Bella and I had a fantastic afternoon on Saturday when we were invited to have a delicious meal at Pizza Express in Dean Street, Soho followed by the opportunity to watch the latest Ice Age movie, Ice Age Collision Course at the 20th Century Fox head office in nearby Soho Square! How cool is that – we love invitations to new Film and TV related events! Bella was so excited about this that she was asking me all week beforehand if it was Saturday yet, LOL, Bless her! She watched a couple of the previous Ice Age movies during the week to get in the mood so come Saturday, she was really looking forward to watching the 5th Ice Age movie!
I was really happy to be able to spend some time alone with my eldest daughter. We are always with little Sienna so when we have an opportunity to do something together, just her and me, we really grab them. It was going to be some amazing mummy-daughter time. We are lucky because we are not far from Central London so it only took us about 20 minutes to get there. We didn’t rush at all but left on time.
On the tube Bella and I took a few selfies together. She really wanted to have some photos of us together so we took a few shots. We only had to do change train once and then we were in Soho. It was such a beautiful day. It was super sunny and warm – I think it was about 25 degrees. It felt lovely especially after the generally gloomy summer we’ve had so far! The sun was burning hot that day!
I know exactly how to get to Dean Street and Soho Square as I used to work in the opposite side of the square to where 20th Century Fox is. It’s an area I know pretty well which is handy when you are travelling with your daughter without your partner. We made it okay with perfect timing!
When we arrived at Pizza Express we were greeted by a nice lady who took us to our table. It was all set up for us so we sat down and got comfy. They had the new Piccolo Menu on the table with a Piccolo Activity Pack which had some colouring ane sticker activities that Bella was able to do.
There was also an Ice Age Activity Sheet which had a lot of interesting things for her to do too, such as puzzles, spot the difference, perfect partner match, find the correct names of the planets, unscramble words, some facts and best of all it had an amazing competition which is running at the moment. If your child draws or colours a picture of their favourite character from the movie with their favourite pizza, then takes a photo of it and uploads it to the Pizza Express website you could win a Family Trip to Hollywood & get a VIP Tour of the World Famous Fox Studios! Plus you could also win amazing goody bags with gift cards, Ice Age Toys and Pizza Making parties. This competition is open until the 16th of September so you have plenty of time to upload your photo. Who knows, you could be that lucky winner! There are also prizes to win every week! How AMAZING is that? Yaay!
The Piccolo Menu is fantastic. You can get a kids 3 course meal for only £6.95. This is great! Bella chose the famous Baked Dough Balls that come with garlic butter and a fresh salad of crunchy red pepper, cucumber and baby tomatoes. Bella finished this very quickly.
Then she had a Margherita Pizza for her main course and then for dessert a Creamy Gelato with their famous Bambinocchino. This was just so cute. Bella ate half of her pizza but as expected, finished all of her dessert. For her drink she had an Apple & Summer Berry juice.
I chose garlic bread for my starter. For my main meal I ordered the amazing Leggera Padana which was a pizza under 600 calories. It has goat’s cheese, mozzarella, tomato, caramelised onions, spinach, red onions and in the middle a tasty salad (lettuce, tomato and pepper). This pizza was to die for. I went to heaven and back! Wow! I loved it!
Finally, for dessert I ordered the Leggera Raspberry Sorbet which was under 200 calories. This was really nice. Even Bella who had already finished her dessert helped me with it. She thought it was yummy! I was really impressed with the summer menu and the choice healthy alternatives. We all want to eat out and enjoy our dinner but at the same time we don’t want to feel guilty about it. Well let me tell you that with these options at Pizza Express, you can eat like a Queen and not feel bad about it! Hurrah to Pizza Express for that! 🙂
The whole meal was really pleasant. Bella was entertained between courses with the activity sheets which was fantastic. With a well behaved and entertained child, I had the opportunity to go around and take some photos of the Dean Street Branch. It was all really cosy with bright colours and funky decoration. It was a perfect place to eat out with your family. It is not always easy to find places like this so I highly recommend you to try Pizza Express!
Ice Age Collision Course
After our meal we headed over to 20th Century Fox for our private screening of the latest Ice Age movie. When we arrived, Bella couldn’t believe that Sid and Scrat were there! This was a really nice welcoming! We couldn’t resist having a photo taken with them outside the iconic 2oth Century Fox building!
Inside they had an open bar with different options to drink and on each seat a bag of popcorn had been left for us. Bella got a bag sweet popcorn and I got a salted one. The room was lovely with the 20th Century Fox logo on the floor. The seats were super comfy too. We also had another chance to take more photos with Sid and Scrat before the movie started.
The movie was super fun, with lots of famous people doing the voices, including Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Ray Romano, Niki Minaj, Josh Peck, Simon Peck, Drake, etc. Bella was so concentrated watching it. The story was interesting and cute. I won’t tell you more than that because I don’t want to spoil it for you. I would definitely recommend to go and watch it.
We really had an amazing time. Having a meal in a great child friendly restaurant like Pizza Express and then heading to the movies is the perfect match. So you know, if you are running out of ideas of what to do with your kids during the summer holidays or if it happens to be a horrible rainy day, this is a GREAT option. You aso get the chance to win a fabulous trip to Hollywood, so why not? 🙂
I would like to say thank you so much to Pizza Express, 2oth Century Fox and the lovely Katy from Modern Mummy and Ruth from Rock ‘n Roller Baby for organising this amazing experience for Bella and me! It was amazing!
What do you think of the new summer menu at Pizza Express? What about the Piccolo menu? Have you tried it? Have you been in Pizza Express before? What do you think of their competition? What about pairing a nice meal with a trip to the movies with your kids? Leave a comment below as I would love to know what you think.
*Disclaimer: Bella and I were invited to have a 3 course meal at Pizza Express and to watch a movie at 20th Century Fox in exchange for a blog post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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