Anna is an Islington parent who runs a wonderful newborn and baby photography business from her beautiful, light-filled home on Richmond Avenue.
I took the baby for a session just before she began to crawl, so she was stationary for long enough to take some photos! Anna makes you and your family feel at ease from the moment you arrive – one of the joys of her studio being in the home. It is lovely and warm for little ones, and the props are all cosy, comfortable and designed with the babies in mind. Being a parent herself, she knew how to get the bab smiling and laughing and made sure that I had time to feed and cuddle her when she had had enough of being the model.
The photos are just gorgeous, and I’m so pleased that we had them done. I can highly recommend Anna – just make sure that you book well in advance (as in, before you give birth if you are planning on newborn pics…!)
This Stay and Play is great fun, with water and sand play, paint, jelly bath, dinosaurs, insects, ride along toys, all outside under the all-weather canopy. Opportunities for safe outdoor play like this in London are few and far between, but Bemerton manage it extremely well – they also have a Big Outdoor Stay and Play in Barnard Park.
The families and staff were all very friendly and encouraged play. Smaller babies were able to use the softer area inside, and there was also a play kitchen, colouring area and book area for children who wanted a less ‘messy’ time!
As the children’s centres go, this one was very clean and safe, with two locked doors between the playroom and the road. I was impressed.
Jumping Jacks is a soft play activity session designed exclusively for babies and toddlers up to 3 years old, so everybody can play safely without worrying about being trampled by a ‘big kid’!
With ball pools, ride along toys, foam shapes, rocking horses, slides and downhill ‘car tracks’ to name a few, there is plenty to keep your little one entertained, and tea and biscuits for the big people.
After the next session on the 26th June, they will be taking a break until September, so now is the time to go along!
- Cost: £5, and £3 for a sibling.
- Where: St James Hall, Prebend Street – it can be tricky to find, but the entrance is on the corner of Prebend Street and Packington Street.
- How to get there: any bus that goes down Essex Road or Canonbury Road will get you closest. There is pay and display parking on Prebend Street, outside the small parade of shops between the hall and the church.
- Website: http://www.jumpingjacksn1.co.uk
- Twitter: @jumpingjacksn1