Friday, 21 May 2010

London Mums: Metropolitan Mum

This week I interview Deborah of the immensely popular blog, Metropolitan Mum. I hope you enjoy this little peek into Deborah's London life... Pop over to her blog for more London tips (such as where you can score a killer deal on mani/pedi's) and witty posts on motherhood. And how gorgeous is the top photo? {Readers of Met Mum long know she is effortlessly stylish. And now we know where she shops... hurray!}

Deborah {aka Met Mum}: I am a mother of one (little L, who turned one last year this April), currently in the privileged situation to be staying at home and spending lots of time with her. Although I don't think Stay At Home Mum really does me justice. I'd much rather see myself as an Out and About Mum. 

Your London neighbourhood?

An ideal, lovely, sunny day with your child. What's on the agenda?
Breakfast at Euphorium Bakery, people watching on Upper Street, pigeon-chasing at one of the lovely squares in Barnsbury. Meeting friends to play at Highbury Fields and picking up something yummy at Ottolenghi on our way home.

Do you have a favourite neighbourhood spot?
Lonsdale Square. It's so peaceful and quiet, although it's just a few steps away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets. The other one would be Camden Passage on a Wednesday: lots of antique dealers who sell vintage clothes, toys, cutlery and fine and funny China. There's so much to see and it's quite empty as opposed to Saturdays.

And if you're up for a little trek across London, where might you go?
I just love Hyde Park. A stroll from Queen's Gate through the park down to Kensington High Street and posssibly further on to Harrods is one of our regular routes. Macaroons at Laduree accompanied by a glass of champagne are the ultimate treat for me. And after that much walking it's well desered as well. Alternatively, you'll find us window shopping in Marylebone, or sitting at Le Pain Quotidien for a 'tartine' of sourdough rye bread with 'brunette' spread.

The best new baby gift you received?
A play pen. It has an adjustable bottom so that it grew with little L. It keeps her safe and secure whenever mum's busy cooking lunch or has to dash out for a second (yes, I like to use the toilet on my own).

Time for mum! A day of self-indulgence would include?
Breakfast with a friend at Gail's in Notting Hill, a trip to Portobello Market (I haven't been there in ages and it's not the kind of place I am keen to go to with a pushchair and a baby), a walk through Hyde Park, having a peek into the Serpentine Gallery, seeing one of the fabulous exhibitions at the V&A, a stroll around Liberty, tea at The Berkeley, home for a cuddle with my loved ones, two episodes of Gossip Girl and a back rub by Mr M.

Shopping for children -- which stores are your favourite?
For the every day things, I love Gap and Petit Bateau. A bit more exclusive: Elias & Grace in Primrose Hill or Jabberwockie in Islington.

And the best clothing stores for mums?
In Islington: Wild Swans on Cross Street or Diverse on Upper Street. Both shops are (unfortunately) local to me and stock brands from American Vintage to Day by Malene Birger, A.P.C and Marc Jacobs. The collections are eclectic and (again, unfortunately) very much to my taste. It's hard to go in and not want to buy half the shop.

You're in desperate need of something sweet and sugary! What's it gonna be?
Homemade cupcakes, macaroons from Laduree or a hot chocolate from Paul Young in Camden Passage. It's thick and dark and rich -- just like pure melted chocolate.

Your favourite London restaurants?
I love the Cow's upstairs dining room. Sushi at Nobu always works a treat (although I feel way too old for the 'disco' ambience downstairs). And Osteria Basilico is my all time favourite Italian restaurant, holding lots of cherished moments.

Night out with your partner, where do you go?
Dinner and dancing at Floridita in Soho. We always try to find something that requires a bit of 'dolling up'. I do casual most days of the week -- when I am out with Big M I want to feel anything but mumsy.

Friends visit. Where are you taking them?
It depends really who is visiting. My brother loves Mayfair, my little sister loves Harrods (especially the sales), my friend J loves Brick Lane and my friend N is a Notting Hill kind of person. Mostly we hang out where I spend my days -- so they can put a picture to the places I am talking about.

What are your favourite reads on the www?

{This interview is part of the London Mums Project: insights into family city living.}
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