Summer Fun for Young Hipsters in London and Edinburgh:

Thinking of taking the kids to trendy East London?
We have done the research for you and hope our guide to cool and interesting places to take the kids in London and Edinburgh will leave you wanting to explore!
Don’t forget to dress for the occasion.... You can get the hipster look with QE. 
We recommend our BROOKLYN ice cream dress. Named after a most fabulous hipster area in New York, this dress is fun and quirky but cool! Worn with a pair of converse and a bandana to hold up your little ones locks they are sure to channel the East London vibe/Japanese "kawaii" look! 
Our DELPHINE dress is perfect for a more earthy hipster look. This gorgeous feather print dress would look great with a pair of sandals and a Panama hat for a free spirited/world traveller look! 
Baby hipsters might choose to wear our CRAZY BEAR Romper. With its all over pink, brown and blue print and pink star buttons, it screams "check out my outfit!" Be ready to receive lots of compliments when wearing this fun romper. 
Fit right into the Rock n roll band culture of east London in one of our boys shirts. We recommend the JAKE skull print shirt, the BOWIE shirt and the RAMSEY Stars and Stripes shirt. 
Now you're ready to explore!
Head to one of the fabulous markets in East London.
We love multicultural Broadway Market for some tasty street food, fresh farm produce, coffee and cakes and  unique items from local designers and artists. The market is set up on Saturdays.
On Sunday head over to Colombia Flower market which is in a street transformed by many beautiful flowers and plants local and international alike.
Once you picked your bunch you and the little ones might want to visit Lily Vanili for a scrumptious cake and a babyccino.
Other interesting and vibrant markets include Spitalfields and Chatsworth Road markets.
If you are out and about on a hot summers day the kids will love to cool down in Victoria Park’s kids fountain playground.
When you manage to drag them away from the fountains, award winning historic Victoria Park also offers boat rides, foodie cafes and nearby shops -check out Little Gems and you might just find a pretty QE dress.
For a bit of history and culture you could visit the Geffrey Museum, which explores home and home life from 1600 to the present day. Their exceptional craft work shops, story telling and games help to bring history alive for little ones.
Green fingered little ones might like to explore the Dalston Eastern Curve garden.
Here they can see a real life vegetable garden, take part in art workshops or even make their own Pizza.
There is a play area with a sandpit for little ones.
Last but not least the Museum of Childhood is another wonderful place to visit.
Your children are sure to enjoy this wonderland of toys, as are you! 
Next we head to hipster Edinburgh with our friend Laura. Here's what she got up to:
A day in the life of an Edinburgh Hipster Kid (or two)
Where do Edinburgh’s hippest kids head when they fancy a babyccino or a vegan brownie?
I can’t speak for all of Scotland’s preschool hipsters, but my two (K aged 3 and G aged 1) know that Stockbridge in the North of the city is the place to be.
We spent a day putting the ‘cool’ into preschool (that works, right?!) and hung out in Stockbridge’s best hipster hotspots.
Early in the morning, dressed in Question Everything clothing (the Jake shirt for K and Viola dress for G), we arrived at Wooden Toys Playground – a playgroup without any plastic tat in sight. Handcrafted, crocheted and wooden playthings only are de rigueur for the hipster babes. Local bakers provide vegan, gluten free, dairy free, egg and nut free bakes for snack while the parents refuel with fresh artisan coffee. No Pom Bears or warm squash for these kids!
Next we took a stroll by The Water of Leith (the main river that flows through Edinburgh and out into the Firth of Forth) and onto Deanhaugh Street to browse the plethora of charity shops for mini beanie hats and oversized glasses. Barnardos was our favourite, with its funky window display of preloved kids clothes, a good toy and book section and a large vintage clothing and accessories area in the back. Sadly, there were no mini bucket hats or tiny flannel shirts to be found today.
We called into Treehouse on Hamilton Place for a quick fringe trim. It’s THE coolest salon in the city for mini hipsters. There are no boring, uncomfortable chairs in this hairdresser’s – the kids sit in little racing cars as their barnets are tended to, while a DVD plays just beyond the steering wheel (more Paw Patrol, less Submarine).
Feeling even more spruced up and funky, we head a few doors down to Skylark – a family run cafe with a large back room for the kids to play in. It’s decorated like a living room, albeit a cool one with brightly coloured ukuleles and guitars hung on the wall and a selection of toys scattered over comfy cushions. Pastries, artisan bread, fresh juices, smoothies and in-house made energy balls are all on the menu but we opt for croissants and of course a babyccino, while we kick back and wonder if we’re allowed to touch the guitar....
We vow that next time we come back we’ll be more adventurous and try those energy balls, whatever they are. After a day of following my two little hipsters around the city I think I need one.....


London Blog by Angie Adams and Bridget Shah
Edinburgh Blog by Laura Dolly Cupcake