Lunch is on the run, unless we've fitted in a shopping trip to Green Street in Forest Gate E7. Every Asian shop you could possibly want is here, plus a vibrant, organised chaos we think of as home. We'll walk along eating a hot and spicy take-away from Mobeen's (081-470 2419) and always bump into someone we know.
If the weather's been awful, we'll take our daughter swimming to Cathall Leisure Centre, where she can splash off some energy, or maybe even Captain Al's Adventure Playground at Fairlop Waters. A tea time walk is usually around Hollow Ponds - boating lakes and more ducks. If we've booked a babysitter, evenings are always spent at the cinema or theatre. Theatre Royal Stratford East (081-534 0310) is around the corner and has the best atmosphere of any theatre in London. Otherwise it's an evening round at friends with other small kids. We watch our offspring tumble around and contemplate Saturday nights as fully-fledged parents.
Meera Syal wrote 'Bhaji on the Beach' and will be appearing in 'Absolutely Fabulous' and 'The Real McCoy' later this year
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