back, your best bet is to call on somebody who has all the time in the world and who really knows how to get into those dark corners. This is where you can rely on end of tenancy cleaning services provided by Anyclean London. They’ve got teams of experienced professional cleaners who know the proper standards back to front, and working their way through standard checklists that meet these standards whether you are moving out of an unfurnished property or a furnished property. Even if you’re renting from a stingy tightwad Mr or Ms Fussy of the sort who’s reluctant to hand back the deposit because of little specks of fly crap on the window, evidence from the company (e.g. a receipt and a copy of the checklist) should be enough to back you up.


All of Anyclean’s work is fully insured with an added 100% satisfaction guarantee as a peace of mind. This guarantee states that if you’re not perfectly happy with how well something has been cleaned, then all you have to do is to let the office know all about it and explain why you think things should have been done better.

Anyclean will duly send the team back to do what’s needed – at no extra cost to you.

Speaking of cost, the company uses a transparent fixed pricing scheme. This means that it doesn’t matter how long the job take – you’ll get the same fixed price that you were quoted when you made the booking. Avoiding giving their customers nasty surprises, Anyclean goes a long way in making everybody happy.

If you need more than what the end of tenancy cleaning teams will do, such as window cleaning or deep cleaning for carpets, then Anyclean can help you out with this as well. In fact, if you book in for carpet cleaning and for end of tenancy cleaning at the same time, you’ll get a discount on the carpet clean!


Anyclean operates in all parts of the Greater London Metropolitan Area (inside the M25 ring) and are more than happy to provide moving out cleaning services for flats, homes, apartments and shared homes both furnished and unfurnished. In fact, if you can live in it, they can clean it!

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26 New Businesses for 2019 : Part 1

Only 3 months late but it has given me time to see and discover even more new businesses (new or new to me!) so this is a long one. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy a peruse.  Hopefully this will lead you to discover some gems too as I can assure you, Amazon doesn’t do a happy dance when they get an order like a small business owner does!

Loopster Where ‘Quality Children’s Clothes Live On’

If you are constantly weeding your kids wardrobe as they have grown out of lots of their clothes (often with only 1 or 2 wears) then Loopster is for you. Whether you want to buy good quality seconds or sell, you can do it all on here for kids up to the age off 8. These Rachel Riley pjs are only £7 – bargain!


Yately Papers Home & Desk Accessories

If you are looking to sort out your admin and organise your desk – the accessories from Yately will do the trick – very stylishly. The striking range of block printed fabrics make it hard to decide which design to go for, but once you have chosen I have no doubt you will want the whole range!


Covetable Dressing Your Table With Effortless Style

Only last week was I discussing where to buy goodies for your kitchen/dining tableland then I discovered Covetable. I love how you can shop in colours – obviously I shopped pink first and found these wonderful paper napkins!


Baby Daze Sleep Trainer & Experienced Doula

Feeling a little sleep deprived after the birth of your baby? Or maybe your toddler still isn’t sleeping well. Enlist the help of Georgie who is a qualified post natal doula and experienced sleep trainer. Covering London, Hove and Brighton, Georgie will help you feel human again!


Little Earth Baby Natural Baby Products

If you are looking for a baby sleep suit, sleeping bag or comforter, Little Earth Baby has a full range made from natural organic fabrics.

sleeping bag

A World Away  Sarah Best’s New Book

A lovely book about two kids who move from Australia to London and discover a football… with a secret. If you are an ex pat, have a football loving child or just like a jolly good story, I recommend this book from Fulham based mother Sarah Best.

A world away

JO&GYM The Activewear Marketplace

Buy all your activewear and accessories in one place with this extensive website for active peeps! (or if you want to look active!) It’s brilliant.


Cophough Gender Neutral Childrenswear

Buy by height and measurements rather than gender and age. Great idea – especially when kids come in all shapes and sizes. And you can’t go wrong as most of the items have a neon trim. Dream!


Luciana Rizzi Photography  Family lifestyle and boudoir photographer.

If you want to regain confidence and have some nice photos taken of you – perhaps as a present to your fiancee or husband on your anniversary – Luciana is the girl to do it.


Pipkin Clothing  Bespoke Flower Girl and Page Boy Outfits

You are probably familiar with the beautiful traditional clothing that Virginia sells. Well, I have some good news for all you bride to be’s out there (or those that need a recommendation). Pipkin is now designing and selling a bespoke bridesmaid, flower girl and page-boy service.

Pipkin Clothing

Angel Rocks  Mindful Collection

I love a bracelet to add to my arm candy and Angel Rocks bracelets are a wonderful addition. Beautifully made and wrapped, they would make a lovely present on Mothers Day.

Angel Rocks

Ballpix Personalised Rugby & Footballs

The look of delight on my boys faces when they saw their surname planted on a professional sized Gilbert rugby ball during the six nations game last weekend was brilliant. The only problem was the squabbling over who got to play with it. With the Rugby World Cup this year, this would be top of most kids birthday list! The other bonus is it arrives in a box fully blown up!BallPix

Sanoflore  Organic Skincare for Problem Skin

I have been using the Rosa Angelica rage for dehydrated skin for a couple of weeks and it certainly has made my skin feel nourished and bouncy. I apply the serum straight after a shower before the moisturiser and it helps my skin absorb the moisturiser more effectively. If you have a skin concern and also want to be assured you are using a company that is doing all they can to protect and give back to the environment, Sanoflore is a well priced place to start.



40 at 40 Scratch and Reveal Poster

I gave this to my brother for his 40th and it was received with delight. The idea is that you have to see how many of the activities and challenges you have done and if you can only scratch the next square once you have completed the previous one.

Scratch and Reveal

Rose Dixon-Green Illustration 

Whether you need name places and table names written or a personalised gift, I was delighted to see my name in PINK drawn by Rosie’s clever hands.  Choose your colours and hey presto. Rosie also illustrates and paints portraits in a mixture of mediums. One talented lady.


Charlotte Simpson Designs Handmade Clay Jewellery Bowls

I always admire someone who has taken a dramatic career chance and Charlotte is no exception. From a career in corporate  finance to following her passion for ceramics, she has captured a specific market by designing and making brightly coloured trinket bowls. Red and pink combined is my favourite colour combination so these bows are right up my street!

Charlotte Simpson


Roanne Orlebar Designs Monogrammed Pyjamas

Who doesn’t love a monogram? Especially when it is neon thread on SKI PRINT! If you are heading off to the mountains get everyone a pair (mens and kids too) and surprise everyone in your chalet when you walk down for breakfast!

Monogrammed PJs

Rosanna Lonsdale Decorative Lamp Bases

Oh my, this is a feast for the senses. It’s much easier to find a shade than a base these days and then when you do – there are too many to choose from!  Isn’t the lobster stunning?


Wool & Wolf British Made Sheepskins

Whether wanting a sheepskin for you or your dog, Sarah from South Devon saw a gap in the market for reasonably priced sheepskin that was homegrown. She sources from a tannery on the edge of Dartmoor. Voila – her lovely website selling them. How cool is that?

wool & woof

Ted & Bessie Alpaca Knitwear & Woven Interiors

If we want a warm jumper we often go for lambswool but I want to recommend a company that sells Alpaca products. The fibre is spun in Cornwall and knitted in Nottingham making it a truly British company.

al paca

Tinker Tinker Handmade Children’s Clothes

Tradtional styles made in the UK, Tinker Tinker sells beautiful colourful and practical clothes for little ones. My youngest has a waistcoat and it is on her morning till dusk whether around the house or under her coat when we go outside. Check them out!

tinker tinker

The Mat Company Mats For Everywhere in Your Home

Whether a mat for muddy rugby boots in the car, a wet dog in the boot or a dish draining mat (genius idea) these mats are washable and come in gorgeous colours. You don’t realise you need one until you see the website!

mat company

Georgie P Ceramic Plates & Bowls

I love the simple, vivid colours of these dishes which will certainly bring joy & style to your kids feeding time. Handmade by Georgie, she creates lots of lovely colour combinations, all with her signature star and a complimentary border around the edge.

Georgie P

Doodlemoo Home Decor & Gifts

A super fun lifestyle brand that will bring colour to your home. Love this print.

Transition Peak Online Career Training

Set up by experienced career coach Charlotte Billington, Transition Peak is a convenient and cost-effective alternative to expensive outplacement and coaching services. When Signing up to Transition Peak you get full access to tutorials and documents for a whole year. A great way to kick start your career.

Transition Peak

Sara Hartley Bespoke Jeweller

Whether it’s an engagement ring or personalised jewellery, Sara Hartley creates beautiful items that you can pass on for generations. The Tinies Tag is gorgeous!

Tinies Tag


So many wonderful businesses aren’t there!  I am going to do a Part 2 as have many more to share with you and don’t want to make this post too long! As always, thanks for reading and please remember to shop small and support small businesses.

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Lots of love and have a great weekend
Lucinda x

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13 Websites, Apps & Businesses for an Organised New Year

Happy New Year! Ok, might be 7 days late, but today is when the New Year officially starts. Back to school, work, tidy up, planning, to do list and sorting. I want to share a few useful ideas and businesses that you may find helpful at this time of year.

If you need personalised sticky labels…. 

Ooh La Label 

I buy these on repeat for shoes, water bottles and stationary. They are rub proof and dishwasher proof and I LOVE them (and even keep some in my wallet.

If you want to lower your monthly household bills… 


We have a few questionable bills at the moment, so I am going on to simple to use uSwitch and see if I can find a better deal. The win here is they switch it for you!

Time to book your next holiday…

Seventy Ten Travel 

Ed and his team are experts in all fields and will be able to curate a holiday for you saving you money at the same time.

For holiday ideas, explore the Travel section on TLM.

Thank you letters to write…. 

Small Signatures 

Gorgeous personalised writing paper for both kids and adults. My current stationary crush.

Small Signatures

If you have a pile of kids art work you don’t know what to do with… 

Barney & Wilf

Send off your prints to Catherine & Jennifer and they will draft artwork of all your kids artwork collated onto one big print. Genius and brilliant.

Barney & Wilf

Have old clothes to sell… 


Choose a cause for the money for the items you sell to go to. Great way to fundraise too.  Read more here


Looking for a new car… 

Car Sleuth 

Choose your next family car with the help of the team at Car Sleuth. Read more here 

Need to sort out your photos… 

Ella’s Books 

Send Ella all your photos and she will collate them into a beautiful hard back book for you.  Read more here

Need a shared diary.. 

Cozi Family Organiser 

I don’t think life would work without this app that both Alex and I have on our phone. Each family member has a coloured spot so we can see exactly what everyone is doing each day. It even has to do lists which we happily write on eachothers!!



Realise kids need new school shoes… 

Cece & Me 

Sam can pop over to your house with a selection of kids shoes and measure and provide the perfect pair!

Need your car washed at your convenience…


Ecofriendly waterless car wash that comes to your door. Read more here 


Have a property in London you need managing… 

A & L Property Solutions 

It’s one thing running your own house, but if you (are lucky enough to) have another property to manage it can all be too much. Contact Amelia who will be able to manage all aspects.

Looking for a nanny or nanny share… 

The London Mummy Network 

Join my Facebook group specifically set up for you to share what you need.

If you are looking for a caterer, artist, tutor or even organising a kids party – have a look at The Ultimate Directory for swathes of personal recommendations in lots of categories.

Please keep recommending to me, I love to hear and share!

Have a great day


Lucinda x

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Children’s Oil & Charcoal Portraits with Samuel Francis

Deciding on who to paint what will inevitably be passed down to the next generation and so forth, can be a tricky one. Should you go oil or pencil, traditional or contemporary, capture the kids at the same time or at the same age…. Having the children painted by a portrait artist has been on my ‘to do’ list but it had never made it to the top until recently, when I was introduced to Samuel Francis.

This is where the lovely Samuel Francis can help. Samuel has drawn and painted from childhood and started to specialize in portraiture from an early age. These years of experience show in his beautiful portraits, in which he uses charcoal and oil paint. His approach to portraiture is based on simple draughtsmanship that results in a timeless yet informal feeling to his portraits.

Samuel came up to our house in Hampshire to meet the kids and do a pencil sketch and take some photos to work on to complete the finished piece.

Samuel Pencil

One of the most profound quotes from the day was his reply to my 8yr old commenting on his pencil sketch, that it slightly looked like him

‘At the moment it is half you and half stranger and I am going to take it away and make it look 100% like you’


And he certainly did, not only did he physically capture him, he really captivated their personalities. We agreed on the photo from which to work on, the colour palette to suit the room they would be hung in, and the size.

I dressed them traditionally in the same hue so they could be hung together. The colour of the frame brings them out beautifully and altogether.


We are yet to paint the house so the cool colours of the paintings didn’t work on the ‘magnolia’ walls above the fireplace, so we had a reshuffle and for the time being thought they looked best in the TV room. This is not their final resting place, I wanted to hang them up to correspond with this post so you could see the whole process!


Having two children himself, sam has a very natural way with the kids and the whole process was really fun.


He is a true professional and his communication throughout was brilliant – he sent me the finished paintings on whatssapp so I could suggest any changes – not that I needed to!

We are so thrilled with the paintings and highly recommend Sam to paint your kids. I am thrilled to have got them all done at the same time as it captures them at a moment in time as siblings and we were able to get the proportions and colouring correct. I urge you to call Sam and get cracking, they won’t stay young and angelic forever.


Sam has a few slots left before Christmas – so get them done as a Christmas present for your other half!

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