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on her IVF journey


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11+ tips, Out of Town Schools & Open Days WHAT’S ON EDUCATION FASHION BOOKS ACTIVITIES











his has been a very exciting issue to put together for you. For the first time, we have produced an education supplement to

pullout in the centre of the magazine. It’s filled with information on local schooling and most importantly for those stuck in the 11+ mire, there’s advice and comments from parents who went through the process earlier this year. We also take a look at the increasingly popular option to educate out of town, either at commuter-distance schools or boarding. It’s a trend that’s growing as more schools in the home counties put on buses to take children to and from West London. Aside from education, local resident Izzy Judd tells us about her IVF journey and her second miracle pregnancy. Beverley Turner discusses PHOTOGRAPHY Danielle Owen MODELS

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that first day at school feeling when you meet your ante-natal buddies; Jo Pratt goes veggie with her new book The Flexible Vegetarian; and with Autumn approaching we enjoy golden hues in Fashion and Interiors. It’s a jam-packed issue which we hope you enjoy. Victoria Evans

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CITY KIDS editor Victoria Evans designer Caroline Haye features Sophie Clowes interiors Mandy Colliss contributors Beverley Turner, Jo Pratt, Sharon Fried-Jones, Ahrani Logan, Lianne Kolirin, Romaine Coonghe, Shirley Khan This publication may not be reproduced in whole or part by any means without prior consent of the publisher. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure accuracy of the content at the time of publication, the publishers shall not be held responsible in any way for any inaccuracies or omissions. The opinions of those expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher or CITY KIDS LTD. © 2017 CITY KIDS LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. T 07770 370 353


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worry not The start of the new school year, or the first days of nursery, can be anxious for kids and adults alike. Supplied with this worry box are 40 illustrated cards in four different designs, packaged in a drawstring bag. Write on each card then pop it in the slot at the top, sending those worries on their way. £10 www.allbymama.com

SWAG BAGS Tired of the amount of plastic in your house? Try these lovely Fabelab lunch bags made from 100% organic cotton for a fun way to carry sandwiches and snacks to school or nursery. There are bunnies, foxes and cats in

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different pastel shades.


AHOY THERE! We’re huge Bobo Choses fans, and their Dear World pieces are no exception. Inspired by French explorer Jacques Cousteau, the message behind the collection is to care more for our world and to look after the environment. Baby and child sizes. From £42 www.scandimini.co.uk

Bunk Up! The answer to all sleepovers! Bundle Beds come for juniors (and adults!) as a selfcontained, fully-bundled bed, complete with a slim, but deceptively-comfortable self-inflating mattress, built-in luxury duvet and pillow with ultra cosy sheets to provide comfort, warmth and a great night’s sleep.

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JOLLY GOOD SHOW When Fiona Jolly couldn’t find quality wooden furniture for her kids she decided to design her own. Now there are plenty of Reasons To Be Jolly as her range now includes tables and benches in soft pastel hues as well as a range of poufs, cushions and decorations. You can find out more about the brand and win one of the cushions by heading over to www.citykidsmagazine.co.uk now!






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Banqueting House, Whitehall www.hrp.org.uk

Rose Theatre, Kingston www.rosetheatrekingston.org

ZSL London Zoo www.zsl.org/zoorassicpark



Peter has gone camping with his Grandad. He’s supposed to stick to the campsite but he has other ideas…Features music inspired by Prokofiev’s classic.


National Trust Images / Rob Stothard

Watermans, Brentford www.watermans.org.uk



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Chiswick, various locations www.chiswickbookfestival.net

Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly www.royalacademy.org.uk

Clare Balding & David Baddiel are just two of the speakers booked specifically for children. See also the free performance area in the marquee.


Chiswick House and Gardens www.chiswickhousedogshow.org.uk


Experience an overnight adventure like no other within a fossil’s throw away from life-size dinosaurs at the zoo.



The British Library, King’s Cross www.bl.uk/events

Explore shape, pattern and type to create your own poetry. Then experiment with different ways of performing and recording it.

The Night Pirates is a swashbuckling adventure about little girl pirates who descend on young Tom at bedtime.

T Rex © ZSL London Zoo


Colin Hutton © Hartswood Films


This digital family adventure returns to Banqueting House, so go along to unlock the hidden history of the lost palace.

OK David © Goblin 2016


Increasingly popular, this show has 18 fun classes, a dog bar, My Dog’s Got Talent, celebrity judges (and owners) and plenty of food and drink stalls for man and dog alike!

Draw your favourite feathered friends inspired by the exhibition of animal illustrations in Second Nature: The Art of Charles Tunnicliffe.

30 TALES IN THE ATTIC Lyric, Hammersmith www.lyric.co.uk Meet Kronos and welcome to his attic! Kronos has been gathering stories and tales of things gone by and he’s excited to share the best of them with you. Suitable for 3-6yrs.


Shows • Special Events • Birthday Parties • illumidoo.com


Monkey Music East Sheen, Chiswick and Hammersmith E: chiswick@monkeymusic.co.uk T: 020 8392 8833 Monkey Music Ealing and Acton E: ealing.acton@monkeymusic.co.uk T: 020 3715 2634

Theatre to excite and inspire the imaginations of children at your local arts centre.


Hare and Tortoise


Bocketts Farm Park 21st - 29th October 2017

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Fun is an essential ingredient at Devonshire Day Nursery and Preschool where the care and education opportunities for each and every child are as extraordinary as the staff who provide them.


We would be delighted to show you why.

Wizards Magician Show Creepy Crafts

Witches Quiz Trail Reptile Roadshow! Encounter awesome creepy crawlies and reptiles up close!

“Children have a lovely time at the nursery and make superb progress. Staff provide an extremely positive, inspiring environment, which captures children’s interests and entices them to learn and to initiate their own ideas.”


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Please call 020 8995 9538 or email devonshire.nursery@childbase.com


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Situated in Leatherhead, Surrey. 5 minutes from J9 M25.



£1 OFF full price farm entry per person* Valid from 3rd September - 20th October 2017. Only with this voucher (*maximum of 5 people).





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Colin Hutton © Hartswood Films

This annual festival celebrates the apple orchard in the walled garden, with seasonal displays, live music, children’s activities and more!

London’s international dance festival takes place all over town. Includes some unique family-friendly performances, including Origami and DOT.

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The British Museum, Bloomsbury www.britishmuseum.org

ExCel London www.discoverdogs.org.uk

Under-fives with parents are invited to spot different animal patterns and use tablets together to make a 3D animal model.


FILM QUIZ FOR KIDS WITH PATRICK MONAHAN Royal Albert Hall www.royalalberthall.com

Hosted by the hilarious stand-up comedian, this quiz goes where no quiz has gone before - and it’s just for kids. 08 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

AFRICA ON THE SQUARE Trafalgar Square www.london.gov.uk/events

Venues across the capital www.danceumbrella.co.uk


National Trust Images / Rob Stothard

© Benedict Johnson

© Jonathon Vines

Fulham Palace www.fulhampalace.org


A weekend full of doggie displays and competitions, or go along to find your perfect pet pooch.

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Celebrate African arts and culture with a fantastic day of entertainment, a market, food stalls, fashion and loads for kids

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KIDTROPOLIS ExCel London www.kidtropolis.co.uk

The definitive event for all Lego lovers - young and old. Expect brick pits, incredible models and loads of fun for all the family.




Lyric Hammersmith www.lyric.co.uk

St Saviour Lower Hall, W12 www.illumidoo.com

Burglar Betty tells the story of Burglar Bill as he creeps from house to house. Adapted from the classic book.

Take Me To The Moon launches kids into space, speeding past stars and seeing the earth from afar using dynamic 3D light effects and a dramatic soundscape. Other dates 23 Sept, 8 Oct & 19 Nov.

Book a free charity clothes collection with TRAID.   @TRAID  TRAIDcharity

We love the clothes you don’t. Call 020 8733 2595 Online at traid.org.uk/collections Email reuse@traid.org.uk TRAID is a charity working to collect and reuse unwanted clothes in the UK, while raising funds to support global projects to stop exploitative practices in the fashion industry. We reuse and resell over 93% of all donations made and your unwanted clothes stock our charity shops.

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Acton Depot Open Weekend 23-24 September 2017 KIDS GO FREE Enjoy a jam-packed weekend of fun activities for all the family • Vintage trains and buses • Family make and take activities • Stories about familiar and curious objects in our collections

• Rides on a miniature railway and a heritage bus • Behind the scenes talks and tours


Dance 3 - 12 years

Karate 4 - 12 years

Gymnastics 4 months - 12 years

Try us out!

Taking enrolments for our new Semester Now! (4th September to 11th February)

The Little Gym®Chiswick • University of Westminster Sports Ground • Hartington Road Chiswick • London W4 3AN +44 (0)20 8994 3729 • chiswick@thelittlegym.eu • www.chiswick.thelittlegym.eu


Polka Theatre, Wimbledon www.polkatheatre.com

Battersea Park www.enablelc.org



Inspired by Laika, the first dog in space. A moving sci-fi adventure, inventively told using puppetry, movement and music.

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National Trust Images / Rob Stothard

Unicorn Theatre www.unicorntheatre.com

LORD MAYOR’S SHOW The City of London, starting out from Mansion House www.lordmayorsshow.london

From the Lord Mayor’s arrival by river to the fireworks finale, the annual pageant is packed with spectacle for all.

Watch the sky light up above the capital for this colourful whizzing, fizzing and popping annual display.






Regent Street www.hamleys.com

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew www.kew.org

Regent Street will be transformed in a traffic-free, all-day extravaganza for the biggest toy parade London has ever seen!


@ London Dollshouse Festival


Colin Hutton © Hartswood Films


Multi-award-winning performer Danyah Miller vividly brings to life this enchanting tale by beloved children’s author, Michael Morpurgo.



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The festive adventure begins with a path lit by hundreds of illuminated globes winding through glittering and singing trees.

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Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue www.gruffaloschildlive.com

TCHAIKOVSKY AND THE MARVELLOUS KINGDOM King’s Place, King’s Cross www.kingsplace.co.uk

Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to The Gruffalo hits the West End.

@ Nick Rutter

How better to start the festive preparations? Highlights for youngsters include The Christmas Arcade, filled with toys, games and more.


www.idealhomeshowchristmas.co.uk Join the Aurora Orchestra on a glittering adventure. Spy the Sugar Plum Fairy and prepare to tussle the Mouse King. CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 11




If you’re looking for some awesome fun and games for your children during the October half-term, we’re running our Adventure Club from 23rd-27th October. It will be extra spook-tacular in the lead up to Halloween. As well as getting stuck in with the traditional games such as tug of war, mini Olympics, rocket launching and water bomb catapulting, the children will also get the chance to dress up as mummies, go on skeleton scavenger hunts and play Dracula’s Footsteps. A mad scientist will help with some creepy experiments to make green slime! As well as being treated to some whacky and wild fun and high energy running around games, it’s a great opportunity for children to learn new skills with some gentle encouragement from the ‘friendly big brother/sister’ team. They also step out of their comfort zone (when they’re ready) through many of the fun games on offer and even the shy ones usually come out of their shell after a couple of games. We like to think we are masterminds behind social interaction, encouragement and helping with independence. If you can’t wait for October you can try making your own mini Adventure Club at home with some of our easy DIY games.


Bedroom Minefield Mission

Extreme Boules

Children have to travel across the room without touching the ground. They can start on the bed and use anything they see to make it to the door. Books, pants and pillows are all essential tools in this game as they help provide stepping stones. The floor is a lake with swimming crocodiles so the tidier the room, the harder it is to complete!

You’ll need two boules (these can be tennis balls, normal boules or shoes!) and a jack (this is the thing you aim for with the boules, so you can use a golf ball, shell or anything smaller than your boules). The youngest player draws a throw line and chucks the jack anywhere they like the more imaginative the better. Uphill, downhill or behind a rock. Each player then takes it in turns to throw a boule towards the jack. The boule that finishes closest to the jack wins, and that player gets a point. The winner also becomes the person to choose the throw line and throw the jack for the next round. It’s a great confidence building game as each child has a chance to lead. These at-home activities are so simple and take no time to set up but provide lots of fun! The October Adventure Club is suitable for children between 5-10 years old and runs from 9am-4pm. It will be running in a central London location. Contact Sharky & George on 020 7924 4381 for further information.

Mystery Mouldy Modelling For the clay: 2 cups plain flour 1 cup salt 2 tablespoons cream of tartar 2 tablespoons oil 2 cups water 1 teaspoon colouring Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan over a low heat (with adult supervision) and keep stirring until the mixture goes smooth and forms a dough. When cool, start playing. For this game, get a grown-up to write down lots of objects on pieces of paper, scrunch them up and put them into a pot or hat. Each player picks a piece of paper and has 60 seconds to create the object with the modelling clay they made earlier. Whoever guesses correctly, becomes the next sculptor.



NEW CLASSMATES We ante-natal educators can kid ourselves into thinking we pass on great wisdom, proffer choice and empower couples on their journey to parenthood. But, really, we’re just Tinder for pregnant people: hooking up wide-eyed, big-bellied neighbours to make the road ahead less treacherous. And, as these relationships don’t involve the messy and complicated business of sex, it’s so much more straightforward. Of course, there’s some of that knowledge stuff, too – no matter how much we might want to gossip about TV, we do have to fill those hours together with a few facts.

won’t dilate efficiently. Your new-found-mummy-mates are unlikely to care if your pram isn’t the latest model. You’re all traversing the same hurdles at the same time, getting by on your wits and wisdom, laughing at poo stories and rolling your eyes at your partners. Strange, mystical connections are made between pregnant women who take that road simultaneously. We once had a course, which, due to a few unusual last-minute drop-offs, consisted of only three couples. I was worried. This wasn’t the tribe they’d expected to meet. I apologised, explained and promised to work hard to make sure they met a wider circle of local mums to fill the gaps. But, they bonded. They shared and laughed. It turned out that all three lived within a five-minute walk of each other. Miraculously, they all gave birth on the very same day – two in the same hospital. They recently celebrated their babies second birthdays in matching t-shirts, and with a cake smash. There they were, three grinning toddlers, covered in chocolate cake and no idea that they, too, had friends for life; friends they’d made before they were born. How many of us can say that about our besties? New-buggy-buddies won’t only support you in the lonely and testing hours of new parenthood. These women come with a ready-made friend for your child, and it’s amazing how soon babies love the sight of another tiny person. Plus, it takes the pressure off in the long-term. As a parent, agonising about your child’s friendships once they start school is a hardy perennial. If they’ve already got a close-knit group from babyhood, you really won’t care (as much). So, seek out other big bellies when you’re waddling down the high street. Join ante-natal classes and pregnancy groups. You may think you’ll never hit it off with the woman in the kaftan, but once you’re drinking tea in her garden as the toddlers hit each other over the head with Lego, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without her.

Regardless of income or profession, the bond forged in the trenches of new parenthood is profound. But, long after a detailed understanding of epidurals has faded, what’s left is one of the great and often under-appreciated gifts of parenthood: friends-like-you. And that’s exactly what they become. No matter how strongly you feel – as you take your seat for the first class – thinking you have absolutely nothing in common with these boring/self-righteous/arrogant/rude/ annoying (delete as appropriate) people, you will, after a short period of time, develop solid friendships based on sharing life’s most significant event. That woman who liked the sound of her own voice a bit much? She’s the one who will talk to you at 3 am, when you’re weeping with fatigue and sore boobs, and you’ll thank the heavens that she gets it. The dad-to-be, the one who arrived a touch sozzled each week and made a few inappropriate nipple jokes, will be the one who takes your hubby out for an energy-restoring pint and a laugh when he feels like he’s failing at this dad lark after six weeks. And you will love him for that. Regardless of income or profession, the bond forged in the trenches of new parenthood is profound. It is almost entirely unheard of these days to make friends with other people who may be different to you, or outside of your small social circle. You sit blinking at each other while someone like me talks about perineal massage, and know nothing of one another’s backgrounds. Some ante-natal course enquiry forms will ask for your occupation, as though being a lawyer or a fruit-packer will make a difference about your ability to push out a baby and make a good mother. It really won’t. Birth is life’s great leveller, and wonderfully egalitarian. Class has always played a part in the culture of birth (the unhelpful moniker, “too posh to push” has been taken to new levels in South America, where some hospitals have a 100% Caesarean rate amongst the wealthy). But, for most, this is irrelevant. Your bank account doesn’t care if your cervix

New-buggy-buddies won’t only support you in the lonely and testing hours of new parenthood. These women come with a readymade friend for your child...

Beverley Turner is author of The Happy Birth Book and hosts a show on LBC at 6pm on Saturdays. CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 13



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Room to Play Creating a space for kids to be kids


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esigning a playroom for your little one is great fun and the chance to indulge your playful side. You may be lucky enough to dedicate a whole room to your children, but don’t let this deter you if space is at a premium. Children don’t care where they play, be it a recess under the stairs or a section off the kitchen. A play area allows for safe play and space to spark their creative imagination. Essentials are storage, workspace, flexible seating and colour. A stylised tree wallpaper defines this space with a quirky bookshelf and a desk to work at. Ensure the room is well lit with a mix of imaginative lights and seating that can move around to accommodate friends. A clock and height chart make learning fun and animal themed imagery engages the whole family. 1. Hugo and Sixten Art Prints £18.95 each www.desenio.co.uk 2. Bellewood Mural £33 per sqm www.funkylittledarlings.co.uk 3. Wooster Pendant £204 www.awhiteroom.com 4. Hummingbird and Clouds Wall Stickers £35 www.funkylittledarlings.co.uk 5. Yellow Honeycomb Paper Balls from £1.99 www.partypieces.co.uk 6. Littl’un Bigg’un Wall Sticker Height Chart £38 www.funkylittledarlings.co.uk 7. Eames House Bird £135 www.skandium.com 8. Kilo Side Table £25 www.habitat.co.uk 9. Lulu Rug £414 www.funkylittledarlings.co.uk 10. Nikki Desk £295 www.funkylittledarlings.co.uk 11. Standing Mouse Light £60 www.grahamandgreen.co.uk 12. Tipi Book Shelf £198 www.nubie.co.uk 13. Colour Wheel Wall Sticker Clock £70 www.funkylittledarlings.co.uk 14. Lying Fawn Light £95 www.englandathome.com 15. Fatboy Poufs £59 www.houseology.com Mandy Colliss, owner of children’s home decor site www.funkylittledarlings.co.uk and specialist children’s interior designer CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 17





Look, there’s a ROCKET!

Going to School

Sticker Art

Mind Hug, The first story

by Esther Aarts (Nosy Crow)

by Rose Blakeby

illustrated by Craig and Karl (Frances Lincoln)

by Emily Arber and Vanessa Lovegrove (Circus House)

This new series of interactive board books by Esther Aarts will make a lovely addition to any bookshelf. Perfect for busy fingers, the follow-thehole story takes you into outer space. There’s plenty to spot and the colourful illustrations are joyful and fun. Plus being a board book, it’s robust enough to be read whilst on the move. Look, there’s a SUBMARINE! takes you deep under the ocean to explore all the sea life she can find.

When the daughter of Peter Blake illustrates a book, you know it’s going to be visually arresting. Detailing the school day of a young girl, it’s busy and buzzy as we see her have a maths lesson, do P.E., have a science lesson, play on computers, eat lunch and so much more. Children will relate to the many activities that happen and with the bright and cheery illustrations, there’s plenty of reason to read again and again.

This stylish interactive sticker book will keep most fingers busy. Think paint by numbers only with stickers. Working in collaboration with Natural History Museum, graphic designers Craig Redman and Karl Maier have joined forces to create these bold books on topics including Jungle, Ocean, Woodland and Savannah. Each book has eight striking portraits to make with interesting facts to accompany them.

Why should mindfulness just be for adults? Mind Hug tells the story of Jack, who is overwhelmed by his thoughts, making his head feel ‘fizzy’. The more he tries to block the thoughts, the more they come, leaving him feeling frustrated and out of control. When his dad introduces a ‘game’ and helps to focus his mind through breathing, Jack calms himself down. With his new found power, he shares his techniques with friends. This is the first in a series to help children grow up with good mental health.

BIG KIDS The Girl Guide by Marawa Ibrahim and Sinen Erkas (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)

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hula-hooping acrobat and possessor of a rather cool nine Guiness World Records? Now we’re talking. Meet Marawa Ibrahim, whose no messing and honest approach is a breath of fresh air. With everything covered from spots, hair, sweat, fitness - nothing is left unturned. And in this age of perfecting the flawless selfie Marawa shows just how having good self esteem is the most important thing of all. An all round essential read for girls AND their parents.

13 ½ Incredible Things You Need To Know About Everything by DK

This is the perfect post-summer book, when your child’s brain has mainly been forgetting

Sharon Fried-Jones is a West London mum, who by day is the Head of Marketing and Digital for the charity Book Trust which inspires a love of reading in children, and by night is an aspiring children’s author with a love of clashing clothes and picture books, who longs for a good night’s sleep.

everything they learnt in the previous school term and is awash with watching YouTube videos on fidget spinners and learning the Spanish bit to Despacito. Time to re-engage with this super fact-filled book on just about everything. Topics range from classics like dinosaurs, stars and the Greeks to chocolate, bees and blood cells. The photographs are stunning and for every topic there are 13 pieces of information. You’ll even learn loads yourself so can impress your friends down at the pub quiz.


SCHOOLS OUT The parents choosing out of town schools


Dates for your diary

THE 11+

Stories & advice from parents Image Fulham Preparatory School

St Benedict’S School Ealing a

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Outstanding Catholic Independent school for boys & girls aged 3 - 18

Whole School Open Morning - Saturday 14 October

View our website for a full list of our Open Events or arrange a personal visit with our Registrar, Louise Pepper, on 020 8862 2254 www.stbenedicts.org.uk




social anthropologist need look no further than the school gates at drop-off and pick-up. For there, in those frenetic few minutes at the start and end of the school day, the entire gamut of human behaviour is on show. Nowhere is this more concentrated than in London, where catchment areas are reduced to mere metres and journeys are not bound by one particular means of transport, but by exaggerated time pressures. The school run has become the stuff of lore, of horror tales of Chelsea tractors and the ensuing parking tickets, of idling, pollutant limousine engines, of fashion parades, of cat fights and even punch

School drop-off and pick-up offers a chance to observe humankind in all its flawed perfection, says SOPHIE CLOWES bountiful mix of culture, colour, creed and language that comes with living in one of the world’s coolest capitals creates a daily artwork that uplifts and inspires. The common language is, underneath it all, that of wanting the best for our children. Bike, scooter, two feet, skateboard, buggy board, Tube, bus, car, black cab, pillion on a motorbike, heelies, roller blades or like a rolled-up carpet under the sweating armpit of a harassed parent, the modes of transport are various. As one mother put it, the timeline from buggy to scooter, to bike, to walking to and from school on their own over the seven years of primary school, is a positive, palpable journey towards a child’s independence. It’s a time for hand holding, for lifeaffirming conversations and unity in the face of time adversity! On World Book Day, Comic Relief or any other dress-up day, the streets around schools bring literature to life. The children aren’t hidden in cars and their outfits make our city world smile. For the most part, on any given day, the responsible

The playground is an ever-evolving reflection of daily life. ups, of intimidation and bitchy oneup(wo)manship. Apocryphal or not, these stories belong, for the most part, among a tiny percentage of the super wealthy, or, in the forgotten days, pre-social media, when the tabloids played sole arbiter and provocateur on all matters parental or familial. The bigger picture shows us as fickle and fallible, fighting for flexibility to keep the show on the road; each family searching through trial and error for the best way forward. We are all plastering over the cracks and, for the most part, have to fake it to make it. Let’s leave the school-run stereotypical mocking behind and, in the spirit of new school beginnings, delight in school-run joy. This, people, is where friendships are formed, life problems are resolved and opportunities are offered. The primary school playground at school drop-off and pick-up is a smorgasbord of humankind in all its flawed brilliance. The

adult is like a book character too, often the witch in Room on the Broom, precariously balancing themselves, children, a dog and an art project on a bicycle. The dogs... There is a moment when the youngest child gets to Key Stage 2 and it becomes apparent that there will be no more babies. This is when children plead for a dog and parents acquiesce. City canines aren’t cosseted in cars, but tied to the school railings, sharing the love. The playground is an ever-evolving reflection of daily life. No longer a female reserve, thankfully. It is a bustling junction where fathers and mothers, grandparents, siblings and carers meet. Enjoy it while you can for soon your children will not be seen dead with you anywhere near the school gate. When that moment comes, take a leaf out of a father of four, David Beckham’s, book. Brooklyn asked him to drop him around the corner from the school gate. He duly did, then waited till his son had hooked up with his mates, drove slowly past, put the window down and shouted, ‘I love you, Brooklyn’. Even the world’s coolest people are an embarrassment to their children.


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the focus of everyone’s gaze and any other aberration will not be noticed. Reverse effect if you are male. ●● Gym kit makes you look fit, takes zero effort and is comfortable. Exercise optional. ●● The 7 Ps – prior planning and preparation prevents piss-poor performance. This is nothing to do with your children’s scholastic challenges, but all about ensuring

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homework is done and school bags are packed the night before. Yawn. All the school-gate stereotypes you’ve ever heard mocked, exist. Deal with it Exoneration lies in a sugar fest at pickup. Other people’s children are rarely as lovely as your own. They must still be treated kindly. Likewise, their responsible adults. Getting a child to school on time, and yourself or their carer to pick-up on time, are major achievements. CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 21



Fulham Prep welcomes its first Year 9 pupils this term, as the countdown begins to the opening of the new senior school in Broomhouse Lane, SW6 next September. The school will be coeducational with the same nurturing ethos, and will give pupils the opportunity to stay within the Fulham Prep family up to A Levels. The Prep School will continue its tradition of preparing children for entry into the top London day schools and national boarding schools. For more information go to www.fulhamsenior.co.uk or phone 020 7386 2448

EATON’S NEW PREP As preparation for 11+ reaches the final stages, Orchard House will be looking to repeat the amazing results of 2017. Children won scholarships to Bedales, City of London School for Boys, Emanuel School (2) Francis Holland (2) Hampton School (2) Hampton School (3) Kings College Wimbledon, Latymer Upper (2), Notting Hill and Ealing High Schools, Putney High School and St Benedict’s (2).

Eaton House is welcoming boys to its new Prep school in Belgravia. The new school will take boys from age 8-13 and complements the pre-prep which is adding a new nursery. The old nursery building at the Manor Site has been replaced by a state of the art development featuring a brightly coloured playground.



Girls from Notting Hill and Ealing High School are practicing their moves ahead of the national final of Dance Challenge UK in Blackpool. The girls qualified from regional heats of the Under 12 beginner category, the only non-specialist group to enter, beating other teams from established dance schools in the process. The final takes place at the Opera House in November.

3D PRINTER WORKSHOP RETURNS TO ISL LONDON ISL London is aiming to be the first school in the UK to have a 3D printing studio created wholly for students by students. It comes after a successful workshop in the summer term which saw Grade 6 to 8 students introduced to the BuiltEd run session ‘How to build a 3D Printer’. The club gives children the opportunity to assemble a 3D printer from scratch and to learn the full capabilities of 3D printing for future projects. ‘The children assembled every part themselves and the look in their eyes when they saw it actually working is what made it all worth it’, says Naia Borio, in charge of running the club. With exciting projects in the pipeline, the workshop will assemble an even larger and better printer in the next academic year. 22 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

This September sees the opening of a new cutting-edge Science Centre at ACS Hillingdon International School. The £10 million development will enable the school to expand the education opportunities on offer with seven new leading-edge science and technology laboratories for its students, and a designated micro-biology unit. This latest investment is designed to enhance student and teacher collaboration in science learning, and encourage students to explore the realms of scientific research. The Science Centre, with its increased learning areas, capabilities and flexibilities, will create a dynamic environment, ensuring students are inspired and best prepared for university and successful careers in science.

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Advice from those who have just emerged on the other side by VICTORIA EVANS


f you’ve decided to go private for secondary school, by the time your child reaches Year 5 you’ll be contemplating the start line of the 11+ marathon. Having just been through the process myself, I decided that those Year 5 parents, as well as those closing in on application deadlines in November, might want to hear what it was REALLY like, straight from the horse’s mouth. I’ve spoken to parents to gather their perspective on the process, and how they think it could be improved, in addition to bleeding them dry of proper, useful advice and the lowdown on some of London’s most sought-after educational establishments. I think it’s worth noting that the parents I spoke to have children in a range of schools: Putney High, Harrodian, Latymer Upper, Francis Holland, Arts Ed, Ibstock Place and Kew House. So, you will be getting a decent overview.

THE PROCESS General feedback from the parents I spoke to was that the process is ‘pretty awful’, ‘tough on parents and children’, ‘frustrating’ and ‘a bit like childbirth – you eventually forget the worst bits!’ One parent told me that their new head teacher recently congratulated the parents and pupils for having made it through the 11+ process in West London, begging the question of whether it is better dealt with out of town (more on that in our Schools Out piece, p29). One thing is certain, it’s a competitive business and applying for only one school would be foolhardy. Spreading your bets and applying for eight schools is equally daft. It just adds stress and is exhausting for your child (and really, are there eight schools you really love?). Be grown up and make some decisions! The schools don’t exactly discourage applications; as one parent put it, ‘they can make serious money from the registrations, so they’re not going to turn people away!’ Emmanuel School in Clapham is the only one we

Pupils at St Benedict’s know of that caps applications each year. Beware, the cut-off is getting earlier and earlier. Blink, and you’ll miss it. And don’t rely on other parents to let you know – its every man and woman for themselves in this game. Part of the process involves creating a shortlist. Be prepared for some schools to host open evenings that are like ‘bunfights’, where numbers aren’t controlled, resulting in some parents not being able to get a good feel for the school. Others are ticketed, so you need to book well in advance or you won’t get a look-in. Try to get to as many open days and evenings as you can, even though it becomes a drag in the final stages. It will give you the opportunity to form a better opinion about what is important to you: single-sex, city, out of town, sporty, musical, all-rounder, religious. Once the choices are made, be prepared for the interview. Some schools only interview candidates that reach a certain exam standard, but most will interview all pupils who apply, sometimes before the exam. Recent questions included: • Tell me how a Fitbit works? • Describe this object – to this day, I still dont know what it was my daughter was asked to describe. CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 25

• What is time? • Rank the schools you have applied to in order from favourite to least favourite (yes, really, a child was asked to do this). • What was the greatest invention of the 20th century? • Who do you think should be on the new £10 note and why? • If you could be anyone for 24 hours, who would you choose & what would you do? So, now you’ve prepped the questions, you’re ready, right? Wrong. You’ve got the environment to contend with. Some schools rip your loved ones from you at some distance from the exam centre, others provide a welcoming talk, tea and biscuits while you wait. Some interviews are one-on-one with senior management, others are in groups (when, inevitably, one over-confident chatterbox talks over everyone else), and often there will be many interviews taking place in one room at the same time. And then there’s the speeddating type of interview. Oh yes, not just something for adults. The most important tip here is for you to give your child the confidence they need to be themselves. We have to trust that these schools know what they’re looking for and which child will fit in.

EDUCATION HOW COULD IT BE IMPROVED? This is a difficult one. Some of the best schools in the country happen to be within a two-mile radius of West London, so it naturally follows that it’s competitive. We all go into this with our eyes open – it’s a selective approach to education, so how is it best to select? Kew House is regarded very positively by local parents as it puts a lot of emphasis on the interview with the headmaster (who, by the way, puts nervous children at ease in seconds). The interviews are also all finished by the end of the Autumn term, meaning it’s one less thing to worry about in January. A parent I spoke to suggested that


there should be a limit to the number of schools that parents apply to. She said: ‘I think this would mean people categorised their choices better - the more academic kids would apply for the more academic schools, with maybe one fall-back, the less academic kids would apply for the middle/lower ranked (academia-wise) schools, with maybe one hopeful. This would stop the more academic kids being offered loads of places in schools they are unlikely to accept, therefore stopping so many kids having to go through the waitlisting process. It would also make the numbers applying to the schools more realistic.’ Another idea was to put co-ed

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●● Get a tutor. ●● Don’t get a tutor. The debate will go on. ●● Get a folder & get organised! Buy stamps and envelopes now. Few of the schools use online applications. You’ll need photocopies of your child’s passport & passport-sized photos of him/her. The admin around applying and each exam day (whether your child needs to wear a certain sticker, take a card with them, etc) is surprisingly full-on, but you need to be calm and in-control so they don’t feel your stress as well! ●● Focus on your child and what they need from a secondary school, not what others think or which are the most popular schools of the moment. ●● Some people go completely bonkers through the process ... ignore them. ●● When you look around a school, try and look for the reason you might not want your child to go there – these schools are all excellent! ●● Try to get to as many open days and evenings as you can, even though it becomes a drag in the final stages. You will form a better opinion about what is important to you: singlesex, distance from home, journey to school, sporty, musical, all-rounder, religious. ●● Many schools host more than one open day at different times of year. When trying to narrow things down, going to a second open day is a good way to help finalise a view. You may well see a school in a very different light the second time around, especially if you only saw it once, right at the beginning of the process.


schools together, like the North London Girls’ School Consortium. So, ‘one maths and English paper is taken by each child, and these papers are considered by all schools. The mixed schools, such as Ibstock, Harrodian, Kew, Radnor House & St Benedicts, could form a West London Consortium. If they want to do their own verbal/non-verbal tests, then they can, but the main exams would be cut down considerably.’

●● Believe in your own judgement regarding your child’s potential, and be realistic about where they will get in. There’s no point putting them through the stress of a highly academic school just because you really want them to go there, when the reality is that they will probably achieve more in the long term if they went to a school that was more academically appropriate for them. ●● Listen to your child – having gone through this process twice now, both my children have been very clear about which school is their favourite, even if it may not have been my first choice. They are the ones who have to spend the next five to seven years at that school, so it’s better they make the decision with you, rather than you deciding for them. ●● Don’t cross-examine your child after each exam. Chances are, they will have made some classic errors and it’s very difficult to pretend not to care! Best not to know. ●● Be prepared for rejection. Getting offers from all their schools is for the very few. Knowing how to be positive is an important skill here. ●● If you’re on a wait-list, call the school immediately and express your 100% desire to be part of their intake in the Autumn. One headmaster joked that this is the time to send flowers and chocolates to the registrar concerned. Joking aside, begging letters, expensive gifts and stalking have been known. ●● Alternatively, take the view that if the school doesn’t want your child, you don’t want them to go there! ●● Relax, do not stress. It does work itself out in the end. Easier said than done. Take it from one who knows!


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he arrival of a baby these days produces less unalloyed joy than in earlier times. Along with the multipacks of nappies come bucketfuls of stress. This is especially true of new parents in London who think wistfully of their own, often far less pressured, childhoods. They look around their chic – (or less chic) – London borough and see queues of exhaust-emitting traffic, crowded buses, unsupervised parks and schools, which are either good and oversubscribed or unacceptably poor. Not that many London schools aren’t good these days. But few have much space – especially outside. Staff turnover can be high. The best state primaries have catchment areas the size of an exercise book and good preps are highly competitive and expensive. Then there’s the pressure. Schools are expected to pack more and more into a short day. A common sight is a

Catchment areas? Oversubscribed prep? Think again... by SUSAN HAMLYN is sporty and needs a lot of space. Since she went to her country prep, she’s got into the borough athletics squad and is much happier.’ Likewise, doctors Nour and Shazia Mahmood, enthuse about the change in their twins: ‘Their new school has a minibus that collects from a couple of streets away and brings them back in the evening. They did have to sit entrance exams, but it was far less competitive than preps in London – three children for each place rather than 12! And the teaching and results are just as good.’ Schools within commuting distance see London as an excellent new market. Papplewick, a boys’ prep in Ascot, Berkshire, reports: ‘Since our transport service to and from Chiswick was launched, we have experienced a 100%

Many parents worry about the intensity of an urban childhood.

Increasingly, London parents are sending their children against the commuter traffic to schools in the Home Counties. child on his way to school, heavy rucksack on his back, instrument case in one hand and sports bag – bootlaces and cricket bat perilously tipping out of one end – in the other. Can this be the only way? Well, it isn’t. Recent years have seen a change of thinking in both parents and schools. Increasingly, London parents are sending their children against the commuter traffic to schools in the Home Counties. Hazel and Chris Tomkins are typical: ‘Alba is a lovely child. But she was getting lost in the local school – there were simply too many children who needed more attention than she does. She

professional London families. A key influence is the lack of space in London schools and the necessity of ‘bussing’ to local sports grounds. St Catherine’s School

rise in interest, resulting in a second service to and from Brook Green.’ And they confirm what parents say: ‘We offer a huge range of extra-curricular activities and sport in a rural environment. This all takes place within a school day, rather than parents having to ferry their children to after-school activities around London. All prep is done at school here, so there’s no homework. Parents report that their sons are less stressed, happier and working harder. They also achieve good academic results.’ Senior schools also now offer weekly boarding especially tailored to

in Bramley, near Guildford – headed by the highly-experienced Alice Phillips – tells us: ‘Interest is high – we see about 90-100 families at every open morning, of whom about 20% are looking at weekly boarding.’ This is partly because St Catherine’s offers: ‘Space. Green vistas. Outdoor facilities, which include floodlit netball and tennis courts, lacrosse pitches, athletics track, plus a huge sports hall, swimming pool, fitness suite, gymnasium and dance studio. And outstanding on-site facilities – we offer musicians an auditorium with superb acoustics. Actors have a state-of the-art theatre and technical box.’ But it’s not just facilities. Many parents worry about the intensity of an urban childhood. St Catherine’s says: “Here their daughters can develop at a pace less dictated by the media and peer pressure. We are not isolated – we are located at the heart of a village community with Guildford on our doorstep. St Catherine’s girls are very busy and are more likely to be in a club, in an orchestra rehearsal or doing sports after school, rather than kicking their heels around a city centre.’ So – another sleepless night worrying about catchment areas or oversubscribed preps? Perhaps it’s time to look outside ...?

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ARTS ED 11yrs+ co-ed www.artsed.co.uk Y7-11 17 SEPT SIXTH FORM 26 SEPT SIXTH FORM BOYS DAY 14 OCT Admissions 020 8987 6600 - For tours, Rosalie Jones pupils@artsed.co.uk

HAMPTON COURT HOUSE 3-18yrs co-ed www.hamptoncourthouse.co.uk EARLY YEARS (3-5yrs) 28 SEPT LOWER YEARS (5-9yrs) 16 NOV MIDDLE & UPPER (9-16yrs) 8 NOV SIXTH FORM 5 OCT For all entries or individual tours contact Registrar Carol Bradbrook 020 8614 0857 - cb@hchnet.co.uk

AVENUE HOUSE 4-11yrs co-ed www.avenuehouse.org To book an appointment 020 8998 9981 BASSETT HOUSE SCHOOL 3-11yrs co-ed www.bassetths.org.uk 5 OCT For registration or a tour: 020 8969 0313 - registrar@bassetths.org.uk BUTE HOUSE GIRLS 4-11yrs www.butehouse.co.uk Registrar, Mrs Sarah Sparkes on 0207 603 7381 x 202 CHISWICK AND BEDFORD PARK 3-11yrs co-ed (girls only after 7yrs) www.cbppschool.co.uk By appointment only CLIFTON LODGE 3-13yrs co-ed www.cliftonlodgeschool.co.uk 14 OCTOBER Tel 020 8579 3662 - admissions@cliftonlodgeschool.co.uk DURSTON HOUSE 4-13yrs boys www.durstonhouse.org Registrar 020 8991 6532 or info@durstonhouse.org L’ECOLE INTERNATIONALE FRANCO-ANGLAISE 18months-18yrs www.ecole-ifa.com Gaël Panhelleux (Head of Admissions) 020 7637 5351 - gp@ecole-ifa.com FRANCIS HOLLAND, CLARENCE GATE 4-18yrs girls www.fhs-nw1.org.uk 13 SEPT / 12 OCT / 2 & 10 NOV OPEN EVENING 26 SEPT SIXTH FORM 9 OCT Registrar, Mrs Sandy Bailey on 020 7723 0176 or registrar@fhs-nw1.org.uk FRANCIS HOLLAND, SLOANE SQUARE 4-18yrs girls www.fhs-sw1.org.uk JUNIOR SCHOOL 4+ ENTRY 25 SEPT / 6 NOV SENIOR SCHOOL 11+ ENTRY 12 & 26 SEPT / 3 & 15 NOV OPEN EVENING 3 OCT SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING 27 SEPT Registrar on 020 7824 5005 (or via the School Office on 020 7730 2971) or registrar@fhs-sw1.org.uk FULHAM PREPARATORY SCHOOLS 4-13yrs co-ed www.fulhamprep.co.uk 19 OCT Please phone 020 7471 4217 or 020 7371 9911 or email admin@fulhamprep.co.uk to reserve one or two places and book a time slot FULHAM PREP AND SENIOR www.fulhamprep.co.uk Please call 020 7386 2444 or email prepadmin@fulhamprep.co.uk or senioradmin@fulhamprep.co.uk to book a visit to the school

HAMPTON PRE-PREP & PREP 3-7yrs co-ed / 7-11yrs boys www. hamptonprep.org.uk 6 OCT / 3 NOV admissions@hamptonprep.org.uk 020 8979 1844 HAMPTON SCHOOL 11yrs+ boys www.hamptonschool.org.uk 27 SEPT / 12 OCT / 6 & 23 NOV SIXTH FORM 21 SEPT 020 8979 9273 or admissions@hamptonschool.org.uk HARVINGTON PREP SCHOOL 3-11yrs girls www.harvingtonschool.com By appointment only 020 8997 1583 HEATHFIELD HOUSE SCHOOL 4-11yrs co-ed www.heathfieldhouse.co.uk Call for appointment 020 8994 3385 IBSTOCK PLACE 4-18yrs co-ed www.ibstockplaceschool.co.uk PREP SCHOOL 27 SEPT / 15 NOV / 31 JAN / 2 MAY / 20 JUNE SENIOR SCHOOL 20 & 23 SEPT / 9 MAY 6TH FORM 26 SEPT Registrar Miss Catherine Voysey registrar@ibstockplaceschool.co.uk - 020 8392 5803 INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LONDON 3-18yrs co-ed www.islschools.org/london Please call admissions team to book a tour of the school 020 8992 5823 - mail@isllondon.org KEW GREEN PREP SCHOOL 4-11yrs co-ed www.kgps.co.uk 20 SEPT / 4 OCT / 15 NOV / 17 JAN / 7 FEB / 21 MARCH / 9 MAY / 13 JUNE admissions@kgps.co.uk KEW HOUSE SCHOOL 11yrs+ co-ed www.kewhouseschool.com 7, 15, 21 & 29 NOV / 5 DEC / 16 JAN admissions@kewhouseschool.com 020 8742 2038 KING’S COLLEGE WIMBLEDON 7-18yrs boys / 16-18yrs co-ed www.kcs.org.uk WHOLE SCHOOL 9 SEPT 7+, 8+, 9+ & 10+ ENTRY The headmaster shows small groups of parents around. Contact 020 8255 5335 11+ ENTRY 10 OCT 13+ ENTRY Opportunities to visit the school on certain Monday afternoons. Contact admissions@kcs.org.uk or 020 8255 5349 16+ ENTRY 14 SEPT / 5 OCT KINGS HOUSE SCHOOL 3-13yrs boys (co-ed nursery) www.kingshouseschool.org For admissions 020 8940 1878




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NOTTING HILL AND EALING HIGH SCHOOL 4-18yrs girls www.nhehs.gdst.net JUNIORS contact the Registrar on 020 8991 2165 SENIORS 18 OCT

ST PAUL’S GIRLS’ SCHOOL 11-18yrs girls www.spgs.org 11+ 28 SEPT / 7 & 31 OCT 16+ 25 SEPT Tours also available from mid-March to end of the Summer term

ORCHARD HOUSE 3-11yrs co-ed www.orchardhs.org.uk 7 OCT Arrange visit on 020 8742 8544 or info@orchardhs.org.uk

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PARSONS GREEN PREP SCHOOL 4–11yrs co-ed www. parsonsgreenprep.co.uk 7 OCT 020 7610 8085 - admissions@parsonsgreenprep.co.uk

THE HARRODIAN 4-18yrs co-ed www.harrodian.com 11+ 26 SEPT / 10 OCT A small number of tours are available each week. Contact the Admissions Office on 020 8762 6321 or admissions@harrodian.com

PROSPECT HOUSE 3-11yrs girls www.prospecths.org.uk 7 OCT Visits can also be arranged registrar@prospecths.org.uk - 020 8246 4897 PUTNEY HIGH SCHOOL 4-18yrs girls www.putneyhigh.gdst.net OPEN WEEK 14-20 OCT Book a place via website QUEEN’S COLLEGE 11-18yrs girls www.qcl.org.uk 27 & 28 SEPT / 4 & 11 OCT / 16 NOV / 23 JAN / 25 APRIL RADNOR HOUSE 11-18yrs co-ed www.radnorhouse.org SIXTH FROM 12 OCT / 13 MARCH RAVENSCOURT PARK PREP SCHOOL 4-11yrs co-ed www.rpps.co.uk 19 SEPT / 12 OCT / 14 NOV / 18 JAN / 1 FEB / 6 MARCH / 3 MAY / 14 JUNE

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OUT OF TOWN ST CATHERINE’S, BRAMLEY 4-18yrs (day & boarding) girls www.stcatherines.info PREP 13 SEPT / 12 OCT / 3 NOV / 2 FEB / 6 MARCH / 3 MAY / 8 JUNE 11+ 15 SEPT / 4 OCT / 9 NOV / 30 JAN / 7 MARCH / 4 MAY / 25 JUNE Prep School Registrar 01483 899665 prepadmissions@stcatherines.info Senior School Registrar 01483 899609 admissions@stcatherines.info PAPPLEWICK SCHOOL 6-13 (day & boarding) boys www.papplewick.org.uk 4 NOV Sarah Tysoe, on 01344-621488 - registrar@papplewick.org.uk

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SCHOOL DIRECTORY ARTSED Mixed 11-18 Number of Pupils 242 Head Mr A Blake Equal focus on success in academic and vocational education. Audition required. Fees From £4980 www.artsed.co.uk Cone Ripman House, Bath Rd, W4 1LY 020 8987 6600 | pupils@artsed.co.uk AVENUE HOUSE Mixed 3-11 Number of Pupils 98 Head Mr Justin Sheppard Future Schools NHEHS, St Benedict’s, Radnor House, Westminster, Hampton, LEH, Kew House Fees £3750 www.avenuehouse.org 70 The Avenue, W13 8LS 020 8998 9981 | school@avenuehouse.org FULHAM PREP Mixed 4-18 Number of Pupils 651 Head Mr Neil Brooks Future schools Latymer Upper, Eton, Harrow, King’s College Wimbledon, Westminster, Godolphin & Latymer, Putney High, Benenden, Downe House New non-selective Senior School opening September 2017. Fees Pre-prep £5445, Prep £6047 www.fulhamprep.co.uk 200 Greyhound Rd, W14 9SD Senior 020 7386 2444 | senioradmin@fulhamsenior.co.uk Prep 020 7386 2444 | prepadmin@fulhamprep.co.uk Pre-Prep 020 7371 9911 | prepadmin@fulhamprep.co.uk HARVINGTON PREP Girls 4-12 (Early Years mixed 2-5) Number of Pupils 128 Head Mrs Anna Evans Future Schools Francis Holland, Godolphin & Latymer, Latymer Upper, NHEHS, St Benedict’s, Tiffin Girls’, St Paul’s Fees Nursery from £2078, Y1-6 £4120 www.harvingtonschool.com 20 Castlebar Rd, W5 2DS 020 8997 1583 | admin@harvingtonschool.com KINGS HOUSE SCHOOL Boys 3-13 (girls in nursery only) Number of pupils 447 Head Mr M Turner Bus from Chiswick, Hammersmith, Acton, Kew Future Schools Hampton, St Pauls, KCS Wimbledon, Epsom College, Charterhouse, Eton, Wellington Fees Nursery from £2165, Juniors £3930-£4590, Seniors £5320 www.kingshouseschool.org Senior 68 Kings Rd, Richmond, TW10 6ES 020 8940 1878 | schooloffice@kingshouseschool.org Junior 61 Kings Rd, Richmond, TW10 6EG 020 8940 7015 | juniordepartment@kingshouseschool.org 34 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

Nursery Dept, Princes Rd, Richmond, TW10 6DQ 020 8948 5655 | nursery@kingshouseschool.org NOTTING HILL & EALING HIGH SCHOOL Head Mr Matthew Shoults Junior girls go on to NHEHS Senior School 99% A*-B GCSE; 90% A*-B A-Level Fees Juniors £4610, Seniors £5978 www.nhehs.gdst.net Senior 2 Cleveland Rd, W13 8AX 020 8991 2165 | enquiries@nhehs.gdst.net Junior 26 St Stephen’s Rd, W13 8HH 020 8991 2165 | juniorenquiries@nhehs.gdst.net ORCHARD HOUSE SCHOOL Mixed 3-11 Number of Pupils 300 Head Mrs Maria Edwards Future Schools St Paul’s, NHEHS, Putney High, LEH, Kingston Grammar, Downe House, City of London School for Boys, Hampton, Latymer Upper, KCS Wimbledon, Godolphin & Latymer Fees The Den £2895, Lower I – Form 2 £5790, Form 3-6 £6040 www.orchardhs.org.uk Newton Grove, London W4 1LB 020 8742 8544 | registrar@orchardhs.org.uk ORLEY FARM Mixed 4-13 Number of Pupils 490 Head Mr Tim Calvey Future Schools City of London School for Boys, Francis Holland, Haberdashers’ Aske’s, Harrow, Hampton, LEH, Merchant Taylors’, NHEHS, St Paul’s Fees Pre-prep £4428, Y3&4 £4707, Y5-8 £5108 www.orleyfarm.harrow.sch.uk South Hill Avenue, Harrow on the Hill, HA1 3NU 020 8869 7600 | registrar@orleyfarm.harrow.sch.uk QUEEN’S GATE SCHOOL Girls 4-18 Number of Pupils 533 Head Mrs Rosalynd Kamaryc Girls move to seniors and Godolphin & Latymer, Francis Holland, Putney High, Wycombe Abbey, Benenden, Latymer Upper Buses from Hammersmith & Notting Hill 97% A*-C GCSE; 90% A*-C A Level Fees Juniors £5850 Seniors £6525 www.queensgate.org.uk 131-133 Queens Gate, SW7 5LE ST AUGUSTINE’S PRIORY Girls 4-18 Number of Pupils 460 Head Mrs Sarah Raffray Children tend to stay for seniors. Scholarships available. Over 96% GCSE A*-C; 72% A*-B A-Level Fees Nursery from £1605, Prep £3771, Junior £4220, Senior £5054 www.sapriory.com Hillcrest Rd, W5 2JL 020 8997 2022 | office@sapriory.com ST BENEDICT’S SCHOOL Mixed 3-18 Number of Pupils 1093 Head Mr Andrew Johnson Children tend to stay for senior school. Over 93% GCSE A*-C; 73% A*-B A-Level Fees Nursery from £2777, Pre-prep £4170, Juniors £4633, Seniors £5368

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OUT OF TOWN / INTERNATIONAL ACS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, HILLINGDON Mixed 4-19 Number of Pupils 570 Head Mrs Diane Hren Daily buses from Chiswick, Ealing, Notting Hill and Kensington. IB (93% pass rate) Fees (paid twice a year) Day - £5215-£11, 845 www.acs-schools.com/acs-hillingdon 108 Vine Ln, Uxbridge UB10 0BE 01895 259 771 | hillingdonadmissions@acs-schools.com L’ECOLE INTERNATIONALE FRANCOANGLAISE Number of Pupils 240 Head Mr Andy Hill English-French Bilingual education IB & IB Diploma Fees Nursery –Y1 £5300, Y2-6 £5600, Y7-10 £5800, Y11-12 £6500 www.ecole-ifa.com Seniors 36 Portland Place, W1B 1LS Juniors Duchess House, 10 Duchess Street, W1G 9AB 020 7637 5351 | gp@ecole-ifa.com INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LONDON Number of Pupils 407 Head Mrs Sarah Pearson Buses from Chiswick, Kensington, Fulham, Kew, Ealing & Acton IB Diploma (90% pass rate) Fees £18780 - £25700 annually www.islschools.org 139 Gunnersbury Avenue, W3 8LG 020 8992 5823 | mail@isllondon.org PAPPLEWICK SCHOOL Boys 6-14 Day, Weekly & Full Boarding Number of Pupils 200 Head Mr T Bunbury Daily buses from Chiswick and Brook Green. Future Schools Eton, Harrow, Charterhouse, Winchester, Wellington, Radley, Bradfield Fees Y2 £5325, Y3&4 £6975, Y5&6 £7395 Boarding £9630 ST Windsor Rd, Ascot, SL5 7LH 01344 621488 | registrar@papplewick.org.uk ST CATHERINE’S, BRAMLEY Girls 4-18 Day & Boarding Number of pupils 900 Head Mrs A M Phillips Results 100% A*-C GCSE/IGCSE 98% A*C A2 Level Fees Day £2860-£5850, Boarding £9635 www.stcatherines.info Station Rd, Bramley, Surrey GU5 0DF Senior 01483 893363 | schooloffice@stcatherines. info Prep 01483 899665 prepschool.office@stcatherines.info


STEAM ING AHEAD IN AUTUMN Going back to school after the summer break is no reason to stop finding ways to keep the kids occupied outside of school. Autumn brings plenty of opportunities for us to engage children with science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM).


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his Autumn, for the second year running, the awardwinning publication, New Scientist, is organising a series of live shows at London Excel. There is something for everyone with five immersive zones to visit: Cosmos, Earth, Humans, Technology, and Engineering. Showcasing how science, technology and engineering drive our economy, shape our culture and improve our lives, there is plenty to see, hear, touch and do.

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There is a stellar line-up of speakers booked to inspire visitors on all areas of human life from intelligence and language, to music and climate change. European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake, Margaret Atwood, Google DeepMind’s Demis Hassabis and gastroscientist Heston Blumenthal are among those ready to wow their audiences. If trying out the latest science and tech is your thing, there are plenty of hands-on exhibits. You can challenge your teen to a round of Drone Combat; sequence and take home your own DNA with Bento Lab; discover and explore Space through augmented reality with AugmentifyIt; or even pet a scorpion in the Bug Petting Zoo. Parents who are excited by science inevitably have kids who are more switched onto science. But if science is not your thing, as a parent, remember that this may not be the case for your child. If you can’t make it @ New down to Excel there are plenty of other ways to keep STEAM alive over Autumn. A simple walk in the park and collecting leaves can open up conversations about seasons. Nature holds a wonderful mix of science and artistic flair. Spotting wildlife in the park and even having a conversation with your child about why squirrels bury nuts for the winter, is all relevant and a form of engagement with STEM/STEAM. So whether you are indoors in exhibitions or outdoors amongst nature, remember that STEM and STEAM are everywhere, ready for you to discover and explore! THE NEW SCIENTIST LIVE! 2017 EXHIBITION IS TICKETED AND RUNS FROM 28 SEPT THROUGH TO 1 OCT. YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE HERE LIVE.NEWSCIENTIST.COM

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hether you’re a full time vegetarian, or simply cutting down on the meat you and your family eat, you might find it a challenge to find recipes the whole family will enjoy eating. Well, worry not as this burger recipe will more than please meat-eaters and veggies alike. Quite often, a veggie burger is thought of as a boring, flavourless, wholesome substitute to an indulgent meaty beef burger. I’m pleased to say that this recipe is far from flavourless, and certainly shouldn’t be considered a boring substitute to a meat version. The burger has a fabulous meaty texture and holds up really well when adding numerous toppings before being sandwiched into a soft burger bun. I’ve chosen to do melting smoked cheese, sticky sweet onions, spiced mayo, gherkins and lettuce. However, just a good squirt of tomato ketchup can be just as satisfying for some. For the ultimate experience, serve your delicious veggie burgers with some homemade sweet potato fries and a crunchy coleslaw. You could also create your own American style diner and have a selection of milkshakes on the go as well. Enjoy! Jo is running a cooking class at Chiswick’s Ginger Whisk Cooking School on 7th September. She will be demonstrating recipes from The Flexible Vegetarian which you can then cook and enjoy together at lunch. Book here www.gingerwhiskcookingschool.com

FENNEL AND RADISH COLESLAW TAKES 15 minutes SERVES 6-8 1 red-skinned apple, such as Braeburn or Pink Lady

50g / 2 oz natural (plain) yoghurt

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp Dijon mustard

½ fennel

2 tsp cider vinegar

¼ red cabbage

1 tsp celery salt

125g / 4 ½ oz crème fraiche

flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Remove the core from the apple and cut the apple into matchstick size pieces. Put into a large bowl and toss in the lemon juice. Very finely slice or shred the fennel, cabbage, radishes and shallots either using a very sharp knife and steady hand, a mandolin or a slicer blade on a food processor. Add to the apple and toss everything together.

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SWEET POTATO FRIES TAKES 40-45 minutes SERVES 4 4 medium–large sweet potatoes 1 ½ tbsp fine polenta

olive oil flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

½ tsp paprika Heat the oven to 220°C/425°F/gas 7.

Mix together the crème fraiche, yoghurt, Dijon mustard, cider vinegar and celery salt. Season with a good twist of pepper and mix thoroughly into the vegetables. Season to taste. Chill in the fridge for about 1 hour for the dressing to absorb into the vegetables a little, and for all of the flavours to combine.


Peel the potatoes and cut into long 1cm / ½ inch chip shapes. Wash well in cold water and pat dry. Tip onto a baking tray. Scatter over the polenta, paprika, pinch of salt, pepper and a decent drizzle of olive oil (enough to lightly coat the potatoes). Toss together and bake in the oven for 30–40 minutes, turning a few times throughout, until golden and crispy.

VEGGIEBURGERS with onion marmalade and harissa mayo TAKES 1 hour + 1 hour chilling SERVES 4 TO SERVE 4 brioche buns, split in half 100g /3 ½ oz sliced smoked cheddar cheese 6 tbsp mayonnaise 1-2 tsp harissa paste baby gem lettuce leaves sliced gherkins

FOR THE BURGER olive oil 250–300g / 9–10 ½ oz flat or portabella mushrooms, cut into approx. 1cm / ½ inch pieces 1 large (approx. 400g / 14 oz) aubergine (eggplant), cut into approx. 1cm / ½ inch pieces


FOR THE ONION MARMALADE 25g / 10 oz butter 3 red onions, thinly sliced

6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed

3 tbsp brown sauce (such as HP or Daddies)

60ml / 2 fl oz balsamic vinegar

175g /6 oz fresh breadcrumbs

2 tbsp soft dark brown sugar

1 egg 1 ½ tsp mixed dried herbs sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

To make the marmalade, melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the sliced onions and garlic, and season well. Gently cook over a low–medium heat until the onions are deep golden and caramelised, around 20 minutes. Increase the heat and add the balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan. Add the sugar and cook for a further 5 minutes, then season again. Cool to room temperature. To make the burgers, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan and fry the mushrooms over a high heat until coloured and any moisture has cooked away. Tip into a bowl to cool. Return the pan to the heat. Heat a further 2 tablespoons of oil and fry the aubergine until golden and tender, tossing around in the pan, to prevent it from burning. Remove from the heat and also leave to cool. Put the cooled mushrooms and aubergine into a food processor along with the garlic, brown sauce, breadcrumbs, egg and herbs. Season with salt and pepper and blend until the mixture is thoroughly mixed. Using wet hands, firmly shape into four thick burgers and put on a parchment-lined tray or plate. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

Heat a glug of olive oil in a frying pan. Fry the burgers over a medium–high heat for around 4 minutes each side until cooked. Heat the grill to medium–high. Halve the brioche buns and lightly toast the cut sides. At the same time, top the burgers with slices of cheese and sit under the grill until melted. Mix the mayonnaise and harissa together. Spread some onto the bottom halves of the buns, then lay on some lettuce and a spoon of onion marmalade. Sit the burger on top, add sliced gherkins and finally a dollop of harissa mayonnaise. Lightly press down with the bun lid.


For a more traditional meat burger, sauté 1 chopped onion and 2 cloves of garlic in 25g / 1 oz butter. Leave to cool then mix with 600g / 1 lb 5 oz good-quality minced steak, 6 rashers of finely diced smoked streaky bacon, 1 beaten egg, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard and plenty of salt and pepper. Shape into four burgers and chill for 30 minutes. Fry in a trickle of olive oil for 3–4 minutes each side (medium) before finishing with the cheese on top under the grill. CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 37

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ART BROOK GREEN ART CLASSES brookgreenart.com | 07951 845 180 8yrs+ term - time portfolio & scholarship preparation THU FRI SAT

IMAGINE ART CLUB imagineartclub.co.uk | 07534 240 509 Art classes for 5-12yrs, guided museum visits for children. St Gregory’s School, W5 MON Montpelier School, W5 TUE WED Hanwell Community Centre, W7 SAT

KITE STUDIOS kitestudios.org | 020 8576 6278 5yrs+ Wide range of art disciplines 2B Bassein Park Rd, W12 9RY MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

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START STUDIOS startstudios.co.uk 6-13yrs in 2 groups. Basic principles of drawing Haven Green Baptist Church, Ealing Broadway, W5 THU

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CUBS, SCOUTS, BROWNIES 1ST CHISWICK BROWNIES girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only Oxford Rd North (Scout Hut) THUR

6TH CHISWICK BROWNIES girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only Chiswick Methodist Church, Sutton Court Rd, W4 4HH TUES

7TH CHISWICK BROWNIES girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only St Albans Hall, South Parade, W4 5LG MON

11TH CHISWICK BROWNIES girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only St Michael’s Church, Elmwood, W4 3DY FRI

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6TH CHISWICK GUIDES girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only Chiswick Methodist Church, Sutton Court Rd, W4 4HH TUE

20TH CHISWICK SCOUT GROUP 20th-chiswick-scouts.blogspot.co.uk Term time only Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Explorers The Ranch, Chiswick, House Car Park, Ellesmere Rd, W4 2QN MON WED THU

BROWNIES stmellitushanwell.com | 020 3067 0035 7-10yrs St Mellitus Church, 1 Church Rd, W7 3BA WED


CHISWICK FRENCH CLUB chiswickfrenchclub.co.uk FRI

LINK CHINESE ACADEMY linkchinese.co.uk | 020 3665 3942 SAT

LIBRARIES ASKEW ROAD LIBRARY lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3863 8-12yrs Chatterbooks term-time only MON SAT

8-12yrs Games Club once a month THU


HAMMERSMITH LIBRARY lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3820 Poetry Club TUE


Homework Club THU

kumon.co.uk Acton Central, St Mary’s Church Hall, 1 The Mount, W3 9NW 020 8998 3379 MON WED

Art Club every two weeks THU

SHEPHERDS BUSH lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3842 Homework Club term-time only MON Craft Club term-time only TUE


Acton West, West Acton Youth & Community Ctr, Churchill Grdns, W3 0JN TUE SAT Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN 020 8876 9954 MON TUE

Storytime WED

Ealing Broadway, St Peters Church Hall, Mount Park Rd, W5 2RU TUE THU


Ealing South, Polygon Centre, St Mary’s Road, W5 5RH TUE FRI SAT

CHISWICK SATURDAY MUSIC CENTRE chiswicksaturdaymusic.org.uk | 07513 012 373 All ages, individual and group music lessons. Chiswick School, Burlington Lane, W4 3UN SAT

DAVE DJEMBE DRUMMING 07539 323 590 African drumming 4yrs+ CTA Chiswick, Belmont Rd Hogarth Youth Centre WED FRI

THE BAND PROJECT 07771 456 955 8-11yrs & 11yrs+ live performance and band-based course Arch 196, W6 0XT TUE SAT

EALING JUNIOR MUSIC SCHOOL ejms.org.uk | 020 8930 0579 3yrs+ Term-time classes Twyford C of E High School SAT

Ealing West, Pitshanger Methodist Church, W5 1QP TUE THU SAT St Stephen’s Church Hall, Coverdale Rd, W12 8JJ 020 3002 0735 TUE Masbro Centre, 87 Masbro Rd, W14 0LR 020 3397 8581 WED FRI Northfields, Northfields Community Centre, W13 9SS MON THU SAT

NUMBERWORKSNWORDS numberworksnwords.co.uk 86A Chiswick High Rd, W4 1SY 020 8994 9168 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT 19 Alexandria Road, W13 0NP 020 8840 8404 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT


THE MUSIC HOUSE FOR CHILDREN ACTON BALLET SCHOOL musichouseforchildren.co.uk |020 8932 2652 Drop-in and instrumental tuition 0-14yrs 306 Uxbridge Rd, W12 St John’s, Lansdowne Crescent, W11 2NN

PELICAN MUSIC pelican-music.co.uk | 07540 494 929 Choir, instrumental tuition and performance. 8yrs+ St Stephen’s CE Primary W12

QUESTORS YOUNG MUSICIANS CLUB qymc.org Instrumental tuition and concerts Little Ealing Primary School, W5 SAT

actonballetschool.co.uk | 020 8992 6891 Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Rd, W6 0XT MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

ANGELA GRANT SCHOOL OF DANCE balletclasseslondon.co.uk | 07813 296 221 After-school RAD Ballet St Dunstan’s Hall, Friar’s Place Lane, W3 7AW WED The Park Club, W3 7HB TUE Drink Me Eat Me, W6 0SP WED Victoria Hall, Becklow Rd, W12 9HB THU CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 43


PERFORMANCE DANCE ANNA DAVYDOVA DANCE SCHOOL annadavydova.co.uk | 07769 680 056 3-9yrs Ballet St. Andrews Church Centre, Mount Park Rd, Ealing, W5 2RS MON TUE THU FRI SAT




michaelflatleydance.com 4yrs+ Chelsea MON Kew & Fulham WED Hammersmith FRI

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newdanceventures.com | 07766 816 308 8yrs+ contemporary dance The Dance Studio, Chiswick School, W4 3UN TUE WED

carolinelesterschoolofdance.co.uk | 020 3673 9421 4yrs+ ISDT syllabus Dukes Meadow Community Hall, Alexandra Gardens, W4 2RX WED




www.dancegallery.co.uk Tap, street, hip hop, contemporary, musical theatre St Stephen’s Church, St Stephens Rd, Ealing W13 8HB MON TUE WED THU

EALING SCHOOL OF DANCE ealingschoolofdance.co.uk | 07885 417 542 4yrs+ (2yrs ballet) RAD syllabus ballet and tap Town Hall, Uxbridge Rd, W5 2BY WED Ealing Green Church, W5 5QT THU FRI

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk | 07956 312 662 4yrs+ Ballet,Tap & Modern; Gymnastics The Hayloft, 3 Bond St. W4 1QZ MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

FUNKY MOVES DANCE funkymovesdance.com | 07810 431 101 Street dance St John’s Church, Landsdowne Crescent W11 2NN

INNOVATION DANCE EALING innovationdancestudios.co.uk | 020 8998 2283 4yrs+ RAD syllabus ballet, tap, jazz, modern and street dance Innovation Dance Studio, 96 Pitshanger Lane, W5 1QX MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

LYRIC BALLET lyric.co.uk 5-10yrs Ballet for beginners taught by NEBT’s ballet mistress during term-time. King St, W6 0QL SAT


passiondanceacademy.com | 07882 413428 4yrs+ Acro gymnastics, performing arts & dance Alec Reed Academy, Northolt, UB5 5LQ TUE SAT

pleasingdance.co.uk | 020 7794 0905 2.5yrs+ RAD ballet Westside School, Galena Rd, W6 TUE WED

SA DANCE www.sa-dance.co.uk | 07863 555 817 Ballet, modern, tap, jazz, contemporary and pilates. Classes for children & adults. Blossom & Bee, Rear of Welsby Court, Eaton Rise, W5 2EX WED Ealing Town Hall, W5 2BY THU SAT University of West London, St Mary’s Rd, W5 5RF TUE SAT

THE ITALIA CONTI RUISLIP italiacontiruislip.co.uk | 020 8839 8747 4yrs+ Ballet, modern, tap, gymnastics Wiltshire Lane, Pinner, HA5 2LX SAT

THE LONDON SCHOOL OF BALLET londonschoolofballet.co.uk | 07794 943 034 5yrs+ RAD and Cecchetti Ealing Quaker Meeting House, W5 2SE MON St Martin’s Church Hall, W3 9SQ TUE

URBAN ACES urbanacesuk.com 4-17yrs Dance & Drama Askew Rd Church, Bassein Park Rd, W12 9RN SAT

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY westlondondanceacademy.com | 07771 984 590 Ballet., Tap & Performance classes IDTA accredited St Michael and All Angels Parish Hall, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX MON TUE WED THU

ARTS ED artsed.co.uk | 020 8987 6692 4-16yrs Weekly Skills Academy - fun and exciting musical theatre, drama and dance classes for students of all abilities. Inspiring confidence, nurturing talent and delivering great results. 14 Bath Road, W4 1LY SAT

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ESTA estatheatreschool.com | 020 8742 2843 6-17yrs Ravenscourt Park Prep, W6 0SL SAT

HAYA thehuntacademy.co.uk 8-12yrs Youth Theatre with voice & speech training, audition technique, stage combat Brentford Free Church, Boston Manor Rd, TW8 8DW

PERFORM perform.org.uk | 020 7255 9120 4-12yrs+ Drama and dance Westway Sports And Fitness, 1 Thorpe Close, W10 5XL THU Brook Green, Masbro Children’s Centre,87 Masbro Rd, W14 0LR SAT St Andrew’s Church Hall, W14 9SX THU St Mary’s West Kensington, W14 9BA FRI St Peter’s Hall, 59A Portobello Rd, W11 3DB WED FRI Askew Road Church, W12 9RN TUE Arch 197, 75 Prebend Gardens, W6 0XT THU Arts Educational Schools, 14 Bath Rd, W4 1LY SUN Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN TUE Ark Priory Primary Academy, Acton Lane, W3 8NR MON All Saints Church, Elm Grove Rd, W5 3JH THU Kew Community Centre, St Luke’s in the Avenue, TW9 2AJ THU

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POP SCHOOL & STAGE ACADEMY pssa.co.uk | 07943 656 092 5-6yrs Little Stage Academy; 7-16yrs PSSA Stage Academy & 11-16yrs Commercial street jazz Westside Community School, 8-30 Galena Rd, W6 0LT SAT

QUESTORS questors.org.uk 6-18yrs Questors Youth Theatre 12 Mattock Lane, W5 5BQ MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

SCHOOL OF COMEDY schoolofcomedy.com | 07912 222 670 6-16yrs+ Stand-up, improvisation Chiswick WED SAT

SONG ACADEMY songacademy.co.uk | 07710 023 743 8+yrs Song writing Arts Ed, 14 Bath Rd, W4 1LY MON Holy Trinity Church, Brook Green, W6 7BL THU

STAGECOACH CHISWICK stagecoach.co.uk/chiswick | 020 8398 4709 7yrs+ Drama, Dance and Singing Chiswick Strand on the Green School, Thames Rd, W4 3NX FRI William Hogarth School, Duke Rd, W4 2JR SAT

STAGECOACH KENSINGTON stagecoach.co.uk/kensington | 020 8398 8106 4-18yrs Drama, Dance and Singing Addison Primary School, Blythe Rd, W14 0DT FRI St Barnabas &St Philips School, 58 Earls Court Rd, W8 6EJ SAT Kensington United Reformed Church, Allen Str, W8 6BL SAT

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LITTLE & BIG KIDS THEATRE STUDIO WEST marinamellor.co.uk | 020 8994 8751 6yrs+ The Studios, Priory Community Centre, W3 8NY SAT

THE BUNBANTER THEATRE COMPANY bunbanter.com | 020 313 7 7914 4-16yrs Term time only. 29a Junction Rd, Ealing, W5 4XP SAT

YOURSTAGE DRAMA yourstagedrama.com | 07580 474638 6-16yrs Dance & drama St Augustine’s Priory, Hillcrest Rd, W5 2JL SAT

READING / STORYTELLING WATERSTONES CHISWICK waterstones.com/bookshops/chiswick 5yrs+ storytelling WED

SCIENCE / S.T.E.M MINI ENGINEERS mini-engineers.com 5-11yrs Lego construction & coding Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ SAT

RICHER EDUCATION richereducation.co.uk | 020 3059 7907 5yrs+ Science; 7yrs+ Robotics; 8yrs+ Civil engineering Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ SAT

THE BUILD IT WORKSHOP thebuilditworkshop.com After-school drop-off club Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN MON

SPORT ATHLETICS ST MARY’S RICHMOND AC smrac.org.uk 8yrs+ term-time St Mary’s University Running Track,TW1 4SX THU

THAMES VALLEY HARRIERS thamesvalleyharriers.coom | 07951 927 724 8yrs+ Linford Christie Centre, W12 SAT

CLIMBING WESTWAY CLIMBING westwaysportcentre.org.uk | 020 8969 0992 5yrs+ after-school sessions; 12yrs+ Westway Sport Centre, 1 Crowthorne Rd, W10 6RP

CRICKET CHISWICK CC chiswickcc.co.uk 6yrs+ Riverside Drive, W4 2SP TUE SAT SUN

CHISWICK & WHITTON CC chiswickandwhitton.org 11yrs+ Whitton Park & Chiswick House

COACHING CRICKET EXCELLENCE coachingcricketexcellence.co.uk | 07958 981 919 6yrs+ Twyford Sports Centre SUN (AND OTHERS)

EALING CRICKET CLUB ealingcc.co.uk 7yrs+ Girls and boys Corfton Rd, W5 2HS SUN

INDIAN GYMKHANA indiangymkhanaclub.co.uk Colts and girls 8yrs+ Thornbury Avenue, TW7 4NQ TUE THU SUN

FOOTBALL CHELSEA FC SOCCER SCHOOL chelseafc.com/soccer-schools Barnes SAT

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FULHAM FC soccerschools.fulhamfc.com | 0870 442 5432 Boys & girls 3-14yrs Bishops Park, SW6 MON SAT

KEW PARK RANGERS kewparkrangers.co.uk | 020 8940 9882 U4½-U8yrs North Sheen Recreation Ground SAT U9-U10yrs+ All Girls’ teams Christ’s School, Queen’s Rd, TW10 6HW SAT U11–U15yrs University of Westminster MON TUE THU SAT (check which day applies) North Sheen Recreation Ground, TW9 4HA

KIDDIKICKS LIGASOCCER kiddikicks.co.uk 8-11yrs Christ’s School, Queen’s Rd, TW10 6HW (Until March 25) King’s House Sports Ground, W4 2RZ (from April) Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, TW8 0HJ (November to March)

LITTLE KICKERS littlekickers.co.uk | 07557 123 124 5yrs+ Chiswick Hogarth Community Centre, Duke Rd, W4 2JR WED SAT St Stephen’s Social Club, 3-5 Gayford Rd, W12 9BY THU

QPR SOCCER SCHOOL qprcommunitytrust.co.uk | 020 8735 4900 Botwell Leisure Centre, Hayes, UB3 2HQ MON PlayFootball, 41 South Africa Rd, W12 7RW SAT Goals Ruislip, HA4 0JE WED

RAVENSCOURT PARK RANGERS k4academies.com | 020 3740 2988 4yrs+ Ravenscourt Park, W6 0UL SAT Latymer Sports Ground, W12 0HJ TUE

ROCKS LANE MULTI-SPORT CENTRE rockslane.co.uk | 020 8994 1313 4yrs+ Team training and matches Chiswick Common Rd, W4 FRI SAT

SHOOTING STARZ shootingstarz.co.uk | 07549 982 243 Football, netball, multi-skills clubs The Park Club, W3 7HB WED FRI SAT SUN

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WE MAKE FOOTBALLERS wemakefootballers.com | 020 7148 1602 4yrs+ Chiswick School, Burlington Lane, W4 3UN MON THU SAT

WESTWAY SPORTS CENTRE sports.westway.org | 020 8969 0992 4yrs+ classes and goalkeeper training Crowthorne Rd, W10 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

WILL TO WIN FOOTBALL willtowin.co.uk 3-10yrs. Drop in and term-time courses Lammas Park, Ealing, W13 9NJ MON WED THU SAT Pitshanger Park, Ealing, W13 8DJ SAT

GYMASTICS & YOGA AERIALAND aerialand.com | 07737 624 296 5yrs+ Term-time aerial circus skills 8-30 Galena Rd, W6 MON THU

ALBERT & FRIENDS INSTANT CIRCUS albertandfriendsinstantcircus.co.uk | 02082371170 Youth / Familly Circus Skills, Aerial classes The Hub, St Alban’s Church, 2 Margravine Rd, W6 8HJ Melcombe Primary School, Fulham Palace Rd, W6 9ER

ENNIS GYMNASTICS ACADEMY ennis-gymnastics.com | 07731 393422 5-8yrs Rhythmic gymnastics South Ruislip Young People’s Centre, Victoria Rd, HA4 0JE Perivale Community Centre, Horsenden Lane South, UB6 7NP TUE WED THU FRI SUN

HEATHROW GYMNASTICS heathrowgymnastics.org.uk | 020 8569 5069 4yrs+ Green Lane, TW4 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN


CHISWICK HAMMERSMITH ACTON SHEPHERDS BUSH EALING LITTLE LUMIS lumipoweryoga.com/little-lumis | 020 8846 8504 6-11yrs 121 King St, W6 9JG TUE

LONDON TRAMPOLINE ACADEMY londontrampoline.com | 07950 267655 4yrs+ Trampoline training Acton High School, Gunnersbury Lane, W3 8EY MON TUE THU SAT

RICHMOND GYMNASTICS richmondgymnastics.co.uk | 020 8878 8682 4yrs+ Term-tIme Townmead Rd, TW9 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

OXYGEN SCHOOL OF TRAMPOLINING oxygenfreejumping.co.uk 6-11yrs; 12yrs+ Beginners & intermediates Oxygen Freejumping, Unit 15, Vision Industrial Park, Kendal Ave, W3 0AF TUE THU SAT

THE LITTLE GYM thelittlegym.eu/Chiswick | 020 8994 3279 6yrs+ Beginners to advanced, aerials, gymnastics, dance, karate and tumbling Hartington Rd (off A316), W4 3AN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

TWISTERS twisters.org.uk | 020 8933 9997 Chiswick & Acton 4yrs+ Ballet & Gymnastics Acton Baptist Church Hall, Church Rd, W3 8PP TUE WED THU

YMCA WEST LONDON ymcawestlondon.org | 020 8832 1576 4yrs+ Gymnastics, ballet, judo. Term time 25 St. Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RE MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

MARTIAL ARTS CARLSON GRACIE carlsongracieteam.org.uk | 020 8748 8855 7yrs+ Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kick-boxing 89 Richford St, W6 7HJ MON WED SAT

CROUCHING TIGER KARATE crouchingtigerkarate.co.uk | 07734 655 057 6yrs+ St Michael’s Church, Elmwood Rd, W4 3DZ Dukes Meadows Community Hall W4 2RX St Luke’s House, Kew, TW9 3NP WED THU FRI


LITTLE & BIG KIDS ILYEO TAEKWONDO CLUB Ilyeotaekwondo.com | 07872 932 223 5yrs+ Beginners welcome Russian Orthodox Church, Harvard Rd, W4 4ED MON SAT

KUNG FU KIDS YMAA ORIENT SPORT orientsport.co.uk | 07824 603 261 St Stephen’s Community Hall, 34 Gayford Rd, W12 9BY WED

PEEWEE KARATE peeweekarate.co.uk 4yrs+ Scout Hall, Station Avenue, Kew Village, TW9 3QA MON TUE

WLS TAEKWONDO wlstkd.com | 07885 819 469 4yrs+ Brentside High School, Greenford Ave, W7 1JJ FRI Our Lady of the Visitation Parish Centre, Greenford Rd, UB6 9AN WED St John’s Fisher School, Sarsfield Rd, UB6 7AF TUE THU Oaklands Primary School, Oaklands Rd, W7 2DP MON

NETBALL LET’S PLAY NETBALL letsplaynetball.co.uk 6yrs+ Chiswick School, Burlington Lane, W4 3UN

ROCKS LANE HIGH 5 rockslane.co.uk Term-time junior netball league Chiswick Common Road, W4 FRI

WILL TO WIN NETBALL willtowin.co.uk High 5 and 7-a side term-time courses 7-11yrs (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) Chiswick House Grounds (off A4), W4 2RP FRI Lammas Park, Ealing, W13 9NJ TUE Pitshanger Park, Ealing, W13 8DJ MON

Boston Manor Park (until mid-October) FRI

PARKOUR GENERATIONS parkourgenerations.com 7yrs+ & youth Freerunning, in & outdoor Various locations, check website. WED FRI SAT

RIDING EALING RIDING SCHOOL ealingridingschool.net 5yrs+ group & private lessons and pony days 17-19 Gunnersbury Avenue, W5 3XD TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

STAG LODGE RIDING ridinginlondon.com | 020 8974 6066 Group and private lessons and weekend pony club Robin Hood Gate, Richmond Park

FOUCAN FREERUNNING ACADEMY foucan.com/ffa Beginners, intermediates, advanced 7yrs+ West London Free School Primary Cambridge Grove, W6 0LB MON TUE WED SAT

londonwelshminis.org | 020 89402368 5yrs+ minis, tag, touch London Welsh RFC, Old Deer Park, Kew Rd, TW9 2AZ SUN

WASPS FC pitchero.com/clubs/waspsfootballclub | 020 8993 8384 4yrs+ boys and girls coaching and matches Twyford Avenue Sports Ground, W3 9QA SUN

SKATEBOARDING BAYSIXTY6 baysixty6.com | 020 8969 4669 7yrs+ beginners/intermediates 65 Acklam Rd, W10 SAT SUN


RUGBY BARNES RFC barnesrfc.org 5yrs+ term-time Queen Elizabeth Walk, SW13 SAT

CHISWICK RFC JUNIORS chiswickrugby.co.uk 4yrs+ boys and girls Dukes Meadows, Dan Mason Drive, W4 2SH SUN

EALING RUGBY CLUB ealingrugby.co.uk | 020 8932 6936 / 07941 861293 4yrs+ all standards training and matches Trailfinders Sports Club, West Ealing, W13 0DD SUN

GRASSHOPPERS RFC grasshoppersrfc.com | 020 85680010 4yrs+ training and matches Macfarlane Lane, off Syon Lane, TW7 5PN SUN

HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM RFC fulhamrugby.co.uk 5yrs+ training & matches Hurlingham Park, SW6 3RQ SUN




littlerugby.co.uk 5-7yrs Mega rugby Hogarth Youth Centre, Duke Rd, W4 2JR SUN

LONDON SCOTTISH londonscottish.com | 020 3397 9551 5yrs+ training and matches Richmond Athletic Ground, TW9

mylittleboarders.co.uk | 07801 824 688 6yrs+ intermediate & advanced Westway Sports Centre, W10 6RP SUN

SWIMMING AQUATOTS BABY SWIMMING aquatots.com | 020 8688 6488 Up to 6yrs term-time Chiswick

BRENTFORD FOUNTAIN LEISURE CENTRE fusion-lifestyle.com 4yrs+ term-time group & individual classes 658 Chiswick High Rd, TW8

JANET ADEGOKE SWIMMING POOL better.org.uk | 020 8735 4900 Phoenix Fitness Centre, W12 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

KENSINGTON LEISURE CENTRE better.org.uk | 020 3793 8210 Silchester Rd, W10 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

LAURA SEVENUS sevenus.com | 020 8834 7442 11 Wilson Walk, W4 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

NEW CHISWICK POOL fusion-lifestyle.com | 0845 456 6675 Edensor Rd, W4 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

POOLS ON THE PARK springhealth.net/Richmond Old Deer Park, TW9 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN



07956 410 940 Term-time classes Vanessa Nursery School, W12

teddytennis.com | 0845 643 1173 5yrs+ classes using music and pictures Westminster Sports Ground, Hartington Rd, W4 3UH SAT SUN

SPORTS GENERATION sportsgeneration.co.uk Roko Chiswick Bridge, W4 TUE THU FRI SAT SUN

SWIM EXPERT swimexpert.co.uk | 0330 111 2929 2yrs+ 1-2-1 swimming classes Novotel London Brentford, Great West Rd, TW8 0GP

SWIMFARM 4strokeswimming.co.uk | 020 8969 6758 4yrs+ term-time classes Westway Sports Centre, W10 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

SWIMMING NATURE swimmingnature.com 1:1 or 1:2 ratio Fitness First Hammersmith, W6 7HA TUE THU FRI SAT Kensington Close Hotel, W8 5SP MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

SWIMWAY swimway.co.uk | 020 8871 3972 Term-time 1:1 or small classes Kew Gardens, TW9 4HH Kensington W8 7QG MON TUE WED THU FRI

TENNIS CHRISTIAN GALLAN’S LOVE TENNIS love-tennis.co.uk Chiswick Tennis Club, Burlington Lane, W4 3EU MON TUE WED THU FRI

DUKES MEADOWS dukesmeadows.com | 020 8994 3314 5yrs+ Term-time Group, individual, beginner to elite. Indoor & outdoor MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

HARTSWOOD TENNIS CLUB hartswoodtennis.co.uk | 020 8746 1390 5yrs+ term-time Hartswood Gardens, 31-33 Hartswood Rd, W12 9NE MON WED THU SAT

ONTHEBALL TENNIS WITH MAHMUDA ontheballtennis.co.uk | 07813 163 430 4yrs+ group, individual and camps Ravenscourt Park Tennis Courts, W6 0UA MON TUE SAT

WESTWAY SPORTS CENTRE sports.westway.org | 020 8969 0992 4yrs+ mini tennis & pay and play MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

WILL TO WIN TENNIS willtowin.co.uk 3yrs+ Mini Tots / Mini Red / Orange / Green / Yellow Drop-in, courses, camps and free court time for kids Chiswick House Grounds (off A4), W4 2RP Lammas Park, Ealing, W13 9NJ Pitshanger Park, Ealing, W13 8DJ MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

WATER SPORTS CANALSIDE ACTIFITY CENTRE rbkc.gov.uk 9yrs+ Kayaking, canoeing, raft building Canal Close, W10 5AY TUE THU SAT

CHISWICK SEA CADET UNIT 12yrs+ Sailing & adventure training The Pier House, Corney Reach, W4 2UG WED SUN

THAMES YOUNG MARINERS 01372 378 901 Sailing courses for beginners Riverside Drive, Ham, TW10 7RX SAT SUN

OTHER QUEENS ICE SKATING & BOWLING CLUB queensiceandbowl.co.uk 5yrs+ Group and individual lessons Bayswater, W2 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

ST PAUL’S FENCING CLUB stpaulsfencingclub.com | 07961 061 662 8-10yrs 17.30 Lonsdale Rd, SW13 9JT TUE

W4 LACROSSE CLUB info@w4lacrosse.com 11yrs+ Term time only Astro pitches, Hartington Rd (by Roko), W4 2UH

North Acton Playing Fields WED THU FRI SAT

ROCKS LANE rockslane.co.uk| 020 8994 1313 4yrs+ junior coaching CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 47

HOLIDAY CLUBS TO THE RESCUE PERFORMING ARTS ARTS ED artsed.co.uk 4-16yrs | Drama, musical performances, improv & imaginative play Chiswick

POP & STAGE SCHOOL ACADEMY pssa.co.uk 4-18yrs | Themed week-long camps Chiswick

SONG ACADEMY songacademy.co.uk 8-12yrs | Write, produce, perform and record a song Brook Green

MUSIC HOUSE FOR CHILDREN musichouseforchildren.co.uk Various ages Shepherds Bush

THEATREBUGS CHISWICK theatrebugs.co.uk 3½-6yrs | Acting, singing, dressing up Chiswick

XBAND STUDIO SCHOOL OF ROCK POP AND MORE xbandstudio.com 8-18yrs Ealing

CHISWICK THEATRE ARTS chiswicktheatrearts.com 4-14yrs Chiswick

PERFORM perform.org.uk 4-12yrs | Drama, dance and singing Shepherds Bush & Chiswick

THE BAND PROJECT thebandproject.co.uk 4-7 & 8-16yrs | The complete band experience Chiswick, Ealing, Notting Hill

ART & DESIGN FUN WITH FIMO CLAY 6yrs+ funwithfimoclay.co.uk Acton

KITE STUDIOS kitestudios.org Various ages | Arts and crafts Shepherds Bush

BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE bfi.org.uk 8-14yrs | Workshops Southbank




youngfilmacademy.co.uk 8-19yrs | 1- 4 day courses in film-making Chelsea, St John’s Wood, Wimbledon

richmondgymnastics.co.uk 5-16yrs Kew



architecture.com 7-18yrs | Design workshops W1

SPORT WILL TO WIN willtowin.co.uk 3-16yrs | Week-long tennis, football & netball camps Chiswick, Ealing

THE LITTLE GYM CHISWICK thelittlegym.co.uk/chiswick 3-12yrs | 3 hour themed camps Chiswick

SPORTS GENERATION sportsgeneration.co.uk Various ages | Swimming and football crash courses. Richmond

DUKES MEADOWS dukesmeadows.com 5yrs+ | Golf & Tennis camps Chiswick

THE LITTLE FOXES CLUB thelittlefoxesclub.com | 0207 376 0006 18mths-12yrs | Football, Tennis & Rugby Acton, Chiswick, Hammersmith

EALING CRICKET CLUB ealingcc.co.uk 4-15yrs | Premier Cricket Coaching Ealing

rockslane.co.uk 4-16yrs | Multi sports and football Chiswick

WESTWAY SPORTS CENTRE westwaysportscentre.org.uk 4-16yrs | Tennis, football and climbing Holland Park

SKATEBOARDING CLUB mylittleboarders.co.uk 6yrs+ Westway, Westminster Academy, Royal Oak

EALING RIDING SCHOOL ealingridingschool.biz 5yrs+ | Riding & stable management days Ealing

TEAMSPORT IN ACTON team-sport.co.uk 8yrs+ | Karting Acton

ALBERT & FRIENDS INSTANT CIRCUS albertandfriendsinstantcircus.co.uk Circus and creative arts Hammersmith

CLUB DE SPORTS clubdessports.co.uk Football, netball, tennis, cricket, gymnastics, ballet, karate, boxing The Park Club, East Acton Lane, W3 7HB




ontheballtennis.co.uk 5-15yrs | Daily drop-in tennis camp Ravenscourt Park

supercamps.co.uk | 01235 467 300 4-12yrs Ofsted Registered, Childcare Vouchers accepted Ealing, Hammersmith, Putney & Isleworth

EXCEL SPORTS CAMPS excelsports.org.uk 4-12yrs Chiswick

FIT FOR SPORT fitforsport.co.uk 3-12yrs Chiswick, Acton, Barnes

HARTSWOOD TENNIS CLUB hartswoodtennis.co.uk 5-15yrs | Drop-in holiday camps Chiswick

HEATHROW GYMNASTICS heathrowgymnastics.org.uk 4-12yrs | All abilities. Hounslow

EXPLORATION SOCIETY explorationsociety.co.uk Get a group of 6 friends together to take part | Shelter building, climbing, swimming, sailing, high ropes.

LET ME PLAY letmeplaysports2.moonfruit.com 11-19yrs | Free activities incl. dance, drama, sport, cookery, art, fashion and music Hammersmith

ROYAL INSTITUTION rigb.org.uk 7yrs+ | Various science-based workshops Mayfair

MAD SCIENCE madscience.org.uk 4-11yrs

Various locations

TREEHOUSE LEARNING treehouselearning.co.uk 3-10yrs+ | Forest school and bushcraft Ham

PICCOLO PLAYCENTRE piccoloplaycentre.co.uk 4-11yrs Chiswick

HIGH FLIERS high-fliers.org.uk 4-11yrs | Creative writing, ICT, scientific enquiry and sports team-building Ealing

MINIVERSITY miniversity.com 4-12yrs | Creative learning clubs Chelsea

ROLE MODELS rolemodels.me 8-12yrs | Confidence & Resilience and Enterprise & Creativity Courses Chelsea & Notting Hill

SHARKY & GEORGE sharkyandgeorge.com 5-8yrs | Kites and plane flying, boat racing, art attack, nerf battles, adventure races, survival skills, science madness. W2

BLUE{shift} blueshiftcoding.com 5-12yrs | Everything from Robotics and Coding to Minecraft and Python. Notting Hill & Hammersmith

CAMP BEAUMONT campbeaumont.co.uk 6-16yrs | Multi-activity day camp Hammersmith

CHISWICK COURSES chiswickcourses.co.uk 5-16yrs | Film-making, fashion, street dance, cookery, Lego & entrepreneur workshop Acton

ET PATATI ET PATATA 4-18yrs Fun French Holiday Day Camp etpatatipatata.com SW6

PARTIES PARTY VENUES CLUB DE SPORTS clubdessports.co.uk Football, netball, tennis, cricket, gymnastics, ballet, karate, boxing The Park Club, East Acton Lane, W3 7HB


BRENTFORD FOUNTAIN LEISURE CENTRE fusion-lifestyle.com | 0845 456 6675 Softplay & pool parties 658 Chiswick High Rd, TW8 0HJ


gambado.com | 020 7384 1635 Tiger Tots, Tiger, Laser Tag & Build a Bear parties Townmead Rd, SW6 2PY

ceramicscafe.com | 020 8810 4422 6 Argyle Rd, W13 8AB


heathrowgymnastics.co.uk | 020 8569 5069 Green Lane,, Hounslow, TW4 6DH

bramleysbig.co.uk | 020 8960 1515 Soft play, various packages 136 Bramley Rd, W10 6TJ

WESTWAY SPORTS CENTRE westwaysportscentre.org.uk | 020 8969 0992 Football, tennis, climbing parties 1 Crowthorne Rd, W10 6RP

WILL TO WIN willtowin.co.uk Tennis, football, netball & sports-themed parties Chiswick House Grounds (off A4), W4 2RP 020 8994 1466 Lammas Park, Ealing, W13 9NJ 020 8840 0888 Pitshanger Park, Ealing, W13 8DJ 020 8991 9844



SNAKES AND LADDERS snakes-and-ladders.co.uk | 020 8847 0946 Soft play Syon Park, Brentford, TW8 8JF

PARTYMAN WORLD OF PLAY partymanworld.co.uk | 020 8904 9044 Vale Farm, Watford Rd, Wembley, HA0 3HG

HALLS FOR HIRE ASKEW ROAD CHURCH askewroadchurch.org.uk Two halls to let with kitchens – suitable for children’s parties. Other smaller rooms. Corner of Bassein Park Rd, Shepherds Bush, W12 9RN

aerialand.com | 07737 624 296 Aerial circus and acrobatics skills 8-30 Galena Rd, W6 0LT




virginactive.co.uk | 020 8600 9600 Softplay & pool parties 36 Bromyard Avenue, W3 7AU

THE LITTLE GYM thelittlegym.co.uk | 020 8994 3729 Games, music and fun activities Hartington Rd (off A316), W4 3AN

NEW CHISWICK POOL fusion-lifestyle.com | 0845 456 6675 Pool parties Edensor Rd, W4 2RG


upg.org.uk | 020 7605 0800 3 halls of different sizes from £25 per hour. 87 Masbro Rd, W14 0LR

020 8741 3321 2 rooms for hire from £38/hour. 7 Bradmore Park Rd, W6 0DT

ST PETER’S CHURCH PARISH ROOM stpetersw6.org | 020 8741 4848 Black Lion Lane, W6 9BE



pitshangerplaycentre.co.uk | 020 8998 1918 Meadvale Rd, W5 1LU

ST MARY’S CHURCH HALLS stmaryacton.org.uk | 020 8993 0422 1 The Mount, Acton High Street, W3 9NW

ST DUNSTAN’S EAST ACTON stdunstanschurch.org.uk | 020 8740 1383 Kitchen facilities and furniture available. Friars Place Lane, W3 7AW

3RD CHISWICK SCOUTS 07947 354 554 Wilson Walk, Off Prebend Gardens, Stamford Brook, W4 1PT

allsaintsealing.org.uk | 07507 624 949 Elm Grove Rd, Ealing, W5 3JH

EALING GREEN CHURCH HALL ealinggreenchurch.org.uk | 020 8810 0136 Ealing Green, W5 5QT

ST ANDREW’S UNITED REFORMED CHURCH CENTRE standrewsealing | 020 8566 9642 Mount Park Rd, Ealing, W5 2RS

ST BARNABAS CHURCH HALL barnabites.org | 020 8998 0236 Pitshanger Lane, W5 1QG



ealing.schoolbookings.co.uk | 0333 011 0476 Greenford Ave, Hanwell, W7 1JJ

stmichaels-elmwoodroad.org Hall with stage and kitchen. Furniture for hire. Elmwood Road, W4 3DY



hanwellmethodist.info | 020 8991 1913 Methodist Church, Church Rd, W7 1DJ

smaaa.org.uk | 020 8994 1380 Priory Avenue, W4 1TX

THE PIER HOUSE chiswickpier.org.uk | 020 8742 2713 Corney Reach Way, W4 2UG


DOMINION CHAPEL CHURCH HALL dominionchapel.org.uk | 020 8574 5979 Off Lady Margaret’s Rd, Southall, UB1 2BZ


piccoloplaycentre.co.uk | 07525 773 659 Hogarth Youth Centre, Duke Rd, W4 2JR

kingsdownmethodist.org.uk | 020 8567 0172 Kingsdown Ave, West Ealing, W13 9PR



stpaulsgrovepark.com | 020 8994 3074 2 rooms for hire and garden. 56 Grove Park Rd, W4 3SB

shbchurch.org.uk | 020 8840 3855 Boston Rd, Hanwell, W7 2HJ

CHISWICK SCHOOL chiswickschool.org | 020 8747 6699 Burlington Lane, W4 3UN

CHISWICK CATHOLIC CENTRE 020 8994 9905 2 Dukes Avenue, W4 2AE

ST JAMES CHURCH stjamesealing.org.uk | 020 8840 2586 St James Ave, West Ealing, W13 9DL

ST JOHN’S CHURCH stjohnsealing.org.uk | 020 8566 3507 Mattock Lane, West Ealing, W13 9LA

rockingscots.co.uk/ dorsetwharfcommunityhall | 07880 840 692 Hall and room for hire from £12 per hour. 158 Rainville Road, W6 9HN



sph.org/hiring | 020 8748 3855 Room capacity 5-500. From £20 per hour. Queen Caroline Street, W6 9PJ



arush.co.uk | 07773 775 445 Outdoor Laser Combat King’s House School Sports Ground, Riverside Drive, W4 2SH

blossomandbeelondon.co.uk | 07932 954 436 Rear of Welsby Court, Eaton Rise, W5 2EX


020 8741 3230 Holy Innocents Church, Paddenswick Rd, W6 0UB

hfals.co.uk (under Room Hire) Macbeth Street, W6 9JJ

CORINTHIAN SAILING CLUB linden-house.org | 020 8748 1841 6 Upper Mall, W6 9TA

ALL SAINTS CHURCH bookings@actongreen.org Bollo Bridge Rd, W3 8AX




AUTHOR OF DARE TO DREAM a memoir of her struggle with fertility

Describe yourself in three words Kind, control-freak, mum How did Dare to Dream come about? Initially, when Harry (drummer in McFly) and I first announced our pregnancy with Lola, I was conscious about putting the news out there. So, when Harry and I did our Hello interview, I told him how strongly I felt about being honest about how we got here. So, I spoke about IVF and miscarriages during the interview. The response I got back from women – I couldn’t believe the number of people even my own friends, who started to open up. Harry was like, ‘Izzy, I think you should write something. There’s something here.’ When I was going through my own issues, a lot of the books that I looked at were very science based. I couldn’t really find anything that spoke to me emotionally. So, the whole idea behind Dare to Dream was driven by the desire to write a book that would be a companion to other couples going through fertility struggles. I was inspired by the people reaching out to me. What’s a typical day like? I’m with Lola full time. We’re very lucky as she can hang out in her cot and play happily in the mornings. We might go to a class in the morning or meet up with a friend. She has her nap, which gives me a bit of nap time too (seven months pregnant at time of interview). We go to the local parks or Harry might take her out. My day is quite focussed around Lola and her needs. 50 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

Who inspires you? My granny was a huge inspiration to me. She worked all her life, which, in her generation, wasn’t necessarily what happened. I was very close to her and was devastated when she died. Family inspires me. My brothers are all musicians, and I’m very close to my family. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

My dad’s always said dignity at all times, and that does sit well with me. My dad doesn’t say much but, when he does, it counts. What would you take to a desert island? Can I take Harry? And Lola? Harry might be happy that I mentioned him first for a change! I have had my Winnie the Pooh bear ever since I was a little girl. I still can’t sleep without him, or go anywhere without him. What’s your favourite spot in London? My instant response is St Peter’s Square. I love the fact that, in a big city, there are these pockets, like Chiswick House, where you can find moments of peace and magic. What’s your biggest luxury? I’m not one for luxuries but, when we go on holiday, I like a nice hotel. I always say, ‘Go on, shall we upgrade?’ Harry is the opposite. We don’t go on holiday every year, but when we do, that’s our little luxury. Tell us one thing that people don’t know about you. I have suffered horrendously with anxiety, for most of my life. When you’re someone who goes out and performs like I did with Escala on Britain’s Got Talent, you wouldn’t think that that person would then

go off stage and have a panic attack. I don’t know if many people know that about me, but I’m sure that was the root of my problems when trying to conceive. My anxiety has become a friend. When I say I’m a control freak, being in control is my way of managing my anxiety. I find change very difficult. I do get anxious before events, but it’s such a silent thing, I don’t think anybody notices. What’s next?

The baby! I knew that I had time to write the book, so I can now focus on Lola before the baby comes. The whole thing with Dare to Dream is, I feel like it’s a long-term campaign. I want to keep the conversation going about fertility, and empower people to feel comfortable talking about it. You can read the interview in full at www.citykidsmagazine.co.uk

The little picture At Winkworth, we never stop searching for the very best for you. We ask lots of questions, listen to what you really want and discover all sorts of wonderful things to show you. We know our local areas like the back of our hands and recognise the tiny things that make a

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City Kids Magazine Issue14 - Autumn 2017  

The Definitive #Family #Guide for West London. #Print & #Digital. #Culture, #entertainment, #education, #fashion, #lifestyle and #activities

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The Definitive #Family #Guide for West London. #Print & #Digital. #Culture, #entertainment, #education, #fashion, #lifestyle and #activities

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