Fucina is a an Italian contemporary restaurant based in Paddington St.
We loved the food, the staff and the service. Everything was impeccable. The bonus for us, a family including a 5 year old daughter and a 3.5 year old son, was Sharky and George - a children’s entertainment and lunch service they offer as part of their offering. Children need to be aged 4+ but my tall 3.5 year old son slipped in quietly.
Although quietly are not words I would associate with Sharky and George. Fun, frolics, continuous activity are what both kids experienced.. My daughter even had a second lunch as she had eaten upstairs with us.
They start at 1pm but my kids eat at midday so the restaurant very kindly allowed them to eat their lunch upstairs with us and then go down. Sharky and George had no objections to her joining in with all the children eating downstairs too. It was not easy getting my daughter back upstairs at 3.30pm. Meanwhile my son with my nephew came up and down a few times and the restaurant had no objections.
A truly fabulous place. Each child (for lunch and entertainment) cost £20. We are returning.
Bernardi's, the popular Italian restaurant and bar on the local foodie haven of Seymour Street, has recently launched a kid's set menu which looks great.
For those of you who haven't been, the food is fresh and delicious and the space is large, bright and airy. The basement bar is also great and they serve delicious cocktails. They have a weekend brunch menu with delicious options as well as an a la carte menu. They are kid friendly and welcome local families!
A review will follow shortly but in the meantime, here's the kids menu to whet your appetite.
Bernardi's 62 Seymour Street, London W1H 5BN
Chamber Tots at Wigmore Hall - Review
Since C was 8 months or so, we’ve enjoyed attending various music groups. Mini Mozart, the Academy Tots sessions run by the Royal Academy of Music (both right next to Regent’s Park) and the Royal Albert Hall’s Storytelling and Music Sessions fit the bill for a long time, but recently I’ve felt that C has ‘outgrown’ those groups – the age range was just too broad (trending to too young) and the classes didn’t hold her interest well. So we were both very pleased to discover the Wigmore Hall Chamber Tots.
Recently re-envigorated, the sessions are interactive, allowing children to discover new instruments, songs and stories in a 1 hour slot. Each session ends with 10-15 minutes of ‘real’ music performed in the Auditorium – a great introduction to attending a concert as an adult, and learning appropriate behaviour in a concert environment (listening, applauding, not running around too much – though there’s no side-eye if your child is not interested in sitting!). The chief facilitator is an experienced musician and the supporting musicians are generally music students/emerging chamber ensembles – we’ve seen a string quartet and a recorder ensemble so far. Both were excellent.
Wigmore Hall runs a range of other family activities, including the For Crying Out Loud concerts for babies under 1. All of these events sell out, so it is worth booking ahead or getting on the mailing list to avoid missing them.
In terms of general facilities, pushchairs/scooters are able to access the Auditorium and other rooms with no issues, and coats and bags can be left securely in the Bechstein Room where the sessions are held. Toilets and baby changing facilities are top notch and located downstairs.
More information and booking here. C has asked to go back, so maybe we’ll see you there soon too!