When we’re not running around hospitals seeing surgeons, doctors and nurses or getting blood tests, we try to get outdoors.
Today, the sun promised to make an appearance and it was much more than we could ask for on a Sunday in London. Not far from our accommodation is Clapham Common – an area filled with lush green parks and playgrounds and today full of Londoners playing sports, walking their dog jogging, picnic-ing and just hanging out.
We were feeling adventurous and decided to travel a little further south (maybe its the islander in us). And I am so glad we did, because we stumbled up, what we later found out was called Nappy Valley – yes, you read it right.
Nappy Valley is a term or epithet applied to various places to denote a particularly high local reproductive demographic profile. It references “Happy Valley” in Kenya, and Napa Valley in California. The term is applied to a specific area of Battersea, between Clapham Common and Wandsworth Common, South London with a “cafe culture” of middle-class, affluent families.
A quaint street filled with amazing kids shops, quirky cafés, specialty food stores and we even managed the last end of a street food market.
One of my very favourite things in London are the beautiful flower shops. Gardenia of London is a chain of florists found in London. I never tire of the aluminium grey tin pots filled the colourful petals and bountiful green leaves.
We then stumbled onto Petit Bateau – the French fashion brand that has been making high quality, tough kids clothes for over 120 years. The house is renowned for its chic aesthetic, using the finest quality cotton to create timeless staples. From the famous yellow raincoat and soft knitwear to classic Breton stripes for babies, children and adults.
And no visit to the UK is ever complete without a visit to the infamous Cath Kidston who’s colourful floral patters remind me of lavish rose gardens, abundant floral beds and white picket fences.
If its fine fabrics you’re looking for, Merino Kids™ is a baby and toddler sleepwear company from New Zealand. For 10 years, their 100% natural products have been helping families sleep safely and better in the United Kingdom and around the world.
In most shop areas in London, it’s common to find concept shops selling unique gifts, unconventional items and organising entertaining and educational events. At The Pottery Café, you’ll find an irresistible collection of toys, range of designer Pottery, or you can paint your own pottery, supplied exclusively by Emma Bridgewater.
And right next door to The Pottery Café, is a shop called Tinc. (Think. Inspire. Create) – an inspiring place where kids of all ages can go to feed their imagination and re-discover the joy of making, learning and doing. Kit yourself out with our extraordinary stationery. Stick to your favourite colour, or mix it up a bit and clash your greens with your blues. It’s up to you, and it’s so much fun.
If you’re interested in finding out more, you can see a list of shops found in the area here. And if you’re heading to South London, and are looking for an off the beaten track stroll and good coffee, you’ll have to make your way to Nappy Valley.