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- Shopping.....In the name of "research"
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- Another Chocolate Cake!
- The start of foraging?
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at Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I love shopping (which girl doesn’t) but since having kids I hate it! Most of my birthday/Christmas presents etc are bought online. However last week I was lucky enough to be invited along with some great bloggers to the Bentalls Centre in Kingston for a tour.
Normally these days by the time I arrive just at the car park I’m stressed. There’s no child friendly parking, you’ve had to negotiate town and its up five stairs and two lifts to get to the shops! However I was pleasantly surprised by Bentalls. Lovely signage displayed not only which levels had spaces but also which level the walkway and the parent and child parking were on (both level 8 for future reference!) Having piled the kids out the car we were given the option to drop the kids off at their Creche I know right?! Child free shopping and they tire them out for you!! Unfortunately my youngest was teething and was not going to go off and enjoy himself under any circumstances so thankfully his grandfather whisked him around for me so I could enjoy the
shopping tour in comfort. But we did have to have a quick stop at their parent and child room which is HUGE and for a change nice and clean!
The Bentalls centre was established around Bentalls Department Store (my grandma worked there!) 18 years on and is a haven for shoppers. With over 80 shops (plus the department store) in 3 compact layers its not as spread out as some er better known ones. It even has a gym with swimming pool tucked away on the top level!
We started the tour at my mother ship – Waterstones!!! (you can leave me in store all day!) It has recently gone under a bit of a makeover and now has a child friendly area so you can let your littles ones play while you browse or you can put your feet up for a bit and look through the childrens books.