Maternity Leave Life is all about helping families find places to go and things to do.

Whether you're eagerly awaiting your first baby or looking for days out for your family of five, Maternity Leave Life features reviews, tips and snapshots of family-friendly spots.

Maternity Leave Life was founded by local mums Lizzie Hammond and Rebecca Evans. Their friendship started when they were babies, after their mums met at a local baby group in south London. Still friends 30 years later, they then gave birth to baby boys on the same day in March 2015.

Lizzie and Rebecca began to venture out as new mums, searching for buggy access and baby change facilities in what used to be their favourite haunts. They now see London in a totally different light...

They launched Maternity Leave Life to share their experiences with other parents in London, and offer a source of inspiration for family days out, as well as spots for the odd occasion away from the kids.

Lizzie (with chicken pox!) & Rebecca ready for a ballet exam

Lizzie Hammond

Having lived in East Dulwich for 6 years and loved every minute of my 2 maternity leaves exploring South London and all it has to offer for kids, we made the move out to Tunbridge Wells in 2018. As many families think about when their children reach a certain age, we’re hoping to get to enjoy a greener side of life closer to the country side.

Pre and post having children I’ve worked in various agencies and in-house in the User Experience field. Most people look at me blankly when I say that, but in a nutshell it's simply helping companies to design and deliver the best experience for their customers. Anything from improving the design of a website through to analysing full customer journeys both in-store and online. Since having the children, I now offer freelance User Experience consultancy through my business Ribbon Digital and am enjoying the balance that being freelance gives me.

Rebecca Evans

I’ve lived in South London for most of my life, and we started our family in Crystal Palace back in 2015.

As everyone can lament, having children has been a life-changing experience, not only because it's opened my eyes to how different everything is when you take a baby with you! I have two children under 4 (Rupert and Ralphie) so you can trust me when I say that entertaining two preschool-aged kids can be hard work!

We’ve recently moved the whole family down to Lindfield in West Sussex, so I’ll be exploring and reviewing a whole new set of family-friendly destinations in the area, as well as our visiting our old haunts in South London, Kent and Sussex.

When I'm not on maternity leave, I work as Freelance Copywriter and a Baby Massage teacher - I set up SoLo Baby Massage in 2015, offering baby massage classes in South East London. I'm a fan of foodie places, markets, travel, interiors, and anything outdoors that will keep my hyperactive boys on their toes.

Rebecca & Lizzie

Rebecca & Lizzie