London Mums Summer & Autumn 2020 magazine including chats with Joe Wicks, The Brand New Heavies and film director Gil Junger

Welcome to the London Mums Summer & Autumn 2020 magazine. What a year! Little did I know that I would be spending four months locked at home during the Covid-19 pandemic when I produced the Spring magazine back in February. Self-isolating has taught me that real human relationships are vital to live well. Thanks to technology, I have managed to remotely interview very interesting people, though. You’ll agree that Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach and the world’s most beloved PE teacher has been crucial to keep us all fit and motivated during lockdown. I was delighted to virtually meet him. With his super approachable, friendly and affable demeanour he made me feel immediately at ease. Enjoy our chat including his views about parenting, his weaning book and his plans for the future. If you cannot find the magazine in your local supermarket, you can download the pdf of our Summer & Autumn 2020 issue from here


During the quarantine we couldn’t have survived the loneliness without music, movies and art in general. Luckily, I virtually went behind the scenes of Think Like a Dog, a fast-paced family comedy in which anything seems paw-sible, with director and writer Gil Junger best known for 10 Things I Hate About You starring Heath Ledger. Don’t miss his exclusive anecdote about the iconic Australian actor.

In a fun zoom chat, single dad Simon Bartholomew, the undisputed Funk Guitar master and member of multi-platinum UK soul legends The Brand New Heavies, talked about single parenting, home-schooling during lockdown, and his new 30th Anniversary Funk EP going back to the band’s roots.

For mums with young children in need of a relaxing break after a tough year stuck at home, I’ve checked in the most welcoming locations in central Italy: Villa Pia in Umbria and La Radicata in Tuscany, where you can learn how to cook Italian dishes while enjoying la Dolce Vita.

Happy reading, London Mums!


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Monica Costa

Editor in chief, Founder of London Mums & mum of 14-year-old Diego

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