China Town x


On Saturday I took the kids plus Bella’s bestie to explore the delights of China Town in London.  Charlie, freed from the constraints of school uniform opted for a cunning combination of shorts over jogging trousers..


Accessorised with a pink umbrella..


That was until he spotted this tiger hat..


Not that he didn’t fit in..the place was buzzing..


And tigers were a trend..


It’s not long till Chinese New Year and all the shops were red, vibrant and humming with life and such a variety of whacky and wonderful stuff that blew the kids minds.  They spent their pocket money on dresses, silk pajamas, paper dragons, fortune cookies and fans..


Checking out the weird and grotesque in the restaurant windows.


Charlie, being only Charlie can be..with his fan..

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We looked at the Chinese worth a wander..

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Before stopping for a conventional drink and a bite to eat.  Hot chocolate with cheese and onion crisps anyone??


Charlie was more interested in doing peacock impressions..


Looking at our purchases to offer an unsuspecting Daddy..frogspawn juice was a bit of a fav..

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And how have we survived this long without a can of Kickapoo?…


The girls came back to change into their dresses and choreograph a fan dance..


Charlie wasn’t going to be outdone..



A slug of kickapoo later..


And it was sword dancing!

Laters, Kate x


  1. MELewis

    Your Charlie is a star! Any kid confident enough to wear what he wants and clown around in a silly hat will win hearts and conquer the world. And I do miss Chinatown – did not realize this existed in London.

    • Maison Bentley Style

      He’s like teflon when it comes to clothes..I so hope he keeps it forever and ever..otherwise these photos are going to be very embarrassing for him one day! China Town in London is just between Leicester Square and Soho in central London..these kids are urbanites so they need to know where all the gems are..and it’s a joy showing them.. xxx

    • Maison Bentley Style

      I can honestly say the hat has not come off..until school started again! The kids all have a ‘Chinese’ day at school on friday hence the purchases..I hope the weather gets a bit warmer! xxx

  2. KerryCan

    Charlie is obviously the son of a fashion maven . . . 😉

    Amazing photos that really capture the fun of the day! What lucky kids they are!

    • Maison Bentley Style

      I really believe we live on the edge of one of the best cities in the world..and I want to show them everything! In contrast..on Sunday we went to see friends in the country and they spent the day chasing chickens! xxx

  3. Abbi

    Charlie is an absolute legend. He reminds me of many pictures I have seen of Mr O as a child. I am warning you that the Japanese Manga character teenage years are yet to come followed by several years in the early 20s of pretending to be Noel Fielding…

    • Maison Bentley Style

      He has ALOT to live up to!! And poor blighter..I’ll always be there with my camera! But I do love the eccentricity and ease he has..and I’m very glad it can last beyond childhood! xxx

  4. motherhendiaries

    Ahhhhh what a little rock star your Charlie is — love, love, love the hambone pictures! Brilliant… I too love Chinatown – I shall have to go in search of some Kickapoo joy juice next time! Not too sure about the frogspawn, though. 🙂