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Samantha Laurie

Welcome to the first review of our new feature, 'Parent's eye'. This regular feature, written by the wonderful mums and dads of Surrey & SW London, will consist of a series of reviews and advice on where to take your little ones. more

Kids/Schools

Discover the amazing restaurants, the coolest haunts and the most beautiful walks! more

What's On

Four years ago, it was one of the worst schools in the country; today it's one of the best. Samantha Laurie meets the man behind the remarkable rise of Harris Academy Battersea more

Kids/Schools

With the unsteady financial future many face now, grandparents are looking to help the next generation along. Samantha Laurie talks to Sarah Coles and Patrick Connolly for some advice on how to save money for your grandchildren's future. more

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With dementia rapidly on the rise, Kingston Hospital is pioneering a new style of ward for elderly care. Samantha Laurie explores a world of movement and light more

Health/beauty

Samantha Laurie enjoys a taste of the Caribbean right in the heart of Battersea more

Food

Road closures don’t always mean misery. Samantha Laurie on a streetwise scheme that is bringing communities together. more

Kids/Schools

Samantha Laurie takes a look at the development transforming Vauxhall’s former telephone exchange more

Property

Miriam González Durántez wants girls everywhere to aim for the top. Here the wife of the former Deputy PM tells Samantha Laurie about the charity she has founded to encourage them more

Interviews

Is the lack of free play hampering our children’s neurological development? Samantha Laurie talks to the founder of TimberNook, an outdoor camp designed to boost sensory experience more

Kids/Schools

If the play’s the thing, get them watching early. Samantha Laurie on some new initiatives in early years theatre more

Kids/Schools

Easter revision courses have never been more popular. Samantha Laurie looks at the key players more

Kids/Schools

Are British kids ready for American-style summer camps? Samantha Laurie looks at the best residential kids camps in Blighty. more

Kids/Schools

What do you do with a teen whose summer holiday plans amount to sleep and Snapchat? Try camp, says Samantha Laurie more

Kids/Schools

Could a gift experience be just the ticket for your hard-to-buy-for teenager? Samantha Laurie plays Santa more

Kids/Schools

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Don’t want to go back to the office? Try the kitchen table instead. Samantha Laurie on child-related franchises more

Kids/Schools

4 STARS, Woking Theatre Sept 26-30. Look who’s just moved into the neighbourhood! Samantha Laurie gives The Addams Family musical a big thumbs up more

Theatre/Arts

From popstar excess to parish priest, Richard Coles has come a long way. Samantha Laurie sounds him out more

Interviews

A children’s nursery has opened in a residential home for the elderly in Wandsworth. Samantha Laurie explores the benefits more

Kids/Schools

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Simon Turtle

4 STARS, September 13-16. A quiet tale of friendship and ageing, Driving Miss Daisy at Richmond Theatre becomes something special in the hands of such accomplished actors. Samantha Laurie reviews more

Theatre/Arts

The Gambia has never had it so good. With greater political stability and an abundance of wildlife, the country offers a warm welcome to visitors. Samantha Laurie heads into Africa more

Health/beauty