THE DEFINITIVE FAMILY GUIDE FOR WEST LONDON
SUMMER 2015 ISSUE 5 FREE AUTUMN 2018 Nº 18
on raising boys, launching a fashion range, and school days
SCHOOL FOOD AWARDS Nominate your school
How meditation can help studies Open Days News
WHAT’S HAT’S O ON N EDUCATION DUCATION FASHION ASHION BOOKS OOKS ACTIVITIES CTIVITIES
“a journey to an active life”
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THIS OCTOBER HALF TERM
Arts & Crafts Dance
Childrens Choice P arachute Games Trampolining
Basketball Rock Climbing
Outdoor Ad ventures
activities vary depending on the venue
hen I started City Kids Magazine, I never imagined that a few years down the line, I’d be interviewing a member of Girls Aloud. But, here we are, celebrating the launch of Kimba Kids by Kimberley Walsh, one of life’s lovely people, as it happens. Popstars:
The Rivals seems like a galaxy away but Walsh is as approachable as they come. Find out about her new fashion range and her entrepreneurial school days on p50. Of course, schools are central to our Autumn issue and in our Schools Supplement (p19) we reflect on meditation and whether it has a place in the curriculum. One West London school has been pressing ‘pause’ during the school day for years. Turn to p21 to discover the impact it’s had. Loud fanfare for our next item – the City Kids School Food Awards. We’re celebrating all the hard work that goes into planning healthy and nutritious school meals, sometimes with very small budgets. We have a great panel of judges who we will be revealing over the coming months, so head to our website to find out how your school can get involved: www.citykidsmagazine.co.uk. As usual, we’ve handpicked events and activities for the whole family to enjoy, and we
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introduce The Knowledge – a round-up of the latest clubs, activities and things to do for parents and kids. Welcome back! Victoria
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04 WE LOVE 06 WHAT’S ON 13 BEVERLEY TURNER 14 FASHION 17 FOOD 19 EDUCATION 21 FEATURE PAUSE FOR THOUGHT 30 STEAM 30 36 BOOK REVIEW 37 INTERIORS 38 TRIPS 41 THE KNOWLEDGE 50 WHO IS..? KIMBERLEY WALSH
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Celebrating 15 years, Their Nibs has been enjoyed by the likes of Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Thandie Newton, as well as local West London parents. As the collections grow, now you’ll find nostalgic day and nightwear for babies, boys, girls and mums, alongside bohemian embroidered kitchenware, luxurious scented candles and vintage-inspired beauty goodies.
YES MUM BIRTH
Hollie de Cruz, @theyesmummum, passes on the knowledge she’s gained over the last seven years as a hypnobirthing teacher in Your Baby, Your Birth. It’s an empowering guide for every birth, regardless of whether the plan is for home, hospital, pool or c-section.
Chalk & Cheese Making mealtimes fun again is this chalkboard table runner. It’s supplied with ZeroDust™ Butterstix chalks so the chalkboard can be used again and again with no dust, stain or mess. And you can roll it so it’s portable.
. s l i c n e P t c Perfe Whatâ€™s unique about these pencils? For starters, each one is embossed with different inspirational words such as self believer, freestyler or storyteller. They come with a Stibler characture sticker sheet and jumbo pencil sharpener. And 10% of profits go to education projects supporting vulnerable children around the world and in the UK.
Launched in the summer, but with some rich autumn tones to the collection, Kimba Kids offers bright, easy-wear clothing for boys and girls. The collection is designed by the multi-talented Kimberley Walsh and you can find out more about her inspiration for the brand in our interview on p50.
Special Delivery Let your friends, family and loved ones know your exciting news with our collection of personalised announcement cards. Whether youâ€™ve moved house or are celebrating the birth of a baby, choose from our collection of elegant and modern stationery designs that will be completely customised for you.
12 to 16
DC EXHIBITION: DAWN OF SUPER HEROES
This exhibition, celebrating the likes of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, features original comics, costumes, models and props.
MINI MODE Old Street www.mini-mode.co.uk
London Fashion Week for kids, complete with breakthrough brands, models, music and catwalks. Catch some empowering messages for kids.
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The O2 London www.DCExhibition.co.uk
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre www.openairtheatre.com
Meet and learn from the best chefs and cooks in the land including John Torode, Deliciously Ella, Melissa Hemsley and Jo Pratt.
One for older kids to enjoy sitting amid the greenery to enjoy this musical tale of a mysterious killer plant.
FESTIVAL OF TREASURES FAMILY DAY The British Library, King’s Cross www.bl.uk
Take part in a fun and creative family day inspired by the British Library Treasures Gallery. One of London’s secret gems.
HARVEST STOMP 2018
BIG BUGS ON TOUR
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk
intu Uxbridge www.intu.co.uk/BigBugs
Welcome the autumn with a fun-filled day at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Expect plenty of music, stalls and more.
Get up close and personal with a host of giant bugs at this travelling exhibition staged by BBC’s Chris Packham.
CHISWICK HOUSE DOG SHOW Chiswick House & Gardens www.chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk
Brings kids and pooches along to this lovely celebration of all things canine at this scenic west London destination.
28 & 29
MUM’S ENTERPRISE ROADSHOW Olympia www.mumsenterprise.events
Sign up for workshop and take advantage of networking opportunities at this new event for mothers looking to build their career and balance their family life too.
I’M SEEING THE ORTHODONTIST TODAY! At Happy Kids Dental, we see children between ages six and 12 for early orthodontic assessments, as it is proven that this approach limits the need for more invasive treatment at a later stage. This gives you the reassurance that your child’s teeth and facial features are developing in the ideal way.
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Bocketts Farm Park 20th - 28th October 2018
WITCHES WEEK ENJOY A SPOOKTACULAR DAY OUT! Hundreds of Pumpkins
Wizards Magician Show Creepy Crafts
Witches Quiz Trail Reptile Roadshow! Encounter awesome creepy crawlies and reptiles up close!
PLUS: A HEATED INDOOR PLAYBARN! PLENTY OF FUN, WHATEVER THE WEATHER! Situated in Leatherhead, Surrey. 5 minutes from J9 M25.
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MAYFIVE is the new boutique salon dedicated to delivering luxury hair services on Chiswick’s Devonshire Road. Salon Owner, Katie Allan, has built the salon on the experience she has gained from working alongside leading names in the Katie industry. Salon Owner & Degree Colour Expert With a L’Oreal Colour Degree, Katie specialises in colour, and the MAYFIVE team that support her are dedicated to catering for all your hair Hannah needs. Stylist & Colourist 020 3105 7421 | www.mayfivehair.co.uk | 44 Devonshire Road W4 2HD mayfivehair mayfivehair mayfivehair We want to welcome City Kids readers to the Salon by offering 15% off their first service with Hannah! Contact us and quote the code CITY15. Offer valid until September 30th
October 1 & 29
9 & 10
APPLE DAY CELEBRATION
GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU
Royal Opera House www.roh.org.uk
Fulham Palace www.fulhampalace.org
Richmond Theatre www.atgtickets.com
Head to the palace’s walled garden to see the orchard in all its glory, then join in the applethemed fun.
Watch Little & Big Nutbrown Hare settle after a bedtime story and re-awaken to discover each season in this timeless tale.
THE HIGHWAY RAT BY FUNHARMONICS
Watch the animated film projected on the big screen accompanied by live music performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
20 to 28 BEAST QUEST
Hampton Court Palace www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace
Stories and magic of the palace are brought to life with mythical beasts, as Beast Quest arrives at Hampton Court.
Photo Steve Ullathorne
Southbank Centre www.southbankcentre.co.uk
A PIRATE’S LIFE FOR ME
Leicester Square Theatre www.leicestersquaretheatre.com
V&A Museum of Childhood www.vam.ac.uk
The hit production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s popular book is back for another year and it’s staying until 2019!
Fictional pirates from Victorian Britain to present day come to life through an immersive, multi-sensory exhibition, developed in collaboration with children.
23 to 27
24 to 26
PIRATE PEARL AND THE BIG BLUE MONSTER
THE MUSICIANS OF BREMEN Watermans, Brentford www.watermans.org.uk
Lyric Hammersmith www.lyric.co.uk
Pirate Pearl lives on the good ship Mirabel with Grandpa Bert. One day, she finds a stowaway blue monster onboard.
Part of the Royal Opera House ‘Open Up’ project children learn and discover ballet and opera through sensory dance, singing, music and stories.
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BATTERSEA PARK FIREWORKS
ZSL London Zoo www.zsl.org
Stay overnight in the BUG house at ZSL London Zoo, have a torchlight tour and be woken by the residents!
16 to 25
Polka Theatre, Wimbledon www.polkatheatre.com
Polish those vocal chords for this singalong version of the blockbuster musical starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron.
This delightful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic story of friendship and bravery will take you on a journey through the seasons.
16 to 18
PHILIP PULLMAN’S GRIMM TALES
STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE IN CONCERT
Unicorn Theatre www.unicorntheatre.com
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington ww.royalalberthall.com
Philip Pullman’s favourite fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, re-told and re-worked for the winter and festive season.
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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
Prince Charles Cinema, nr Leicester Square www.princecharlescinema.com
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Remember, remember the fifth of November - or make that the third for this ever popular annual fireworks display.
SINGALONG THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
Battersea Park www.enablelc.org/fireworks
Feel the force this November at the Royal Albert Hall, as Star Wars: A New Hope is presented live in concert for the first time in the UK.
EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL
HARRY HILL’S KIDZ SHOW
Venues across London www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk
Hyde Park www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
Rose Theatre, Kingston www.rosetheatrekingston.org
Whether you and your family are jazz fans or novices, this festival offers something for musiclovers of all ages.
The nights are drawing in and temperatures are falling… so better get into the festive spirit with Winter Wonderland!
Harry Hill’s tips on how to do stand up, plus a chance to have a go, so bring your best jokes! CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 11
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rust. It’s a little word with a big meaning. Trust underpins so much of life: being in a loving relationship; feeling respected as an employee; being allowed to scan your own groceries without nicking those gallingly expensive strawberries… But the importance of trust becomes almost overwhelming when you’re pregnant. You skip happily into the GP and their nonchalance at your news leaves you questioning whether they really understand what you’re going through. They may automatically sign you up for a hospital but then a friend tells you there is an alternative and you question why that wasn’t offered to you. Every midwife (and you see A LOT) offers conflicting advice. It makes your head spin: every fibre of your body wants what is best for your baby but who the hell do you trust?! So you turn to the internet where chat rooms offer another 30,000 pieces of advice, none of which can truly reveal the personal and potentially traumatic journeys behind each sobering snippet and suggestion. This minefield of uncertainty was the very reason midwife Pam Wild and I started The Happy Birth Club – bangup-to-date, evidence-based education and the continuity of care from an independent midwife with your best interests at heart. But at the centre of what we do is encouraging the fabulously rotund women that we meet to trust the most important person of all: themselves. In 2018 this is not easy. A whole commercial industry has been built on women’s increasing lack of faith in their body’s innate ability to cope with birth and a new baby. The screen in our hand has done a cracking job of stopping us listening to our own inherent wisdom – if you sit quietly and look in your heart, rather than
TRUST your browser, the chances are, you may just find what you need. Not always. But probably more than you expect. It’s no surprise, of course, that we lose trust in ourselves as soon as folk know we’re up the duff. All too often, pregnant women and their partners are patronised and infantilised by a onesize-fits-all health system and the cultural conditioning that a name badge and a white coat denotes omniscience. I bow down in admiration to anyone who has studied medicine and become capable of saving lives. But pregnancy is not an illness and every woman is an individual with a unique set of circumstances and needs. Unless you are equipped to navigate the system; understand your options; be unafraid to politely question the medics and decide what is right for you and your baby, it is all to easy to blindly trust professionals who have sadly not had the time to get to know you. In the absence of continuity-of-carer, trusting the combined knowledge of you and your partner can be absolutely critical to a happy outcome. A member of our Happy Birth Club recently went into hospital when she noticed reduced foetal movement on her 40-week due date. She was examined, all was found to be absolutely fine and,
... be unafraid to politely question the medics and decide what is right for you and your baby, it is all to easy to blindly trust professionals who have sadly not had the time to get to know you.
relieved, she prepared to go home. At this point she was told, “You can have a fast, medium or slow induction.” She looked askance and asked, “How about no induction?” Thus ensued six hours of negotiations with three different doctors, each impressing upon her that if she was not induced she was risking the life of her baby. Only the very well-informed could resist under such circumstances. Fortunately, she could keep calm and phone Pam – the trusted midwife whom she had got to know via our course – and slowly talk through her options. She asked the hospital if she could be scanned and was told there was no scanner. She stood her ground – with a smile. The scanner was wheeled round. It revealed that the baby was well; the cord working efficiently and the presence of plenty of amniotic fluid. There was not one clinical indication that induction was necessary. The doctor turned to her, “So, we think induction is your best option.” By this point, she says, sheer exasperation had set in and unfortunately, all trust in the doctors had been eroded. But she trusted her instincts (nobody has such highly tuned instincts as a pregnant woman…) and, reassuring the doctor that she would hot-foot it back at the first sign of any problem, she went home to bed. Two days later, she spontaneously laboured and had the natural water birth that she had wanted (even negotiating a three-day post-natal stay there with her partner!). But she maintains that she is not a naturally assertive person. She’d begun pregnancy thinking it was something that doctors did to women. But she’d listened. She’d learnt what to ask. She’d learnt that she always had options. And she’d learnt to take control during her time with us. And she started parenthood with immense faith in herself – which is a gift that every mother is entitled to.
BEVERLEY TURNER is author of The Happy Birth Book and runs The Happy Birth Club, as well as hosting a show on LBC from 8-10pm on Saturdays. CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 13
The inquiring minds of children inspire Barcelona fashion brand yporqué. Their AW18 line is no exception, encouraging kids to #keepaskingwhy.
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From tweeds to tartans and nostalgic prints, this autumn welcomes a flourish of yesteryear in children’s fashion. EMILE ET IDA BLOUSE £53 smallable.com
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BILLY BANDIT TROUSERS £48 childrensalon.com
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FOOD BY JO PRATT
I’m hungry, have you got anything to eat?” That’s what I hear nearly every day at school pick up – and not just from my own children. I’m sure we’ve all been there - quickly grabbing something from the ‘treat drawer’ on the way out of the house. The problem is by the time you get home they’re hungry again. So you hear yourself say (again) that you must find a healthier snack to give to them that will satisfy their hunger for longer. With that in mind, when City Kids asked me for this issue’s recipe I thought, lets start as we mean to go on. I adapted one of my flapjack recipes and a healthy granola recipe to create these fruity, oaty bars that are packed with slow release energy from the oats and dried fruits. They are much lower in fat than traditional flapjacks, refined sugar-free, can be made without nuts (so kids can have them at break time too), and better still get the thumbs up from my two children who can be very fussy at times. Enjoy!
MAKES 8 bars TAKES 40 minutes 100g porridge oats 1 tsp ground cinnamon 225g pitted dates 75g honey or agave syrup 100g tahini (sesame seed paste) or coconut oil if allergic finely grated zest ½ orange 40g pumpkin or sunflower seeds (or a mixture of the two) 75g dried fruit (i.e. cranberries, cherries, raisins, sultanas, chopped apricot)
• Heat the oven to 200°C/180C fan or gas 4. Line a 20cm x 20cm square cake tin with greaseproof paper or baking parchment. • Mix together the oats and cinnamon. Spread onto a baking tray and toast the oats in the oven for 10 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through so they evenly toasted. Remove from the oven and tip the oats into a bowl. • Put the dates in a food processor and blend until they form a sticky paste. Transfer to the bowl with the oats. Add the seeds and dried fruit.
• Heat the honey or agave syrup, tahini and orange zest in a saucepan until hot but not boiling. Pour into the bowl and mix everything together. • Transfer to the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the top is golden. • Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out and cooling completely. Cut into eight rectangle bars and store for up to two weeks in an airtight container.
Healthy Lunchbox ideas which are also kind to teeth? We have a dentist’s view over at citykidsmagazine.co.uk
FAMOUS CHEFS COME TO CHISWICK The nation’s first Cookbook Festival arrives in Chiswick this autumn, bringing with it some of the world’s most famous chefs. John Torode, Melissa Hemsley, ‘Deliciously Ella’ Mills and our own Jo Pratt will be among the foodies talking about their culinary inspirations, and heading up workshops and demonstrations. Running alongside the Chiswick Book Festival, there’s plenty for little people and big people alike. All proceeds go to charities including Doorstep Library, Books for Children and InterAct Stroke Support. For information on venues and tickets head to: www.cookbookfestival.org & www.chiswickbookfestival.org
FOODINI POSTAL CLUB This monthly subscription delivers two recipe packs, including dry and store cupboard ingredients plus two illustrated recipe cards. You’ll also get a shopping list, activity pack and kitchen skills cards.
TRICK OR TREAT Make the yearly Halloween fest slightly more stylish with these personalised treat bags by Hope and Rainbows.
FOODIE FIREWORKS FUN
Whether you have fond or foul memories of your school dinners, chances are that your children are being offered some great food at their school. Despite a lot of negative press, we’ve been hearing so much good about school meals, so we think it’s time to celebrate all cooks and schools delivering the best, nutritional food possible. As a result, we’re launching a competition to find the school dinner winners in London and the South East. It’s open to state and independent schools and the opportunity to shout about your school dinner heroes. For more information on the competition and how to enter your school, email
Want an alternative view on Bonfire Night? The annual celebration at Bears Ice Cream offers offers signature cones of Icelandic soft serve ice cream, a Chilly Katz hot dog pop-up, hot chocolate, and mulled wine. Coinciding with the Ravenscourt Park Firework Show, it’s fun for the whole family and the view’s pretty good. Saturday, November 4, 5pm-10pm.
NUSH IN A RUSH The UK’s first dairy-free, soya-free, nut milk yoghurt brand, has launched Nush In A Rush, a range of dairy-free yoghurt tubes, that are designed for kids over six months to enjoy mess-free. Perfect for snacks and lunchboxes, they got the thumbs-up from our taste testers. Flavours include Blueberry and Strawberry, with no refined sugar and up to 20% pure almonds.
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SCHOOLS SUPPLEMENT 2018
OPEN DAYS This autumn’s visiting dates
SCHOOL FOOD AWARDS
Our search begins for the best school lunches
PAUSE FOR THOUGHT
One school’s use of meditation in the classroom St James Junior School
The pause stops things running into each other and reminds us all of the stillness which is beyond the activity, noise and stresses of the day.
FOR THOUGHT The popularity of mindfulness and meditation in schools has increased significantly in the last few years. But one school in West London has been ahead of the curve. VICTORIA EVANS asked CATHERINE THOMLINSON, Headmistress at St James Junior School, to explain.
What is the difference between the pauses you practise and mindfulness? Our understanding is that mindfulness, sati, is a practice derived from Buddhism. The pause, with its distinctive Sanskrit dedication, is more connected to classical yoga, although it is not unrelated to mindfulness. Classical yoga is a series of
exercises designed to sharpen the mind for the single pointed attention necessary for meditation. Pausing has a dedication at the beginning and end, as a reminder of unity and being our best selves. The dedication is a moment of acknowledgement of the inner supreme self. Explain how it works during the school day. We pause at the beginning and end of every lesson and periods such as Assembly and lunch. The pause stops things running into each other and reminds us all of the stillness which is beyond the activity, noise and stresses of
the day. We also practise a longer version of the pause, the long pause, during the weekly philosophy lesson. Why do it? It is useful to train our minds in onepointed attention. Pausing at the beginning and end of every lesson allows the children to refocus and be ready for what is to come. Itâ€™s also a chance to start again, for some, particularly if the previous lesson has presented challenges. It is great for more chaotic lessons as it brings everyone back to a stillness and allows the children a moment of calm before moving on. It is an invaluable skill to practise anywhere at any time, to let yourself become calm and still, refocussing attention and continuing the day with a new energy.
What effect does it have on children and staff? It allows everyone an opportunity to connect together and unite in silence and stillness. It is a chance to approach every lesson as if it is a clean slate, connect to each new activity and be really present for each start. There is tremendous power in being unified as a class and school. CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 21
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FEATURE Equally, it disciplines us to be able to let everything go and truly be ourselves. Effectively, it unifies and brings focus and stillness, improves discipline and trains the mind.
What would you say to anyone who said it was mumbo-jumbo? From the staff:
Do you find that all children settle into the practice quite easily? Yes. It’s a very natural, easy thing for children to do, it’s uncomplicated. Some children find it hard to close their eyes at first, but that’s okay. Occasionally, some find it easier than others to be still and not allow their curiosity to get the better of them. However, all groups of children can experience a greater awareness of themselves. Without prompting, the children often mention that they love pausing.
“I’d say, go and visit any yoga studio in London or watch the film, ‘Yoga, the Architecture of Peace,’ on Netflix, and they would see that our approach is virtually identical.”
Can pupils opt not to take part? Yes. But in our experience, they don’t want to opt out, they love it.
“Try it. It works.”
“There’s nothing weird about getting children to be quiet and focussed and it may be good training for when they’re adults.” “It brings stillness, steadiness and connection to something deep within us. Otherwise, what do we resort to in times of stress and agitation?” “No more mumbo-jumbo than yoga, tai chi or mindfulness.”
Would you say there is a link between pauses and academic success? We believe it is immeasurable. However, this would be a useful correlation to test in research. It may be difficult to prove, but surely creating space in the day to reflect and fall still can only aid clarity of mind and therefore mental agility. Equally, this raises the idea that less stress allows children to access what they know. However, as one staff member commented, “I believe there is a link between the ability to fall still and connecting, which enables people to follow their own star – which I would say leads to personal success.” Arguably, the pause is more a connection with emotional readiness, which in the end may affect academic success. To arrange to see the school in action visit: www.stjamesschools.co.uk or go to the open morning on 13 October.
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EDUCATION NEWS OUTSTANDING YEAR FOR KENSINGTON WADE Kensington Wade Prep School, which opened in September 2017, has been rated outstanding by Ofsted, who also described it as ‘unique and inspirational’. The school is the first of its kind – an English/Chinese dual language immersion school where children spend half of their day in an English classroom and half in a Chinese classroom. It’s worth noting that many of the children do not come from Chinese-speaking families, yet their progress was described by inspectors as excellent. For more details contact
NEW ICT SUITE FOR FALCONS PRE-PREP Pupils at The Falcons Pre-Preparatory School for Boys in Chiswick will be excited to hear about their new dedicated ICT suite. The facility provides boys with additional stateof-the-art technology, including brand new Surface Book Pros. Through dedicated and integrated computing lessons, the boys will learn the skills to navigate and problem-solve while using both familiar and unfamiliar programs. The school believes that the new tech helps it to embrace the evolution of traditional classroom teaching. The next open day is Saturday 29th September.
ACADEMIC & PERFORMANCE TALENT ArtsEd, in Chiswick, is more than a performing arts school. At the Day School and Sixth form, pupils immerse themselves in high-calibre academic study whilst developing their talent and personal passion for the performing arts. Outstanding results are the norm: 2017 saw the best BTEC results in the @ Dance Show 2018 country with 99% D*/D/D, and 77% A*- B at A level, maintaining ArtsEd’s position as the most academically successful vocational performing arts sixth form in the UK. It has also been listed as one of the top five schools and colleges in the UK, and one of the top 40 in Europe by international think-tank BE OPEN Foundation. Open Evenings involve a tour as well as dazzling performances from current pupils. The Sixth Form | Tuesday 25 September 2018 | 6pm The Day School | Wednesday 26 September 2018 | 6pm Boys Day | Saturday 18 October 2018 | 9am-4pm Register for Open Days here: www.artsed.co.uk
ET PATATI PATATA COMES TO HAMMERSMITH After the success of the Saturday French school in Fulham, Et Patati Patata is opening a new French school in September. Classes will take place every Thursday at Flora Gardens Primary School at 4pm. Designed for children aged two to ten, lessons will be taught by a native French speaking primary teacher, culminating in a French certificate at the end of term. Et Patati Patata has been awarded the NRCSE Gold Award for its work. Contact www.etpatatipatata.com or 07966 893 674 to find out more. @ Et Patati Patat
www.falconsboys.co.uk FUTURE PROOFINGFUTURE KIDS PROOFING KIDS Cypher’s creativity and coding camps will look at Future Realities this autumn and winter. The worlds of augmented and virtual reality will be explored through activities including making virtual reality goggles, using AI to see the stars, making hologram stories, coding a game, flying a drone, developing an app, and much, much more. Cypher use hands-on projects during their camps believing that creativity will inspire children to learn the language of the future. Founder, Elizabeth Tweedale says: “The more we hear about AI, robots and machine learning - the more we need to nurture what humans are best at - independent thinking, creativity, caring.” Camps are for children aged five to twelve and take place across West London: Notting Hill, Swiss Cottage, Kensal Rise, Hampton Hill. For more information and booking go to www.cyphercoders.com or call 020 7713 2944.
SCHOOL OPEN DAYS ACS HILLINGDON 4-18 yrs co-ed www.acs-schools.com ALL SCHOOL OPEN DAY 17 & 29 NOV / 7 FEB 2019 / 16 MARCH ARTSED 11yrs+ co-ed www.artsed.co.uk SIXTH FORM 25 SEPT Y7-11 26 SEPT Admissions 020 8987 6600 - For tours: Rosalies Jones email@example.com 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org 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 6 OCT / 16 MARCH 2019 / 18 MAY For a tour tel 020 8579 3662 - email@example.com DURSTON HOUSE 4-13yrs boys www.durstonhouse.org Registrar: 020 8991 6532 - firstname.lastname@example.org L’ECOLE INTERNATIONALE FRANCO-ANGLAISE 18months-18yrs www.ecole-ifa.com EMANUEL SCHOOL 11yrs+ co-ed www.emanuel.org.uk 15 SEPT FALCONS PRE-PREPARATORY SCHOOL FOR BOYS 3-7yrs boys www.falconsboys.co.uk 020 8747 8393 - email@example.com FALCONS PREPARATORY SCHOOL FOR BOYS 7-13yrs boys www.falconsprep.co.uk Tours every Tuesday morning - firstname.lastname@example.org FALCONS SCHOOL FOR GIRLS 3-11yrs girls www.falconsgirls.co.uk 29 SEPT Registrar: 020 8992 5189 - Harriet.Stokes@falconsgirls.co.uk FRANCIS HOLLAND, REGENT’S PARK 4-18yrs girls www.fhs-nw1.org.uk 12 SEPT / 12 & 18 OCT / 6 & 22 NOV Registrar: 020 7723 0176 - email@example.com FRANCIS HOLLAND, SLOANE SQUARE 4-18yrs girls www.fhs-sw1.org.uk 4+ ENTRY 24 SEPT 11+ & 13+ 25 SEPT / 7 & 16 NOV Registrar: 020 7824 5005 (or via the School Office on 020 7730 2971) - firstname.lastname@example.org
FULHAM PRE-PREP, PREP AND SENIOR SCHOOLS 4-13yrs co-ed www.fulhamprep.co.uk email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com GODOLPHIN AND LATYMER 11-18yrs girls www.godolphinandlatymer.com 20 & 26 SEPT / 16 OCT HAMPTON COURT HOUSE 3-18yrs co-ed www.hamptoncourthouse.co.uk EARLY YEARS 27 SEPT SIXTH FORM 4 OCT MIDDLE & UPPER YEARS 8 NOV LOWER YEARS 15 NOV Registrar: 020 8614 0857 - firstname.lastname@example.org HAMPTON PRE-PREP & PREP 3-7yrs co-ed / 7-11yrs boys www. hamptonprep.org.uk 5 OCT & 7 DEC email@example.com - 020 8979 1844 HAMPTON SCHOOL 11yrs+ boys www.hamptonschool.org.uk 9 & 18 OCT / 7, 20 & 29 NOV 020 8979 9273 - firstname.lastname@example.org 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 SCHOOL 4-18yrs co-ed www.ibstockplaceschool.co.uk 22 SEPT / 8 MAY 2019 email@example.com - 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org KEW GREEN PREP SCHOOL 4-11yrs co-ed www.kgps.co.uk 19 SEPT / 3 OCT / 14 NOV 16 JAN / 6 FEB / 6 MARCH / 15 MAY / 12 JUNE 2019 email@example.com KEW HOUSE SCHOOL 11yrs+ co-ed www.kewhouseschool.com 19 SEPT / 8, 16 & 31 OCT / 8, 16, 22 & 26 NOV / 17 JAN 2019 firstname.lastname@example.org 020 8742 2038 KING’S COLLEGE WIMBLEDON 7-18yrs boys / 16-18yrs co-ed www.kcs.org.uk 7+, 8+, 9+, 10+ 21 JUNE 2019 11+ 9 OCT 13+ book a Monday afternoon visit WHOLE SHOOL 15 SEPT KINGS HOUSE SCHOOL 3-13yrs boys (co-ed nursery) www.kingshouseschool.org For admissions: 020 8940 1878
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LADY ELEANOR HOLLES 7-18yrs girls www.lehs.org.uk JUNIOR SCHOOL 7+ 13 OCT SENIOR SCOOL 11+ 17 OCT To visit: email@example.com LATYMER PREP SCHOOL 7-11yrs co-ed www.latymerprep.org Check website in Autumn Term for dates firstname.lastname@example.org LATYMER UPPER SCHOOL 11-18yrs co-ed www.latymer-upper.org 6 OCT Admissions: 020 7993 0063 - email@example.com NOTTING HILL AND EALING HIGH SCHOOL 4-18yrs girls www.nhehs.gdst.net SENIOR SCHOOL 17 OCT Contact the Registrar on 020 8991 2165 ORCHARD HOUSE 3-11yrs co-ed www.orchardhs.org.uk 11 OCT Arrange visit on 020 8742 8544 - firstname.lastname@example.org ORLEY FARM SCHOOL 4-13yrs co-ed www.orleyfarm.harrow.sch.uk 6 OCT ‘Wednesdays at Work’ tours with headmaster available. Book with the Registrar on 020 8869 7634 - email@example.com. PARSONS GREEN PREP SCHOOL 4–11yrs co-ed www. parsonsgreenprep.co.uk SEPT / OCT For admissions: 020 7610 8085 - firstname.lastname@example.org PROSPECT HOUSE 3-11yrs girls www.prospecths.org.uk 6 OCT email@example.com - 020 8246 4897 PUTNEY HIGH SCHOOL 4-18yrs girls www.putneyhigh.gdst.net OPEN WEEK 13 - 19 OCT Junior: 020 8788 6523 / Senior: 020 8788 4886 firstname.lastname@example.org QUEEN’S COLLEGE 11-18yrs girls www.qcl.org.uk 26 & 27 SEPT / 3 & 10 OCT / 20 NOV / 24 JAN 2019 RADNOR HOUSE 11-18yrs co-ed www.radnorhouse.org 6 OCT / 10 NOV RAVENSCOURT PARK PREP SCHOOL 4-11yrs co-ed www.rpps.co.uk 18 SEPT / 11 OCT / 13 NOV / 17 JAN 2019 / 5 FEB / 7 MARCH / 9 MAY / 11 JUNE ST AUGUSTINE’S PRIORY 4-18yrs girls www.sapriory.com 13 OCT 020 8997 2022
ST BENEDICT’S 3-18yrs co-ed www.stbenedicts.org.uk NURSERY & JUNIOR SCHOOL 25 SEPT SENIOR SCHOOL 20 SEPT WHOLE SCHOOL 6 OCT SIXTH FORM 11 OCT ST CATHERINE’S SCHOOL TWICKENHAM 4-18yrs girls www.stcatherineschool.co.uk SIXTH FORM 12 SEPT SENIOR 25 SEPT Y2 & PREP 29 SEPT WHOLE SCHOOL 10 NOV 020 3261 0142 - email@example.com ST JAMES SCHOOLS 4-11yrs co-ed / 11-18yrs girls / 11-18yrs boys www.stjamesschools.co.uk SENIOR GIRLS 27 SEPT/ 4 OCT SCHOOL IN ACTION 8 NOV / 22 JAN 2019 / 1 MAY --------------SENIOR BOYS 11 & 13 OCT SCHOOL IN ACTION 20 SEPT/ 16 NOV/ 27 FEB 2019/ 2 MAY/ 19 JUNE ST PAUL’S SCHOOL 7-18yrs boys www.stpaulsschool.org.uk 7+ & 8+ 3 NOV 11+ small group tours Autumn term 13+ 8 SEPT firstname.lastname@example.org ST PAUL’S GIRLS’ SCHOOL 11-18yrs girls www.spgs.org 27 SEPT / 6 OCT / 29 OCT email email@example.com from early March THE HARRODIAN 4-18yrs co-ed www.harrodian.com 26 SEPT / 9 OCT For 11+ 2018 Open Morning booking enquiries, please call the Admissions Office on 020 8762 6321 UNICORN SCHOOL 3-11yrs co-ed www.unicornschool.org.uk Small group visits on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. firstname.lastname@example.org
OUT OF TOWN EDGEBOROUGH SCHOOL 4-11yrs co-ed www.edgeborough.co.uk 12 OCT / 30 NOV LVS ASCOT 4-18yrs co-ed day & boarding school www.lvs.ascot.sch.uk JUNIOR, SENIOR, 6TH FORM 15 SEPT / 17 NOV / 6 FEB 2019 / 16 MARCH / 8 MAY ST CATHERINE’S BRAMLEY 4-18yrs girls www.stcatherines.info PREP SCHOOL 12 SEPT / 11 OCT / 16 NOV / 1 FEB 2019 / 5 MARCH / 1 MAY / 7 JUNE SENIOR SCHOOL 18 SEPT / 12 OCT / 15 NOV / 30 JAN 2019 / 7 MARCH / 30 APRIL / 29 JUNE
Autumn Open Day Saturday 6th October 2018 11am to 1pm IAPS Co-educational Preparatory School for children aged 4 to 11 70 The Avenue, Ealing, London W13 8LS Tel. 020 8998 9981 Email. email@example.com www.avenuehouse.org
Where outstanding performing arts meets academic excellence Register at: www.artsed.co.uk
Co-educational Day School, Chiswick W4 1LY Sixth Form Entry: Tuesday 25 September, 6pm 11-13+ Entry: Wednesday 26 September, 6pm
THE KITCHEN SCIENCE COOKBOOK Written by Dr Michelle Dickinson (MNZM) – prizewinning nanotechnologist, researcher and educator this book is packed full of fun ‘recipes’, each teaching an important scientific principle in a format that is perfect for parents and children to enjoy together. We’ve chosen a recipe which we think the kids will love!
This unique book from DK and LEGO uses specially commissioned LEGO® models and LEGO maps to illustrate where different animals live around the world. Create models while learning about habitats and species.
EQUIPMENT & INGREDIENTS
Saucepan Plastic sandwich bag
LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks and /or copyrights of the LEGO Group. All rights reserved. 2018 The LEGO Group
395g (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk 10g (1 tbsp) cornflour / corn starch 45ml (3 tbsp) chocolate syrup INSTRUCTIONS 1. Pour the milk into the saucepan and heat on a low heat. 2.
Slowly stir the cornflour into the warm milk. Continue heating and stirring over a low heat for 20 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate syrup.
Place in a sandwich bag and refrigerate.
Once cold, roll and squeeze into any slimy shape you want - and watch it flow!
SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLE Viscosity TIME 45 minutes cooking time, 2 hours cooling time INTRODUCTION This slime flows like a liquid but can be rolled like a solid - and the best part is that it’s edible!
THE SCIENCE BEHIND EDIBLE SLIME Cornflour or corn starch is a starch made up of long chains of sugar molecules called glucose, which are joined together in a coiled up ball. When exposed to heat and milk, the starch particles absorb water from the milk, causing them to swell. These swollen particles start to press up against each other. This reduces the movement of the liquid, resulting in it thickening or becoming more viscous. Eventually, the starch particles burst, freeing up long strands of starch which swell further and absorb the fluid outside the particles. This traps the remaining water in the mixture and turns it into a highly viscous gel or slime. The slime flows like a thick liquid but can be rolled around like a soft solid. The advantage of this recipe is that the slime is edible once you have finished with it! Explore Further: for more on slime and other ‘recipes’ head to our site at
INVENTIONS A Children’s Encyclopedia As with all DK books, this visual guide brings information to life, charting the greatest inventions, ideas and discoveries throughout the ages. It introduces readers to the inventors behind robotics, AI, the Internet and even those from ancient civilisations. An ideal resource for STEM learning. £19.99
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Falcons Pre-Preparatory School
Preparing for the 7+ and beyond
Saturday 29th September 10:30am-12:30pm
‘The school is brilliant in every way’ ‘My son is happy and thriving’ ‘A hidden gem’ (Current parents)
CURIOSITY | COURAGE | CARE Please contact email@example.com 2 Burnaby Gardens, Chiswick, W4 3DT 020 8747 8393 | www.falconsboys.co.uk
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TERM CLASSES & HOLIDAY CAMPS ARE HELD AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: CHELSEA, SW3 & SW10 • KENSINGTON, W8 IMPERIAL COLLEGE, SW7 • NOTTING HILL, W11 11 ST JOHNS WOOD, NW8
IS A PLACE TO LEARN, EXPERIMENT, EXPLORE & PLAY FROM 8-12 YEARS
Contact us for Little Science (3-7 years) & Little Maths (2-4 years) Classes
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Whole School Open Morning - Saturday 6th 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
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 Cone Ripman House, Bath Rd, W4 1LY 020 8987 6600 | email@example.com 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 70 The Avenue, W13 8LS 020 8998 9981 | firstname.lastname@example.org avenuehouse.org
BASSETT HOUSE SCHOOL Mixed Number of Pupils 160 Head Mrs Philippa Cawthorne Future Schools NHEHS, St Benedict’s, City of London, Francis Holland, Latymer Upper, St James, Godolphin & Latymer Fees £2,840 to £6,040 60 Bassett Road, W10 6JP 0208 969 0313 | email@example.com bassetths.org.uk
HARVINGTON PREP Girls 4-12 (Early Years mixed 2-5) Number of Pupils 135 Head Mrs Anna Evans Future Schools Francis Holland, Godolphin & Latymer, Latymer Upper, NHEHS, St Benedict’s, Tiffin Girls, St Paul’s Fees Nursery from £2175, Y1-6 £4205 20 Castlebar Rd, W5 2DS 020 8997 1583 | firstname.lastname@example.org harvingtonschool.com
FALCONS PRE-PREPARATORY SCHOOL FOR BOYS Boys 3-7 Number of Pupils 135 Head Mr Andrew Forbes Future Schools Falcons Prep, Latymer Prep, Papplewick, Caldicott, St Paul’s Juniors Fees Nursery from £2825, R-Y2 £5700 Y3-8 £5825 2 Burnaby Gardens, W4 3DT 020 8747 8393 | email@example.com falconsboys.co.uk
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 Paul’s, KCS Wimbledon, Epsom College, Charterhouse, Eton, Wellington Fees Nursery from £2265, Juniors £4230-£4790, Seniors £5320 Senior 68 Kings Rd, Richmond, TW10 6ES Junior 61 Kings Rd, Richmond, TW10 6EG 020 8940 1878 | firstname.lastname@example.org kingshouseschool.org
NOTTING HILL & EALING HIGH SCHOOL
ST BENEDICT’S SCHOOL
Girls 4-18 Number of Pupils 894 Head Mr Matthew Shoults Girls from Juniors often go on to NHEHS Senior School 99% A*-B GCSE; 90% A*-B A-Level Fees Juniors £4610, Seniors £5978 Senior 2 Cleveland Rd, W13 8AX 020 8991 2165 | email@example.com Junior 26 St Stephen’s Rd, W13 8HH 020 8991 2165 | firstname.lastname@example.org nhehs.gdst.net
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 £2885, Pre-prep £4330, Juniors £4810, Seniors £5615 54 Eaton Rise, W5 2ES Seniors 020 8862 2000 - Juniors 020 8862 2050 020 8862 2254 | email@example.com stbenedicts.org.uk
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 Newton Grove, W4 1LB 020 8742 8544 | firstname.lastname@example.org orchardhs.org.uk
OUT OF TOWN / INTERNATIONAL
ACS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, HILLINGDON Mixed 4-18 Number of Pupils 585 Head Mr Martin Hall Daily buses from Chiswick, Ealing, Notting Hill and Kensington. IB (93% pass rate) Fees (paid twice a year) £5320-£12,200 108 Vine Ln, Uxbridge UB10 0BE 01895 259 771 | email@example.com acs-schools.com/acs-hillingdon
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 £4720, Y3&4 £5018, Y5-8 £5445 South Hill Avenue, Harrow on the Hill, HA1 3NU 020 8869 7600 | firstname.lastname@example.org orleyfarm.harrow.sch.uk
Mixed 2-13 Day & Boarding Number of Pupils 303 Head Mr Dan Thornburn Future schools Cranleigh, Charterhouse, Wellington, Winchester, Prior’s Field, Lord Wandsworth College Fees Day £709 to £5675 Boarding £5585 - 7080 Frensham, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 3AH 01252 792495 | email@example.com edgeborough.co.uk
PARSONS GREEN PREP SCHOOL
Mixed 4-11 Number of Pupils 200 Head Mr Tim Cannell Future Schools City of London School for Boys, Francis Holland, Latymer Upper, Godolphin & Latymer, Putney High, St Paul’s Fees R–Y2 £5619, Y3-6 £6067 (sibling discount) 1 Fulham Park Rd, Fulham, SW6 4LJ 020 7610 8085 parsonsgreenprep.co.uk
Mixed 4+ Number of Pupils 23 New school so intake is currently Nursery to Y1. Chinese dual-language immersion school. Head Jo Wallace Fees £5830 205 Warwick Road, W14 8PU 020 3096 2888 | firstname.lastname@example.org kensingtonwade.com
ST AUGUSTINE’S PRIORY
ST CATHERINE’S, BRAMLEY GUILDFORD
Girls 4-18 Number of Pupils 460 Head Mrs Sarah Raffray Children tend to stay for seniors. Scholarships available. Over 96% GCSE A*-C; 71% A*-B A-Level Fees Nursery from £1622, Prep £3903, Junior £43680, Senior £5321 Hillcrest Rd, W5 2JL 020 8997 2022 | email@example.com sapriory.com
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 £2995-£6125, Boarding £10,095 Station Road, Bramley, Surrey GU5 0DF Senior 01483 893363 | firstname.lastname@example.org Prep 01483 899665 | email@example.com stcatherines.info
With our Autumn issue focussed on getting back into the swing of studies, we’ve chosen books to compliment and inspire learning, whatever age. by VICTORIA EVANS
LITTLE KIDS THIS IS NOT A MATHS BOOK by Anna Weltman (Ivy Kids Books)
A PILE OF LEAVES by Jason Fulford & Tamara Shopsin (Phaidon) The third in a series of groundbreaking books from the authorartists Tamara Shopsin and Jason Fulford created in partnership with the Whitney Museum of American Art. This clever book of collage features see-through acetate pages with beautiful autumnal elements, playfully designed to invite young readers to dig through a pile of leaves and uncover the surprises throughout. The clever design also presents the opportunity for children to add their own images between the book’s clear pages.
Discover how maths can be artistic and art can be mathematical with this awesome activity book, full of fun drawing challenges with a mathematical basis. Amazing patterns with a mathematical essence will be revealed as you follow the simple activity instructions. Learn incredible maths facts as you draw the beautiful designs.
A YEAR IN NATURE A CAROUSEL BOOK OF THE SEASONS by Hazel Maskell, illustrated by Eleanor Taylor (Laurence King)
ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING: A HISTORY OF EARTH, DINOSAURS, RULERS, ROBOTS AND OTHER THINGS TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION
This is a fascinating introduction to the seasons, following a family of foxes through the year. The book opens out into a stunning four-part carousel, revealing intricately detailed pop-up scenes of spring, summer, autumn and winter. Follow the boxes as the tiny cubs grow up through the year, and explore the woodland scenes to discover animals, trees, plants and owners.
(October 2018, What on Earth? Books) An up-to-date history of the world covering topics from dinosaurs to robots and everything in-between. Jam-packed with illustrations, photos, timelines and a glossary, index and reference material, Jacqueline Wilson calls it ‘absolutely amazing’ and it gets the thumbs up from Horrible Histories author Martin Brown: ‘from the Big Bang to yesterday’s breakfast, this BOOK OF FUN AND DISCOVERY makes sense of it all’.
BIG KIDS LEARNING TO LEARN – A GUIDE FOR KIDS AND TEENS Barbara Oakley PhD & Terrence Sejnowski PhD with Alistair McConville (TarcherPerigee Trade Paperback) If you can remember your least favourite subject at school, it’s probably the one that you also found most difficult. This book aims to teach kids to train their brains to learn the hard stuff, instead of just assuming they can’t do it. One of the book’s authors and a professor of engineering, Dr Barbara Oakley, struggled with maths at school, until she learned how to learn. An accessible book for kids, we have an extract over on our website for you to see more: www.citykidsmagazine.co.uk 36 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK
DESIGN FOR CHILDREN PLAY, RIDE, LEARN, EAT, CREATE, SIT, SLEEP by Kimberlie Birks (October 2018, Phaidon) This is a book for older, design-savvy and style-conscious kids or those interested in product, lighting and furniture design. It showcases work by contemporary superstars such as Marcel Breuer, Jean Prouvé, Nanna Ditzel, Philippe Starck, Nendo, Marc Newson, Donna Wilson, Kengo Kuma, and Marcel Wanders. It also pays tribute to those who have shaped children’s design and pioneered products for kids.
Ever popular monochrome gets an eclectic style boost with panelling, Scandi furniture and a bit of Boho chic 3 1 2
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he appeal of monochromatic decor in children’s interiors shows no sign of waning but how about adding an eclectic boho vibe into the mix to take it to another level? A mural wallpaper featuring elegant French panelling creates a stunning backdrop for this sculptural cot bed and matching changing table. A Berber rug will create softness underfoot and anchor the furniture in the room. This feather pendant not only looks beautiful but will add softly diffused light while the white pom pom fairy lights add a little magic. Vibrant colour will enliven any room and these delightful animal prints, with their neon paint elements, create a charming focus. The mono decoration continues with metal shelves, a Moroccan pouf and pom pom cushion with finishing touches of gold, work their brilliance within the scheme. 1 French Panels Mural £33.00 per sqm www.funkylittledarlings.co.uk 2 Nobodinoz Feather Garland £27.95 www.scandiborn.co.uk 3 Eos Feather Pendant Light from £69.00 www.funkylittledarlings.co.uk 4 Odette Swan Head With Wings £119.00 www.funkylittledarlings.co.uk 5 Pineapple Wall Hooks from £9.95 www.bombayduck.com 6 Stripe Storage Bag £55.00 www.wildfireteepees.com 7 Art Prints £55.00 each www.funkylittledarlings.co.uk 8 Babou Wall Mounted Shelf £79.00 www.nubie.co.uk 9 Sebra Changing Table £599.00 www.cuckooland.com
10 Gold Rabbit Lamp £55.00 www.funkylittledarlings.co.uk 11 Sebra Expanding Cot Bed £698.00 www.funkylittledarlings.co.uk 12 Wild Cotton Organic Sleeping Bag from £38.95 www.thelittlegreensheep.co.uk 13 White Pom Pom Fairy Lights £28.00 www.pompomgalore.co.uk 14 Belly Basket from £29.00 www.olliella.com 15 Cam Cam Bed Linen Grey Wave from £44.95 www.scandiborn.co.uk 16 Tribal Rug from £329.00 www.funkylittledarlings.co.uk 17 Medina Embroidered Pouf £115.00 www.bombayduck.com 18 Cyril Sloth £23.00 www.bobbyrabbit.co.uk
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TRIPS BRING YOUR HOLIDAY HOME
FOODIES recipe cards
You know when you get home, you want to recreate a meal you had while on holiday?
Well now you can, thanks to Emirates Holidays who have partnered up with chefs from their most popular five destinations PHUKET PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE for families (Dubai, Mauritius, Maldives, Thailand and Seychelles). They’ve created an exclusive series of ‘Little Foodies’ recipe cards to encourage families to cook Ingredients How to together, expand their taste buds and remind themselves of their holiday through local flavours. Recipes include Octopus Curry, Hummus and Phuket Pineapple Fried Rice.
Serves 4 | Prepare 15mins | Cook 35mins
PHUKET PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE
800g jasmine rice
1 Cook the jasmine rice until soft and set aside.
2 large pineapples
2 Clean and peel the prawns and vegetables.
1 large onion
3 Chop the carrots and the onions into little cubes.
32g black raisins
4 Cut off the bottom part of the pineapple, then scoop out the pineapple flesh leaving a hollowed-out bowl shape before setting aside.
32g yellow raisins
60g roasted cashew nut 20g curry powder 60g fried shallots
80g unsalted butter 80g carrot
40g spring onion 360g prawn 20g salt
5 Heat the butter in a pan or wok at medium heat. Once the butter is fully melted, sweat the chopped onions until they become clear, then add the prawns and stir until they turn red. 6 Add the carrots, rice, curry powder, raisins and cashew nuts. 7 Season with salt and soy sauce, before pouring into the hollowed-out pineapple. Sprinkle sliced spring onion and fried shallots over the top.
80g soy sauce
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THE KNOWLEDGE PARTY PLANNING As well as a new autumn programme of classes for kids and adults, stylish café and play space, The Corner House, offers some great party packages for kids of all ages. There are two studios which can be hired separately or together, as well as the option to take over the children’s café. And if party planning isn’t your thing, the lovely people at The Corner House will take care of everything from the entertainer and the cake to healthy food and party bags.
WALKING NETBALL If you’re spending a lot of time at High Fives watching your daughter, you might start thinking about playing yourself. At Will to Win, you can get involved in one of their weekly netball training sessions, or if you are new to the game, or concerned you don’t have the fitness levels, you could try Walking Netball. It’s an initiative from England Netball aimed at increasing participation amongst women who may have given up on the sport, or have suffered an injury or who want to enjoy a regular, social activity. Kathryn Riley who runs Will to Win, alongside herhusband, set up netball sessions for women on Thursday mornings four years ago. “The appeal lies in women of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels playing together and having fun,” she says, “We employ fully-qualified coaches to take drills as well as oversee games.” Our very own Beverley Turner plays regularly at Chiswick House, and has written a brilliant account about the experience over on our blog page:
www.citykidsmagazine.co.uk/guestblog For more information about netball sessions across London for women and children, please visit www.willtowin.co.uk
FREE FOOTBALL! Over the summer, Arsenal’s insurance partner Cover-More joined forces with Foxes FC and coaches from the Gunners to offer free soccer skills for children in West London. Over 50 children enjoyed developing their agility, control and speed through a series of fun drills and games. It was Cover-More’s first Skills School, with more planned in the future. For more information see
All you need to know about clubs, classes and events for you and the kids.
WELLNESS & THERAPY FOR KIDS Tucked away in central Chiswick you’ll find the Children’s Wellness Centre, a one-stop venue for families. Staffed and run by specialist therapists & teachers, the Centre focuses on all aspects of children’s physical, emotional & mental well-being, whilst providing engaging & fun activities for all ages! The new term heralds a wave of different baby and toddler classes as well as after school clubs and school holiday workshops. Think arts and crafts, mandarin and yoga as well as valuable first aid training. There’s also an in-house children’s therapist providing one-toone counselling services.
PURPLE DRAGON Premium family member’s club Purple Dragon in Putney is launching a drop-off youth club for eight to thirteen year olds. It will run on Friday and Saturday nights between 6.30pm and 9pm. The idea is to create a fun environment for big kids, away from screens, while parents also get some child-free evening time. Founder and CEO, Sharai Meyers says, “It can be tough to give slightly older kids independence and freedom in town. We’re 10 this year and it feels like a really natural step for us to be able to continue to provide a fun, enriching environment for older kids.” Activities planned include Nerf battles, karaoke competitions, movie nights and scavenger hunts. The PD Youth Club costs £500 per year, and meals on site can be pre-ordered.
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babies & pre-schoolers ART & CREATIVE THE BUILD IT WORKSHOP thebuilditworkshop.com Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN MON
KITE STUDIOS kitestudios.org 2b Bassein Park Rd, W12 9RY THU FRI
CINEMA BABES IN ARMS www.olympiccinema.co.uk 117-123 Church Road, Barnes SW13 9HL TUE
PARENTS & BABIES SCREENINGS watermans.org.uk Watermans, 40 High St, TW8 0DS WED
DANCE & PERFORMANCE DIDDI DANCE diddidance.com The Corner House, W6 7PD TUE THU Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing, Stevenage Rd, SW6 6PF FRI
DYNAMIC DANCE GROOVES mimisminis.co.uk Grove Neighbourhood Centre, W6 0DT MON
FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE
ACTON CHISWICK HAMMERSMITH SHEPHERDS BUSH
THE LITTLE DANCE ACADEMY thelittledanceacademy.com The Corner House, W6 7PD MON TUE Princess Victoria, W8 6EB THU St Andrew’s Church, W14 9SA FRI
WEST LONDON SCHOOL OF DANCE westlondonschoolofdance.co.uk | 020 8743 3856 Du Boisson Studios, 25 Bulwer St, W12 8AR MON St Peters, 59A Portobello Rd, W11 3DB MON TUE
LANGUAGE BILINGUAL BEATS bilingualbeats.com Rivercourt Methodist Church, W6 9JT MON St Luke’s Church, SW10 9HF THU
CHISWICK FRENCH CLUB 07708 227877 Ravenscourt Park, W6 0TH MON TUE THU FRI
Holy Innocents Church, Paddenswick Rd, W6 0UB WED St Mary and the Virgin, Mortlake WED Parkside Church, East Sheen, SW14 8DU FRI
THE MUSIC HOUSE FOR CHILDREN musichouseforchildren.com 306 Uxbridge Rd, W12 7LJ WED FRI
MINI MOZART minimozart.com Drink Me, Eat Me, 250 King St, W6 0SP WED
CADENZA cadenzaclasses.com Holy Innocents Church, Paddenswick Rd, W6 0UB TUE Christ Church, Town Hall Ave, W4 5DT WED Drink Me, Eat Me, 250 King St, W6 0SP FRI
etpatatipatata.com Thomas’s Academy, SW6 4LY SAT
hartbeeps.com The Barn Church, Kew, TW9 4HF TUE Chiswick Theatre Arts, W4 5BQ WED Hampshire Hog, W6 9JT St Stephen’s Hall, W12 0PG THU The Aeronaut, W3 9BH FRI
LE FRENCH PROGRAMME
CLUB PETIT PIERROT clubpetitpierrot.co.uk The Greek Cathedral of St Sophia, W2 4LQ WED THU
ET PATATI PATATA
franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
lefrenchprogramme.com Parsons Green Prep, SW6 4LJ SAT
kitestudios.org 2b Bassein Park Rd, W12 9RY THU
WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY
LINK CHINESE ACADEMY
LUCY SPARKLES & FRIENDS BABY MUSIC
westlondondanceacademy.com St Michael and All Angels Parish Hall, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX WED
ACTON BALLET SCHOOL actonballetschool.co.uk Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Rd, W3 8PP TUE FRI
ANGELA GRANT SCHOOL OF DANCE balletclasseslondon.co.uk 250-252 King St, W6 0SP WED SAT Victoria Hall, Victoria House, Becklow Rd, W12 9HB THU
LITTLE STAGE ACADEMY (PSSA) pssa.co.uk Westside Community School, 8-30 Galena Rd, W6 0LT SAT
linkchinese.co.uk Bute House School, W6 7EA SAT
HANNA & JOICE MANDARIN CLUB firstname.lastname@example.org Term-time SW18 TUE W6 FRI
KITE STUDIOS kitestudios.org 2b Bassein Park Rd, W12 9RY WED
SPANISH FOR UNDER 5s lbhf.gov.uk Hammersmith Library, W6 7AT WED
MUSIC MONKEY MUSIC monkeymusic.co.uk The Catholic Centre, 2 Dukes Ave, W4 2AE TUE
lucysparkles.com Cupcake Family Club, SW6 4TJ MON Cuckoo Hibou, SW6 4SW THU
PANDEMONIUM watermans.org.uk Watermans, 40 High St, TW8 0DS WED
STORY & RHYME TIME lbhf.gov.uk Shepherds Bush Library, W12 7BF MON TUE WED SAT Hammersmith Library, W6 7AT TUE THU FRI Askew Rd Library, W12 9AS TUE THU FRI Chiswick Library, W4 2AB FRI
SCIENCE LITTLE HOUSE OF SCIENCE littlehouseofscience.com Westbourne Grove Church, W11 2RW MON
PLAYGROUPS BRIGHT STARS brightstarsuk.com St Saviours, Wendell Park Church Hall, Cobbold Rd, W12 9LN FRI
LITTLE ANGELS smaaa.org.uk Priory Ave, W4 1TX WED
PLAY CAFÉ stsimons.co.uk St Simon’s Church, Rockley Rd, W14 0DA THU
ST NICHOLAS PLAYGROUP stnicholaschiswick.org Church Street, W4 2PH MON
WEST LONDON TWINS CLUB westlondontwonsclub.org St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen’s Rd, W13 8HB THU
YOGA & MASSAGE BABY MASSAGE westlondonbabies.com Private venue, Chiswick MON TUE THU FRI
TODDLER YOGA WITH MEGAN Dorset Wharf, W6 9HN THU
SPORTY THE LITTLE GYM thelittlegym.eu/chiswick Hartington Rd (off A316), W4 3AN DAILY
LITTLE KICKERS littlekickers.co.uk Chiswick School, Burlington Lane, W4 3UN SAT St Stephen’s Social Club, 5 Gayford Rd, W12 9BY MON TUE Hogarth Community Centre, Duke Rd, W4 2JR MON TUE WED FRI SAT The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, Queen’s Drive, W3 0HW SAT
OXYGEN FREEJUMPING oxygenfreejumping.co.uk Vision Ind Park, Kendal Ave, W3 0AF DAILY CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 41
babies & pre-schoolers WILL TO WIN willtowin.co.uk Chiswick House Grounds (A4 Entrance), W4 2RP SAT
ALBERT & FRIENDS CIRCUS SKILLS albertandfriendsinstantcircus.co.uk St Alban’s Hall, Margravine Rd, W6 8HJ SAT
AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB amandasactionclub.co.uk Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN FRI
RICHMOND GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION richmondgymnastics.co.uk 1 Townmead Road, Kew, TW9 4EL MON TUE WED THU FRI
LITTLE RUGBY littlerugby.co.uk Hogarth Youth Ctr, Duke Rd, W4 2JR SUN
LITTLE FOXES CLUB thelittlefoxesclub.com Acton Park TUE SAT Turnham Green THU SAT Ravenscourt Park WED SAT Latymer Upper School, W6 9LR SAT
CROUCHING TIGER KARATE crouchingtigerkarate.co.uk The Dukes Meadows Community Centre, Alexandra Gardens, W4 2RX FRI
GYMBOREE gymboree-uk.com Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN DAILY
CLUBS & HUBS THE CORNER HOUSE thecornerhousebrookgreen.com Cafe, event space and classes hub including The Ballet School, Caterpillar Music and Crafty Little Foxes 102-104 Shepherd’s Bush Rd, W6 7PD
CUPCAKE MUM cupcakefamilyclub.com Private members’ club with adult fitness classes with Slice Urban fitness. Creche, soft-play and classes. 11 Heathmans Rd, Parsons Green, SW6 4TJ
CHILDREN’S WELLNESS CENTRE childrenswellnesscentre.co.uk Yoga, speech and language therapy, holiday workshops, after-school clubs. 27a Fishers Lane, W4 1RX DAILY
EALING 135 GROUP ealing135.org.uk Members club, family network & play groups. St Paul’s Church, Ridley Avenue FRI Hanwell Methodist Church WED
MAGGIE & ROSE maggieandrose.com Private members’ club with camps and classes for pre-schoolers. Chiswick club has a day nursery and soft play. 1 Essex Place Square, Chiswick, W4 5UJ 58 Pembroke Rd, Kensington, W8 6NX
PURPLE DRAGON purpledragonplay.com Private members’ club providing childcare, workshops, soft play and activities all included in membership. Cafe and food for kids and adults. Chelsea club has a pool. Ground Floor, Bramah House, Grosvenor Waterside, 30 Gatliff Rd, SW1W 8DP
twisters.org.uk Acton Baptist Church, Church Rd, W3 8PP MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Little Brother Putney, Tileman House, 131 Upper Richmond Rd, SW15 2TR DAILY
THREE HOUSE FAMILY CLUB
kiddikicks.co.uk April-October Kings House Sports Ground, W4 2RZ November-March Brentford Fountain Leisure Ctr, TW8 0HJ SAT
3houseclub.com Club and classes for pregnant and new mums and kids 0-8 years. Bridgeman St, NW8 7AL
We do our best to update this directory every edition but sometimes classes do change. It is always best to call or check websites or social media for any changes to timetables.
babies & pre-schoolers EALING ART & CREATIVE TIPPITOES
Northolt Library, Church Rd, UB5 5AS Jubilee Gardens Library, UB1 2TJ FRI
SIGN & SIGN
LONDON BABY SWIM
singandsign.com St Mary’s Ealing, W5 5RH MON
londonbabyswim.co.uk Osterley Centre, 178 Wood Lane ,TW7 5EH MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
tippitoes-ealing.co.uk Lammas Park Play Centre, Elers Rd, W13 9QD TUE WED THU FRI SAT
DANCE & PERFORMANCE
hartbeeps.com Tribeca Studios, Ealing,W5 2PJ MON The Foresters Pub, 2 Leighton Rd, W13 9EP TUE
SOUND GENERATION EDUCATION
HOOLLABALOO hullabaloopuppetmusictheatre.co.uk The Duke of Kent, W13 8DL MON Plough Inn, W5 4XB TUE WED THU FRI
EALING SCHOOL OF DANCE ealingschoolofdance.co.uk Ealing Green Church, W5 5QT THU FRI
INNOVATION DANCE innovationdancestudios.co.uk Innovation Dance Studio, 96 Pitshanger Lane, W5 1QX MON TUE WED THU SAT
YOURSTAGE DRAMA yourstagedrama.com St Augustine’s Priory, Hillcrest Rd, W5 2JL SAT
SA DANCE sa-dance.co.uk University of West London, St Mary’s Rd, W5 5RF SAT
THE ITALIA CONTI RUISLIP italiacontiruislip.co.uk Wiltshire Lane, Pinner, HA5 2LX
ANNA DAVYDOVA DANCE SCHOOL annadavydova.co.uk St. Andrews Church Centre, Mount Park Rd, W5 2RS TUE
WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY westlondondanceacademy.com All Saints Church Hall, Elm Grove Rd W5 3JH
LANGUAGE TODDLER STORY TIME SESSIONS ccslibraries.com Perivale Library, Horsenden Lane South, UB6 7NT Southall Library, 112 The Green, Southall, Middlesex, UB2 4BQ Greenford Library, Oldfield Lane South, UB6 9LG Pitshanger Library, 143-145 Pitshanger Lane, W5 1RH THU
stjohnandstjames.org.uk St James Church, 32 St James Avenue, W13 9D MON
soundgeneration.org.uk St Paul’s Church, Ridley Ave, W13 9XW THU
stjohnandstjames.org.uk St John’s Church Crypt, Mattock Lane, W13 9LA TUE THU
EALING JUNIOR MUSIC SCHOOL
NOAH’S ARK PLAYGROUP
ejms.org.uk Twyford Church of England School, Twyford Crescent, W3 9PP SAT
ACTION, SONGS & RHYMES St Paul’s Church, Ridley Ave, W13 MON The Church of the Ascension, Hanger Hill THU
BABY BOUNCE & RHYME ccslibraries.com Northolt Leisure Centre Library, Eastcote Lane North, Northolt, UB5 4AB TUE West Ealing Library, Melbourne Ave, W13 9BT WED Ealing Central Library, 103 Broadway Centre, W5 5JY WED FRI Southall Library, 1e Green, Southall, Middlesex, UB2 4BQ WED Greenford Library, Oldfield Lane South, UB6 9LG WED Hanwell Library, Cherington Rd, W7 3HL Perivale Library, Horsenden Lane South, UB6 7NT Jubilee Gardens Library, Jubilee Gardens, UB1 2TJ Northfields Library, North Elds Ave, W5 4UA THU Northolt Library, Church Rd, UB5 5AS FRI Wood End Library, Whitton Ave West, Greenford, UB6 0EE FRI
QUESTORS YOUNG MUSICIANS CLUB qymc.org Little Ealing Primary School, W5 SAT
waterbabies.co.uk St Ann’s School, Springfield Rd, Hanwell, W7 3JP MON Castlebar School, Hathaway Gardens, W13 0DH WED SAT
SWIM EXPERT swimexpert.co.uk Novotel London Brentford, Great West Rd, TW8 0GP MON TUE WED THU FRI
FF4K MINI KICKERS
stmaryshanwell.org.uk St Mary’s Church Hall, 62 Greenford Ave, W7 3QP MON
footyfun4kidslondon.com Blondin Park, Northfields SAT
hanwellmethodist.info Methodist Church, Church Rd, W7 1DJ WED
littlekickers.co.uk Drayton Manor High School, W7 1EU SAT SUN Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, Queen’s Drive, W3 0HW SAT
GREAT AND SMALL STAY & PLAY St Paul’s Church, Ridley Ave, W13 9XW WED
NORTHFIELDS PLAYGROUP St Paul’s Church Hall, Ridley Ave, W13 FRI
THE LITTLE FOXES CLUB thelittlefoxesclub.com Pitshanger Park, Ealing MON TUE SAT
ST ANDREWS MOTHER & TODDLER GROUP St Andrew’s Church, W5 2RS MON WED FRI
BUMPS & BABIES St Mary’s Church Hall, W5 5RH TUE
SPORTY WILL TO WIN willtowin.co.uk Pitshanger Park, W13 8DJ SAT Lammas Park, W13 9NJ SAT
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GYMBOREE gymboree-uk.com Putney Exchange Shopping Centre SW15 1TW MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
YMCA ymcawestlondon.org Bouncy castle, Massage, Mini Movers, Baby Explorers, Baby Sensory, Gym Kids, Tinies Tumble and more 25 St Mary’s Rd, W5 5RE MON TUE WED THU FRI
RICHMOND EALING ACTON CHISWICK HAMMERSMITH
ADVENTURE ARMY CADETS armycadets.com 207 Hammersmith Det ACF (Royal Signals) Princess Louise House, W6 7DJ WED FRI 206 Chiswick Det ACF (Royal Signals) Stamford Brook Avenue, W6 0YD 202 Acton Det ACF (Royal Engineers) Creswick Rd, W3 9EZ 209 Burlington Danes Academy Det ACF (Grenadier Guards) 203 Brentford Det ACF (RLC), Ealing, W5 4BT TUE THU 204 White City DET ACF (Parachute Regiment) TA Centre, W12 7RW MON WED
ART BROOK GREEN ART CLASSES brookgreenart.com | 07951 845 180 8yrs+ term-time portfolio & scholarship preparation THU FRI SAT
CRAFT CLUB lbhf.gov.uk Shepherds Bush Library, W12 7BF TUE
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
KITE STUDIOS kitestudios.org | 020 8576 6278 5yrs+ Wide range of art disciplines including GCSE & A-Level portfolios 2B Bassein Park Rd, W12 9RY MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
MAKERS AND SHAKERS makersandshakers.co.uk | 07773 795 654 5-8yrs Arts & Crafts Our Lady & St John’s Church, Boston Park Rd, Brentford, TW8 9JF TUE St Gregory’s School, Ealing, W5 THU Mount Carmel School, Little Ealing Lane, W5 4EA FRI
START STUDIOS startstudios.co.uk 6-13yrs in 2 groups. Basic principles of drawing Haven Green Baptist Church, Ealing Broadway, W5 THU
CRAFT CERAMICS CAFÉ ceramicscafe.com | 020 8810 4422 6 Argyle Rd, W13 8AB 44 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK
MELLA MELLA’S mellamellas.co.uk Pottery, painting courses & drop-in. 8 Essex Place, W4 5UT DAILY
FUN WITH FIMO CLAY clare.format.com | 020 8992 3767
Acton Workshops on specific dates
CUBS, SCOUTS, BROWNIES 1ST CHISWICK BROWNIES girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only Oxford Rd North (Scout Hut) THU
6TH CHISWICK BROWNIES girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only Chiswick Methodist Church, Sutton Court Rd, W4 4HH TUE
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
6TH CHISWICK RAINBOWS girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only Oxford Rd North (Scout Hut) WED
7TH CHISWICK RAINBOWS girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only St Albans Hall, South Parade, W4 5LG MON
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
little & big kids
CHISWICK SATURDAY MUSIC CENTRE
bilingualbeats.com Spanish Drink Me Eat Me, W6 0SP MON St Luke’s Church, SW10 9HF THU
CHISWICK FRENCH CLUB 07708 227877 Ravenscourt Park, W6 0TH MON WED SAT
ET PATATI PATATA etpatatipatata.com Flora Gardens Primary School, W6 THU Suite 239, 2 Old Brompton Rd, SW7 3DQ SAT
LINK CHINESE ACADEMY linkchinese.co.uk | 020 3665 3942 SAT
LIBRARIES ASKEW ROAD LIBRARY lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3863 5yrs+ Arts & Crafts WED 5-12yrs Chatterbooks term-time only FRI 5-10yrs Lego club THU SAT 5yrs+ Games Club once a month SAT
HAMMERSMITH LIBRARY lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3820 Poetry Club TUE Chatterbooks - once a month TUE Homework Club MON THU Art Club every two weeks THU 5-11yrs French Club SAT
chiswicksaturdaymusic.org.uk 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
LYRIC HAMMERSMITH lyric.co.uk 9-13yrs Sonic Pi Coding TUE 7-12yrs ECCO First Steps SAT 14-25yrs Studio Sessions WED 7-11yrs Keyboard Centre THU 5-12yrs Little Singers THU
THE MUSIC HOUSE FOR CHILDREN musichouseforchildren.co.uk |020 8932 2652 Drop-in and instrumental tuition 0-14yrs 306 Uxbridge Rd, W12
MZ SINGING WORKSHOPS tabernaclew11.com The Tabernacle, W11 MON
lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3842 Homework Club term-time only MON WED SAT Craft Club term-time only TUE Storytime WED Code Club THU 5yrs+ French Club FRI SUN Chatterbooks - fortnightly SAT
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
little & big kids NUMERACY KUMON kumon.co.uk Acton Central, St Mary’s Church Hall, 1 The Mount, W3 9NW 020 8998 3379 MON WED Acton West, West Acton Youth & Community Ctr, Churchill Grdns, W3 0JN TUE SAT Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN MON THU Ealing South, Polygon Centre, St Mary’s Road, W5 5RH TUE FRI SAT Ealing West, Pitshanger Methodist Church, W5 1QP THU FRI SAT St Stephen’s Church Hall, Coverdale Rd, W12 8JJ 020 3002 0735 WED FRI Masbro Centre, 87 Masbro Rd, W14 0LR 020 3397 8581 WED FRI Northfields, Northfields Community Centre, W13 9SS MON THU SAT Holy Trinity Church Hall, Richmond, TW9 1UP MON THU St Jude’s Community Hall, W10 4QL MON WED
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
PERFORMANCE DANCE ACTON BALLET SCHOOL actonballetschool.co.uk | 07939 930229 Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Rd, W3 8PP MON TUE WED THU FRI
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 Victoria Hall, Becklow Rd, W12 9HB THU
ACTON YOUTH BALLET SCHOOL actonyouthballet.com | 07771 905226 8- 17yrs ballet, jazz, contemporary and choreography SAT
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
RICHMOND EALING ACTON CHISWICK HAMMERSMITH SHEPHERDS BUSH
BARBARA SPEAK STAGE SCHOOL barbaraspeake.com Ballet, street dance, tap, drama East Acton Lane, W3 7EG WED SAT
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NEW ENGLISH BALLET THEATRE lyric.co.uk 5-10yrs Ballet for beginners taught by NEBT’s ballet mistress during term-time. King St, W6 0QL SAT
MICHAEL FLATLEY DANCE ACADEMY michaelflatleydance.com 4yrs+ Chelsea MON
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PASSION DANCE ACADEMY passiondanceacademy.com | 07882 413428 4yrs+ Acro gymnastics, performing arts & dance Alec Reed Academy, Northolt, UB5 5LQ TUE THU SAT
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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
YMCA WEST LONDON ymcawestlondon.org 4yrs+ Dance and ballet. Term-time 25 St. Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RE TUE WED
WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY westlondondanceacademy.com | 07795 578781 Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz & Performance classes. IDTA accredited St Michael and All Angels Parish Hall, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX MON WED THU FRI
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BARBARA SPEAK STAGE SCHOOL barbaraspeake.com 6yrs+ Drama and singing East Acton Lane, W3 7EG SAT
BARNES MUSICAL THEATRE CLUB barnesmusicaltheatreclub.com 4-7yrs St Osmunds Church Hall, SW13 9RT 8-14yrs Kitson Hall, SW13 9HJ MON
CHISWICK THEATRE ARTS chiswicktheatrearts.com | 020 8742 2861 Term-time musical theatre, ballet, modern, tap, street dance MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
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RICHMOND EALING ACTON CHISWICK HAMMERSMITH 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 Holy Innocents Church, W6 0UB THU St Albans Fulham, W6 8HJ TUE Arts Educational Schools, 14 Bath Rd, W4 1LY SUN Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN TUE Ark Priory Primary Academy, Acton Lane, W3 8NR MON Acton Park Children’s Centre, W3 7LJ SAT Everyone Active Acton Centre, W3 6NE MON All Saints Church, Elm Grove Rd, W5 3JH THU Kew Community Centre, St Luke’s in the Avenue, TW9 2AJ THU Brentford Methodist Church, Clifden Rd, TW8 0PB MON St Barnabas Millennium Hall, Pitshangar Lane, W5 1QG MON TUE WED SAT Barnes Methodist Church Hall, SW13 0NH MON FRI St Mary Magdalen RC Church, SW14 8PR SAT St Paul’s Church Hall, W13 9XW TUE
POP SCHOOL & STAGE ACADEMY pssa.co.uk | 07943 656 092 7-16yrs PSSA Stage Academy & 11-16yrs Commercial street jazz Westside Community School, 8-30 Galena Rd, W6 0LT SAT
QUESTORS questors.org.uk 5-18yrs Questors Youth Theatre 12 Mattock Lane, W5 5BQ MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
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THEATRE STUDIO WEST marinamellor.co.uk | 020 8994 8751 4yrs+ The Studios, Priory Community Centre, W3 8NY SAT
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SCIENCE / STEM BLUE SHIFT CODING blueshiftcoding.com Beginner The Corner House, W6 7PD TUE
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MINI ENGINEERS mini-engineers.com 5-11yrs Lego construction & coding Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ SAT
EALING CRICKET CLUB ealingcc.co.uk 7yrs+ Girls and boys Corfton Rd, W5 2HS SUN
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THE BUILD IT WORKSHOP
CHELSEA FC SOCCER SCHOOL
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EXCEL SPORTS SOCCER SCHOOL
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University of Westminster Sports Ground, Hartington Rd, W3 3UH SAT
THAMES VALLEY HARRIERS
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sports.westway.org | 020 8969 0992 4yrs+ classes and goalkeeper training Crowthorne Rd, W10 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
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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
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ROCKS LANE MULTI-SPORT CENTRE rockslane.co.uk | 020 8994 1313 4yrs+ Team training and matches Chiswick Common Rd, W4 FRI SAT
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HEATHROW GYMNASTICS heathrowgymnastics.org.uk | 020 8569 5069 4yrs+ Green Lane, TW4 DAILY
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LONDON TRAMPOLINE ACADEMY londontrampoline.com | 07950 267655 4yrs+ Trampoline training Reynolds Sports Centre, Acton MON TUE THU SAT Osterley Sports and Athletics Centre, Isleworth WED FRI
RICHMOND GYMNASTICS richmondgymnastics.co.uk 4yrs+ Term-time Townmead Rd, TW9 (and other locations) DAILY
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YMCA WEST LONDON ymcawestlondon.org | 020 8832 1576 4yrs+ Gymnastics. Term-time St. James’ Church, St James Ave, W13 9DL TUE
MARTIAL ARTS CARLSON GRACIE carlsongracieteam.org.uk | 020 8748 8855 7yrs+ Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kick-boxing 89 Richford St, W6 7HJ MON WED THU SAT
NETBALL LET’S PLAY NETBALL letsplaynetball.co.uk 6yrs+ Chiswick School, Burlington Lane, W4 3UN SUN Westway Sports Centre SAT
ROCKS LANE HIGH 5 rockslane.co.uk Term-time junior netball league Chiswick Common Rd, W4 FRI
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KENSHUKAI KARATE kenshukai.net St Martin’s Church Hall, W3 9SQ SAT The Church of the Ascension, W5 3EB TUE
PEEWEE KARATE fskauk.co.uk 3-6yrs Scout Hall, TW9 3QA MON St Michael’s Community Centre, Barnes Bridge, SW13 0NX MON
WLS TAEKWONDO wlstkd.com | 07885 819 469 4yrs+ Brentside High School, Greenford Ave, W7 1JJ FRI
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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 TUE WED FRI SAT SUN
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CANALSIDE ACTIVITY CENTRE
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swimway.co.uk | 020 8871 3972 Term-time 1:1 or small classes Gordon Ave, SW14 8DZ U9s WED THU FRI The Mall, SW14 7EN MON TUE WED Sheen Mount School, SW14 7RT Kew Gardens, TW9 4HH MON THU
12yrs+ Sailing & adventure training The Pier House, Corney Reach, W4 2UG WED SUN
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
LITTLE RUGBY 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 SUN
LONDON WELSH 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
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 DAILY
KENSINGTON LEISURE CENTRE better.org.uk | 020 3793 8210 Silchester Rd, W10 DAILY
LAURA SEVENUS sevenus.com | 020 8834 7442 11 Wilson Walk, W4 DAILY
NAUTILUS SWIMMING nautilusswimming.com Latymer Upper School, W6 9LR DAILY Holland Park School, W8 7AF SUN
NEW CHISWICK POOL fusion-lifestyle.com | 0845 456 6675 Edensor Rd, W4 DAILY
POOLS ON THE PARK
Kensington W8 7QG MON TUE WED THU FRI
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sportsgeneration.co.uk Roko Chiswick Bridge, W4 TUE THU FRI SAT SUN Private pool, Richmond, TW10 7AD DAILY Cedars Health Club, Richmond Hill DAILY
teddytennis.com | 0845 643 1173 5yrs+ classes using music and pictures Kensington Leisure Centre (indoors) DAILY
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 DAILY
CHISWICK SEA CADET UNIT
LONDON CORINTHIAN SAILING CLUB lcsc.org.uk RYA accredited courses for beginners upwards Linden House, 60 Upper Mall, W6 9TA
THAMES YOUNG MARINERS 01372 378 901 Sailing courses for beginners Riverside Drive, Ham, TW10 7RX SAT SUN
CHRISTIAN GALLAN’S LOVE TENNIS OTHER love-tennis.co.uk QUEENS ICE SKATING & Chiswick Tennis Club, Burlington Lane, BOWLING CLUB
springhealth.net/Richmond Old Deer Park, TW9 DAILY
rbkc.gov.uk 9yrs+ Kayaking, canoeing, raft building Canal Close, W10 5AY TUE THU SAT
rockslane.co.uk| 020 8994 1313 4yrs+ junior coaching
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
queensiceandbowl.co.uk 5yrs+ Group and individual lessons Bayswater, W2 DAILY
ST PAUL’S FENCING CLUB stpaulsfencingclub.com | 07961 061 662 8-10yrs 17.30 Lonsdale Rd, SW13 9JT TUE
SAXON FENCING CLUB saxonfencing.co.uk 14yrs+ Twyford Sports Centre, W3 9PP THU
W4 LACROSSE CLUB email@example.com 11yrs+ Term-time only Astro pitches, Hartington Rd (by Roko), W4 2UH
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SCIENCE MUSEUM sciencemuseum.org.uk Parties within the award-winning museum Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD
CLUB DE SPORTS clubdessports.co.uk Football, netball, tennis, cricket, gymnastics, ballet, karate, boxing East Acton Lane, W3 7HB
GAMBADO CHELSEA gambado.com | 020 7384 1635 Tiger Tots, Tiger, Laser Tag & Build a Bear parties Townmead Rd, SW6 2PY
BRAMLEY’S BIG ADVENTURE 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
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AERIALAND aerialand.com | 07737 624 296 Aerial circus and acrobatics skills 8-30 Galena Rd, W6 0LT
VIRGIN ACTIVE ACTON
CHISWICK CATHOLIC CENTRE
arush.co.uk | 07773 775 445 Outdoor Laser Combat King’s House School Sports Ground, Riverside Drive, W4 2SH
hfals.co.uk (under Room Hire) Macbeth Street, W6 9JJ
020 8994 9905 2 Dukes Avenue, W4 2AE
CORINTHIAN SAILING CLUB
ALL SAINTS EALING HALL
linden-house.org | 020 8748 1841 6 Upper Mall, W6 9TA
allsaintsealing.org.uk | 07507 624 949 Elm Grove Rd, Ealing, W5 3JH
firstname.lastname@example.org Bollo Bridge Rd, W3 8AX
EALING GREEN CHURCH HALL
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PITSHANGER COMMUNITY PLAYCENTRE
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ST ANDREW’S UNITED REFORMED CHURCH CENTRE
BRENTFORD FOUNTAIN LEISURE CENTRE
ST MARY’S CHURCH HALLS stmaryacton.org.uk | 020 8993 0422 1 The Mount, Acton High Street, W3 9NW
standrewsealing | 020 8566 9642 Mount Park Rd, Ealing, W5 2RS
fusion-lifestyle.com | 0845 456 6675 Softplay & pool parties 658 Chiswick High Rd, TW8 0HJ
CERAMICS CAFÉ ceramicscafe.com | 020 8810 4422 6 Argyle Rd, W13 8AB
HEATHROW GYM heathrowgymnastics.co.uk | 020 8569 5069 Green Lane, Hounslow, TW4 6DH
SNAKES AND LADDERS snakes-and-ladders.co.uk | 020 8847 0946 Syon Park, Brentford, TW8 8JF
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MASBRO CENTRE upg.org.uk | 020 7605 0800 87 Masbro Rd, W14 0LR
GROVE NEIGHBOURHOOD CNTR
THE BLEND HOUSE
ST PETER’S CHURCH PARISH ROOM
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
ST PAUL’S CHURCH
ealinggreenchurch.org.uk | 020 8810 0136 Ealing Green, W5 5QT
pitshangerplaycentre.co.uk | 020 8998 1918 Meadvale Rd, W5 1LU
virginactive.co.uk | 020 8600 9600 Softplay & pool parties 36 Bromyard Avenue, W3 7AU
07472 889 080 114 Churchfield Road, W3 6BY
ALL SAINTS CHURCH
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hat’s the inspiration behind Kimba Kids? With Bobby, my oldest son, I just found it really boring buying boys’ clothes. He’s a blonde, blue-eyed mixed-race little boy and I want him to be able to express himself a bit more and wear things that are a bit more fun and colourful. So I approached my brother [the MD of a clothing company] and said, “How do you feel about trying to launch a new brand with me, basically so that we can use all your facilities to do so?” And he was actually really up for it! So what are your favourite pieces? For me, my favourite piece for the boys is a camo sweater with the K on the front, and shapewise our sweats will always be central. As we knew this was going into Autumn/Winter we wanted to do a slightly different tone so we’ve got an aubergine tone camo. And for the girls I love the twinset. What are your hopes for the brand? I’m realistic. I don’t know how this business works so obviously the fact that Next have endorsed it as big as they have gives us hope that it will work. How would you describe your parenting style? Manic! I’m such a calm person. I genuinely think I’m one of the most chilled people. But my boys can drive me to places that I never thought were possible. And it frustrates me if I feel like I’ve lost it, that’s just not me. I feel like a lot of the time I look at myself in day to day situations and think what would anybody think if they could see me now, but is that just parenting two young boys? What advice would you pass on to a new mum? Every mum thinks they have to be the 50 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK
perfect parent and everything should be as the books say. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be perfect because I don’t think any of us are. We all lose our [shit] every so often, don’t we? Three words to describe yourself. All good things of course! Relaxed, warm and tired. Always tired. Last book you read? I don’t read, but I did read Giovanna Fletcher’s baby book ages ago. I was reading it and thinking, I’m reading about my own life - that’s why she’s so popular, because she’s so honest. All the breastfeeding stuff - I had a really hard time of it as well. Nobody tells you, even my own sister never really talked about it very much. I think that the more we talk about it, the better. You think that they’re supposed to latch on and it’s all lovely. I’ve never felt pain like it. Tell us one thing nobody knows about you. I used to make my own clothes and sell them to my friends. I used to put scrunchies on a big tube and take them to school and sell them. I was a right Del Boy even then! Who inspires you? It’s a cheesy thing to say but my mum really does. I’ve got a new found respect for her since having children and trying to work with the kids. She had four and she was on her own because my parents split up when I was really young. She always worked full-time, she always did extra things after school like piano lessons for people to make extra money. I don’t know how she did all of that with the addition of financial worry and no partner to support her. So when I get stressed or think that life’s getting a bit tough, I think, Come on, think about what it was like for your mum.
What’s next on your list of things to do? I’ve been really lucky, I even got to do Strictly. There’s nothing really left that I desperately want to do. To be honest, if Kimba Kids works the way we hope it will, it will be a much bigger focus for me over the next year. What are your memories of school? I actually liked school from a social point of view. Because I was relatively clever but not expected to do amazingly well, I think you can enjoy school a bit more. You get grades that people are happy with, but you can also socialise without feeling too much pressure. What would you take to a desert island? My kids, although it would be tempting not to! In reality, I can’t actually bear to be away from them for too long so they’d have to come, and my husband for help with the childcare. And music because I could keep them entertained and I can’t not be around music. And alcohol to get me through.
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ITY KIDS MAGAZINE is the definitive family guide for West London, available in print, quarterly and online. Inside you'll find directories o...
Published on Sep 13, 2018
ITY KIDS MAGAZINE is the definitive family guide for West London, available in print, quarterly and online. Inside you'll find directories o...