Hello lovely KM readers,
Here’s your weekly newsletter from Kensington mums.
Keeping you in the loop with the local scoop



Back to school also means back to infection, colds and flue and as I sometimes refer to school a ‘germ factory’! We’ve already had our share of it including a trip to A&E. Not so much fun. I hope you all had a more exciting week and enjoyed reading the guest blog on how important it is to acquire first aid skills can help save lives and less trips to A&E!

A big thank you to all the Mums, Mums with bump and mummy bloggers who came out to our Kensington Mums Night out. My thanks also goes to the lovely Juliana from Captured by Juliana for capturing natural shots of all of us having a good time! Pictures and video will be posted on our Facebook Page, so keep checking.

This week we have the First Aid for Life for Babies & Toddlers course taking place on Thursday 27th at Whole Foods Kensington from 7pm-10pm.There is also the Kensington Mum Bootcamp taking place on Saturday 29th September in Holland Park and on Monday 1st October we’ve got the Kensington Mums pamper session at CocoNail Bar. Thanks for those who already registered. A few more places are available, please get in touch to book your space! Full details below.


Upcoming courses include photography for parents, spaces are filling up fast! BOOK yours now!


Kensington Mums visited the Brompton Libray. On Mondays they have baby rhyme time for under 2s. It was a great afternoon spend singing, clapping and dancing. Baby rhyme time is on every Monday from 2pm -2.30pm.  Storytime for the slightly olders ones is available every Thursday morning from 10am-10:30am. Children and their carers can join in songs and rhymes or listen to stories. For full timetable details of all libraries within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea please click here.


Kensington Mums visited the A&E of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Needless to say these visits are never fun, but it was important to have such an amazing A&E nearby to rely on. This is very important for us and for our local community of families with children. It would be great if you could help keep Chelsea and Westminster Hospital retain its status as a major hospital and to continue providing its life-saving services by completing the Safe in our Hands online postcard here, you would be helping our community!


The first aid for babies and toddlers is taking place this Thursday. You will each receive a comprehensive First Aid manual and certificates can be provided if required. There will ample baby and child mannequins for you to get your hands on to practice on. The course lasts for 3 hours and covers most common childhood injuries and major illnesses. Topics includes choking and drowning as well as what to do if your child is unconscious and how to deal with burns, head injuries, fitting and bleeding. The classes cost £70 per person and partners and Daddies are welcome to attend. The courses will run on a monthly basis from 7-10pm on Thursday 27 September, Wednesday 24th October  at Whole Foods Market, Kensington at 63-97 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SE and Tuesday 20th November 2012 (location TBC). The spaces on this class are small and so we only have a limited number of places available, please get in touch if you are interested to attend.


Come and get fit with Kensington Mums Bootcamp this Saturday 29th September in partnership with Scandinavian Fitness. Tell your other Mums to come along and lets all get fit together!

Do you want to work out and feel like you are having fun with other Mums, then I invite you to come and join in the most social form of training. Get in the best shape of your life all in the company of other Kensington Mums! Former Olympic Athlete Linda Hedenstrom will be training you in Holland Park  on a Saturday starting 29thSeptember. Come along for a great worksout while your other half looks after your little one. Please register your interest by emailing [email protected].


Kensington Mums invites you for an evening of pamper time with Coconail Bar where will you have a pamper evening with a choice of classic manicure or classic pedicure along with some sushi nibbles and a complimentary soft drink. This event will be taking place on Monday 1st October from 7-9pm. Prices for the Manicure Deal is £30 (includes classic manicure + sushi + complimentary soft drink) and Pedicure Deal is £40. Places are limited so if you would like join us on this pamper evening  meet other Mums, then please email me ([email protected]) as soon as possible to secure a spot with advance payment.


Learn the skills to capture that special moment of your little one. Kensington Mums has joined forces with Photography for Parents. These Practical photography workshop for parents gives you everything you need to know on how to use your camera and to take amazing photos of your children. The classes will start on Monday 8th October from 10-11.30am at the Chelsea TheatreBabies and young children are welcome in class. You will be encouraged to  take some amazing shots of them in class under close supervision of a baby and child photographer.  or practice at home if you are coming alone after dropping them at school. Click here for more information and to book online.



Welcome Performances at the Royal Opera House. First opera and ballet experiences for families. With seat prices from £5 to £20, you can give your family a first-class experience for the price of a cinema ticket! If you would like your family to experience opera or ballet in one of the most prestigious and beautiful theatres in the world and don’t want to break the bank, then register to the Welcome Performances for Families by clicking here.



The horse from Arabia to Royal Ascot at the British Museum. FREE. Until 30th September.  The story focuses on two breeds – Arabians, which were prized in the desert for their spirit and stamina, and the Thoroughbred which was selectively bred from Arabians for speed and is now raced at world-famous courses such as Royal Ascot. Click here for more information.

Diwali Workshop for children 5 and over on Queensgate, South Kensington. Saturday 3rd November, 10:30am to 12:30pm. Children spend two hours with Dance Artist Arunima Kumar and learn about the significance of Diwali through theatre, art and music. Contact Deepali Nangia on [email protected] for further information.

Five-Leaf Vista at the National Gallery on Sunday 30th September from 11am–1pm (repeated 2–4pm). Take inspiration from the Gallery collection with studio sessions on Sundays. These hands-on workshops start in the Gallery and are followed by a studio session. Click here for more information.

Free Guided Tours at Somerset House on Saturday 29 September. You’ll discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, scientific curiosity and naval power, extravagant entertainments and ‘the King’s Shilling’, as we lead you from the airy lightwells of graceful staircases to the atmospheric Deadhouse. Click here for more information.

Family events at Tate Modern. Under 5s Zone. FREE. Available whenever you visit the gallery. A new play space for under 5s and their families. The Under 5s Zone invites children on a creative, physical and sensory exploration of themes inspired by Cubist artworks. For more information, please click here.


This one is for the parents. Manu Luksch: Faceless at Whitechapel Gallery on Thursday 27 September starting at 7pm. Made entirely using CCTV footage, this dystopian London sci-fi feature, voiced by Tilda Swinton, is a unique filmic investigation of the challengingphenomenon of surveillance. Plus related work by the Austrian filmmaker and in conversation. Click here for booking and more details.

London Spanish Film Festival at the Institut français  in South Kensington Fri 28 Sept – Wed 10 Oct. The London Spanish Film Festival launches its 8th edition, with an extraordinary line-up of recent Spanish films, most of them UK premieres, giving you a unique opportunity to view them in London. From engaging thrillers to exhilarating comedies, from moving dramas and action movies to documentaries and shorts, this selection will evidence the compelling range of Spanish cinema in all its varieties. As usual, some of the films will be presented by their filmmakers and actors. They’ll come from all corners of Spain and be available to answer questions from the public. Click here for more information.


Nature Photography Beginners Class in Holland Park. Saturday 29 September 2012. Develop your natural photography techniques on our special one-day beginner’s course. You will learn quality camera skills and engage in practical exercises in outdoor and still life nature photography leading to a review of your work on screen. The course is led by professional photographer Bruce Tanner. Please bring a digital camera with at least some manual controls. Booking is essential; please call on 020 7938 8186 or email [email protected] Click here for booking and more information.

Big Draw, Big Make at the V&A Museum on Sunday 30th September. I hope you have all booked to see performance of Mister Maker Live. I included this event in previous newsletter a few weeks ago, tickets were still available. The day will include lots of different talks and demonstrations. All are FREE activities, but some require booking. Click here for the full programme.

Play Tuesdays at the National Maritime Museum on Tuesday 25 September at 10.30, 11.30, 13.00, 14.00. FREE. Young children can have fun with their families as they explore the Museum through making, music, dance and stories. Suitable for under 5s. Click here for more information.


The BBC Good Food Show arrives to Kensington Olympia on 9-11November 2012.Check out the special ticket offer for Kensington Mums below in our offers section.

Tara arrives in London. After Dublin and before Paris, the French scientific research vessel Tara will arrive in London on September 17th for a ten-day stay. The schooner has just completed a two-and-a-half year, 70,000-mile voyage across the Atlantic, Pacific, Antarctic and Indian Oceans, investigating marine ecosystems and biodiversity under the impact of climate change. A series of events are planned in London to raise awareness about the work of the Tara Expeditions Foundation including exhibition and screenings at the agnès b. covent garden shop – 35-36 Floral Street London- until September  27th. Click here for more information.



Christmas is coming soon. Book your visit to Santa’s Grotto at Hamleys to add that extra special magic to your little ones Christmas.
Book early to guarantee your little ones visit  Harrods Christmas Grotto. You must be a Harrods Rewards Member to book tickets for the 2012 Harrods Christmas Grotto. Click here for more details.




The BBC Good Food Show London is back and more inspiring than ever. Don’t miss the MasterChef judges, Saturday Kitchen Live with James Martin, plus brand new demonstrations from The Great British Bake Off with Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry in a bigger 600-seat Supertheatre**.


Sample signature dishes from some of London’s top eateries in The Restaurant Experience. Then discover an abundance of produce that’s hard to find on the high street in the Producers’ Village -bursting with unique flavours, handmade delicacies and the latest foodie innovations.


And raise your glass to The Wine Show at the BBC Good Food Show London, where you can taste a fabulous range of boutique wines first then stock up for Christmas.


Save 20%* off tickets when you quote MUMS20


Don’t miss out on the capital’s tastiest show and the ultimate foodies’ day out. Click here to book today and save 20% off* general admission tickets, simply quote MUMS20.


*20% off valid on adult and over 65s general admission only, not including VIP tickets or Supertheatre seats. Offer ends on 01.10.12. £1.75 booking fee per advance ticket applies. Not valid with any other offer. Not all celebrities appear on all days, check the website for details. **Standard Supertheatre seats cost £5 in addition to show entry, subject to availability, upgrade to gold for £2.


Kensington Mums get £5 credit towards any deal used purchasing the coupon code KMMUMS on Mums and me website – this is valid till 30 Sept 2012.


Here is a nice quote to start your week with.


Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.  ~Linda Wooten


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Wishing you a lovely week.