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My excitement levels when I heard Jason Atherton was opening another eatery not far from my stomping ground were pretty high. It’s billed as an Izakayu-style restaurant (posh Japanese pub in other words): I was further intrigued as it was a far cry from his usual ventures. Pollen Street Social being my personal favourite.

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World Map

My world prior to children revolved around ‘pin the airplane on the world map’. Fast forward a few years and I’m happy to say we still play that game. Of course, the difference being that my offspring now put the kibosh on certain destinations. Drawing on my experiences of child-friendly hotels and holidays, then… Here is a round-up of my top five favourite European destinations with little ones in tow.

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Gymkhana, Mayair

A lot has been said and written about the Michelin starred Gymkhana in Mayfair. Naturally, there was only one place to head when a chance of a child-free night arose. That and the fact we’d already failed twice to nab a weekend booking. It’s the second restaurant from the team behind Trishna in Marylebone. Karim Sethi has more than proved he is no ordinary chef with his first endeavour, so high hopes were placed on this evening.

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