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SUMMER 2015 ISSUE 5 FREE SUMMER 2019 Nº 21

AWARDS The winners are announced

ROB DA BANK Camp Bestival, bouncing back & fancy dress

BABY & PRE-SCHOOLER

SPECIAL

Expert advice Must-haves Fitness with Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill WHAT’S HAT’S O ON N EDUCATION DUCATION FASHION ASHION BOOKS OOKS ACTIVITIES CTIVITIES


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

“The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent.”

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WHOLE SCHOOL OPEN MORNING Saturday 5th 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


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elcome to our f irst London-wide issue! For f ive years, City Kids has been helping parents in West London with everything from the best schools to fun local music classes and great places to hang-out with their little ones. Now we are spreading our wings and covering the whole of the capital, keeping our readers up to date with everything that’s going on for kids in both the magazine and on our website. It’s an exciting time for City Kids and we hope you’ll enjoy coming along for the ride. Summer 2019 is our biggest issue yet (and the best if we do say so ourselves). As well as our regular We Love, What’s On, Trips, Food, Education and Books, you’ll f ind interviews with Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill (p34), Rob da Bank (p58), a Baby & Preschooler Special which includes new baby must-haves and a new regular column, Ask The Expert. Plus, we’ve the winners of our School Food Awards. So, to all our new readers: hello! We hope you like us as much as our fans in the West. We’d love to hear your thoughts on City Kids as well as what you’re up to, so get in touch via Instagram @citykidsmagazine or email. Details down below. Here’s to a summer of family fun in our amazing city!

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04 WE LOVE 06 WHAT’S ON 13 BEVERLEY TURNER 14 FASHION 19 FOOD 22 SCHOOL FOOD AWARDS 24 EDUCATION 27 BABY SPECIAL 28 INTERIORS 36 FESTIVAL GUIDE 38 TRIPS 41 THE KNOWLEDGE 42 DIRECTORIES 58 WHO IS..? ROB DA BANK

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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. © 2019 CITY KIDS LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. T 07770 370 353


WE LOVE

BUTTERFLY KISSES Award-winning, vegan, cruelty-free, dermatologist approved…phew. Little Butterfly London’s skincare products have it all. And now sees a launch of an antipollution baby face cream specifically

CRAFTY KITS

created to deflect environmental damage.

Cotton Twist have ditched the plastic packaging and now present a new line of crafting kits. This one – Save our Oceans – contains eco glitter and a scene to provoke plenty of discussion on how to save our planet.

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BIKES OF BEAUTY With a June launch, these Banwood balance bikes were made for our Summer issue. Pantone colours Coral and Sky fitted with original tan seat and handle bars. Super stylish! €159

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WE LOVE

WORKS OF ART These magical art education boxes for children are delivered through your letterbox. Varying each month, the boxes encourage children to experiment with different materials, such as acrylic paints, oil pastels or water paints as well as different artists.

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toddler taming If parenting has stifled your sense of humour, Matt Coyne’s latest book could be the cure. The Man vs Baby blogger hits all the right notes and will have parents everywhere nodding in recognition of the highs and lows of family life. Paperback version due in September.

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MINI ME MOMENTS Designed in the UK and made in Portugal from the softest leather, Esska shoes have come up trumps with their Ava sandals. Colourways in rose gold, gold, blue and silver mean that you can have your perfect matchy matchy moments with your little one.

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June

WHAT’S ON

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8&9

THE ROYAL WINDSOR STEAM EXPRESS

Enjoy a truly special luxury steam train experience from London to Windsor, with the option to enjoy a brunch or sunset dining experience on board.

Colin Hutton © Hartswood Films

Pamela Raith Photography

From Waterloo Station royalwindsorsteamexpress.co.uk

14 to 22

22 & 23

Archbishop’s Park SE1 7LE zip-now.co

Sugar was stored in the museum when it was still a warehouse. Join a fun weekend dedicated to the sweet stuff.

London’s biggest and fastest zip line is returning to the Southbank this summer for adrenaline junkies, young and old.

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GIFFORDS CIRCUS

Trafalgar Square westendlive.co.uk

Chiswick House & Gardens giffordscircus.com

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THE GREAT GET TOGETHER Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk

Head to the Olympic Park for a huge picnic to kick off the summer. Expect music, dance, storytelling, food and more.

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WEST END LIVE

London theatres host this medley of highlights from the top West End shows. Free and fun what else do you need?

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This hit adaptation of Sue Townsend’s timeless tale of teenage angst hits the West End. Book before it sells out.

From

© Gem Hall 2019

Pamela Raith Photography

Museum of London Docklands museumoflondon.org.uk

Ambassadors Theatre, Covent Garden adrianmolethemusical.com

Pamela Raith Photography

Photo FeastCreative

Experience the Grimm Brothers’ fairytale anew in this operatic retelling, set in a wonderful and unique environment.

ZIP LONDON

THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13¾

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre openairtheatre.com

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SUGAR FAMILY FESTIVAL

From

HANSEL & GRETEL

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This year’s show is entitled Xanadu, as the wonderful Giffords transports the audience back to the summer of love.

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GREAT EXHIBITION ROAD FESTIVAL Exhibition Road, South Kensington greatexhibitionroadfestival.co.uk

©Bach to Baby

From

Leading cultural venues join forces to recreate the spirit of the Great Exhibition of 1851 for the 21st century.


St James Nursery School Opening 2019 Our new nursery opens in September. For details call 020 7348 1793 or email admissions@stjamesprep.org.uk

Peace of mind. The world can be a noisy place. That’s why children at St James practise ‘stillness’ and pause before and after every lesson. We see them calm down, refocus and head off to their next class buzzing with renewed energy. For parents, peace of mind comes from knowing your child will thrive academically and creatively in a warm, happy environment. Our pupils get great results. They just don’t get stressed about it. Please get in touch today to find out more about us or to arrange a visit.

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July

WHAT’S ON

4 to 7

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Kids go free at this glorious festival which promises to be fantastic family day out, featuring children’s entertainment and fun.

21 & 22

Colin Hutton © Hartswood Films

Hampton Court Palace rhs.org.uk

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND, KEW

SUMMER OPENING TOUR

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew theatreonkew.co.uk

Buckingham Palace rct.uk

Join Alice on her amazing journey through Wonderland and experience an adventure like no other.

Go behind the lavish scenes at one of the world’s most famous buildings. No guarantee of meeting the Queen!

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CBEEBIES: A MUSICAL TRIP TO THE MOON

SHARK IN THE PARK, UDDERBELLY

Royal Albert Hall royalalberthall.com

Underbelly Festival, South Bank underbellyfestival.com

Part of the BBC Proms 2019 season, join favourite CBeebies presenters for a family Prom designed to fire youthful imaginations.

Nick Sharratt’s playful picture book is brought to life on stage at this year’s Underbelly Festival. Performances in The Spiegeltent.

Based on the anarchic, award-winning children’s books, this is an all-singing, all-dancing, occasionallyburping extravaganza for children and adults alike.

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SHAKESPEARE’S TELLING TALES

FAMILY FUN DAY

The Globe Theatre shakespearesglobe.com

Fulham Palace fulhampalace.org

The Globe’s family festival brings together families, children’s authors, performers and storytellers to celebrate the power of imagination.

Budding archaeologists are invited to explore the hidden medieval chapel under the main lawn, only visible in hot summer months.

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MR GUM & THE DANCING BEAR National Theatre nationaltheatre.co.uk

FABULOUS CREATURES FAMILY SUNDAY Royal Opera House roh.org.uk

From pop-up performances and singing workshops, to dancing and art activities, this family day will be full of surprises.


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August 2

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MARY POPPINS RETURNS

AESOP’S FABLES

Theatres across London kidsweek.co.uk

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Unicorn Theatre unicorntheatre.com

Bring a picnic to see what happens when Mary Poppins drops in to see the grown-up Jane and Michael.

Some of Aesop’s best loved fables, as retold to Unicorn audiences. Check out the two versions for different ages.

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THE SEA QUEEN The Scoop, London Bridge City londonbridgecity.co.uk/events

7&8

DISCOVERY DAY: WILD WATER Hyde Park royalparks.org.uk

Children’s workshop with artist Alex Hirtzel to create a sculpture of fantastic footwear inspired by An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik.

Meet Grainne O’Malley, Irish queen of the seas, in this swashbuckling tale. Part of the Summer by the River season.

Activities for little ones include pond dipping, creating a water creature and trying to create a massive pond mural.

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THE MONSTER

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Join instructors from the Big Tree Company for a session on how to safely climb the tallest tree in the park.

At 300 metres long, The Monster is the world’s largest inflatable course with over 40 obstacles. Run includes dedicated kids’ days.

David Walliams’ adventurous tale of a boy and his granny comes to life for one day as part of the outdoor theatre season. CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 11


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BREASTFEEDING

“Who”

I ask my ante-natal course as they sit all fecund and fabulous in the pub, “wishes to breastfeed?” Invariably 100% of female hands go up (plus there’s always at least one dad who’s spotted a laugh). However, the UK has the worst breastfeeding rate in the world. The reasons for this are complex, but it is no coincidence that the figures have fallen in line with the number of post-natal hours bestowed on women by the NHS. Due to bizarre government guidelines, all information presented to pregnant women about breastfeeding must only extol its virtues. These pamphlets and posters must be ‘positive’ and ‘encouraging.’ It is forbidden for any of the literature to suggest that the process may be difficult or painful at times. The logic being that if you tell women it’s easy, then it will be. Consequently, we have a whole generation of women who have effectively been lied to. Worse still – they are told they must breastfeed but are commonly sent home within 24 hours to struggle alone. This is where the issue of ‘guilt’ arises to which new mums quite rightly kick back in anger and oppose the idea that ‘breast is best.’ It’s a bloody minefield in which everyone loses. Even the well-intentioned breastfeeding volunteers, supportive midwives and caring health visitors aren’t enough to stem the tide of women throwing in the muslin and reaching for the formula. There is no greater asset to a mum who wishes to breastfeed than time with an expert in the comfort of her own home. The Happy Birth Club’s breastfeeding rates were transformed to 100% once we offered a midwife home visit to our mums when their babies arrived. Having someone kneel by your bed as you learn how to create a good latch, how to get into the best positions for specific problems and how to

feed, wind and settle your baby is a godsend. But despite the significant long and short-term health benefits to women and babies, this isn’t something the government deems important. Much better to spend millions researching erectile dysfunction. Sadly, not all the health practitioners that new mums encounter will provide the best advice. Under “bollocks we’ve heard about breastfeeding” appear “your nipples are the wrong shape,” “your boobs are dry” (even though they had their baby 12 hours earlier and the milk isn’t in yet) or my favourite, “Your baby just doesn’t want to breastfeed.” That’s right, a new baby that was clearly looking for a chai latte rather than its mother’s familiar bosom. A stumbling block for many women is the boredom of being forced to sit still and ‘do nothing’ for several hours in a day. I tell our Happy Birth Club not to look this gift horse in the mouth: once they have a couple of kids and aren’t allowed to sit down for more than five consecutive minutes, they’ll wonder why they didn’t carry on breastfeeding until their child went to secondary school. You will never have a better excuse to sit down and watch the TV than when you’re breastfeeding. Do.

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Not. Feel. Guilty. About. This. You’re firing up your baby’s immune system for life. Five years ago, I received a text from a mum who had completed our course and moved back to New York, “Hey Bev,” she wrote, “my mum is doing the laundry, while Drew is cooking the dinner and I’m breastfeeding on the sofa. You were right - bfeeding rocks!” Of course, we also have the social stigma that still exists – the shock of perhaps glimpsing a bit of boob as a woman feeds her child in public. This is so insane that I can barely bring myself to acknowledge it. It’s only men with cultural confusion about breasts and their function that could view breastfeeding as anything other than entirely normal. This was beautifully summed up by my son, who, aged seven was playing in the sandpit in Chiswick Park as a woman fed her baby beside him under a ‘Hooter Hider’ – a type of tablecloth beneath which the mum holds her baby. Baffled (and nosy), my son barraged this poor woman with questions, “Why are you wearing that? Why is your baby under there? What is that cloth for?” until, dissatisfied by the answers and fed up of being told by his grandmother to leave the woman alone, sighed and asked, “Is your baby under there because it’s really ugly?” Naively, it was the only conclusion he could draw. Breastfeeding is not easy. Don’t struggle alone. Don’t compare yourself to others. Get help if you need it. Then pull up the biscuits, put your feet up and enjoy the peace.

We have a whole generation of women who have been lied to.

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FEATURE FOOD BY JO PRATT

FISH BURGERS

WITH CORN RELISH

AND FRIED AVOCADO

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hese are mighty impressive for burgers. Rather than blitzing fish to a paste in a food processor as many recipes do, I like to finely chop the fish, creating a chunkier texture and a juicier end result, much like a good-quality meat burger. Of course, the beauty of this recipe means that you can blitz to a finer texture if you’re feeding little ones. Using two kinds of fish enriches the f lavour, and the oily mackerel helps bind the burgers together.” 500g / 1 lb 2 oz skinless white fish fillets, such as pollock, cod or haddock 200g/7 oz mackerel fillet, skinned and pin-boned 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed or grated 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp English mustard 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley oil 2 ripe avocados, peeled and thickly sliced 2 tbsp mayonnaise 4 burger buns, halved and lightly toasted 4 crisp lettuce leaves 1 beef tomato, sliced flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

TIME TAKEN 1 hour, plus at least 1 hour chilling | SERVES 4

FOR THE RELISH 325g /1 1½ oz tinned sweetcorn, drained 2 banana (large) shallots, peeled and finely chopped 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 125g / 4½ oz caster sugar 1½ tsp yellow mustard seeds ½ tsp paprika 100ml / 3½ fl oz / scant ½ cup white wine vinegar • To make the relish, put all of the ingredients in a saucepan, and bring to the boil. Cook for 20 minutes, until the relish has thickened and is syrupy. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. • For the burgers, finely chop both types of fish into very small pieces. Put them in a bowl and add the garlic, paprika, mustard, bicarbonate of soda, parsley, a good pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. • Mix everything together really well, then shape into four burgers. Place them on a plate lined with baking parchment, cover and chill for at least 1 hour. • When you are ready to cook the burgers, heat a little oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Cook the burgers for 4–5 minutes on each side, until they are golden and just firm to the touch

• Remove from the heat and rest for a few minutes in a warm place. Return the pan to a medium heat and add a drop more oil. Add the avocado and fry for about 1–2 minutes on each side, until slightly golden. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper. • Spread the mayonnaise on each of the lightly toasted bun bases. Add a lettuce leaf and tomato slices, and top with the burger, then the avocado, and finally add a good spoon of the relish. • Serve straight away.

FLEXIBLE To make halloumi burgers, thickly slice 375g / 13 oz halloumi cheese. Mix 6 tablespoons of fine semolina with ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika in a shallow bowl. Dip the halloumi slices into 1 beaten egg, then coat in the semolina. Heat some olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and fry the halloumi for 2–3 minutes, until golden. Assemble as the fish burger above.

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FOOD NEWS Easy Mealtimes

Your Bulletin Board of foodie finds for you and your family

Subscription services are a continuing trend and this one brings fresh, paediatricianapproved baby meals to parents’ doorsteps. Little Tummy’s range consists of four organic meals which are mainly vegetable-based, rich in plant-based protein and healthy fats.

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Super Sauce Edible Science Stefan Gates gives us the answer to burning questions like why popcorn goes “pop” while you test it out for yourself. Learn to make gooey edible slime and how to produce instant ice-cream. Each experiment includes easy to follow instructions and step-by-step photography, and the science behind them is explained in a fun and engaging way.

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BBQ season is here and no meal alfresco is complete without some BBQ sauce. This one from Millie’s Kidchup contains no refined sugars, artificial sweeteners and is 100% natural. Sweetness comes in the form of apples and dates, 75.6% less sugar than the market leader. £3.65 millycundall.com

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hen launching awards, one never really knows how they will be received. It seemed obvious to us that celebrating school food would be popular. After all, what’s the first question you ask your child when you collect them from school? The chorus of “What did you have for lunch today?” can be heard every afternoon up and down the country. But while we know a lot about our children’s academic progress, school league tables, and reputation, we don’t know much about what’s going on in the dining room. By launching the School Food Awards, we wanted to shed some light on the school day which parents are never part of. One of our aims was to celebrate the dedication of school catering teams who work tirelessly to provide healthy, nutritious meals on tight budgets. More importantly, we 22 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

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wanted to continue the discussion around healthy eating and healthy attitudes to food which we all hope to instil in our children from a young age. School has a huge part to play in this. And so, in the autumn, we invited schools in London and the South East to enter three categories: Best Vegetarian Menu, Best School Menu and School Dinner Hero. The response surpassed our expectations and we whittled the entries down to a shortlist of schools to visit for lunch. Tough gig (let me tell you, three lunches in a day is actually quite difficult).

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We’re indebted to the team of judges who munched their way through various menus and who asked many questions of the catering teams we met. Thank you to Beverley Turner, Jo Pratt, Kathryn BouldreyChourio and Lizzie King for joining the first City Kids School Food Awards. On meeting with our finalists, we were all delighted to see how passionate they were about their school food provision, about making improvements where necessary, about catering for different diets and allergies and about their impact on the local environment. And all schools, crucially, were listening to their pupils’ feedback while also trying to push the boundaries of their developing taste buds. Our finalists were all strong, but...

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SCHOOL FOOD

AWARDS 2019

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BEST VEGETARIAN MENU

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St James Preparatory School

Brian Turner at St James Preparatory School

Notting Hill & Ealing High School

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HIGHLY COMMENDED

Philippa Frederick & Maggie Watkins at Notting Hill & Ealing High School

Fulham Prep

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highly commended

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Mayuri Tokekar and Ria Rattan at The Holmwood School Mike Waters at Fulham Prep Suzanne Hemchaoui at Shiplake College

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On the winner: Judges were impressed by the “well-balanced and creative menu”, “the outstanding food quality and the sharing of knowlege with other schools in the area”.

On the winner: Judges found Brian to be a “passionate, inspirational leader” of the kitchen, devising many different ways to engage the children with food.

BEST SCHOOL MENU SECONDARY

BEST SCHOOL MENU PRIMARY

Lambrook School

Edgeborough School

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Notting Hill & Ealing High School

Falcons Pre-Preparatory School

HIGHLY COMMENDED

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Heathfield School St George’s Ascot

Notting Hill & Ealing High School Fulham Prep St James Preparatory School

On the winner: Judges were wowed by the quality and selection of food on offer as well as the thought that went into every menu.

On the winner: Judges loved the variety of adventurous food on offer including moules marinières and prawn cocktail as well as the wonderful, sociable dining room.

left to right Lambrook School team, Brian Turner at St James Preparatory School, Notting Hill & Ealing High School team

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EDUCATION NEWS NEW NURSERY AT ST JAMES St James Nursery opens in September in the former lodge in Marcus Garvey Park, just outside the Prep School playground gates. The building has a double height vaulted ceiling and three outdoor play areas for little ones: the park playground, the nursery playground with mud kitchen and the forest school. The curriculum that has been devised will be highly creative, with daily forest school sessions and specialist art, drama and music teaching. For anyone interested there are weekly tours of the Nursery as well as open days for the Prep School on 27th June and 19th September. stjamesschools.co.uk

FULL OF iDEAS Clifton Lodge in Ealing has launched a Duke of York iDEA Club this term. This is an international programme that helps pupils and adults develop digital, enterprise and employability skills. Pupils can attain industryrecognised certificates that they can take with them to their next schools and beyond. They will be working towards getting badges in different areas of the digital world towards their Bronze Certificates. The ten Upper School pupils were so enthusiastic and enjoyed earning their first points. The school Head of IT is working towards her Silver Certificate, having already achieved her bronze certificate (pupils were very impressed when they saw the Buckingham Palace postmark!).

SCHOOL OF LIFE A recent survey conducted by charity Big Change and the Innovation Unit has found that most teachers in London think that pupils should be prepared for life rather than exams. 86% wished school would focus more on improving children’s social and communication skills, as well as teaching young people how to make a positive difference to society or the planet. As you might expect, pupils tend to agree with this approach with two thirds believing they should be taught how to manage money or how to become better communicators. Holly Branson, Leadership Team Virgin Group and co-Founder Big Change, said: “School should be a time for self-discovery, building resilience and becoming fully-rounded individuals who can make a positive contribution to the world. However, our current system fails to nurture and prepare the ‘whole’ child for our rapidly changing world.” To read more about the report:

big-change.org OVER THE MOON AT NOTTING HILL

cliftonlodgeschool.co.uk THE GOWER SCHOOL ESSAY SUCCESS Congratulations to Rohan Jain, age 10, who was awarded Highly Commended in the Horsey Junior Essay category of the Independent Schools Association’s National Essay writing competition 2019, with his essay “Forgotten”. The competition had over 250 entries from around the country and the judges were really impressed with Rohan’s literary creation. The children in Rohan’s category were asked to choose an autumn scene and recreate it using vivid descriptive techniques. Brian Duffield, the adjudicator, said that: “Rohan has written a beautifully descriptive piece, cleverly linking the title to the final word of the response. It opens with some excellent descriptors: “russet veins,” “the cerulean sky,” and “mud engulfed,” illustrate how ambitious vocabulary immediately captures the scene.” School Principal Emma Gowers congratulated Rohan, saying: “We are thrilled for Rohan’s achievement, he is a brilliant writer and it is absolutely fantastic to see one of our talented children getting recognised in a national competition.”

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Year 4s at Notting Hill & Ealing High School recently celebrated the 50-year anniversary of the first astronaut landing on the moon with a STEAM lesson using augmented reality. The girls were able to study the moon’s surface close up, learning about the light and dark areas, impact basins and the lunar magma ocean. They then used clay to create the same textures using pinching and stretching techniques. Whilst this dried, the girls made a backdrop galaxy using toothbrushes and paint, adding realistic areas of light and dark onto their moon models using watercolours and acrylic paints with their fingertips.

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BOOK REVIEW

THERE’S A SPIDER IN MY SOUP by Megan Brewis (OUP) Little Spider loves to swing from her web despite being told not to by her parents. One day, when Mum and Dad are having an afternoon snooze, Little Spider goes swinging, once again, from her web. Unfortunately, she lands in a bowl of soup! A story about friendships, diversity and making mistakes.

BIG KIDS

PLASTIC PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE by Eun-ju Kim (translated by Joungmin Lee Comfort), illustrated by Ji-won Lee £11.99 (Scribble) A book of the moment, certainly, and it answers many of the questions we, even as adults, would like to know. When did we start using plastic and why? Where does all the waste go? How is it recycled? And it addresses the vital point of how plastic use and pollution have spiralled out of control.

ALPHONSE, THERE’S MUD ON THE CEILING

WARRIOR MONKEYS AND THE VOLCANO ADVENTURE

by Daisy Hirst £11.99 (Walker)

by M.C. Stevens, illustrated by Steve Brown £6.99 (OUP)

Natalie and Alphonse live on the seventh floor and spend their time imagining different games they can play in their small city flat. They drive the doubledecker bed and do roly-polies in the hall, but one game isn’t supposed to be played indoors. What happens when they do?

Written by a martial arts instructor, with 16 years’ experience in karate, weapons and jiu jitsu, the action is spot on in this story of Suki and Bekko, two monkeys who lead and protect their kingdom.

MANAGING YOUR MONEY

THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ

by Jane Bingham & Holly Bathie, illustrated by Nancy Leschnikoff & Freya Harrison £6.99 (Usborne)

by Heather Morris £7.99 (Hot Key Books)

Practical advice is the name of the game here with topics including budgeting, earning money, need vs want, giving to charity and student loans. We also like the business angle, talking through two friends setting up a business and making a profit.

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LITTLE KIDS

BABIES & PRE-SCHOOLERS

by VICTORIA EVANS

This incredible, bestselling true story is now available in a special young adult version. Based on real events, we discover how imprisoned Jew, Lale Sokolov, was given the task of tattooing numbers onto fellow victims’ arms at Auschwitz-Birkenau. And how he fell in love. The Times Literary Supplement calls it ‘A touching and redemptive tale of love and selflessness”.


BABY & PRE-SCHOOLER

SPECIAL

Inside:

DAME JESSICA ENNIS-HILL Launches Jennis fitness app

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NEW:

ASK THE EXPERTS

Teeth, burns, bottle-feeding

BABY MUST-HAVES What you really need

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INTERIORS

Brontosaurus LED Night Light, £15, Berylune A night light for mini paleontologists. notonthehighstreet.com

Kid’s Concept Wooden Toy Kitchen, £124.95, Cuckooland A gorgeous kid’s kitchen that will look great in any room. cuckooland.com

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Great quality nursery buys in wood, grey and white will never date and can be updated with fresh accessories whenever you feel like a change.

Grey Wicker Pram, £125, Cottage Toys The sweetest little pram for those who love vintage. jojomamanbebe.co.uk

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Castle Hey Beautiful cotton knit baby throw, £69, Antipodream A great blanket that would suit any interior The perfect baby gift. antipodream.co.uk

Little Bunny Wallpaper, £145 per roll, Bear&Beau This wallpaper is utterly adorable and provides a neutral backdrop for all your nursery furniture. bearandbeau.co.uk 28 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

Building Block Guest Book Alternative - Oh Baby!, £12.99, Ginger Ray Designed for guests to write messages on at a baby shower or christening, these bricks make a lovely keepsake. gingerray.co.uk

Linea by Leander Baby Cot Oak, £559.95, Scandiborn This gorgeous cot adapts from newborn, to toddler and then turns into a stylish sofa. cuckooland.com

Solvej Baby Swing, £117.99 This fantastic swing will provide hours of fun and creates a great focal point. solvejswings.com

Plantoys Baby play gym, £49, Bobby Rabbit Forget garish baby gyms, this is more of a wooden wellness centre for the eyes. bobbyrabbit.co.uk


PARENTING

ASK THE

EXPERT

In our new feature, City Kids asks your health and well-being questions to a panel of experienced professionals.

WHAT’S

THE BEST WAY TO TREAT SUNBURN? Sunburn is probably the first thing we worry about when taking our little ones out on a hot day so of course we slather on the factor 50+ and pop a hat on! Sunburn is often a superficial burn to the outer layer of skin: it will be red, sore and swollen. If it looks raw and blistered, this indicates a more serious burn that’s damaged 2 or 3 layers of skin.

Mild sunburn can most likely be treated at home using the following steps: • Move the child indoors or to a shaded area and cool the skin with a cool shower or a cool, wet towels. Never cool the skin with ice. • Have the child drink plenty of fluids. Ice pops come in handy here! • Paracetamol and ibuprofen could be taken according to recommended age and dosage to help with any pain. For more severe sunburn which can include blistering, swelling, fever and chills, children may need hospital treatment with medication and dressings. • Never burst the blisters, cool as before and cover loosely with cling film. • Headaches, vomiting and dizziness could also indicate heatstroke, sunstroke or heat exhaustion so a medical assessment will be required. Of course, the best way to treat sunburn is to prevent it completely. Babies under six months should always be kept shaded and out of direct sunlight. Children should wear suitable clothing, a hat and sun lotion which includes both UVA and UVB protection and ideally only play in the shade. Jenni Dunman is the founder of Daisy First Aid which offers paediatric first aid classes to families and carers. She is a former police officer and a mum of three based in Surrey. daisyfirstaid.com

WHEN

CAN I START TO BRUSH MY BABY’S TEETH? It’s best to start healthy habits straightaway and start cleaning baby teeth as soon as they appear. As baby teeth have a thinner outer layer of enamel than adult teeth they are more vulnerable to decay. Most babies start teething at around six months. We recommend starting to introduce them to the idea of cleaning when teething by wiping their gums and teeth using a piece of clean gauze or soft washcloth. A lot of parents also find Brush-Baby Dental Wipes helpful. They contain Xylitol - a natural sweetener that is good for teeth (yes, really!), because it helps reduce the growth of decay-causing bacteria. As soon as your child’s teeth start to come through, introduce them to a small soft toothbrush, brushing regularly as part of your child’s morning and night-time routine, using a smear of fluoride toothpaste (with at least 1000ppm fluoride) until they are three years of age. After this time, you can use a small pea-sized amount (with at least 1350ppm fluoride). All children should be supervised with their brushing until they are seven years of age. Children love to imitate their parents, so it’s great to set a good example and get into the habit of brushing your teeth in front of your child: by showing them how you clean your teeth, they’ll soon want to copy you! Helping your children establish good tooth brushing habits is the key to a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles.

HOW SOON

CAN I INTRODUCE A BOTTLE? I’M DESPERATE FOR SOME SLEEP! Sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture so it’s no surprise that new mums are willing to part with a lot of money for baby sleep aids - we’ve all made desperate online purchases at 2am! Firstly, take comfort in the fact your baby is doing what is natural and normal. Regular wake-ups to feed help establish your milk supply, as well as helping prevent engorgement and mastitis. Growth spurts and brain development all lead to your baby wanting to feed – often what feels like constantly! If you want to introduce a bottle, consider waiting for your breastfeeding to become ‘established’ - this can take up to six weeks. Any earlier may affect your supply of milk or cause nipple confusion (the latch for your baby to breastfeed differs from the one for a bottle feed). My advice would be to get your partner to give a bottle at around 9-10pm, allowing you to go to bed early. If you express the milk for this feed it won’t have such an effect on your breast milk supply and risks of engorgement.

As well as introducing a bottle, you can also step up your self-care: • Consider cancelling that lunch you’re too tired for and put your pyjamas back on research shows that short power naps can be just as beneficial as longer sleeps. • Ask friends and family for help • Reach out to other mums. It’s an amazing comfort to realise you’re not the only one awake for a 3am night feed. You know you’re a new mum when your biscuit intake is through the roof and you smell like a coffee bean. Reassure yourself that your experience is normal, and this phase will pass.

Dr Roksolana Mykhalus, Operations Director and CoFounder of Happy Kids Dental. happykidsdental.co.uk

Emily Stormonth Darling is the resident midwife at The Happy Birth Club, Teddington. She works at Chelsea and Westminster hospital and has a son, Noah, 3. thehappybirthclub.co.uk CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 29


BABY SPECIAL

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The list of things you need for a new baby can seem endless. In reality, a few key items will help to make parenting that bit easier. Here are some of our top picks.

standard on air-permeability for infant pillows, which basically means that even if a baby lies face down on the Pod they can still breathe through it, reducing the risk of suffocation. The cosy, padded sides help little ones to sleep by making them feel secure and snug – something babies love when dozing off. It can be used on its own, for co-sleeping, popped into the cot, used around the house or taken out on day trips or holidays to provide a comforting familiar sleeping space even in different surrounding. £130 kidly.co.uk

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NAPPY BAG You’re going to need a great nappy bag. Full stop. Don’t think that you can use your hand bag and ‘just stick a few baby things in it’. Every new mum tries this until the bottle leaks or dirty nappy sack bursts – resulting in one lovely bag being totally ruined. Invest in a stylish nappy bag instead that is wipe clean and has all the compartments you need for the endless baby kit you’ll take everywhere.

We love the latest collection from Tiba + Marl. Think chic designs and cool styles, like the backpack that dads will like using too. They are an investment but worth every penny to make going out and about with your baby that little bit easier – and more stylish. From £120

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If you are breast feeding, then a good breast pump will become your new best friend. Yes you will feel a bit like a cow being milked and the funny noise it makes when it’s working can be a little disconcerting at first, but this handy machine is your key to someone else taking a turn of night feeds in the early days and the best way to continue breast feeding when you go back to work and can no longer feed on demand. The new Medela Flex™ is a unique ovalshaped breast shield that can be rotated 360°. The exciting development will ensure mums can truly find the right position to suit their individual shape when expressing. £139.99

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This car seat can also attach to your buggy and hey presto you can seamlessly move from car to buggy and back again – particularly useful when your little one is asleep. Buggies will also come with bassinets, seats and storage that can all be attached to the frame. There are so many of these systems on the market so do a bit of research to see which one best suits your needs and budget but do make sure

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PARENTING

TAKING CONTROL

OF BIRTH

We chat to best-selling author Milli Hill about her new book Give Birth Like a Feminist Words MORAG TURNER

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aving a child is one of the most life changing events a woman can go through – physically, mentally and emotionally. And yet, despite it being so deeply personal, it can often feel as if we don’t have a say in what is happening to us. So, the title of Milli Hill’s new book Give Birth Like a Feminist should strike a chord with all women as birth is very much a feminist issue and one, as the book discusses so well, all women have a right to take control of. “So often choice isn’t something that is discussed with women when they are pregnant. The system is still routed in patriarchal ideology that infantilises women and makes them feel as if they don’t have a say in what their birth experience will be like,” explains Milli, the founder of the Positive Birth Movement, a global network of free to attend antenatal groups, linked up by social media. There are 250 in the UK and another 200 in over 37 countries. Following on from the success of her first book, The Positive Birth Book, Give Birth Like a Feminist, aims to help women take charge of the birth process. “We regularly hear people say ‘the most important thing is a healthy baby’ or ‘everyone made it through OK’. Yes of course every mother’s top priority is her baby’s safety, but it’s also OK for women to be concerned about their own wellbeing and their body. Just making it out alive is a pretty base line in this day and age. Women deserve better births.” “They shouldn’t feel they have to ‘leave their dignity at the door’ when they enter a maternity ward or expect to be traumatised physically and mentally,” says Milli who was inspired to start discussing the subject of birth after her own negative experience with her first child. Of course, she is not suggesting that mothers don’t listen to medical advice, but Milli is passionate about women making truly informed decisions. Whether you have an intervention-free home birth or a planned C-section, being fully consulted about what is happening, and why, is a crucial part of a positive birth experience. “Birth doesn’t always go to plan and we all know that, but often women feel traumatised not because of the events that took place, but how they were treated during the process. Was it explained to them? Were they listened to? Did they feel supported? These are the factors that can make all the difference.” Milli believes all women should write a birth plan and not to listen to

The system is still routed in patriarchal ideology that infantilises women and makes them feel as if they don’t have a say in what their birth experience will be like.

those who criticise the idea of trying to manage your birth in some way. “Birth plans do matter. They are far from pointless because they help mothers – and fathers – to really focus on what they want, to learn about all their options and to ask questions of their health care providers. Do your research and if you are told you can’t have something then ask the medical team to explain why. It’s this understanding and knowledge that really helps.” There are some aspects of a birth plan that are almost always possible. “Skin to skin contact with your baby immediately afterwards or delayed cord clamping are both options you can mention,” Milli points out. “Discuss all this with your partner and your midwife too so they know exactly what your wishes are rather than leaving them on a piece of paper,” she advises. “All too often birth is portrayed as a negative, painful experience that women just have to ‘get on with’ regardless of how nervous, worried or disempowered they feel. It does not have to be this way. Mothers deserve better from those caring for them. By asking and questioning we can force that change to happen. It’s a cultural shift and it will take time, but progress is being made.” With around 700,000 births every year and the vast majority of them in NHS hospitals, the system is stretched to say the least, but Milli believes no woman should feel like just another number in a queue. “So many midwives have thanked me over the years and told me they are glad someone is encouraging women to have voice. They want to see the system improve too and this is how we do it. I hope my book will be a part of this and that in years to come the positive birth stories will massively outweigh the negative.”

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WELLNESS

JENNIS With her new fitness app Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill aims to share the expert advice and support she was so grateful for during her pregnancies. When did you start thinking about creating the app? The original idea came when I was pregnant with Reggie. I found it overwhelming trying to find the right information about fitness in pregnancy and post-natally. Luckily, I had an incredible physio to help me navigate this and I am so grateful for that, so I wanted to find a way to share the information with women everywhere. What can it do? There are three options within the app: workouts for pregnancy, post pregnancy (Jennis Pregnancy) or people who have busy lives and want a quick effective workout (Jennis Fitness). The workouts are all very easy to follow and are tailored to different levels of fitness. The pregnancy workouts allow the woman to choose what activity they do based on how they are feeling and are tailored to suit each trimester of their pregnancy. What kind of advice and support does the app have? As well as the workouts, we have created something called ‘Your Pregnancy Questions Answered’. There are videos of me with physio Ali Rose chatting about some of the big things I discovered when pregnant and answering some common pregnancy exercise questions too. On our website we will also host lots of informative pregnancy content, alongside our own content we have partnered with experts in their field – there will be lots of advice and support for mums to be – and dads too! How did you feel when you were pregnant? I loved being pregnant but like every other woman I had no idea what to expect. Our bodies go through so much change and I was super lucky to have an amazing team around me to explain what was happening and why. That was incredibly reassuring and that is why I have created Jennis, to share these insights and training programmes. 34 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

Did you feel any pressure to get your body back, particularly as you’re Jessica Ennis, World and Olympic Champion? After the birth of my first child I was still a competing athlete and I really wanted to get back – I was always asking Ali if I could start doing some ab work, she was very careful and taught me ways to check if my abs were knitting back ok. I am so glad I listened to her advice, and that of my coach, as I came back all the stronger for it. A gradual strengthening of your core muscles and building back strength sensibly is definitely advisable. How do you fit fitness into your daily routine with the children? I just try and grab 20-minute windows when I can, either when the kids are at school or after they have gone to bed. If they are around, I will still try but sometimes it might get cut short if the kids want to ‘get involved’ but even five minutes is better than nothing. We’re told that through the app we’ll see the real Jessica Ennis-Hill. What’s she like? Ha! I’d like to think… energetic, cheerful and honest. I am very down to earth and love a bit of a laugh. Did you find becoming a parent tough? I don’t think any parent is prepared for sleep deprivation! Having a baby is the most joyful thing you could ever imagine – but the lack of sleep is really tough. I am absolutely loving being a mum – it is a new challenge every day but the joy my two bring to our lives is immeasurable. What advice would you give to new parents? To accept help from family and friends and that there will be days when you have a newborn that you get nothing done and that is absolutely fine! How well do Reggie (4) and Olivia get on (1)? Brilliantly, I am so lucky!

What’s your favourite thing to do as a family? I think holidays are the best time as we are all together 24/7 – otherwise a lovely walk with our dog Myla on a weekend.

Jennis app launches on 10 June £9.99 a month jennisfitness.com


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WHAT’S ON

FAMILY FRIENDLY

FESTIVALS

Whether you’re a festival virgin or old hand, day-tripper or camping lover, we’ve selected some of the best UK festivals putting on a show for families. 1

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1 CORNBURY | The Great Tew Park, Great Tew, Oxfordshire, OX7 4AF

5-7 July cornburyfestival.com “Children are at the centre of this festival” says Founder, Hugh Phillimore. This is a small, boutique festival of fun for lovers of food, music and fashion where you can apparently rub shoulders with celebrity chefs, superstars and comedians. It’s also a very safe place where the kids can do their own thing. The Cornbury kids and teens area features a variety of supervised activities and workshops where your youngest have the opportunity to experience art, music and drama.

2 CITADEL | Gunnersbury Park, London

14 July citadelfestival.com A new kids and family area for Citadel this year includes the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre doing creative workshops, Young Yogis yoga sessions, Peppa Pig, The Royal Albert Hall’s Albert’s Band, a messy art studio, magicians, face painters, a soft play area, a picnic area & healthy eating street food as well as a baby change tent. Live music acts include Catfish & The Bottlemen, Bastille, Friendly Fires, Bear’s Den, Matt Corby, DMA’s, Honeyblood, Fontaines D.C. and more.

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3 CAMP BESTIVAL | Lulworth Castle 25-28 July campbestival.net Josie and Rob Da Bank are delighted with the launch of a Parenting Programme at this year’s festival. Expect talks and advice on single parenting, relationships, fashion, health and wellness and entertainment. The music line-up is pretty stellar too with Nile Rogers & Chic, Jess Glynne, The Human League, Annie Mac, Morcheeba, Ash and LOADS more. A large section of the site is devoted to kids which means they have a bit of freedom to explore and have fun. And of course, the backdrop to all this is a real castle! See our interview 7 with Rob Da Bank on p58.

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here as it’s a smaller event on a family farm complete with rolling meadows, ancient woodlands and an iron age fort. Loads of wholesome activities on offer, all included in the ticket price: trapeze, archery, axe throwing, forest school and Bub Hub to name some. “Everyone is encouraged to take a four-day escape from the pressures of modern life. Exhale, unwind and reclaim precious time with the family under those starry skies.” We like the sound of that!

5 BOOM TOWN | Matterley Estate, Hampshire

7-11 August boomtownfair.co.uk Become part of the storyline at this immersive festival where Kidztown is at the centre of the Boomtown districts. There’s a whole backstory to the festival to read before you go enabling all family members to get involved. Kids are encouraged to run wild with their imaginations and embrace creativity and freedom here. Music, theatre, adventure and entertainment for all the family is key. Artists include Groove Armada, Lauryn Hill, Ms Dynamite and Napalm Death. Something for everyone…

6 THE BIG FEASTIVAL | Kingham, The Cotswolds

23-25 August thebigfeastival.com We’re foodies in our house so this was on our hit list last year. The food to try and buy didn’t disappoint, and the music kept the kids and us happy even if the weather didn’t play ball. This year see Justin Fletcher, Dick & Dom, Paw Patrol, PJ Masks and Peppa Pig with music from Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Lewis Capaldi and Jonas Blue amongst others. Activities include hands-on cookery, RSC theatre workshops and circus skills. Highlights for parents are likely to be gin and rosé tents, last year provided by Sipsmith and Mirabeau.

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Fussy Eaters Sorted At Sani It’s such a disappointment when you get the kids’ menu and it consists of chicken nuggets, chips and pizza. Well not at Sani. The fivestar family-friendly Greek resort has teamed up with children’s cookery author Annabel Karmel who has curated a brand-new baby and children’s menu. With lots of tasty, balanced meals to choose from across the resort’s restaurants - including vegetarian and vegan options - even the pickiest eaters will find something they like. The Young Food Explorers Menu features

everything from colourful quesadillas and giant couscous salad, to crispy baked cod. So, while mum and dad enjoy their delicious meal (we’ve been to the Sani resort so we can assure you it will be), little ones will love their grub too. As if that’s not reason enough to visit then Sani has some other exciting new developments for kids this year including the new Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre for children over five years and new family splash pool.

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Holiday Clubs For All Ages Powder Byrne are probably best known for their amazing family skiing holidays, but they are a great option for a summer break too. This year they have added a number of fantastic five-star hotels to their portfolio such as the stylish beach front Puente Romano resort and the upmarket Ritz-Carlton The Abama Hotel in Tenerife. But regardless of where you choose to stay you’ll always find Powder Byrne’s super children’s programmes that cater for kids from four months in the PB Crèche through to active teens in the adrenaline-fuelled PB Adventure Academy – meaning parents can enjoy some well-deserved downtime in the sun. powderbyrne.com

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London Experience Days For a day out with a difference check out Airbnb Experiences. They have an amazing selection of things to get up to with your kids all over the capital - from lollipop making and magic lessons to a ‘Fantastic Beasts’ tour with a zoologist who will show you how to handle reptiles, amphibians and giant bugs. We love the newly launched ‘Horrible Histories’ tour of London, an interactive adventure that gives guests the whole gory story of the Capital, with tales from the Terrifying Tudors, through the Vile Victorians to the Blitzed Brits. As a social impact Experience, 100% of the proceeds will go to Child.org who work to help more children in sub-Saharan Africa to stay healthy, safe and in school.

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Farm Charm Previously a Feather Down farm stay, owners Tamara and Richard have struck out alone to bring you their take on the glamping experience at their 200acre farm in Hampshire. Gambledown Farm sits within a slice of heavenly countryside on the outskirts of the New Forest, comprising the main farmhouse, barn conversion, cottages and four African-style safari tents. Tent underplays the situation somewhat. Here you have accommodation built on a raised platform, complete with running water and gas supply: yes, a flushing loo and hot showers shall be yours! Inside you’ll find wooden flooring, a kitchen with gas hob, a wood burning stove, sofa and dining table as well as two bedrooms (one double, one bunk) and a cubby hole room reached from a fixed ladder which also sleeps two. At times it’s hard to remember that you’re in a tent: it’s very clean, comfortable and the ceilings are high. Plus, there rechargeable lanterns and lights dotted in and around the rooms.

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Out on the veranda you can survey your kingdom which houses a herd of shorthorn cattle, two horses, chickens (you can collect eggs whenever you want), two Gloucestershire Old Spots as well as beautifully protected hedgerows, maintained expertly by Richard. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, Richard and Tamara host Pizza Night where you can create your own pizza and have it cooked in the wood-fired pizza oven. And when you run out of supplies like milk, charcoal or wine, you can head to the well-stocked honesty shop in the barn.

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“The Coffee Shop for Parents” is now up and running on Chiswick High Road. Inside you’ll find stylish decoration, great coffee and food as well as entertainment for the kids in the form of toys for babies and pre-schoolers, plus classes run from the basement studio. There’s an entrance fee per child, with discounts for siblings. The studio space is also available for parties.

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Kindred spirits We know that many of you are running your own businesses, or if you haven’t taken the plunge, it’s something that’s probably crossed your mind. Working from home is a great starting point – no overheads etc – but eventually you may be ready to get your head down in a co-working space. Kindred in Hammersmith is a new kind of community workspace complimented by meeting rooms, a bar and restaurant, plus private dining and event space. It’s incredibly stylish and you’re likely to find some kindred spirits who’ll be supportive of your new journey.

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stnicholaschiswick.org W4 2PH MON

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NORTHFIELDS PLAYGROUP

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 Hogarth Youth Ctr W4 2JR SUN

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ST ANDREWS MOTHER & TODDLER GROUP St Andrew’s Church W5 2RS MON WED FRI

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thelittlegym.eu/chiswick W4 3AN Westfield London W12 7GE DAILY

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ART BROOK GREEN ART CLASSES brookgreenart.com 8yrs+ term-time portfolio & scholarship preparation W6 7DT

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6TH CHISWICK GUIDES

imagineartclub.co.uk Art classes for 5-12yrs, guided museum visits for children Hanwell Community Centre W7 1PD

girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only Chiswick Methodist Church, W4 4HH

KITE STUDIOS kitestudios.org 5yrs+ Wide range of art disciplines including GCSE & A-Level portfolios W12 9RY

20TH CHISWICK SCOUT GROUP 20th-chiswick-scouts.blogspot.co.uk Term-time only Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Explorers The Ranch, W4 2QN

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

stmellitushanwell.com 7-10yrs St Mellitus Church, W7 3BA

LANGUAGES

MUSIC CHISWICK SATURDAY MUSIC CENTRE chiswicksaturdaymusic.org.uk All ages, individual and group music lessons. Chiswick School W4 3UN

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

EALING JUNIOR MUSIC SCHOOL

CRAFT

CHISWICK FRENCH CLUB

CERAMICS CAFÉ

07708 227877 W6 0TH

ejms.org.uk 3yrs+ Term-time classes Twyford C of E High School, W3 9PP

ceramicscafe.com W13 8AB

ET PATATI PATATA

LYRIC HAMMERSMITH

etpatatipatata.com • Flora Gardens Primary School, W6 Suite 239, SW7 3DQ

lyric.co.uk • 9-13yrs Sonic Pi Coding • 7-12yrs ECCO First Steps • 14-25yrs Studio Sessions • 7-11yrs Keyboard Centre • 5-12yrs Little Singers W6 0QL

FUN WITH FIMO CLAY clare.format.com Workshops on specific dates

CLUBS, SCOUTS,

tabernaclew11.com The Tabernacle W11

HAMMERSMITH LIBRARY 7TH CHISWICK BROWNIES

7TH CHISWICK RAINBOWS CRAFT CLUB

MZ SINGING WORKSHOPS

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

NUMERACY NUMBERWORKSNWORDS numberworksnwords.co.uk • W4 1SY • W13 0NP

• Gymnastics & Singing • Streetdance, tap, drama singing W3 7EG

DANCE GALLERY dancegallery.co.uk Tap, street, hip hop, contemporary, musical theatre St Stephen’s Church W13 8HB

EALING SCHOOL OF DANCE ealingschoolofdance.co.uk 4yrs+ (2yrs ballet) RAD syllabus ballet and tap • Ealing Green Church W5 5QT • St Barnabus Millennium Hall

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk 4yrs+ Ballet, Tap & Modern; Gymnastics The Hayloft W4 1QZ

EALING STREET DANCE ACADEMY ealingstreetdance.com St Benedict’s School W5 2ES

PERFORMANCE

FUNKY MOVES DANCE

DANCE

funkymovesdance.com Street dance St John’s Church W11 2NN

ACTON BALLET SCHOOL actonballetschool.co.uk Ruskin Hall W3 8PP

ANGELA GRANT SCHOOL OF DANCE balletclasseslondon.co.uk After-school RAD Ballet • St Dunstan’s Hall W3 7AW • St Saviours Hall W12

INNOVATION DANCE EALING innovationdancestudios.co.uk 4yrs+ RAD syllabus ballet, tap, jazz, modern and street dance Innovation Dance Studio W5 1QX

LYRIC, HAMMERSMITH ACTON YOUTH BALLET SCHOOL actonyouthballet.com 8-17yrs ballet, jazz, contemporary and choreography

ANNA DAVYDOVA DANCE SCHOOL annadavydova.co.uk 3-9yrs Ballet St. Andrews Church Centre W5 2RS

BARBARA SPEAK STAGE SCHOOL barbaraspeake.com • Ballet

lyric.co.uk • 8-21yrs ZAD West Beginners Advanced • 11-21yrs Move it Mondays • 7- 21yrs (split age groups) Contemporary dance class • 5-10yrs Children’s ballet • 11-16yrs Dance West Youth Company

NEW ENGLISH BALLET THEATRE nebt.co.uk 5-10yrs Ballet for beginners taught by NEBT’s ballet mistress during term-time. King St W6 0QL

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WEST NEW DANCE VENTURES newdanceventures.com 8yrs+ contemporary dance Chiswick School W4 3UN

PLEASING DANCE SCHOOL OF BALLET pleasingdance.com 2.5yrs+ RAD ballet Westside School W6

LITTLE & BIG KIDS WEST LONDON SCHOOL OF DANCE

Questors Youth Theatre W5 5BQ

Chiswick Town Hall W4 4JN

westlondonschoolofdance.co.uk 2½ yrs+ Ballet, tap, jazz, singing • Village Hall W12 8AP • Du Boisson Studios W12 8AR • St Peters W11 3DB • Portobello Court W11 2DL

SCHOOL OF COMEDY

SPORT

schoolofcomedy.com 4-18yrs+ Stand-up, improvisation

ATHLETICS

THEATRE

songacademy.co.uk 8+yrs Song writing • Arts Ed, W4 1LY • Holy Trinity Church W6 7BL • The Tabernacle W11 2AY • St Dionis Church SW6 4UH

ARTS ED SA DANCE sa-dance.co.uk Ballet, modern, tap, jazz, contemporary and pilates. Classes for children & adults. • St Matthew’s Hall • Blossom & Bee W5 2EX • University of West London W5 5RF

THE ELLIS BALLET veriteellis.wixsite.com/ the-ellis-ballet • St Mary’s Church Hall W7 3QP • North Hanwell Baptist Church Hall W7 1BW

THE ITALIA CONTI RUISLIP italiacontiruislip.co.uk 4yrs+ Ballet, modern, tap, gymnastics Wiltshire Lane HA5 2LX

THE LONDON SCHOOL OF BALLET londonschoolofballet.co.uk 5yrs+ RAD and Cecchetti • Ealing Quaker Meeting House W5 2SE • St Martin’s Church Hall W3 9SQ

artsed.co.uk 4-16yrs Weekly Skills Academy - fun and exciting musical theatre, drama and dance classes for students of all abilities. W4 1LY

ALLSORTS DRAMA allsortsdrama.com 4yrs+ Notting Hill Preparatory School W11 1QQ

BARBARA SPEAK STAGE SCHOOL barbaraspeake.com 6yrs+ Drama and singing East Acton Lane W3 7EG

BARNES MUSICAL THEATRE CLUB barnesmusicaltheatreclub.com 4-7yrs • St Osmunds Church Hall SW13 9RT 8-14yrs • Kitson Hall SW13 9HJ

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY westlondondanceacademy.com Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz & Performance classes. IDTA accredited • St Michael and All Angels Parish Hall, W4 1TX • All Saints Church Hall W5 3JH

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THEATRE STUDIO WEST marinamellor.co.uk 4yrs+ The Studios, Priory Community Centre W3 8NY

chiswicktheatrearts.com Term-time musical theatre, ballet, modern, tap, street dance

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

ST MARY’S RICHMOND AC

FOOTY FUN 4 KIDS

smrac.org.uk 8yrs+ term-time St Mary’s University Running Track TW1 4SX

footyfun4kidslondon.com 4-12yrs Saturday Morning Club Drop in. • Kingsdown Methodist Church, W13 9PR • Blondin Park, Northfields • Walpole Park, Ealing

THAMES VALLEY HARRIERS thamesvalleyharriers.com 8yrs+ Linford Christie Centre W1

CLIP N CLIMB clipnclimbchelsea.co.uk SW6 2ER

KEW PARK RANGERS

WESTWAY CLIMBING

yourstagedrama.com 6-16yrs Dance & drama St Augustine’s Priory W5 2JL

everyoneactive.com 5yrs+ after-school sessions; 12yrs+ Westway Sport Centre W10 6RP

READING / STORYTELLING

CRICKET CHISWICK CC

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

SCIENCE / STEM

chiswickcc.org 6yrs+ W4 2SP

CHISWICK & WHITTON CC

LITTLE HOUSE OF SCIENCE

chiswickandwhitton.org 11yrs+ Whitton Park & Chiswick House

littlehouseofscience.com 4yrs+ Notting Hill & Kensington

COACHING CRICKET EXCELLENCE

MINI ENGINEERS mini-engineers.com 5-11yrs Lego construction & coding • Marlborough Primary School SW3 3AP • St. Stephen’s Church W2 5QT

coachingcricketexcellence.co.uk 6yrs+ Twyford Sports Centre

kewparkrangers.co.uk U4½-U8yrs • North Sheen Recreation Ground U9-U10yrs+ All girls’ teams • Christ’s School TW10 6HW U11–U15yrs • University of Westminster • North Sheen Recreation Ground, TW9 4HA

QPR SOCCER SCHOOL qprcommunitytrust.co.uk • Botwell Leisure Centre UB3 2HQ • PlayFootball W12 7RW

RAVENSCOURT PARK RANGERS k4academies.com 4yrs+ • Ravenscourt Park W6 0UL • Latymer Sports Ground W12 0HJ

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

RICHER EDUCATION

INDIAN GYMKHANA indiangymkhanaclub.co.uk Colts and girls 8yrs+ TW7 4NQ

pssa.co.uk 4-6yrs Little Stage Academy • 7-16yrs PSSA Stage Academy Westside Community School W6 0LT

richereducation.co.uk • 7-14yrs STEM • 4-11yrs Science • 7-12yrs Robotics • 7-12yrs Mechatronics • 5-9yrs Maths • 8-14yrs Engineering • 7-14yrs Coding (Python) The Baden-Powell Hse SW7 5JS

QUESTORS

THE BUILD IT WORKSHOP

questors.org.uk 5-18yrs

thebuilditworkshop.com After-school drop-off club

POP SCHOOL & STAGE ACADEMY

FULHAM FC soccerschools.fulhamfc.com Boys & girls 3-14yrs SW6

CLIMBING

YOURSTAGE DRAMA

CHISWICK THEATRE ARTS

YMCA WEST LONDON ymcawestlondon.org 4yrs+ Dance and ballet. Termtime 25 St. Mary’s Road W5 5RE

SONG ACADEMY

4yrs+ • Kings House Sports Ground • University of Westminster Sports Ground W3 3UH

ROCKS LANE MULTI-SPORT CENTRE rockslane.co.uk 4yrs+ Team training and matches W4

SHOOTING STARZ

CHELSEA FC SOCCER SCHOOL

shootingstarz.co.uk Football, netball, multi-skills clubs Club des Sports W3 7HB

chelseafc.com/soccer-schools Barnes

WE MAKE FOOTBALLERS

EXCEL SPORTS SOCCER SCHOOL

wemakefootballers.com 4yrs+ Chiswick School W4 3UN

FOOTBALL

excelsports.info


WEST

LITTLE & BIG KIDS WESTWAY SPORTS CENTRE sports.westway.org 4yrs+ classes and goalkeeper training W10

WILL TO WIN FOOTBALL willtowin.co.uk/junior-football 3-14 years. Drop-in sessions, camps & term-time courses. • Lammas Park W13 9NJ • Pitshanger Park W13 8DJ • Hyde Park W2 2UH

GYMASTICS & YOGA

aerials, gymnastics, dance, karate and tumbling W4 3AN Westfield London W12 7GE

ROCKS LANE HIGH 5

TWISTERS

WILL TO WIN NETBALL

twisters.org.uk Chiswick & Acton 4yrs+ Ballet & Gymnastics Acton Baptist Church Hall W3 8PP

willtowin.co.uk/junior-netball Term-time courses & tournaments (School Years 3,4,5,6,7) • Lammas Park W13 9NJ • Pitshanger Park W13 8DJ • Hyde Park W2 2UH

YMCA WEST LONDON ymcastpaulsgroup.org 4yrs+ Gymnastics. Term-time St. James’ Church W13 9DL

MARTIAL ARTS

AERIALAND

CARLSON GRACIE

aerialand.com 5yrs+ Term-time aerial circus skills W6 0LT

carlsongracieteam.org.uk 7yrs+ Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kick-boxing W6 7HJ

ENNIS GYMNASTICS ACADEMY

CROUCHING TIGER KARATE

ennis-gymnastics.com 5-8yrs Rhythmic gymnastics Perivale Community Centre, UB6 7NP

crouchingtigerkarate.co.uk 6yrs+ • St Michael’s Church, W4 3DZ • Dukes Meadows Community Hall W4 2RX • St Luke’s House TW9 3NP

HEATHROW GYMNASTICS heathrowgymnastics.org.uk 4yrs+ TW4 6DH

LUMI KIDS lumipoweryoga.com/little-lumis 5-11yrs W6 9JG

LONDON TRAMPOLINE ACADEMY londontrampoline.com 4yrs+ Trampoline training • Reynolds Sports Centre • Osterley Sports and Athletics Centre

RICHMOND GYMNASTICS richmondgymnastics.co.uk 4yrs+ Term-time TW9 4EL

OXYGEN SCHOOL OF TRAMPOLINING oxygenfreejumping.co.uk 6-11yrs; 12yrs+ Beginners & intermediates Oxygen Freejumping, W3 0AF

THE LITTLE GYM thelittlegym.eu/Chiswick 6yrs+ Beginners to advanced,

rockslane.co.uk Term-time junior netball league W4

PARKOUR & FREERUNNING FOUCAN FREERUNNING ACADEMY foucan.com/ffa Beginners, intermediates, advanced 7yrs+ West London Free School W6 0LB

PARKOUR GENERATIONS parkourgenerations.com 7yrs+ & youth Freerunning, in & outdoor

RIDING EALING RIDING SCHOOL

ILYEO TAEKWONDO CLUB Ilyeotaekwondo.com 5yrs+ Beginners welcome Russian Orthodox Church, W4 4ED

ealingridingschool.net 5yrs+ group & private lessons and pony days W5 3XD

STAG LODGE RIDING KENSHUKAI KARATE kenshukai.net • St Martin’s Church Hall W3 9SQ • The Church of the Ascension W5 3EB

ridinginlondon.com Group and private lessons and weekend pony club Richmond Park

RUGBY BARNES RFC

PEEWEE KARATE • fskauk.co.uk 3-6yrs • Scout Hall TW9 3QA • St Michael’s Community Centre SW13 0NX

WLS TAEKWONDO wlstkd.com 4yrs+ Fielding Primary School W13 9TE

NETBALL

barnesrfc.org term-time SW13

CHISWICK RFC JUNIORS chiswickrugby.co.uk 4yrs+ boys and girls Dukes Meadows W4 2SH

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

LITTLE RUGBY littlerugby.co.uk 5-7yrs Mega rugby Hogarth Youth Centre W4 2JR

LONDON SCOTTISH londonscottish.com 5yrs+ training and matches Richmond Athletic Ground TW9

LAURA SEVENUS sevenus.com W4

NAUTILUS SWIMMING nautilusswimming.com • Latymer Upper School W6 9LR • Holland Park School W8 7AF

NEW CHISWICK POOL fusion-lifestyle.com W4

POOLS ON THE PARK springhealth.net/Richmond Old Deer Park TW9

LONDON WELSH londonwelshfc.com 5yrs+ minis, tag, touch Old Deer Park TW9 2AZ

WASPS FC londonwelshfc.com 4yrs+ boys & girls coaching and matches Twyford Ave Sports Ground W3 9QA

SKATEBOARDING

SPORTS GENERATION sportsgeneration.co.uk • W4 • Private pool TW10 7AD • Cedars Health Club

SWIM EXPERT swimexpert.co.uk 2yrs+ 1-2-1 swimming classes Novotel London Brentford TW8 0GP

BAYSIXTY6

SWIMFARM

baysixty6.com 7yrs+ beginners/intermediates W10

4strokeswimming.co.uk 4yrs+ term-time classes Westway Sports Centre W10 6RP

MYLITTLEBOARDERS mylittleboarders.co.uk 6yrs+ Beginner & Intermediate Westway Sports Centre W10 6RP

SWIMMING AQUATOTS BABY SWIMMING aquatots.com Up to 6yrs term-time Chiswick

BRENTFORD FOUNTAIN LEISURE CENTRE fusion-lifestyle.com 4yrs+ term-time group & individual classes TW8

EALING RUGBY CLUB ealingrugby.co.uk 4yrs+ all standards training and matches Trailfinders Sports Club W13 0DD

JANET ADEGOKE SWIMMING POOL

GRASSHOPPERS RFC

KENSINGTON LEISURE CENTRE

better.org.uk Phoenix Fitness Centre W12

TENNIS CHRISTIAN GALLAN’S LOVE TENNIS love-tennis.co.uk • Chiswick Tennis Club W4 3EU • Hartswood Tennis Club W12 9NE • Westminster Sports Grounds W4 3UH

DUKES MEADOWS dukesmeadows.com 5yrs+ Term-time group, individual, beginner to elite. Indoor & outdoor

ONTHEBALL TENNIS WITH MAHMUDA ontheballtennis.co.uk 4yrs+ group, individual and camps Ravenscourt Park Tennis Courts W6 0UA

LET’S PLAY NETBALL letsplaynetball.co.uk 6yrs+ • Chiswick School W4 3UN • Westway Sports Centre

grasshoppersrfc.com 4yrs+ training and matches TW7 5PN

better.org.uk W10

ROCKS LANE rockslane.co.uk 4yrs+ junior coaching

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LITTLE & BIG KIDS TEDDY TENNIS teddytennis.com 5yrs+ classes using music and pictures Chiswick, Hammersmith, Richmond

WESTWAY SPORTS CENTRE westway.org 4yrs+ mini tennis & pay and play

WILL TO WIN TENNIS willtowin.co.uk/junior-tennis Mini Red (5-8), Mini Orange (89), Mini Green (9-10), Yellow Ball (10+). Drop-in sessions, termtime courses, holiday camps, free tennis for juniors, individual coaching. • Chiswick House Gardens W4 2RP • Lammas Park W13 9NJ • Pitshanger Park W13 8DJ • Hyde Park W2 2UH

WATER SPORTS CANALSIDE ACTIVITY CENTRE rbkc.gov.uk 9yrs+ Kayaking, canoeing, raft building W10 5AY

CHISWICK SEA CADET UNIT 12yrs+ Sailing & adventure

Will to Win

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training The Pier House W4 2UG

LONDON CORINTHIAN SAILING CLUB lcsc.org.uk RYA accredited courses for beginners upwards Linden House W6 9TA

THAMES YOUNG MARINERS

CHISWICK HOUSE REGENT’S PARK HYDE PARK

01372 378 901 Sailing courses for beginners Riverside Drive TW10 7RX

OTHER QUEENS ICE SKATING & BOWLING CLUB queensiceandbowl.co.uk 5yrs+ Group and individual lessons W2

SAXON FENCING CLUB saxonfencing.co.uk 14yrs+ Twyford Sports Centre, W3 9PP

W4 LACROSSE CLUB info@w4lacrosse.com 11yrs+ Term-time only W4 2UH

EALING Lammas Park & Pitshanger Park


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BABIES & PRE-SCHOOLERS ART & CREATIVE THE BRIGHT EMPORIUM thebrightemporium.com 3-6yrs Drama, Storytime, Arts & Crafts, LEGO SW11 1SY SAT SUN

THE NATURE CENTRE naturescope.co.uk 2-4 yrs Nature crafts and story time Wandsworth Common SW18 3RT FRI MONTHLY

CINEMA OLYMPIC CINEMA olympiccinema.co.uk SW13 9HL TUE WED

WED St Matthews Church SW6 2TZ TUE

BUTTERFLY BALLET butterflyballet.co.uk 2½yrs+ Barnes TUE WED FRI SAT Clapham MON FRI Putney WED Wimbledon MON

CLIFFORD STUDIOS cliffordstudios.co.uk 2½yrs+ Movement, Street Dance, Foundation for Ballet, Tap and Modern SW13 9HR MON TUE WED SAT

WATERMANS

DAKOTA DANCE ACADEMY

watermans.org.uk TW8 0DS SAT

dakotadanceacademy.com 4yrs+ Ursuline Preparatory School SW20 8HR SAT

CERAMICS HAPPY POTTER CERAMICS happypotterceramics.co.uk TW11 8RF

DANCE GROOVES

GOOD TOES SCHOOL OF BALLET

WEST WIMBLEDON DANCE ACADEMY

goodtoesballet.co.uk 2½yrs SW11 1EQ

wwdance.co.uk 2 ½ yrs+ • St. Matthew’s Church Hall SW20 0QN • St. John’s Church Hall SW19 4NZ MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

REGAL BALLET regalballet.com 3 ½-4 ½yrs Sacred Heart School SW15 5NX TUE

LANGUAGE

richmond.academy 2½yrs+ Ballet, tap, contemporary Oddfellows Hall TW9 2RT MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

BATTERSEA SPANISH

KINGSTON LIBRARY

batterseaspanish.com 1-2-1 and 3-9yrs SW11 5QL SAT

kingston.gov.uk KT1 2PS Baby and toddler Rhyme times MON

ECOLE CADET ROUSSELLE

Family Chatterbooks FIRST SAT

SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF BALLET southwestballet.co.uk 2½yrs+ RAD ballet Putney Leisure Centre SAT Putney Methodist Church MON THU The Garage Studio SAT

THE LONDON BALLET COMPANY SCHOOL

ecolecadetrousselle.co.uk 2yrs+ SE24 0BS TUE WED THU FRI

FRENCH & SPANISH À LA CARTE frenchandspanishalacarte.co.uk 4yrs+ SW18

HAPPY CHINESE LEARNING

sammyduder.com Paint-your-own pottery SW11 6SD

4-8yrs The Half Moon Putney SW15 1EU WED

MINI POTTERS

ELIZABETH JAMES DANCE ACADEMY

thelondondanceacademy.com 2½yrs+ RAD ballet

leclubtricolore.co.uk 2 ½ yrs+ Broomwood Methodist Church Hall SW11 6BD WED

elizabethjamesdanceacademy.com 18mths-8yrs+ Richmond, Kew, St. Margarets

• Wilberforce Centre SW4 0QZ • St Thomas’s Church

LE PETIT CONSERVATOIRE

THE SOUTH LONDON SCHOOL OF BALLET

lepetitconservatoire.co.uk 3-10yrs Our Lady’s Hall Fulham

pottery-cafe.com SW11 6QB

DANCE BABY BALLET babyballet.com 6mths-4yrs Various venues in Twickenham, Wimbledon, Clapham, Balham DAILY

FANCY FOOTWORK fancyfootwork.co.uk 18mths-7yrs+ St Luke’s Community Hall SW12 8RQ MON TUE WED 18mths-6yrs Fresh Ground London SW11 1EQ THU SAT

FUNKY MOVES THE BALLET SCHOOL theballetschool.co.uk St Anne’s Church Hall SW18 2LR TUE WED FRI St Micheal & all Angels Church SW13 0NX

funkymoves.com 4-6yrs YMCA SW19 1JN SAT

KEW LIBRARY

RICHMOND ACADEMY OF DANCE

SAMMY DUDER

POTTERY CAFÉ

lambeth.gov.uk Mary Seacole Centre SW4 7DB Story Time TUE Sunday Sausages SUN

richmond.gov.uk TW9 4HJ Tiny teddies songs and rhymes THU

dancegrooves.dance 2-6yrs Eddie Catz SW18 3NZ WED

minipotters.co.uk SW18 4HN

CLAPHAM LIBRARY

thelondonballetcompany.com 3-5yrs Ballet Tots SW19 4UW SAT

THE LONDON DANCE ACADEMY

thesouthlondonschoolofballet. com 2½yrs Herne Hill

WESTMINSTER SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS westminsterperformingarts.co.uk 3yrs+ W1P 2DG

4yrs+ SW3

PUTNEY LIBRARY Baby Rhyme Time SW15 2DR MON

RICHMOND LIBRARY richmond.gov.uk TW9 1QL Story time THU Tiny Teddies SECOND THU

SURBITON LIBRARY LE CLUB TRICOLORE

LIBRARIES

kingston.gov.uk KT6 6AG Rhyme time TUE EVERY THIRD SAT

TWICKENHAM LIBRARY richmond.gov.uk TW1 3JT Tiny Teddies 2nd & 4rth FRI Story Time TUE

WIMBLEDON LIBRARY BATTERSEA LIBRARY better.org.uk SW11 1JB Baby Rhyme Time MON TUE Story Time MON Chess Club FRI

libraries.merton.gov.uk SW19 7NB Rhyme time & Storytime MON WED FORTNIGHTLY FRI

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MINI CROTCHETS

BEE’S KNEES AT BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE

minicrotchets.co.uk Traditional nursery rhymes, puppets, instruments SW12 0JB

bac.org.uk Indoor play, Monkey Music and Hartbeeps SW11 5 TN DAILY

BEA’S BABY MUSIC SCHOOL

MINI MOZART minimozart.com Classical music classes Fresh Ground SW11 1EQ MON

BABIES & PRE-SCHOOLERS SPORT

CHELSEA SWIM SPA

STEP ON STAGE

FOOTBALL

chelseaswimspa.co.uk SW10 0NW

steponstageacadmy.co.uk Performing arts, LAMDA VarIous venues in Twickenham

KEW PARK RANGERS kewparkrangers.co.uk 18mths-4yrs North Sheen Recreational Ground TW9 4LB

GYMNASTICS RICHMOND GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION

DOLPHIN SWIM SCHOOL dolphinswimschools.co.uk 3mths+ Wimbledon College SW19 4NS

LITTLE DIPPERS

SW19 4AA THU

richmondgymnastics.co.uk TW9 4EL MON TUE WED THU FRI

littledippers.co.uk • Royal Hospital Chelsea SW3 4SR • Darwin Court Healthy Living Centre SE17

FRUITY TUNES

MUSICAL EXPRESS

TJ’S GYMNASTIC CLUB

SWIM EXPERT

fruitytunes.net Balham Baptist Church SW12 8QX MON TUE St. Vincent de Paul SW11 1JJ THU FRI St Barnabas Southfields SW18 WED

musicalexpress.co.uk 9mths+ Southfields, Colliers Wood, Wimbledon, Earlsfield

tjsgymclub.co.uk 6–12mths+ SW19 8LD

swimexpert.co.uk 2yrs+ 1-2-1 swimming classes Kew, Richmond, Brentford, Twickenham

THE LITTLE LONDON MUSIC SCHOOL

PEEWEE KARATE

babymusic.co.uk Putney Leisure Centre SW15 1BL WED

GREENWICH EARLY YEARS MUSIC greenwichmusicschool.org.uk 0-3yrs Charlton House MON Mycenae House THU

Trinity Road Chapel SW17 7HW FRI

thelittlelondonmusicschool.com 6mths+ St George’s Church TUE THU FRI St Columba’s Church MON WED THU Cuckoo Hibou, Fulham TUE WED

TIN PAN ANNIE MUSIC JOJINGLES jojingles.com KT1 2NJ WED Teddington Baptist Church TW11 8PF THU Holy Trinity Church TW2 5TS MON

tinpanannie.co.uk Musical interaction and dancing MON TUE WED THU FRI St Luke’s Community Hall SW12 8RQ MON St Barnabas’ Church SW12 8RQ TUE WED THU FRI

WHIPPERSNAPPERS

The Scout Hut KT6 5NT MON Surbiton Library Halls KT6 6AG WED Tolworth United Reform Church KT5 9JR FRI

whippersnappers.org 0–5yrs • Brockwell Lido • Dulwich Park MON TUE WED THU FRI

KARATE fskauk.co.uk 3-6yrs St Barnabas’ Church SW4 3QA THU Scout Hall TW9 3QA MON

TENNIS ALLSTAR TENNIS allstartennis.co.uk 3-12yrs+ • King Georges Park SW18 2GJ • Wandsworth Common SW18 3RT

St Michael’s Community SW13 0NX MON

TRAMPOLINE

SWIMMING

flipout.co.uk Toddlers classes, trampolines and U5’s dedicated area with jungle gym Bendon Valley SW18 4LZ

ANGEL SWIM LONDON angelswim.london 4wks • Park Walk Primary School SW10 0AY • Alderbrook Primary School SW12 8PP

BABY SWIMMING COMPANY thebabyswimmingcompany.co.uk 8wks–18mths • SM4 4AW • SW17 7RE

YOGA & MASSAGE BUSY LIZZY busylizzywimbledon.co.uk Mum and baby postnatal fitness classes SW19 4HE WED FRI SW19 4AA MON TUE South Park Gardens SW19 8QW

THE PUTNEY CLINIC OF PHYSICAL THERAPY putneyclinic.co.uk Mummy and Baby Yoga, Baby Massage SW15 6TQ MON

YOGA MAMA WELLNESS yogamamawellness.com Mummy & Me Yoga, Baby Massage SW15 6TQ MON

FLIP OUT WANDSWORTH

THEATRE POP SCHOOL & STAGE ACADEMY pssa.co.uk Swaffield Primary School SW18 2SA SAT

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LITTLE & BIG KIDS ADVENTURE

HAPPY POTTER CERAMICS

CLAPHAM LIBRARY

STRINGNOTE ACADEMY

FUNKY MOVES

lambeth.gov.uk

ARMY CADETS

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stringnote.com Individual piano lessons with singing from age 4 SW15

armycadets.com • ACF Centre SW18 4JG • SW11 3HN • Army Recruiting Centre SW18 5JX • ACF Centre SW15 2EZ

richmond.gov.uk

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swsmusic.co.uk

funkymoves.com 7-12yrs • YMCA, SW19 1JN • St Michaels Church SW13 0NX • Balham Leisure Centre SW17 8AN

MINI POTTERS

KINGSTON LIBRARY

minipotters.co.uk SW18 4HN

kingston.gov.uk Family Chatterbooks KT1 2PS

Instruments, song writing, composition, drama SW18 4QB

KAREN HARDY DANCE STUDIOS

SAMMY DUDER

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sammyduder.com Paint-your-own pottery SW11 6SD

KEW LIBRARY

ART & CREATIVE ARTY PARTY artyparty.co.uk Fun fine art in creative workshops, after school clubs • The Kalos Centre SW12 8JL • St. Paul’s Church Hall SW4 0DX • The Romany Scout Hut SW18 3LG • The Lecture Hall SW19 4QD

CHELSEA FINE ARTS chelseafinearts.co.uk Art studio, creative space, 8-18yrs SW10 0QJ

DOVE STUDIOS dove-studios.com 5yrs+ SW3 6JZ

LAVENDER LEONARDOS lavenderleonardos.art 5-15yrs Children’s art school Battersea Business Centre, SW11 5QL

MIRA’S ART CLASSES mira.artclasses@gmail.com 5-18yrs SW6

SEW PRETTY sewpretty.me.uk SW19 6PE

THE CRAFT HOUSE thecrafthouseuk.com 7yrs+ Art, craft, sewing clubs and workshops SW14 8QR

CERAMICS CLAPHAM POTTERY

PLAY WITH CLAY play-with-clay.com 6yrs+ Streatham & Clapham High School SW16 1AW

better.org.uk SW15 2DR

KEW ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS

NUMERACY

kewacademydance.co.uk 2½yrs+ Dance, LAMDA United Church TW19 2 DX

richmond.gov.uk • 7-17yrs, CoderDojo • 8-10yrs, Chatterbooks TW9 1QL

BRAIN BUILDERS

SURBITON LIBRARY

PERFORMANCE

DANCE

CODING

kingston.gov.uk • 5-18yrs, SWAP cardgaming • 8-11yrs, Word Wizards Creative Writing KT6 6AG

GEEKY KIDS

TWICKENHAM LIBRARY

geekykids.co.uk 6-16yrs • Lantern Arts Centre, SW20 8RA • ETNA Centre TW1 2AR

richmond.gov.uk Chatterbooks TW1 3JT

pottery-cafe.com SW11 6QB

SHIRLEY STEWART’S POTTERY COURSES shirleystewart.co.uk 5yrs+ Art House SE14 6PD

LANGUAGE BATTERSEA SPANISH batterseaspanish.com 1-2-1 and 3-9yrs, GCSE Tuition SW11 5QL

BILINGUAL BEATS bilingualbeats.com Spanish St Luke’s Church SW10 9HF

ECOLE CADET ROUSSELLE ecolecadetrousselle.co.uk 4yrs+ Poplar Walk SE24 0B

WIMBLEDON LIBRARY libraries.merton.gov.uk 7-11yrs, One-to-one reading SW19 7NB

MUSIC CHERRY PIE MUSIC cherrypiemusic.co.uk Music and vocal tuition SW19 1LT

GOLDBERG MUSIC goldberg-music.co.uk Guitar lessons • TW1 2AR • TW9 1AF

LIBRARIES

KINGSTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC

BATTERSEA LIBRARY

kingstonmusicschool.com KT6 5PN

better.org.uk Chess Club, beginners welcome SW11 1JB

LAMBETH MUSIC SERVICE lambethmusic.co.uk Instrument and vocal Clapham Park Centre SW2 4JW

karenhardystudios.com Imperial Wharf SW6 2UB

worldheartbeat.org SW18 4PP

RICHMOND LIBRARY POTTERY CAFÉ

claphampottery.co.uk

6yrs+ SW4 0DZ

PUTNEY LIBRARY

WORLD HEART BEAT MUSIC ACADEMY

brainbuilders.co.uk Math tutors and clubs SW London

ARCH 197 DANCE STUDIO arch197.com 4-11yrs+ Ballet, Break Dance and Street Dance Isleworth Public Hall, TW7 7BG

BUTTERFLY BALLET butterflyballet.co.uk 6-10yrs+ Barnes, Clapham, Putney, Wimbledon

DAKOTA DANCE ACADEMY dakotadanceacademy.com 6-13yrs Ursuline Preparatory School, SW20 8HR

THE BALLET SCHOOL theballetschool.co.uk St Anne’s Church Hall, SW18 2LR • St Micheal & all Angels Church, SW13 0NX • St Matthews Church, SW6 2TZ

THE LONDON BALLET COMPANY SCHOOL thelondonballetcompany.com 6yrs+ Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Stretch SW19 4UW

THE LONDON DANCE ACADEMY thelondondanceacademy.com RAD ballet. • Wilberforce Centre SW4 0QZ • St Thomas’s Church

REGAL BALLET

DANCE GROOVES

regalballet.com St Marks Church SW19 7ND

dancegrooves.dance 6-17yrs St Mary’s Church, SW15 1SN

RICHMOND ACADEMY OF DANCE

ELIZABETH JAMES DANCE ACADEMY

richmond.academy 6yrs+ Ballet, tap, contemporary Oddfellows Hall TW9 2RT

elizabethjamesdanceacademy.com 18mths-8yrs+ Richmond, Kew, St. Margarets

WEST WIMBLEDON DANCE ACADEMY

FANCY FOOTWORK fancyfootwork.co.uk Ballet Rad 3-Advanced • Oak Lodge SW12 8NA • Fresh Ground London SW11 1EQ

wwdance.co.uk 6-16yrs • St. Matthew’s Church Hall SW20 0QN • St. John’s Church Hall SW19 4NZ

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SOUTH DRAMA BARNES MUSICAL THEATRE CLUB barnesmucialtheatreclub.com 4-7yrs Junior Club St Osmunds Church Hall SW13 9RT • 8-14yrs Senior Club Kitson Hall SW13 9HJ

OMNIBUS THEATRE omnibus-clapham.org 5-7yrs, 8-10yrs, 11-16yrs Performance skills and theatre techniques SW4 0QW

LITTLE & BIG KIDS SURREY CRICKET

THE RIDING CLUB

vauxwest.co.uk All ages SW8 1SR

prideoflions.co.uk U8–U12yrs Various S London venues

RidingLondon.com SW19 7QA

CLAPHAM COMMON SKATEPARK & STOCKWELL SKATEPARK

WHITE SPIDER CLIMBING

TWICKENHAM CC

WIMBLEDON VILLAGE STABLES

londonskateparks.co.uk King George’s Park SW18 4NY

spiderclimbing.com KT6 7LD

twickenhamcc.net 5yrs+ The Green Twickenham CC, TW2 5TU

WVStables.com SW19 5DX

RUGBY

WIMBLEDON PARK SPORTS CENTRE merton.gov.uk Climbing, orienteering SW19 7HX

FOOTBALL CHELSEA FC SOCCER SCHOOL

CRICKET

chelseafc.com/soccer-schools Barnes

ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars 5-8yrs, boys and girls Various venues

KEW PARK RANGERS

ALL STARS CRICKET POP SCHOOL & STAGE ACADEMY pssa.co.uk 7-16yrs Acting, singing, dancing performance Swaffield Primary School SW18 2SA

barnescc.co.uk 6-15yrs, girls and boys Barnes Sports Club SW13 9QL

kewparkrangers.co.uk Mixed U4-U7 • U8-U13 Girls North Sheen Recreational Ground, TW9 4LB • U8-U18 Boys Various venues, check website

CRICKET DYNAMICS

GYMNASTICS

BARNES CC

STEP ON STAGE ACADEMY steponstageacadmy.co.uk 7-18yrs performing arts, LAMDA Varying venues in Twickenham

YOUNG FILM ACADEMY youngfilmacademy.co.uk Young filmmakers club Putney

SCIENCE

MINI ENGINEERS mini-engineers.com 5-8yrs Mansel Centre Trinity Church SW19 4AA

SPORT

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

SOUTH LONDON HARRIERS southlondonharriers.org 8yrs+

CLIMBING THE CLIMBING HANGAR theclimbinghangar.com 5yrs+ Parson Green Depot SW6 4HH

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VAUXWEST

cricketdynamics.co.uk 4yrs+ • Aspire Centre Wandsworth • Rutlish Sports Hall, Wimbledon • St Cecilias School, Wandsworth

DULWICH CRICKET CLUB dulwichcc.com 5yrs+ SE24 9HB

HEATHROW GYMNASTICS heathrowgymnastics.org.uk 4yrs+ TW4

LONDON TRAMPOLINE ACADEMY londontrampoline.com 4yrs+ Osterly Sports and Athletics Centre TW7 5FG

MARTIAL ARTS CROUCHING TIGER KARATE

BARNES RFC barnesrfc.org 4-17yrs, boys and girls Queen Elizabeth Walk SW13

crouchingtigerkarate.co.uk 6yrs+ TW9 3NP

BATTERSEA IRONSIDES

EMOKWAN-RYU HAPKIDO ACADEMY

ironsidesrugby.com/minis 4yrs+ Openview SW17 0AW

semokwan-hapkido.co.uk 5yrs+ • Broomwood Methodist Church SW11 6JX • SW4 9RU

grasshoppersrfc.com 4yrs+ Training and matches TW7 5PN

MAZUKI TAEKWON-DO

LONDON SCOTTISH

mazuki.com • Livity School SW16 2PW • Julian’s Primary School SW16 2RB

londonscottish.com 5yrs+Training and matches Richmond Athletic Ground TW9

GRASSHOPPERS RFC

LONDON WELSH PEEWEE KARATE fskauk.co.uk 3-6yrs • St Barnabas’ Church SW4 3QA • Scout Hall TW9 3QA • St Michael’s Community SW13 0NX

NETBALL

londonwelshrfc.com 5-18yrs tag, touch Old Deer Park TW9 2AZ

RICHMOND FC richmondfc.co.uk 5yrs+ Richmond FC, The Athletic Ground TW9 2SF

ROCKS LANE KEW CC COLTS kewcc.com 5yrs+ Kew Green TW9 3AH

RICHMOND GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION richmondgymnastics.co.uk 5-16yrs TW9 4EL

INDIAN GYMKHANA indiangymkhana.co.uk 8yrs+ Colts and girls TW7 4NQ

SINJUNGRAMMARIANS CC wandsworthcricket.co.uk Reception and older SW17 7HW

STREATHAM & MARLBOROUGH CRICKET CLUB streathammarlboroughcc.co.uk 7yrs+ Dulwich Common SE21 7EX

rockslane.co.uk/barnes Term-time junior netball league Rocks Lane Multi Sports Centre SW13 0BY

SISTERS N SPORT THE LITTLE GYM • WANDSWORTH & FULHAM wandsworthfulham. thelittlegym.eu • HAMPTON & TEDDINGTON hamptonteddington. thelittlegym.eu

RIDING

sistersnsport.com 6-14yrs • Kingston-Upon-Thames • Wandsworth

FREE RUNNING & PARKOUR FLIP OUT WANDSWORTH

KingstonRidingCentre.com KT2 7RG

flipout.co.uk 7yrs+ Free running, jumping, landing, vaulting, flipping Bendon Valley SW18 4LZ

STAG LODGE STABLES

PARKOUR GENERATIONS

RidingInLondon.com SW20 0AA

parkourgenerations.com 7yrs+ In & outdoor freerunning Various locations, check website

KINGSTON RIDING CENTRE

ROSSLYN PARK FC rosslynpark.co.uk 4yrs+ • SW15 5JH 6yrs+ • Richmond Park Polo Fields TW10 5HS


SOUTH

LITTLE & BIG KIDS SWIMMING

Richmond Old Deer Park TW9

ANGEL SWIM LONDON angelswim.london 4 wks+ Park Walk Primary School SW10 0AY

CHELSEA SWIM SPA chelseaswimspa.co.uk SW10 0NW

WIMBLEDON LEISURE CENTRE AND SPA

SOUTH WEST SWIMMING SCHOOL

better.org.uk SW19 1EW

swswimschool.co.uk • Burntwood School SW17 0AQ • Ernest Bevin SW17 7DF • Emanuel School SW11 1HS • Henry Cavendish SW12 0JA • Harris Academy • SW11 5AP

TENNIS

CLAPHAM LEISURE CENTRE

ALLSTAR TENNIS allstartennis.co.uk 3-12yrs+ • King Georges Park, SW18 2GJ • Wandsworth Common SW18 3RT

SWIM EXPERT

better.org.uk SW4 6DB

swimexpert.co.uk 2yrs+ 1-2-1 swimming classes Kew, Richmond, Brentford, Twickenham

DOLPHIN SWIM SCHOOL dolphinswimschools.co.uk 3mths Wimbledon College SW19 4NS

POOLS ON THE PARK springhealth.net

SPORTS GENERATION sportsgeneration.co.uk • TW10 7AD • Cedars Health Club, TW10 6RP

BODYSWOT TENNIS bodyswottennis.co.uk 3yrs+ • Holy Apostles’ Catholic Church Hall SW1V 4LY • The Hut SW3 5SZ • Ranelagh Gardens SW3 4NE • SW3 4SR

TRAMPOLINE

TEDDY TENNIS teddytennis.com | 0345 643 1173 5yrs+ classes using visual, audio and kinaesthetic learning Richmond, Twickenham, Teddington, Wandsworth & Battersea, Wimbledon

TENNIS 4 KIDS tennis-4-kids.com 2 ½yrs+ • St Clements Church Hall SE22 0HW • Goodrich Primary School

FLIP OUT WANDSWORTH flipout.co.uk | 020 3026 8440 Bendon Valley SW18 4LZ

WATER SPORTS WIMBLEDON PARK WATERSPORTS & OUTDOOR CENTRE merton.gov.uk Sailing, kayaking Wimbledon Park Sports Centre SW19 7HX

TAMESIS CLUB SHEEN PARKS TENNIS clubspark.lta.org.uk 2-12yrs East Sheen, Richmond Twickenham

tamesisclub.co.uk8–16yrs Cadets sailing club TW11 9QY

THAMES YOUNG MARINERS surreyoutdoorlearning.uk Sailing courses for beginners TW10 7RX

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NORTH & EAST DANCE BLUEBIRDS BALLET bluebirdsballetschool.com Kensal Rise TUE Hampstead THU

BABIES & PRE-SCHOOLERS

PRIMROSE HILL BALLET SCHOOLS

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CIRCUS ARTS

primrosehillballet.co.uk 3yrs+ & baby ballet Swiss Cottage Community Centre NW3 4NR WED THU NW3 6NS F RI

nationalcircus.org.uk 2yrs+ Parent & child N1 6HD SAT SUN

CREATIVE MOVEMENTS

DRAMA

FROGPRINCE BABY MUSIC babymusicclass.co.uk 0mths–4yrs Hackney City Farm WED Surrey Docks Farm WED Stepney City Farm FRI

DRAMA QUEENS REGAL BALLET

creativemovements.co.uk St Mary’s Church NW3 3DJ TUE

regalballet.com 18mths-14yrs Various locations MON WED THU FRI

DRAMARAMA
 dramarama.co.uk NW3 3NR MON Holy Trinity School NW3 5SQ

HIGHGATE BALLET SCHOOL highgateballetschool.com URC N6 6BA WED N6 5AA WED SAT

INNOVATION DANCE STUDIOS innovationdancestudios.co.uk N12 8JR MON TUE SAT

ISLINGTON BALLET SCHOOL

POTTERY

richmix.org.uk 2yrs+ E1 6LA

ZEBRA CERAMICS

SARAH TONER SCHOOL OF BALLET

NEW LONDON PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

RUGGIERI DANCE ACADEMY

sarahtoner.co.uk 2-4 yrs Baby ballet St Joan of Arc Community Centre N5

nlpac.oc.uk 3yrs+ N10 3RD MON

MAKE BELIEVE

MUSIC & MOVEMENT BAMBINO BALLET bambinoballet.com 18mths+ St Anne Line Church and Church Hall E18 2JR SAT

CRAZEE KIDS CIRCUS GLORY TRAPEZE SCHOOL circusglory.com 2.5yrs+ NW1 8TN MON WED FRI

THE LITTLE DANCE ACADEMY thelittledanceacademy.com The Maqam Centre NW10 3HJ MON TUE THU

creativewizkids.com 3yrs+ NW3 7DY WED

RICH MIX

CIRCUS

islingtonballetschool.com Unity Church Hall N1 2TZ FRI

CREATIVE WIZKIDS

makebelievegroup.co.uk 3yrs+ HA8 8DE SAT

ronahart.co.uk Ballet, tap, street dance, jazz Rosslyn Hill Chapel Hall NW3 1NG WED THU FRI

tippytoesballet.co.uk From 2yrs NW1 8AR TUE NW3 3NR THU

islingtonartsfactory.org N7 0SF FRI

colourfulnotes.co.uk 2-5yrs Regular workshops

CREATIVITY CRAZY

TIPPY TOES BALLET

ISLINGTON ARTS FACTORY

MUSIC & MOVEMENT BONGALONG

COLOURFUL NOTES

bongalong.co.uk 12mths–5yrs St Gabriel’s Church & Family Centre E17 3JF SAT

RONA HART SCHOOL OF DANCE

SAT

dramaqueens.org 3-16yrs Maqam Centre NW10 3HJ MON Malorees Infants NW6 7PB SAT

ART

crazeekids.co.uk N6 5AA TUE SAT

ruggieriacademy.com 1yr+ E1W 3HW FRI SAT

SING AND SIGN sasel.co.uk 6-13mths Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Eltham & Woolwich MON TUE WED THU

TICK TOCK ticktockmusic.co.uk Crouch End FRI Islington MON TUE THU FRI

creativitycrazy.co.uk Messy play N12 0AP DAILY

zebraceramics.co.uk Toddler sessions

N10 2AE MON WED

SPORTY

FOOTBALL DANNY GRANT SOCCER SCHOOL dgsoccer.co.uk 3yrs+ Haverstock School NW3 2BQ SAT

GYMNASTICS EAST LONDON GYMNASTICS CENTRE eastlondongym.co.uk 3yrs+ E6 5LW MON TUE WED THU

TINY TALENT DO-RE MEEBIES do-re-meebies.co.uk 6mths+ The Methodist Church, Highams Park MON THU

facebook.com/TinyTalent 0mths-5yrs Redbridge Drama Centre E18 2RB SAT

We do our very best to update these directories as often as possible. We advise you to call or check websites for up to date information just in case classes are cancelled or locations change.

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LITTLE & BIG KIDS ART & CREATIVE

5-11yrs Sternberg Centre N3 2SY

ART 4 FUN

NORTH & EAST BLUEBIRDS BALLET bluebirdsballetschool.com Hampstead, Kensal Rise, Maida Vale

SPIRIT YOUNG PERFORMERS COMPANY

DREAMAS

spiritypc.co.uk NW5

dreamas.co.uk 7-11yrs NW10

art4fun.com 5yrs+

THE VILLAGE HABERDASHERY thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk 8yrs+ Hardy Building NW6 2BR

DRAMARAMA DANCE

STRATFORD CIRCUS

LITTLE ANGEL THEATRE

CAMDEN ARTS CENTRE

dramarama.co.uk Holy Trinity School NW3 5SQ

littleangeltheatre.com 5-17yrs N1 2DN

ZEBRA CERAMICS

GRAVITY PERFORMING ARTS

stratford-circus.com 4yrs+ Stratford Circus Arts Centre E15 1BX

camdenartscentre.org NW3 6DG

CLAY TIME claytime.london 5-11yrs N5 1HA

Zebraceramics.co.uk N10 2AE

CIRCUS

gravitydanceacademy.com 6yrs+ The Arches E7 0JL

FROGGY MANGA

AERIAL DAYS

HIGHGATE BALLET SCHOOL

froggymanga.com 8-15yrs • Hornsey Vale Community Centre N8 9LP • Yummy Yummy in my Tummy N16 7PB

aerialdays.com 7yrs+ Trapeze, silks, hoops Brookfield Primary School NW5 1HB

highgateballetschool.com Highgate United Reformed Church and Hall N6 5AA

AIRBORNE CIRCUS airbornecircus.com

GILL’S COOKERY

5-18yrs

gilljroberts.wordpress.com NW11 7AA

Finchley Youth Theatre

HAMPSTEAD SCHOOL OF ART hampstead-school-of-art.org 6yrs+ NW3 7BF

ISLINGTON ARTS FACTORY Islingtonartsfactory.org 4yrs+ N7 0SF

LITTLE HANDS DESIGN littlehandsdesign.com 6-18yrs Textiles, sewing NW3 5AU

CIRCUS GLORY TRAPEZE SCHOOL circusglory.com NW1 8TN

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CIRCUS ARTS nationalcircus.org.uk N1 6HD

NEARLY THERE YET JL YOUTH CIRCUS nearlythereyet.com N6 5AA

INNOVATION DANCE STUDIOS innovationdancestudios.co.uk N12 8JR

ISLINGTON BALLET SCHOOL islingtonballetschool.com N1 2TZ

LONDON BOYS’ BALLET SCHOOL boysballetlondon.com 4-16yrs Islington

PITTA PATTA DANCE pittapattadance.co.uk 4yrs+ NW1 8TN

CREATIVE WRITING

PRIMROSE HILL BALLET SCHOOLS

MINI PICASSOS

CHELSEA YOUNG WRITERS

minipicassos.co.uk 4yrs+ incl portfolios NW10 5RT

chelseayoungwriters.co.uk 5yrs+ W11 2NN

primrosehillballet.co.uk • NW3 4NR • NW3 6NS

THE STORY ROOM

nestknitting.com Knitting & sewing N8 9PP

QUEEN’S PARK ART

storyroom.co.uk 5yrs+ • Friends House N21 1LE • Oakwood Library N14 4XA • South Friern Librar N10 1HD

artfulfly@gmail.com 5yrs+

DANCE

STELLARIA YOUNG MINDS

BAMBINO BALLET

stellaria-youngminds-ltd.com 4-10yrs

bambinoballet.com 18mths–7yrs St Anne Line Church and Church Hall E18 2JR

THE ART STABLES

tippytoesballet.co.uk

VESTRY SCHOOL OF DANCE vestryschoolofdance.co.uk St John’s E17 4LH

DRAMA 360 ARTS 360arts.co.uk • NW2 6HE • NW4 4BT

ALLSORTS allsortsdrama.com 4-14yrs themed classes South Hampstead School

regalballet.com 18mths-14yrs Various locations

makebelievegroup.co.uk 3-18yrs • Laycock Primary N1 1SW • Stoke Newington School & Sixth Form N16 9EX

NEW LONDON PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE mlpac.oc.uk 3-19yrs N10 3RD

PLEASING DRAMA pleasingdrama.com 6yrs+ St Saviours Church NW3

STRATFORD CIRCUS

almeida.co.uk 5-14yrs

stratford-circus.com 4yrs+ Stratford Circus Arts Centre E15 1BX

ANNA FIORENTINI THEATRE & FILM SCHOOL

YOUNG ACTORS THEATRE

annafiorentini.com Parliament Hill School NW5 1RL

youngactors.org.uk 4-16yrs

CENTRAL SCHOOL OF SPEECH AND DRAMA

LANGUAGES

cssd.ac.uk 6-17yrs NW3 3HY

CHINESE LEARNING CENTRE

ALMEIDA ACADEMY

CHICKENSHED REGAL BALLET

NEST KNITTING

MAKE BELIEVE TIPPY TOES BALLET

chickenshed.org.uk 5yrs+ Southgate

chineselearningcentre.co.uk 3yrs+ E14

ECOLE DES PETITS LOUPS

ronahart.co.uk NW3 1NG

dramaqueens.org 3-16yrs • Maqam Centre NW10 3HJ • Malorees Infants NW6 7PB

ecoledespetitsloups.com 5–15yrs • N10 • Coleridge Primary School N8 8DN • Stroud Green Primary School N4 3EX

SARAH TONER SCHOOL OF BALLET

DRAMARAMA STAGE SCHOOL

SPANISH CONNECTION LANGUAGE SCHOOL

sarahtoner.co.uk

dramarama.co.uk Holy Trinity School NW3 5SQ

spanishconnection.org.uk NW6

DRAMA QUEENS RONA HART SCHOOL OF DANCE

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LITTLE & BIG KIDS

CODE TODAY

CRICKET

ZFW FENCING CLUB

GOLF

codetoday.co.uk

MCC CRICKET ACADEMY

zfw-fencing.co.uk

METRO GOLF CENTRE

LITTLE VOICES

7-14yrs

lords.org

6yrs+

metrogolfcentre.co.uk

littlevoices.org.uk

BSC/Hampstead School of

3yrs+

South Hampstead High School

4yrs+

English NW3 7BJ

Lords Cricket Ground NW8

NW3 5SS

MUSIC

8QN

City Academy E9 6EA

LONDON GUITAR ACADEMY

rivalearning.com

londonguitaracademy.com

willtowin.co.uk/junior-netball

ARSENAL FC

Term-time courses &

8yrs+

NORTH LONDON CRICKET CLUB

playthearsenalway.com

tournaments (School Years

NW6 5HE

northlondoncc.hitscricket.com

6yrs+

3,4,5,6,7)

5yrs+ (Y1)

Highgate Wood N5

Regent’s Park NW1 4NU

6yrs+ NW6 6RA

WILL TO WIN

FOOTBALL

RIVA LEARNING

NETBALL

SOFTWARE ACADEMY

N8 8RL

TENNIS

THE STRINGS CLUB

9-16yrs

PRIMROSE HILL CC

BLOOMSBURY FOOTBALL ACADEMY

thestringsclub.org

NW2 3EP

primrosehillcc.org

bloomsburyfa.com

willtowin.co.uk/junior-tennis

7-13yrs

4yrs+

Drop-in sessions, term-time

The Regent’s Park Hub NW1

Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre

courses. free tennis for juniors,

4RU

NW3 3NF

individual coaching.

softwareacademy.co.uk

4-11yrs • Holy Trinity CE School NW3 5SQ

SPORT

• St Andrew’s CE Primary

CLIMBING

SCIENCE / STEM

CASTLE CLIMBING CENTRE/GECKOS

WILL TO WIN

Mini Red (5-8), Mini Orange

FENCING

(8-9), Mini Green (9-10), Yellow

FIGHTINGFITFENCING

DANNY GRANT SOCCER SCHOOL

castle-climbing.co.uk

fightingfitfencing.com

dgsoccer.co.uk

Regent’s Park NW1 4NU

BERMOTECH

5yrs+

5-13yrs

5yrs+

bermotech.com

N4 2HA

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BIG SCIENCE ACADEMY

Contact us for Little Science (3-7 years) & Little Maths (2-4 years) Classes t: 0800 092 1062


HOLIDAY CLUBS ART & DESIGN BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE bfi.org.uk 8-14yrs | Workshops Southbank

FUN WITH FIMO CLAY funwithfimoclay.co.uk Acton

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

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

THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS architecture.com 7-18yrs | Design workshops W1

MULTIACTIVITY CAMP BEAUMONT campbeaumont.co.uk 3-16yrs | Multi-activity day camp Across London

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

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

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 letmeplay.co.uk 11-19yrs | Free activities incl. dance, drama, sport, cookery, art, fashion and music Hammersmith

LONDON ACTIVITY CAMPS londonactivitycamps.co.uk 4-14yrs | Creative, adventurous and sporting activities Hammersmith

MINIVERSITY

UPBEAT MUSIC COURSES

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

upbeatmusiccourses.co.uk 4-14yrs | sing, dance, play in a band, record CDs, write songs Parsons Green

ROLE MODELS rolemodels.me 8-12yrs | Confidence, resilience, enterprise & creativity courses plus residential at Wellington College Chelsea & Notting Hill

SUPER CAMPS supercamps.co.uk 4-12yrs Ofsted Registered, Childcare Vouchers accepted Across London

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

PERFORMING ARTS ARTS ED artsed.co.uk 4-16yrs | Drama, musical performances, impro & 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

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

CHISWICK THEATRE ARTS chiswicktheatrearts.com 4-14yrs | Musical theatre Chiswick

PERFORM perform.org.uk 4-12yrs | Drama, dance and singing Across London

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

STEM & CODING FIRE TECH firetechcamp.com 9-17yrs | Creative tech camps incl coding, electronics, games, robotics Chelsea, South Kensington, Hampstead

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

CYPHER cyphercoders.com 4-14yrs | Creative & Coding camps Various locations across London

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

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

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

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

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

FIT FOR SPORT

MAD SCIENCE

fitforsport.co.uk 4yrs+ Across London

madscience.org.uk 4-11yrs Various locations

HARTSWOOD TENNIS CLUB

RICHER EDUCATION

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

richereducation.co.uk 4-14yrs | Science, engineering, mechatronics, robotics, coding, English and Debating South Kensington

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

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

RICHMOND GYMNASTICS richmondgymnastics.co.uk 5-16yrs Kew

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

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

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

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

THE LITTLE GYM thelittlegym.co.uk/chiswick 3-12yrs | 3 hour & all day themed camps Chiswick, Hampton & Teddington, Westfield & Wandsworth and Fulham

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

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

WILL TO WIN willtowin.co.uk/junior-tennis 3-16 yrs | Week long tennis, football, netball and multi-sport camps (at selected centres). Chiswick, Lammas Park, Pitshanger Park, Hyde Park, Regent’s Park

UNICORN THEATRE unicorntheatre.com 7-16yrs I Performance-based creative workshops Southwark

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

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WHO IS? ROB DA BANK PEOPLE

DJ, CO-FOUNDER OF BESTIVAL AND CAMP BESTIVAL AND FATHER OF THREE BOYS

Emily Gray Photography

Who are you looking forward to seeing at Camp Bestival? Well, obviously, Mr Motivator! Seriously though I love the big acts and our headliners are strong this year but it’s the fun bits like The Cuban Brothers, Mr Tumble, Mr B. The Gentleman Rhymer and new bands like Henge who I wanna see. Lewis Capaldi was one of my luckiest bookings this year and should be a moment!

Looking back at last year, and the weather that forced you to cancel, can you believe your luck when it was one of the hottest and longest summers in history? It was deeply upsetting at the time as we were all having such a brilliant festival. We only lost one day out of four and there was overwhelming support for our decision to cancel the Sunday as it just wasn’t safe to open that day. How did you recover? Last year was tough on a few levels but we’re in a fast moving, volatile industry where we need to be able to bounce back. Our amazing customers, repeat and new ones, are at the heart of everything we do so making sure they feel our love and passion for Camp has been top of our minds for the last eight months and we’ve delivered probably our best and biggest line up and have some great surprises in store too. You’re into your 11th year, how did it all begin? It all kind of sprouted from Bestival. We were into our third year of that and Josie fell pregnant…don’t ask me how! Anyway, we decided that Bestival was probably a bit racy for a new baby so let’s start a new family festival aimed at our own kids and our mates’ kids too. 58 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

Is dressing up obligatory at Camp Bestival? Absolutely… although I don’t tend to get involved until about ten minutes before. Our kids still love it, but I don’t think our first teenager will be getting dressed up this year! I might go for a real-life hero like a fireman or Dr da Bank maybe! What are top tips for festival virgins? Pace yourself. Far too many of us set off at a cracking pace on Thursday trying to see and do everything. Remember it’s a marathon not a sprint and the festival isn’t going anywhere. What’s the best way to keep track of kids? Well it’s a 24/7 game of cat and mouse. The audience is so aware of kids wandering about and keeps an eye out for each other. We have extremely good systems in place but ideally you all know where your kids are at all times. Have them wear a wristband with your number on it and try and let them have their independence at the right age whilst knowing the rules. It’s a real family affair but who’s really in charge? You or Josie [Rob’s wife]? Depends which day of the week it is! We have different roles and we both lead from the front. Camp is cool because we do try and hang out with our kids but we’re always on duty and only a radio call away from action.

This year there’s a parenting programme – what can we expect? A plethora of real-life subjects from depression to festival style tackled in an honest and down to earth manner from our amazing team of parents and bloggers. Do your kids have a say in the acts? They are starting to yes. Lewis Capaldi probably happened because of that and they all love Chic. If my eldest son Arlo was programming it then it’d be Skepta, Giggs and Drake playing so maybe I need to set up a new festival for him. Tell us something no one knows about you I’m colour-blind…quite badly! A weekend without kids – what would you and Josie do? Sleep. What would you take to a desert island? My record collection and a booming sound system! Read the extended version of this interview over at www.citykidsmagazine.co.uk More about Camp Bestival can be found on p36 and at www.campbestival.net.

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CITY KIDS MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019 ISSUE 21  

City Kids Magazine, the definitive guide for London families. Now available across London featuring interviews, fashion, education, food, tr...

CITY KIDS MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019 ISSUE 21  

City Kids Magazine, the definitive guide for London families. Now available across London featuring interviews, fashion, education, food, tr...

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