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Weekend Finds: North London Mums do Cuddling and Skating!

This week North London Mums get all cuddly (while shopping!) with Big Blue Cuddle, and check-out ice skating rinks - if you are feeling brave!

North London Mums' Website of the Week: Big Blue Cuddle



North London Mums are always on the hunt for innovative shopping experiences- particularly in the run up to Christmas when everything seems to be about shopping!  So it is really refreshing to come across Big Blue Cuddle. Big Blue Cuddle is a unique site which has the ambition of combining a love for imaginative and colourful children clothes, a hate for waste and a deep desire to do something to help children around the world have a better life. 

The website works with a fantastic range of suppliers of children's clothes (for children 0-10) who give deals on their surplus stock.  Big Blue Cuddle donates between 15% and 50% of the value of each sale to a children charity. 


We love the fact that the site has a great range of eclectic brands - no pink and blue here! Brands which are stocked through the site include Tom and Drew - the energetic boys clothing line,  Olive's friend Pop - a collection of vintage-inspired, original clothing for little girls, and but as that's a bit long, we call it 'nostalgic playwear', and Eponime featuring beautiful clothes and accessories for newborn gifts. 

The site works very simply- you shop normally, when you are ready to check out you get to choose the charity that will receive the donation on your behalf. The site will donate 15% of the total value of your purchase if you spend less than £75, 25% if you spend between £75 and £150 and an amazing 50% if you spend more £150.  

Feeling cuddly? We are!

North London Mums get skating

Forget romantic images of skating in Central Park- London is packed with unusual, and dramatic venues for ice skating at this time of year. We are feeling brave enough to hit the ice and here are our recommendations-

Central London

The Tower of London Ice rink  is open until 8 January 2012, daily 10am to 10pm. Open to children of all ages (min shoe size 8), with a limited number of bob skates available, which have a double blade and strap to a young child's shoe. They are allocated on a first come first served basis. Tickets are £12.50/£10.50 adults,  £8.50/£8 children and £34/£32 family ticket ((2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children).

Staying central, there is London's largest  ice rink in the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park until 3 January 2012. Check out the website for session times. Ticket prices: Adult: £10.50 / £13.50, Child: £8.50 / £9.00, Family: £34.00 / £36.00.

The ice rink at the Natural History Museum is open until 8 January. Tickets start form £8. Penguin skate aids are available for kids. Ticket prices: Children (12 and under): £8.50/ £8, Adults: £13/ £11.50, Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children): £36/ £31.

The Somerset House Ice Rink, presented by Tiffany & Co, is open until 22 January 2012. Tickets are from £7.50.

Eyeskate at the London Eye is open until 6 January. By day you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the London Eye and by night festive lighting will provide the perfect atmosphere to have some fun. An Eyeskate ticket includes 45 minute Eyeskate on the London Eye Ice Rink and skate hire. Stabilising seals available for younger children (no children under 4). The price depends on the day of visit and there is a 10% online discount. 

Nearer home!


Alexandra Palace Ice Rink  is situated against the backdrop of its dramatic Victorian architecture. The rink has recently undergone a £2.3 million refurbishment, massively improving public skating conditions and also allowing it to be used as a competitive standard ice skating venue. The ice rink is open all year round.

And if you fancy getting out of London 

Hatfield House skating rink (synthetic, not ice) is open 1- 23 December. Each session is 25 minutes and available from 10am with the last skating session at 5pm. Adult £5, Child £3 (3 yrs+).

Hampton Court boasts an ice rink in a fabulous setting, which is open daily 10am to 10pm until  January (excl. Christmas Day). Open to children of all ages (min shoe size 8), with a limited number of bob skates available, which have a double blade and strap to a young child's shoe. They are allocated on a first come first served basis. Tickets are £12.50/£10.50 adults,  £8.50/£8 children and £34/£32 family ticket ((2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children).

If you are brave enough to hit the ice rink with the kids do let us know about it!
childrens clothing 18 December 2011 at 11:29 said...

North London Mums aims to help other parents to find the best activities to do with their families, the best shops and websites to visit, and the most child friendly restaurants to eat in. They believe in supporting local businesses and other mumpreneurs and in building communities.

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