We’re teaming up with Picturehouse Cinemas… We all make sacrifices when our kids come along. Sleep. Reading. New clothes. The gym. A quiet pint. The radio we like. The TV we watch. A tidy home. Airport shopping. Half the food on our plate. And perhaps hardest to take of all, the cinema. Countless parents I know, myself included, go months, even years without going to the cinema after having kids. Why? Because what was once the easiest way to have a great night out quickly becomes difficult to justify. The expense; tickets + food + babysitter, the hassle of finding
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking to parents about how they manage to find time together as a couple without the kids. One thing we’ve heard again and again is that parents are ditching elaborate nights out in favour of taking an hour or two to themselves during the day when the kids are at school/nursery anyway or when they can leave little ones with a sitter without worrying about bedtime. Here are our favourite daytime activities in London in case you want to jump on the trend too: Listen to beautiful music There are several free lunchtime
Becoming a parent doesn’t just change who you are as a person, it inevitably changes your relationship too, with some parents finding it hard to get time alone together without the kids. We’ve been chatting to loads of parents and have found that, while we’re not necessarily doing all the same things we did before, we’re finding new ways of having fun together, and that’s pretty great too. 1. Ain’t no party like a PTA party It may not have been your idea of a wild night out before you had kids, but you get to drink (warm) wine and
“You managed to get a night out together – amazing!” Before having kids, no-one ever congratulates you on going to the pub… Now it’s all about the ‘date night’. Apparently, it’s something we all need to schedule into our lives in order to protect our relationships. Did we even use the phrase ‘date night’ seriously before becoming parents, and we started to feel like getting dressed up and heading out of the house without the kids required months of military planning? Maybe it’s because lots of people don’t live near their families anymore, which means they don’t automatically have childcare
Christmas time in London is fantastic when it comes to family activities and things to do with the kids. Though it’s also a pretty great time to do some things without them…Here are our top 5 picks. Cuddle up in an igloo The Coppa Club has installed eight heated igloos on their terrace for the festive period. They’re walk-in only, so one of the few festive experiences you don’t need to book months in advance. Right on the banks of the Thames, and made from transparent plastic, they’re the perfect place to sit back and watch the world go by.
In the spirit of both Halloween and the return of date-night, we asked parents on bubble to share with us their funniest, cringiest and strangest date night horror stories. Speak to most parents and couples, and getting out of the “dating scene” is definitely seen as a major perk of settling down. And taking a look at some of the anecdotes that came back to us, it’s easy to see why… Here are 10 of the best for you to enjoy… 1. She tried to use the fake emergency phone-call to make a swift exit, but her phone rang whilst
In case you hadn’t heard, date night’s back. And while dinner and a movie is always good, if you’re looking for something a bit different, we’ve picked out some alternative options where the thought alone is bound to impress the other half… 1. Pick up a bat Bounce in Holborn is a restaurant and bar with a difference. When you ring up asking for a table, you’re not talking about dinner and drinks, you’re talking about playing ping-pong (though the dinner and drink are pretty good too!). Just be warned, things get competitive pretty quick. 2. Get arty The great
Parents are using bubble to book babysitters for all kinds of things, with plenty using their new found sense of freedom to finally try the restaurants they’ve been eyeing up for a while. Here are nine we really love and recommend. Perfect for date night. Polpo Awesome tapas and a bustling, energetic vibe. They don’t take bookings but it’s worth the wait. Café Murano Some of the best food in London in a laid back but romantic atmosphere. Not a cheap meal but it won’t break the bank either. Great for a special occasion. Palomar Exciting Mediterranean dishes and a