Saturday, 16 March 2013

Little Lambeth Needs Your Help!!!

Hello readers!

I'm sure some of you are aware I've gone back to work recently. This has lead to a lack of time to write this blog - not so much because the work and looking after a little one gets in the way but the secret is I have another project - the London Mural Preservation Society - and typically it is demanding more of my time!

So to get to the point, I'm looking for anyone interested in writing for the blog or taking it over. Not only have you the opportunity to blog but there are two monthly local newspaper columns which need writing - yes it's all for free but there is lots of potential for the blog!

So get in touch if you are interested:

little_lambeth (at)

Monday, 11 March 2013

Lambeth's New Real Nappies Scheme (and other nappy information!)

For expectant mums, one thing many take into consideration is whether to go for disposable nappies or reuseables. It's a tough question and only one you can answer.

However, if you are looking for advice and tips on what to get, then head to the Real Nappies for London Website which will answer all your questions on this matter.

Closer to home, head to Lambeth Council webpage and read about the Lambeth Real Nappies Scheme. There is an opportunity to talk to advisers and you can pick up a trial pack of three reuseable nappies. You will need to have proof of address and photo ID. Get in touch with them to find out more.

And for those who struggle with reuseables or don't feel it's the right thing for them, then check out this service which suggests it can recycle nappies! Is this the future? It would be interesting to see energy use and cost for all schemes.

Whatever you're choice, let's hope for a more environmentally friendly future which is easy on the planet, easy on the finances and easy on the parents.

"Sort my nappy out mummy!"

Friday, 8 March 2013

Lambeth - What's on for the family - March 9th/10th 2013

Nearly Mothering Sunday. Dads, don't forget to organise the kids. Mums, a reminder to the rest of the family probably wouldn't go amiss.

So what's on this weekend?

SATURDAY (9th March)

Looking for a nice local outing? Then head up to Crystal Palace and visit the park to check out the dinosaurs. Also take a look at the Crystal Palace Park farm run by Capel Manor. It opens between 12 and 4 both Saturdays and Sundays.

To get to Crystal Palace Park, hop on the number 3 which will take you outside the park.

Heading along on the number 3 bus route, check out the storytelling at Dulwich Books. It starts at 11am and lasts for up to 30 minutes.

For parents with buggies, join the Brixton Market Heritage walk. The tour starts at 2:30pm - meet at the corner of Beehive Place and Brixton Station Road. It cost £3 each and includes a free booklet.

Buses through Brixton include P4, P5, 188, 196, 59, 159, 3, 133, 333, 45, 345, and 37. Alternatively you can catch the tube or the overground into the area.

SUNDAY (10th March)


Are the kids tired of their current books? Then take a few down to the London Children's Bookswap at the Unicorn Theatre on Tooley Street, near London Bridge. The event, which also includes creative Bookmark making and other arts and crafts,  runs from 12pm to 4pm.

Buses 133 and 35 head up that way.

Alternatively head in the opposite direction and explore the Natural History Museum - there is so much for children to see - you can keep going back for more! They run lots of different family activities - read about them here.

The museum is located in South Kensington. The number 345 bus will take you there; alternatively take the train or tube to Victoria and catch the District Line.

So there's a few ideas to keep the kids (and parents busy). Enjoy your weekend.  

Monday, 4 March 2013

Parent Bloggers & Websites Part 1: Places to take the kids

In my conversations to local parents, I get the impression that the Little Lambeth is a really helpful blog so I thought I'd let you know about some of other blogs which I find useful when it comes to looking for places to take children.

SE19 Kids lets you know what's on in the Crystal Palace area. Great for families in the south of the borough.

For parents in Streatham, check out Tooting Baby's diary of what's on in the area. Also includes a list of baby friendly eateries and local places to go for a day out.

Looking for reviews of things to do in London, then check out London with a toddler, lots of entertaining stories about visits to different places in London. Also includes an ace googlemap so that it's easy to find the places that the author has visited.

And finally, check out Clapham mums which covers the Clapham, to Clapham Junction area. It lists local activities and events and if you sign  up, you can get a card offering great local deals.

So there you go, a few more helpful hints. Let me know if you can think of anyone else to add to this list!

Friday, 1 March 2013

Lambeth - What's on for the family - March 2nd / 3rd 2013

Happy March! Doesn't spring time start soon?Certainly feels like it should be here soon?

SATURDAY (2nd March)

It's starting to feel like outdoor weather so catch up with the Saturday Morning Nature Explorers at the Brockwell Park Community Gardens From 10:30am to 12:30pm. Aimed at age 7-12, this week it's all about frogs (one of them comes from my old garden!) £2 donation per child.

The greenhouses are located not far from the cafe on the top of the hill in Brockwell Park. Buses to the main park entrance at Herne Hill include  3, 196, 322, 68 and 37. You can also catch the overground to Herne Hill.

Fancy a self led Saturday stroll? Then we recommend you check out the Capital Ring Walk - A route going through the greenery of London. Section 4 is a pleasant walk between Crystal Palace and Streatham. Check out the website to download a map and directions which include facts about the area.

The buses 3, 417, 249, 432 and 322 take you into the Crystal Palace area. The walk starts at Crystal Palace Train Station.
Fancy a little further afield? Then head for a river walk along the Wandle. Either catch the 118 towards Merton and get off for Morden Hall Park or catch the tube to Colliers Woods and head to Merton Abbey Mills to meet the River.

Maybe you want to stay indoors? Then take the kids to child-friendly pub Manor Arms for Punch and Judy Brunch. Doors open at 10am, show starts at 11am.

Manor Arms is located at 13 Mitcham Lane, SW16, 6LQ.You can catch the 333, 201 and 57 to the pub. It is also served by Streatham overground station.

SUNDAY (3rd March)


This Sunday, take the family to listen to some stories at the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill. Storytime is 11am to 1145am and 12:15pm to 1pm. Catch the P4 from Brixton to the museum.

 Looking for some art, then visit the Dulwich Picture gallery for some animation artplay, a creative session for parents and their children. It starts at 2pm and runs to 3:45pm. Hop on the P4 to take you through Dulwich Village, home of the gallery.

So there's a few things for you to do! Have fun!