Newsletter 11 November 2013

Hello lovely KM readers,

Here’s your weekly newsletter from Kensington mums.

Keeping you in the loop with the local scoop

It is definitely starting to feel  a lot like Christmas. All the Christmas lights are up and all the shops are stocking for your perfect Christmas gifts. Check out what we have been up to and read what’s on this week for your and your little ones this week including essential Make Up Workshop with crèche (as a Mum you still need to keep it glam), the light up of Oxford Street and the latest Christmas Family Film. Have you booked your little one’s visit to see Santa. London Zoo, Westfield White City and Harrods are all taking bookings now. This week we celebrate Kensington Mums second birthday over a dinner on Thursday and again on Friday over a Kensington Mums and Bumps Coffee morning. See our events calendar for more information.

If you follow Kensington Mum on social media, you would have seen a few sneak peaks of what we have been up to. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Please ‘like’ Kensington Mums on Facebook – we post news on ad-hoc events, interesting local knowledge, lots of interesting articles as well as discussions amongst the Kensington Mums community. You can also find us on Twitter @KensingtonMums and now more recently we have joined the world of Instagram for some instafun. You can find us under #kensingtonmums. Our popular motherhood exhibition can be viewed on youtube.

Kensington Mums took part in the Lord Mayor’s Show with Business Launch Pad as part of Nat West business enterprise. What a crowd, and what a day it was! So much fun and rain. You can watch it on BBC iplayer here.




Congratulations to all of our winners who win entry tickets to the Plusher Show. There were some interesting brands for you and your little ones. Read our interviews with Mayoral’s Elena Sirghi here.




Kensington Mums was invited for an evening of Chelsea’s Cocktails With Claus, at the Duke of York Square. We got a little peak and a treat from Santa himself and what a beautiful grotto. This is free but booking is essential. Click here for more information.




Kensington Mums was invited for a morning at Google for a Google Mums talk. It was a very interesting morning surrounded by great inspiration, yummy breakfast and lovely mummy bloggers around.



Kensington Mums events and meet ups

Kensington Mums is celebrating their 2nd Birthday over a 3 course seated dinner. Kensington Dads are also welcome. Make this a great night out and meet and mingle with local parents. Click here to book your place at our surprise location. Please note places are very limited. Early booking is advisable.



Just because its Kensington Mums second birthday, we are re-organising another Kensington mums and bumps coffee morning on Friday 15th Nov 2012 (10am-12pm), to meet and mingle with the local Kensington Mums and bumps. Mums and Mums to be are all welcome. The lovely Chini has kindly volunteered to host the morning in her home. Please email us ([email protected]) with heading ‘Nov coffee morning’ to be sent more information and get in touch if you would like to host a morning coffee


Due to popular demand, we have added a new session for our Motherhood Exhibition on Friday 22 November 2013 at Clare Gardens Children Centre from 10-12pm and Friday 29 November 2013 at Violet Melchett Children’s Centre (off Kings Road) There will be a free action, songs and rhyme time class for your little ones to enjoy. Click here for more information, and make sure you get in touch to register.


Join us to celebrate Christmas in Style with some delicious Lebanese mezze at Randa restaurant in the heart of Kensington. Price costs £15 pp and includes set menu below. Click here to view the mouth watering Lebanese food on the menu. Don’t forget to book your tickets here.



Kensington Mums in the news

Were you affected by the recent fire incident on South Ken underground we had last week? We were and Knightsbridge Fire Station which is planned to close was one of the stations attending. Thank you so much for everyone who has been sharing the information to help save our 10 London fire stations. Click here to read more.


Motherhood is an International thing. Read our contributing article over at Parent Channel TV. Click here to read more.



What’s on for you and your little ones


Oxford Street Christmas lights turn on. Tuesday 12th November. The event starts at 5pm and at 6.15pm 750,000 LEDs will transform the prime shopping street into a gentle storm of falling snowflakes. Enjoy London by night and make sure to wrap up warm and make this the best after school activity ever!

Neverland Photography specializes in baby/family portraits, pet portraits and bespoke weddings. Their friendly studio based in SW18 and offers session in the studio, location & Gift vouchers. They are recognized members of the SWPP Society. Check out their baby portraits, they are the cutest!


The South Bank German Christmas Market is now open until 24th Dec. Definitely worth a visit as it really gets you in the holiday spirit with those authentically decorated wooden chalets along the riverside selling a wide range of unique hand-crafted gifts and unusual Christmas presents. 
Frozen – The Christmas Family Film!  Sunday 1st Dec 2013 . Enjoy a family day out at  VUE cinema Leicester Square to watch an exclusive preview of the hugely anticipated new Disney film FROZENChildren in fancy dress will receive a Christmas gift! This is a fundraising event for the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund, raising money for UK film and TV industry workers and their families who have fallen on hard times.  Click here for more information.

South Kensington Film Festival. 18-24 Nov 2013. This festival has become a key rendezvous for children and families in the UK. Workshops on creating your own e-book, drawing duos and screening of films. Check their website for more information.



The Christmas Arcade at Somerset House opens its doors on 14th of November 2013. This premier pop-up shopping mall will bring you a selection of shops from the very best of British brands and independent artisans. Also, why not celebrate to festive season at the most spectacular outdoor ice rink which opens on 14th November 2013.


Essential Make Up Workshop. FREE. 21 Nov 2013, 10am-3pm at Cheyne Children’s Centre (10 Thorndike Close SW10 0ST) crèche available .This course is designed for the complete beginner who is looking to start a career in make up artistry as well as those looking to improve on their own makeup and that of family and friends. The course will cover day and evening looks enabling you to provide glamour, and soft looks to your repertoire. The course focuses on hands on skill, the tutor will demonstrate and guide you through various looks and technique; you will follow under her direction. To book please call 020 7349 1650.

Kensington Mums offers


Kidcampz would like to offer Kensington mums a 15% discount on their luxury camp making kits for children aged 3 upwards. Click here for more information.




Kensington Mums competition

Enter our Winter Wonderland Competition here.





Enter our Kensington Mums Christmas Dinner competition to win 2 tickets for a well deserved night out thanks to Randa Restaurant and try our some delicious Lebanese mezze. Click here for more information.



Wishing you a great start of the week.

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