Emma Bunton reveals her favourite spots in London
A North Londoner through and through, we spoke to the radio presenter, former Spice Girl and founder of baby brand Kit and Kin about her favourite spots in the capital.
Where is home for you?
I now live in Hertfordshire and it’s perfect for family life, the best mix of being close to London for work and fun days out, but it’s quieter and there’s also more green space around for going on walks with Jade and the kids. I love North London – it’s where I was born and grew up, and I don’t know if I’d ever be able to live too far away from the area!
Where do you like to spend days out in London as a family?
We love days out where we do a bit of everything – we might go to a museum, walk around one of the parks, go for dinner in the evening and we do love a West End show!
My eldest, Beau, is getting to the age now where he’s starting to want to do more things on his own with friends, so it makes our family days out even more special, as I know it won’t be long before they’re all grown up.
Do you have any favourite ‘hidden gems’ in the capital?
The best experiences in life tend to be free! We like to get the train into town and walk down the Southbank. Such a magical place with old book markets, street entertainers, live music and of course the Tate Modern. We then like to walk over the Millennium Bridge to St Paul’s Cathedral. Climbing to the top of the Cathedral isn’t free but it is definitely worth it for the view of the city!
Where are your favourite places in London to eat as a family?
For cheaper healthier eats when we are out and about we love LEON and Pret. For special occasions as a family we adore sushi, we love Roka and Sushi Samba.
Do you think your role as a mother has changed since your kids have got older?
I think certain things will change naturally as your kids get older, as they become more independent, but I still feel as though my role as mother is just as important as ever. With older children, parents nowadays also have to learn how to help them navigate the world of social media, which, although it has some really positive sides, can also be an unkind place. Children are being exposed to it from quite a young age and I think it’s important to make sure they know how to use it safely. But some things will always stay the same, like just being there for my children whenever they need me and providing as much love, support and guidance as I possibly can.
Anything else in the pipeline for the rest of 2020?
It’s an exciting time for Kit & Kin with our reusable cloth nappy launch, I can’t wait to see the reaction from parents and I hope they love it as much as I do! We’re also continuing to expand internationally and have big plans for the US market. The current global situation is challenging for everyone, so if we can help ease parents’ worry by delivering their baby essentials directly to their door then that’s a positive.