Already got a case of the back-to-school blues? Prepare your scholars by giving them a few preterm treats.
A gorgeous new notebook will make that first week feel less like hard work. Ladurée (71-72 Burlington Arcade, W1J 0QX; 020 7491 9155) has just introduced sugar almond-coloured pads featuring cats, mice and boggle-eyed pugs to take the trauma out of term-time.
Avoid losing vital parts of sports gear by stashing it all neatly in one of Aspen & Brown’s pretty monogrammed kit bags. The cotton canvas sacks have a waterproof lining — perfect for those muddy boots — and can be worn as rucksacks, too.
Little girls can experiment with hairstyles at the new Hamleys outpost of kids’ grooming emporium Tantrum. Don’t forget to pick up an ingenious Tangle Teezer — a smoothing hairbrush that should relieve tress stress on manic school mornings (Hamleys, 188-196 Regent Street, W1B 5BT; 08002 802444).
Flying Trapeze School
What: A high-flyin’ circus school for the over 3s.
Why: You’re a dizzy rascal.
When: To Aug. 21.
Where: Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Rd., SW11 4NJ (020 8871 7530).
Kids Eat Free at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
What: Piccadilly’s swanky seafood emporium offers free food for small fry as part of kids’ week.
Why: Shrimp ’n’ save.
When: Aug. 14-28.
Where: 11-15 Swallow St., W1B 4DG (020 7734 4756).
The Balcony Gardener Kids’ Garden Kits
What: A new range of grow-your-own plants for little horticulturalists.
Why: Flower power.
When: Up with the larks.
Where: Online at thebalconygardener.com.