Hello lovely KM readers,


Here’s your weekly newsletter from Kensington mums.


Keeping you in the loop with the local scoop.




The sunshine and warm temperature has me happy and rather excited. Half term and the Diamond Jubilee is nearly here! Streets of London are being decorated with union jacks. This is indeed a very special year for Britain, with the arrival of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the long-awaited Olympic Games. I am just worried about the delays in public transport we will be experiencing because of it all.So please always check the TFL website to see how transport and the roads will operate during the Games, with hot spot maps to help plan your travel. Travelling with little ones is never easy especially if there are delays.


Thank you all for the lovely Mummies who attended the Lush pamper and play session  at Lush Spa Kings Road. I truly feel pampered like a queen! A big thank you to all the team at Lush Spa Kings Road. Pictures can be seen on our Facebook Page. We have been blessed with sunny and warm weather, I really hope it lasts. This week we have our Mother and baby cinema at Beaufort House in Chelsea. As I write this, there are only four places left so if you would like to come along, please get in touch with me asap.


In this week’s newsletter I will round up the main events and celebrations happening across London for the Diamond Jubilee as well as activities to do for the half term break, unsurprisingly lots of them have a jubilee theme.  If  there is anything else going on which I may have not included in this week’s KM newsletter, please let me know so that I can update it for all KMs to read. Please note: the next KM newsletter will be out on 10th June, enjoy the celebrations!






Kensington Mums would like to invite you to join us for Baby Cinema at Beaufort House, Chelsea. At 10am on Tuesday 29th May join Kensington Mums for coffee/tea, a film and lunch at Beaufort House Chelsea all for only £9.90 (please note there will be a KM joining fee to attend this outing). Please note this is an exclusive event just for Kensington Mums. The morning will start with a welcome tea or coffee where you will get the chance to chat with the other mums.   The film will be screened at 10.30am in the Club Room at Beaufort House on their 65-inch plasma with surround sound.  Your little ones can either sit on your lap or kick around on the soft matting that will be provided while you sit back and relax. The movie showing will be One Day. Spaces are limited. To book please email [email protected] by Sunday 27th May with heading ‘KM Mummy and Baby Cinema’. Hurry only 4 more places left!









Kensington Mums would like to invite you to join us for a night out at Spaghetti House in Kensington. It’s Kensington Mums Night Out on Friday 8th June at 8.30pm. A chance to take a well-deserved break, come and join us for dinner for only £10.95 (there will be a KM joining fee to attend this outing). To book please email [email protected] with heading ‘KM Night out’.





Monday 11th June 2012 at 1pm. We will have a guest speaker Helen McNallen who will share with us her experiences about her depression and talking to us about post natal depression and how it affects a lot of Mums. Helen is the author of the book Depression can be fun and runs her own website to help other suffers If you would like to attend, please email me at [email protected] with heading KM PND Talk so that I can send you more information on where we will be meeting. Please note there will be a KM joining fee to attend this talk.



Monday 18th June at 1pm. We will have a guest speaker Dr Anne McMunn, Senior Lecturer & Graduate Tutor at the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, UCL who will share with us her research Having it all – dispelling the myths about work and motherhood. We hear a lot about the stresses of juggling motherhood with paid work, and the subsequent harm this might cause children. However, this talk discusses evidence from UK cohort studies following generations of men and women which suggests that working mothers not only end up healthier in mid-life, but that their daughters may also end up happier too.If you would like to attend, please email me at [email protected] with heading KM UCL Talk, so that I can send you more information on where we will be meeting. Please note there will be a KM joining fee to attend this talk.





 Jubilee extravaganza events

The Abingdon Road Diamond Jubilee Street Party will take place from 6 to 9pm on Friday 1st June in Abingdon Raod W8 6AN. There will be food, drinks, magic, Bouncy Castles, Face painters, a clown , music and much more…The Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea will judge a “Royal ” Fancy dress competetion for children. All guests are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.Children of all ages welcome. For more information, please email [email protected].


The Central Weekend will take place from the 2nd – 5th June 2012. The Central Weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with celebratory activities throughout the UK and across the Commonwealth. Please click here for the run-down of events over the Diamond Jubilee weekend.


The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3rd of June, a flotilla of up to one thousands boats will muster on the river Thames on the 3rd of June to celebrate the Queen’s Sixty year reign. For families and others with children, there will be a destination area with a day-long programme of music, traditional funfair and artist-led Jubilee-themed entertainment. For more information, visit the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant website. Click here for the Jubilee Pageant Infographic and map courtesy from,


BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace on Monday 4th June 2012There will be a televised Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace with tickets being available to UK residents by public ballot. The musical programme for the concert is still being planned and is expected to feature British and Commonwealth musicians. Details on how to apply for the concert will be available in due course. For more information, visit the Launch of the Diamond Jubilee Concert.



The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons on Monday 4th of June.A network of 2,012 Beacons will be lit by communities and individuals throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Commonwealth. As in 2002, The Queen will light the National Beacon. For more information, visit the The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons.



On Tuesday 5 June, the Diamond Jubilee weekend will culminate with a day of celebrations in central London, including a service at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by two receptions, a lunch at Westminster Hall, a Carriage Procession to Buckingham Palace and finally a Balcony appearance, Flypast, and Feu de Joie. For more information, visit the Celebrations on 5 June.



St Luke’s Church in Redcliffe gardens warmly invites you to their Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Garden Party (with BBQ food, bouncy castle, face painting, games and more) on Saturdat 2nd June from 12-4pm. Suggested donations £4 per adult.




Battersea Park Jubilee Festival on 3rd June2012  A Jubilee Festival is being held on Sunday 3 June in Battersea Park to coincide with The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.  Visitors will be able to watch the flotilla from the park’s Thameside location. Entertainment will commence at mid-day and continue until 7pm.  It will provide a day-long programme of music and Jubilee-themed entertainment for all the family. For more information, please click here.




Jubilee Big lunch in Piccadilly. On Sunday 3 June 2012, as part of the central weekend of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a very special street party will be held along London’s historic Piccadilly, stretching from Piccadilly Circus to the top of St James’s Street.This unique event will highlight the very best of British entertainment, culture, art, music and food. For more information, please click here.
Diamond Jubilee Celebration weekend at the Chelsea Physics Garden from 2 – 5 June 2012. For more information, please click here.



The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Sing along at the Royal Albert Hall. Sunday 3 June 2012 – 3:00 PM. Irrepressible showman Jonathan Cohen leads you through a fun filled tribute to Her Majesty’s reign of 60 glorious years in the regal splendour of the Royal Albert Hall. Click here for more information.
London’s most extravagant tea party at the Duke of York Square. On Sunday 3rd June  the Duke of York Square will be hosting London’s most extravagant tea party in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Replicated on the infamous Buckingham Palace Garden Parties, the festivities kick off at 11.30am until 6pm with live coverage of the Thames River Pageant on our enormous LCD screen.
Dates for the Royal UK Tour. The dates and locations for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Royal Tour have been announced by the Press Secretary to The Queen. For more information, please click here.
The Jubilee Garden Party at Hampton Court Palace on Saturday 2nd June from 10-6pm. There will be free entertainment in the gardens for all the family throughout the day, including workshops to create your very own bunting, retro village fête games including egg and spoon and sack races for all the family, A right royal children’s fancy dress competition, come as your favourite monarch and much more.

Jubilee Family Festival in Hyde Park on Saturday 2nd June, Sunday 3rd June 2012 10.30am – 7pm. The Jubilee Family Festival will be a once in a lifetime experience for the whole family to enjoy. There will be a Kids Zone area which will feature a series of live and interactive stage shows from some of the UK’s most well-loved children’s characters including Thomas the Tank Engine, Fireman Sam, Bob The Builder, Angelina Ballerina and brand new kids favourite Mike the Knight. In addition, there will be a Disney Zone featuring themed activities, the life-size Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissile from the Disney/Pixar blockbuster Cars 2, and much more. .The finale of each day will be an unforgettable, 70-minute Disney concert produced specially to mark the Jubilee celebrations, featuring beloved Disney songs and characters. 
Jubilee Afternoon Tea at Peter Jones. Relax and unwind with our indulgent Jubiilee afternoon tea. Simply come along to the Brasserie from 3pm and enjoy delicious cakes and drinks.




Diamond Night on 4th June at the Udderbelly Festival. This will not just be a tribute to 60 years of a world-wide icon, but a sparkling and glamorous event fit for a ‘queen’. An irreverent tribute to 60 years of the international icon that is HM, featuring cabaret artists, comics, dancers, acrobatic troops, magicians, musicians and more, all hosted by Dusty Limits. Plus free biscuits! For bookings and more information, please click here.












What’s on this Half Term.




Be queen for a day at Whiteleys Shopping Centre on 3rd June from 12-5pm. Join in the celebrations by making your very own crown with colourful gems! There will be crown-making workshops and royalty themed storytelling throughout the day. Funday Sunday is a FREE kids club held on the ground floor mall by Zara and GAP Kids. For more information, please click here.







Extreme animals half term activities at Grant  Museum. From 6-8 June, drop in from 1-5pm. Come and meet some of the biggest, smallest, heaviest, lightest, strongest, cutest, ugliest, weirdest and wildest animals in the Grant Museum. Through our free hands-on specimen-based activities explore some of the animal record-breakers for half-term. This event is free and there is no need to book. For more information, please click here.

Jubilee activities at Battersea Park Zoo. Click here for more information.

Half term Cartooning and animation workshops at The Cartoon Museum. Please click here for prices and full timetable of events.
The Imagination Station at the Victoria and Albert Museum this half term. Saturday 2- 10 June 2012. FAMILY EVENT: Use your imagination to create something sparkling to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee from crowns and tiaras to flags or sunglasses! 10.30-17.00.


Regal Regatta and Jubilee Art Labs at The National Gallery on 4-5 June from 11-3pm. Free hands-on art workshops for families. Meet in the Education Centre Foyer. Why not try your hand at making your own art at one of our workshops? Suitable for families with children aged 5-11.


Women and the Home Front at the Imperial War Museum in London. On 2 June 2012 to 10 June 2012 from 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Discover how women contributed to the war effort and how they coped with rationing and the dangers of the London Blitz. Drop-in activity suitable for all ages with parental supervision. For more information, please click here.
Mini Make Believe at Somerset House on Sunday 10th June from 11.30-12.30. Under 5s and their families get set to sail from Somerset House singing sea shanties in your crafty cardboard boats. All aboard! Collect your free ticket half an hour prior to the start of the workshop on the day from the Information Desk in the Seamen’s Hall. Limited spaces, tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All ages under 5 are welcome to join in but please note the workshops are pitched at 24 months – 5 years. For more information, please click here.



Jubilee Family Weekend at the National Army Museum. From 2nd-3rd June 2012. FREE. To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Museum will run a series of activities over the Jubilee weekend. Royal ‘specials’: 10-minute introductions to Kings and Queens in the Museum’s Collection. Hands-on history: Explore the Museum’s handling collection of soldiers’ uniform, kit and weaponry. Make and decorate your own Jubilee crown or medal. Enjoy the bunting, refreshments and fun in the forecourt. Please note: Tickets are not required for this event. For more information, please click here.




Jubilee Family Fun Activities at the Tower of London. The tower of London has a wide range of activities and tours available to entertain families. Fit for a King, come and see five hundred years of spectacular royal armour, offering a fascinating insight into the personalities, power and physical size of England’s kings. There is also the The Crown Jewels – family trail. Packed with quizzes, activities and illustrations, our family trail on these priceless Crown Jewels is the perfect way to explore the Tower as a family. Pick up a trail at the Welcome Centre when you arrive. Jubilee family fun on 3 – 9 June, at 11am – 4pm. Come celebrate and learn about 60 years of HM The Queen’s reign and create your own Jubilee souvenirs to take home! Stencilling workshop on 5 and 7 June, at 12pm and 2pm (duration 45 mins)  Design your own Jubilee goody bag and learn how to decorate it using fabric paint and stencils. Please note: the workshops have a limited capacity and admission will operate on a first come first served basis.





Childrens Courses at WhiteChapel Gallery. From 6-7 June and 8-9 June 2012, 11am-3pm. Exciting gallery and studio-based practical courses for 5–8 and 9–12 year-olds led by artists Daniel Wallis and Louisa Martin,inspired by the current Gillian Wearing exhibition. Please note this is a payable course and needs to be booked in advance. Be Yourself; Be Someone Else; Be Someone Famous; Be Yourself Led by artist Daniel Wallis on 6-7 June, from 11-3pm, suitable for 5-8 years. How Do You Do You? Led by artist Louisa Martin on 8-9 June, from 11am-3pm, suitable for 9-12 years. For more information, please click here.






Story Time every Saturday at Peter Jones, Sloane Square. Come along for a session of storytelling from 11.30am – 12.30pm, in their new reading area (located in the Toys department) where Children’s classics read aloud for everyone to enjoy.



Holland Park Ecology Centre, Half term holiday activities from 6-8 June 2012. Environmental themed, outdoor and creative activities for children.  Please click here.
Crowning Glory at the Bank of England Museum from 6 – 8 June. he Museum is joining in the celebrations of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with Crowning Glory, a special event for the whole family. Look around the Museum and learn about the historical link between the Bank and the Monarch in our exhibition The Bank and the Monarch – a Celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. A competition quiz, with prizes to be won, encourages children of all ages to find examples of crowns and pictures of Kings and Queens around the Museum. They can then join our workshop and indulge their creative side by adding their own designs to a crown to take home. Admission and all activities are free. For more information, please click here.





Royal Rumpus at the V&A Museum of Childhood. On Sat 2-3 June from 12-4pm. Celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee! Listen to a re-telling of the princess and the pea at 12pm, make a regal crown or festive flag at out drop in arts and crafts table from 2-4pm and then show off your creations at our royal promenade in the afternoon 3.30pm. This is Free drop in activity, suitable for all ages. For more information, please click here.



Also at the at the V&A Museum of Childhood. June half term: Playful Puppets. From Monday 4  to Sunday 10 June, 11am-4pm. Join in a storytelling session to find out how The Glove Puppet Man helps everyone solve their problems (10.30, 11.15 and 12.00). Make a Punch and Judy puppet at our arts & crafts table (14.00-16.00) and complete our Playful Puppet trail for a chance to win a goody bag. This is a FREE drop in activity, suitable for all ages.






Drop-In Art Workshop: The Little Draw at the Wallace Collection. Sunday 3rd June from 1.30-4.30pm. Join Artist and Illustrator Anna Saunders whose work incorporates a wide range of techniques and styles. From comic to classical, Anna’s drawings range from small and intricate to large and bold. Learn about looking, drawing and interpretation using the rich wealth of objects and architecture on display at the Wallace Collection. For more information, please click here.





Workshops for the Jubilee at the Saatchi Gallery. On Monday 4th and on Tuesday 5th June the wonderful Valeria will run workshops at theSaatchi Gallery… come along to make together the Queen‘s profile with Daniel Gordon‘s technique. For more information, please click here.









Stratford Circus, Petit Mal on 1st and 2nd June. Petit Mal rocks the grace out of circus and returns with a darkly humorous, visual wreck of impossible circus theatre. Wild physicality comes at you with nonchalant daring, on a stage littered with garage debris.  Break-dancing and hip-hop fuse with a Chinese pole, trampoline work and acrobatics. Recommended for ages 7+. For bookings and more information, please click here.





A Royal Marines Musical Spectacular by the Massed Bands of her Majesty’s Royal Marines featuring Beating Retreat and Ceremonial Sunset.  Only performed every two years, this magnificent pageant of military music, precision drill and colour dates back to the 16th century and is regarded as a piece of living history. This event will be performed on London’s Horse Guards Parade in celebration of the birthday of their Captain General, His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh on 6th and 7th June at 6.15 pm. For more information, please click here.






Animal Olympics  at the Museum of London. Wednesday 6 Jun, from 10.30-11am, 11.30am – 12pm and 2-2.30pm  On your marks, get set and get ready to help us celebrate the Olympics! Join in with traditional tales of racing, jumping and swimming from around the world as the animals hold their very first Olympic Games. Everyone knows who would win a race between a Tortoise and a Hare, but what about a Hare and a Hedgehog? Who is fastest, Fox or Snail? Find out in this special storytelling session for under 5s and their carers (older siblings welcome). Suitable for over 1+. For more information, please click here.
London Green Fair in Regent’s Park on 9th and 10th June 2012. The London Green Fair is London’s largest free green festival, taking place in Regent’s Park this year on the 9th and 10th June. This event is a Free event. Come and celebrate London’s Green Fair 20th anniversary, with hundreds of boutiques markets stalls as well as a large range of children’s activities, workshops and performances, including dance classes, theatrical performances, parenting workshops, face painting, baby change and loads more. For more information, please click here.
Create a comic at the British Museumon Saturday 2 June between 11.30am–3.30pm. Create your own crazy comic strip to take home using artwork from the Museum’s collection.Suitable for ages 7+. For more information, please click here.



Also at the  British Museum Game design workshop on Sunday 3rd June between 11.00am and 2pm.Join a game design expert to design and build a platform game inspired by Museum objects. Share your finished game on the web.Suitable for ages 7+. For more information, please click here.




Storytelling sessions for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with Diana Olutunmoganat the Kensington Central Library on Wednesday 6 June at the Kensington Central Library from 11.00 to 11.30am and at the North Kensington Library at 2.00 to 2.30pm. Diana Olutunmogan is a professional storyteller with over a decade of experience. She has written an informative and enjoyable story about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. There’s no need to book a place – just drop into Kensington Central or North Kensington Library to hear this wonderful story! There will also be free Jubilee themed face painting available before and after these sessions. This is suitable for 5-10 years old.



Customise a T-shirt workshop with Eithne Farry on Thursday 7 June, 2.00 to 4.30pm at the Kensington Central Library. Are you passionate about clothes and accessories? Would you like to create something of your own? Do you have an old t-shirt that you would like to customise?Then come along to our workshop and let Eithne Farry help you transform your t-shirt! Eithne has made and customised her own clothes for years and she believes she can easily teach people to make or customise their clothes in a few hours.There’s no need to book a place – just drop into Kensington Central Library with a t-shirt that you would like to customise.
Tales of the Night showing at the Institut Français in South Kensingotn. From celebrated French animator Michel Ocelot (Kirikou) comes his new feature about two children and a projectionist who meet every night to act out various magical tales. Suitable for ages 3+. Screenings in French with English subtitles. Tickets are £5. Showing Wednesday 30 May at 3.00pm, Saturday 2 June at 2.00pm,Sunday 3 June 11.30am,Tuesday 5 June at 3.00pm, Wednesday  6 June at 3.00pm and Saturday 9 June at 2.00pm. For bookings, please click here.





Family Fun Activities at Kensington Palace. Join the Jubilee on 10 June 2012. This is a drop in sessions from 11am – 4pm. Explore the popular celebration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Imagine the cheers, the excitement, dressed in your best clothes, desperately standing on your tiptoes to see the queen through the crowd! These activities explore the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Queen Victoria in 1897 as displayed in our new temporary exhibition Jubilee – a view from the crowd. For more information, please click here.






Wonderful Wooden Toys at the Geffrye on Saturday 2 June from 10.30am – 12.30pm and again from 2.00 – 4.00pm Be inspired by the mini-beasts, animals, plants and flowers in the Geffrye’s gardens and make 19th-century style wooden toys. Celebrating the Chelsea Fringe Festival. For more information, please click here.






Chelsea Fringe Festival until 10th June 2012. A new festival of flowers, gardens and gardening across London. For more information, please click here.
Floristry Made Easy at the Forge on 2nd June at 10.15am. Tickets £10. Making the most of supermarket bunches. Aimed at beginners and people who love flowers. This helpful, inspirational and money saving session will show you how to make the most of supermarket bunches of flowers.  What should you look out for when buying to ensure that they stay alive for longer?  Which flowers suit different vases and vase shapes?  What additions can you make from the garden to make a small bunch look like a professional arrangement? Session begins at 10:30am and will last approximately 1 1/4 hours
No need to bring anything apart from pen and paper for any note taking. For online bookings and more information, please click here.





Are you interested to know what kind of child the Queen was? In this article her governess captures intimate account of her early life. Read the full article, of The day the Queen threw a tantrum and tipped a pot of ink over her own head, in the Mail Online.



If you would like to send a congratulatory message to Her Majesty on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee, please click here.








New survey carried out by charity Contact a Family has shown that one in seven working families with disabled children are going without food and some even take out a loan tomake ends meet. It is estimated that it costs three times more to raise a disabled child because of reasons such as the increased cost of transport and specialist equipment. To read the full research findings, please click here.
So what are your plans to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, and how are you entertaining your little one(s) this half term? Whatever you decide to do, I want to wish you an extravagant Jubilee celebration with you and your families.


Until then, enjoy the sunshine and each other.