What’s On This Week

Dec 4, 2013 by

Fight against the rising tide of disaster capitalism with one quick swoop – sign and persuade our representatives that we would really prefer having publicly funded fire stations to the private ones that will eventually be needed to replace themhttp://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-our-firestations

Also, please take time, if you have not yet, to make your representatives aware of your concerns over the sale of London fire stations and their closures.  Write them, they will listen –  it’s so easy, just click through to learn how to spend 5 minutes helping to save 10 London fire stations from closure and sale.

Have a look at my healthy, easy 10 minute slow cooker bulgur wheat and chicken (honestly, it tastes much better than it sounds) from Abel and Cole.  If you enter in the promo code “LONDONBABY” at checkout, you will receive a free cookbook and your 4th box will be free. 

Lastly, before getting to the action-packed week ahead, if you know of a London mum with some performing skills, there is a great part time, term time vacancy to join a fantastic team.  



Family Events Saturday 7th December

lma orchestra

St Martin-in-the-Field, LMA Orchestra Peter and the Wolf and Family Carol Concert: Two separate concerts in one venue, on one day.  Head over to St. Martins at 11am for a family-friendly, audience participation performance of Peter and the Wolf (adults £8, children £5).  Later in the day, come along and sing Christmas carols together at 4pm (adults £14, children £7).


Geffrye Museum Christmas Family Day: bring children from 2-16 for a day of rotating workshops for all ages.  Sing along to Christmas carols performed by Robinising Music.  10:30-4pm, free, all ages.  Check the web site for exact times of workshops.

Whitechapel Gallery, Family Day: Forgotten Histories.  Come and join artist Marysa Dowling to work as a family to create a customized family portrait.  Bring objects from home to leave in the museum’s collaborative work that participants in the workshop will contribute to.

Free Family Workshops at Somerset House

Somerset House Free Family Workshop: great day to see the festive lights in Covent Garden and make some seasonal art to take home.  From noon- 3pm make instruments using holiday materials.  Free, all ages

Lauderdale House, Elliot’s Christmas:  Join Elliot, a mischievous dog who is left alone on Christmas Eve.  When he is visited by an elf, they begin a journey to find Father Christmas.  Puppets and songs: 10am and 11:30, tickets £4.50 adults and £3 kids- great price for live theatre and the chance to enjoy the iconic Lauderdale House, Hampstead. Ages 2-5

Half Moon Theatre, The Princess and the Pea: An enchanting production using sheets and projections to create this well-loved tale.  Children age 3-7.  Tickets are £6 each.  11am and 2:30pm


Gobaby App has a new Holiday Season of this fabulous app for tackling the London with a pushchair.  Gobaby lists every Undergournd, Overground and DLR station with four easy to read icons indicating whether any station is step-free; has 10+ steps; requires escalators; or has lifts along with live service updates.  If that is not enough, the app includes over 1,000 changing rooms in various family dining establishments, libraries and shops.  The holiday version also lists over 200 Boots pharmacies across London for the cold season.   Go on, best  £1.49 you will spend.

Saturday Films:

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: When Santa Fell to Earth. Tickets £1 with £4 membership, popcorn and juice £2.

Barbican Family Film Club: This week’s feature: Peter Pan. Tickets are £2, bring the kids and escape the cold while you chill and watch a movie. Great price. 11am, all ages.

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Alice in Wonderland; 10:30am. Check out the newly refurbished Electric Cinema in Notting Hill with its plush, red velvet beds, sofas and armchairs. Looks like a great way for Dad to occupy the kids on a Saturday morning. Tickets £8 per person. All ages

Family Events Sunday 1st December

Saatchi Gallery Family Event London-Baby

Saatchi Gallery, Family Art Workshop: Head over to the Saatchi Gallery on Sunday and make a fabulous little ornament from 10am to 1pm.  After, take the kids to the shops down the King’s Road or to look at all the festive lights.

Camden Arts Centre Make and Do: bring the kids up to Camden and pop in the fabulous Camden Arts Centre for a fabulous artist-led make and do session.  2-4pm free, all ages.


Chelsea Theatre, The Ballad of Rudy: A Christmas play about a Jazz reindeer – what could you be more seasonal than jazz? Live music, original songs and lots of imagination.  Ages 3+, 10:30 and 1:30 every day but Mondays – tickets £8

And on to the upcoming week:

For Babies and Toddlers:

coopers arms

Monkey Music Chelsea is now offering classes in the gorgeous, spotless, light and airy Coopers Arms on Flood Street in Chelsea.  Read more about Monkey Music for you and your child.  Please ring 0208 767 9827 or email Chelsea.westminster@monkeymusic.co.uk to book your place – regular classes commencing at this venue in  January 2014.

Mini Music Makers –  Pimlico.  Holy Apostles Church, Fridays 10am – 11:30am (check site for times and ages).  Join Jeremy, a classically trained musician who brings traditional nursery rhymes to life with beautiful singing and musicality.  Children have a great time and music as do the adults.  £7 per child (or £5 per child paying in advance for the term)

Forge Arts Venue, Imagination Station: Bring the babies , from 4 months, along to this enchanting music and sensory class.  From 10am Wednesday mornings, 4 months to 3 years.

Ritzy, Brixton, Toddler Time: Thursdays 11am, £3 per child, adults free.  This week’s programme: Mr. Men Show Christmas Special

Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am.  £7.50.  This week’s feature: Black Nativity

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