Newsletter 24th June 2013

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


I hope you all had a lovely weekend. This week’s newsletter includes a new summer event: summer drinks with Kensington Mums. Do get in touch if you are interested in coming along, meeting other parents and Mums around the area and beyond. Now that we’ve seen a bit of the sun, I am sure most of you are waiting to spend more time outdoors with the little ones and perhaps setting up picnics in the nearest green space. Sounds like fun! This week’s newsletter features the City of London Festival, Dining with dinosaurs as well as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at Opera Holland Park.


Girls Rising was broadcasted on CNN last Saturday.  It spotlights the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change a girl – and the world. A truly amazing documentary.




Dina JunkKensington Mums received a complimentary and much needed massage at Duo Chelsea which offers a new and highly innovative health, fitness and beauty experience. Their beauty treatments includes skincare, body treatments and hand treatments just to name a few.  They also offer personal training sessions to get you in shape for summer as well as boot camp sessions.  If you are going in for a treatment ask for Claire, the beauty therapist. I highly recommend her.


Kensington Mums attended Eco Fair Fashion ComPassion at Debut Contemporary art gallery. The fair was all about ethical fashion retailer working with socially conscious, luxury fashion brands from the developing world. The 4 eco-friendly brands were on display included ABO LONDON, BACA jerwerly, SUPU necklaces made out of recycled glass and brass & beads and Rags2Riches bags. Read more information by clicking here.


Kensington Mums attended Shubbak’s opening weekend at the free, “window of contemporary Arab culture” 2 day festival featuring themed music, poetry, contemporary dance and delicious delights. This was a family – friendly celebration of culture in Lyric Square, Hammersmith part of Summer Festival. There was a music stage with international and UK based bands playing popular Arab and fusion music, an outdoor screen with short films, activities for families including story-telling for the little ones.

KM events

Part 1. Official pictures of the  Kensington Mums Motherhood Exhibition  are out, you can browse through them and the mini highlight of the evening. Stay tuned for part 2.




Save Lives with Race for Life. Join Kensington Mums in Race for Life at Hyde Park on 14th of July 2013 at 11:00 AM for the 5k by using the Group ID: DM51861 when signing up. Visit to find the team and  don’t forget to enter to your local Race for Life event.  Let’s all beat Cancer together! Click here for more information. To sponsor the Kensington Mums team please give generously and you can do so online by clicking here. Our target is £1,000. We are so far at 43%, thanks to all who sponsored our team.


Kensington Mums is organising Summer drinks in August in case you are around. This will be by invitation only (other half/partners/husbands are welcome). If you would like to join us, please email [email protected] with subject heading Summer drinks to receive more information including date and location.



City of London Festival. 23 June -26 July with loads to choose from including outdoor highlights, exhibitions and tours. Click here for more information.




Le Petit Nicolas at Institut Français in South Kensington. Sat 29 June at 2pm. Suitable for ages 6+. The movie is shown in French with English subtitles. Click here for more information.

Stay and Play at Chelsea Open Air  every Monday in June and July from 9.15-10.45. Address is 51 Glebe Place, SW3 5JE

Girls Summer Sale & Street Party at Park Walk, Chelsea- 27th June 2013. Click on image for more details.




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.

Shape Up in Holland Park, every Wednesday until 4th of September as part of the Council’s summer programme of health activities for adults.There is something on every weekday. Whether you fancy toning your body with Tai Chi or using the new outdoor gym, or enjoying a healthy walk in the leafy environs of Holland Park there’s something for everybody.Prices vary from free to £5 and the events take place late mornings and lunchtimes. For more information and a full schedule please contact :0207 938 8182 or email: [email protected]

BP portrait award at the National Portait Gallery. Until 15 September 2013. The BP Portrait Award showcases fifty-five of the most outstanding and innovative new portraits from around the world. From informal and personal studies of friends and family to revealing paintings of famous faces, the exhibition features a variety of styles and approaches to the contemporary painted portrait. If you are planning to go with your little ones, you can explore this year’s exhibition with their free family trail and labels. The trail includes a range of activities inspired by the portraits on display.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at Opera Holland Park. on July 20, 23, 27, 29, 30, August 1, 3 at 3pm. A new family opera based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, commissioned by Opera Holland Park. Tickets available over the phone by calling 020 7361 3570.



Dalgarno Oasis Gardens Cafe Pop-up Summer Dining. Enjoy an exquisite 3 course meal with the local community including a professional singer to create a great atmosphere. The proceeds will be going to charity Equal People Mencap. Saturday 29 June 2013 at 7:30pm. Click here for more information.

Big Scream at the Gate Cinema. Tuesday 25th June. Before Midnight. A great morning out for Mummy and the baby.  This is a great way to get out from the usual routine at home when you have a newborn to take care of. Go with some other Kensington Mums, breastfeeding is welcome and easy to park your buggy too, not to mention a bar at the back of the cinema and dim lights for Mums. Click here for more information.

IncrEdibles at Kew Gardens. Until 1st September Imaginative, informative and fun, IncrEdibles activities are set against the beautiful backdrop of Kew, where boating, barbecues and botany come together. Highlights include Tutti Frutti boating experience with Bompas & Parr, Rose Garden Tea Party and global kitchen garden.

Dine with Dinosaurs. Lates with MasterCard at the Natural History Museum.28 June 2013. Make this a date night with your other half. Experience London’s most unique Friday night out. Come and enjoy the Dinosaurs gallery and museum exhibitions in the evening, have a bite to eat from Central Hall pop-up summer menu while you listen to live music.



Baby on Tube as mother left on South Kensington platform. A London Underground service pulled away with a baby on board as the mother stood “distraught” on the platform. Read full article from BBC News.


Ongoing work in Notting Hill Gate until mid August according to Thames Water to fix a leaking 30-inch pipe, and a large voids beneath the pipes. Read full story here.