Hello lovely KM readers,


Here’s your weekly newsletter from Kensington mums.


Keeping you in the loop with the local scoop.








I wouldn’t be a Kensington Mum without the help of Kensington Dad along the way. I hope you all enjoyed celebrating Father’s Day with your father or the father of your little one.


Thank you for all those who attended the KM Meet up with guest speaker Helen McNallen on post natal depression. If you require advice or more information on all types of depression please visit her website for really useful information and interactive help and support for sufferers affected or interested by depression from the comfort of your own home 24 hours a day. For more information, please click here.






Free and exclusive event for Kensington Mums. Come and enjoy a class with Amanda’s Action Club. These interactive physical development classes are great for babies- they’re packed with fun, fitness and music. Babies can join Amanda from the age of 4 months. The FREE class will be held at Chelsea Theatre (7 World’s End Place, Kings Road London, SW10  0DR) on Friday 22nd June from 2-4pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to [email protected] with heading Amanda Action Club.








Back by popular demand! Lush Spa Kings Road is offering Kensington Mums a pamper session on Friday 29th June at 1pm where you can have the choice of a hand or foot pamper ready for the summer. Spaces are limited; if you would like to attend please email me at [email protected]. Please note babies are welcome too. This is a FREE event but there will be a KM joining fee to attend.


















Regent Street is ready to welcome the world to London as 206 flags.

As London prepares to welcome the world for the start of the Olympics, the capital’s most famous shopping streets laid on its own special greeting. National flags from all 206 nations coming from around the globe to compete in this summer’s Games have been draped across Regent Street. This stunning image replaced a more patriotic, but no less impressive, display when the Union Flag was arrayed along the iconic thoroughfare to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, this month. For more information, please click here to read the full article in the Daily Mail.





2012 Trafalgar Square on 23-24 June 2012. FREE. West End LIVE showcases the quality and diversity of entertainment on offer in the heart of London, promoting the West End as an exciting venue for all the family – all live, all for free in the iconic setting of Trafalgar Square. There will live performances from the cast of Shrek the Musical, The Lion King, The Wizard of Oz as well as performances from Angelina Ballerina and Everything Rosie. There will be something for the whole family to enjoy. For more information, and full schedule please click here.




Taste of London is back from June 21-24 2012. Fine dining will be transported to Regent’s Park with Taste of London for four days of summer eating, drinking and entertainment. Restaurants will fashion special menus of starter sized dishes for the occasion, including signature dishes created by chefs to specially reflect their philosophy and showcase seasonal and premium ingredients. For tickets and more information, please click here.





Child Hood – The Real Event at the Royal Academy of Arts. Open until 22 July 2012. Paintings, poetry and sculpture created by children and young people from Kids Company are displayed in the main galleries of 6 Burlington Gardens, celebrating the small heroisms and sometimes difficult hurdles these children face in growing up. This exhibition includes interactive elements and features a complementary programme of events for both adults and families. For more information, please click here.
Lebanese Festival Day is on 24th June 2012 at Cavendish Square Gardens. Come along and enjoy a family day out. Learn about the Lebanese culture, customs, and get to taste Lebanese Products, and cuisine. There will be over 40 exhibitors taking part. For more information, please click here.









BBQ at the Zoo – Battersea Park Children’s Zoo on Tuesday 19th June 2012.
Enjoy the Zoo after hours and see the Monkeys and the Meerkats, the Emus and the Otters off duty. There will be children’s activities, tombola, live music and much more…Tickets include, exclusive access to the Zoo
Barbecue, salads and puddings from 6.15 pm – 8.15 pm
Adults: £15 each (£20 after 14th June) Children 6-16: £6 Under 6s: Free. Tickets can be purchased online, by clicking here.

Race for the Kids in Battersea Park London on Sunday 24th June 2012. Join Race for the Kids for their annual 5k family fun run. Everyone is welcome, whether you want to run, jog or walk…come along and get your very own 2012 medal! All money raised will help Great Ormond Street Hospital rebuild and refurbish the hospital, allowing them to care for more sick children and their families. To register please click here and help a great cause.









RCM Sparks, Weekend West Side Story on 23-24 June 2012. A weekend of fun music-making for you and your family, celebrating the 50th anniversary of this iconic film! On Saturday experience an exclusive tour of the Royal Albert Hall and get in the mood with a pre-performance workshop. This incredible film will then come to life in a matinee screening accompanied by live orchestra. On Sunday, create your own West Side Story at the RCM with the help of professional workshop leaders and a team of young, enthusiastic musicians. No previous experience necessary. Please be advised this film is rated PG. This event is run in partnership with the Royal Albert Hall. For ticket information and more information, please click here.





Elliott at the olympics at Lauderdale House on Saturday 23rd June. As the London Olympics excitement builds, we send Elliott our favourite mischevious dog off on his next adventure. Will he run the 100m or jump the high jump.  You’ll just have to come along and find out for yourself! The show starts at 10 am and last 45 minutes. Suitable for 2-7 years old. For bookings and ticket information, please click here.



Waterstones on Kensington High Street Offers Kid’s story time for 3-5 year old every Saturday at 3.00P.M. Please call the store to make sure the event is taking place.





Open Door events at the Bank of England. On Saturday 23 June, as part of the Celebrate the City weekend, and again on Saturday 30 June, as part of the City of London festival, the Bank and its Museum will be open to visitors. Museum staff will be conducting 30 minute guided tours of parts of the Bank. After the tour, visitors can attend presentations on banknotes in the Museum Cinema. Bank staff will also be in the Museum to answer questions about gold. Visitors can try to lift a genuine gold bar (current value over £350,000) but will need to take care in case it weighs more than they expect! For more information, please click here.





National Gallery Magic Carpet Storytelling. Every Sunday there are two storytelling sessions from 10.30 till 11.00 and 11.30 till 12.00 for under 5’s. Meet in the Education Foyer, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN. Places are limited and allocated on a first come basis up to an hour before the start. For more information, please click here.





Sunday Workshop for young people: Investigating Time through Video. Sunday June 24,  2:30 – 4 pm at the Parasol Unit
(foundation for contemporary art).This workshop, led by local artist educator Alexandra Hughes, will explore the notion of ‘time’ in video through the current exhibition by David Claerbout. Participants will create a collaborative video work that documents a journey through the gallery and terrace exploring the passage of time, which will be transferred on to DVD for all the attendees to take home. This event is most suitable for 14 – 18 yr olds. Limited places, booking recommended. For more information, please click here.





The Summer Party in aid of the Pluto appeal. Please join us from 7pm on 22nd June 2012 for an evening of entertainment in this beautiful square! Tickets are £8 in advance via the website (, or £10 on the door. A major piece of equipment the charity wishes to purchase is a robot named Pluto for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. This will enable the surgeons to perform intricate surgery on babies and children with more precision, better recovery times, shorter hospital stays and smaller scars. Entertainment on the night includes operatic performances from the baritone Samuel de Beck Spitze, Jazz sensation Jo Doolan, wine tasting and a huge raffle with fantastic prizes generously donated by local businesses.







Kids French Tales at the  Institut Français in South Kensington. Les Petits explorateurs. Storytelling. Let’s pack our bags and go on a trip. Where shall we go? France, India, Australia? Through stories, music and pictures, we will discover together the wonderful world we live in! Suitable for ages 3-5 years. Saturday 23rd June at 11am. To book online, click here.








Writing workshop with Philip Ardagh at the British Museum. Sunday 24 June at 11 and 4pm. FREE, booking advised. Join award-winning children’s author Philip Ardagh to create your own stories inspired by mysterious Museum objects. Sessions last 120 mins
Suitable for ages 7+. For more information, please click here.







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.








Ofsted. Regulation of providers on the Early Years Register.
In the beginning of the year Ofsted proposed an inspection framework for the regulation of registered early years provision including nurseries, pre-schools and childminders. This report focuses on children’s behaviour to help them  learn to share and take turns amongst their playmates and most importantly to help play cooperatively and make friends. The system will also assess how nurseries support children in “learning to manage their own hygiene and personal needs”. To download the consultation document, please click here.


Wishing you and your little ones a lovely week ahead and I hope to see you at your exclusive class with Amanda Action Club this Friday!