What’s on: London Family Events for November 2012

Nov 3, 2012 by

Come and join Linda Hedenstrom in Hyde Park Wednesday evenings, 7pm; or Holland Park Saturday mornings, 11am, and try Turn it Up Boot Camp; drop-in physical training with music (£8 per session).  Also, Linda offers fabulous three month bespoke mums personal training packages tailored to get results through activity, mind-set and diet.  Learn more

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Family Events Saturday 3rd November:

The Regent Street Motor Show: if you have a chance today, take the kids down to Regent Street to see the most intriguing and beautiful collection of historic, vintage and antique cars.  Last year my kids saw the first steam engine car, along with being invited to sit in all kids of vintage automobiles with enthusiasts dressed in period costume.  Regent Street is completely pedestrianised today making it a very family-friendly event.  This is all a warm-up for the London to Brighton Race leaving Hyde Park tomorrow morning between 7am and 8:30am.

Day of the Dead Family Day, Victoria Tunnel (along the Southbank) entries at 10am and 2pm.  The Embassy of Mexico and Wahaca have teamed up to put together this traditional Mexican festival of Day of the Dead, when families come together to remember those who have died.  This is somewhat like All Souls Day, although the Day of the Dead is Pagan in origination, the festival is marked by artwork evoking dancing smartly dressed skeletons and other curiosities to mock death.  Take part in face painting, painting traditional sugar skulls, make paper masks, decorate cardboard coffins, music, dancing and Wahaca (one of the best Mexican restaurants in London) will be selling Mexican street food.   £5 per person over 8 years old.

Crash, Bang Wallop at Codogan Hall today: a family concert on Sloane Square, perfect way to start a Saturday with little ones. Tickets £8 per adult, £6 per child, £24 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children)

Family Events Sunday 4th November

Mini-movies at the V and A: Come and act like a baddie .. or a goodie: work with dramatists and use music and movement to turn little ones into expressive little movie stars.  11am, 1pm, 3pm, free, but booking required.  Under 5s

Wizard of Oz at the V and A: 2pm in the Lecture Theatre for a full screening of Wizard of Oz (very family friendly, push chair parking).  Free, but you need to collect a ticket early or just pop in at the start and see if the theatre is filled.

Christmas Lights:

Monday 5th November, Oxford Street: Robbie Williams will be performing in front of House of Frasier.  Events kick off at 5pm

Wednesday 7th November, Covent Garden: Not a Take That fan?  Head over to Covent Garden and enjoy carols performed by London Gay Men’s Chorus and watch the season come to life from 6:30


Thursday 8th November, Carnaby Street: Carnoby Christmas lights will be paying tribute to the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary this year, so be on the lookout for LPs and lips in fairy lights.

Saturday 10th November, Duke of York Square: mulled wine, mince pies, popcorn, falling snow, carriage rides, real reindeer, storytelling, Father Christmas and carol singing by the Kings Road own Natalie Coyle and the choir from Holy Trinity Church.  This event is incredibly enjoyable for families and well worth the journey over to Sloane Square.

Get Christmassy with Monkey Music:

Jayne from Monkey Music has a great line-up of amazing Christmas themed classes coming up; fill out this quick form to pop in and try Monkey Music out during one of these gorgeous, festive sessions.  She holds classes near Chester Square in Belgravia, The Army Museum, on Gloucester Road and Fulham Road, click here for more details.

London Jazz Festival at Southbank:

Here are a few free and afternoon concerts that might be interesting for jazz enthusiast carers with small children:

Friday 9th November, 1pm: Kai Hofffman Quartet, Central Foyer Bar (very relaxed space that kids can move around a bit)

Saturday 10th November, 3:30: Jazz Line-up, three up and coming jazz bands playing in the Clore Ballroom (this is a very family-friendly area with high chairs, food on sale and you can bring your own)

Friday 16th November, 1pm: Henry Armburg Jennings, Central Foyer Bar

Sunday 18th November, 2pm: Jazz in the Round, Clore Ballroom

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