What’s On for London Families: Lord Mayor’s Show, Literary Festivals, Concerts and more

Nov 6, 2014 by

This Weekend for Family, Bigger kids and Little Ones:


The Lord Mayor’s Show: Saturday 8th November, free and all ages.  A copy of the Magna Carta, a horse-drawn grand piano, the Worshipful Company of Butchers are just some of the interesting and quirky floats, vehicles and airplanes that will leave St. Paul’s at 11am and return around 2pm.  The River Procession, including the Gloriana, leaves Westminster Bridge at 8:30 am.  Fireworks begin at 5:15, between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridge.  Lots of crowds, but good fun.


Battersea Park Fireworks: Gates open at 6pm with the bonfire starting at 7:30, followed by fireworks at 8pm.  Tickets are £8 until Friday, £10 thereafter.  If you want to avoid the crowds and still have a great evening, just walk down the embankment and bring some drinks.


Southbank Christmas Market: this is a relatively low-keyed, festive, seasonal market opens this weekend.  Stroll along the Southbank while browsing the charming Bavarian Christmas chalets selling sweets and other festive treats; enjoy the lights and views of Westminster.  There may be a few rides, too.

Mostly for bigger kids and perhaps their younger siblings:



Stream South London Book Festival: join Marlorie Blackman, The Wimpy Kid Show, Lauren Child, Chris Riddell and others for a fantastic children’s literary festival at Streatham and Clapham High School.

Wimgore Hall Family Concert: Saturday 8th November 11am-noon and again 1pm-2pm – a delightful family concert put on by Ensemble 360 and Polly Ives for children ages 4+.  £7 children, £9 adults.

South London Gallery: Sunday 2-4pm, join artist Cristina Lina for a workshop to engage with the exhibit, hands-on exploration for children ages 3-12, drop-in and free.


Le Institute Francais Magnard Ensemble: Sunday 9th November, 3pm.  Enjoy a lovely concert for families, £5 for adults, children free.  Flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon.

Barbican, LSO Heroes and Legends: Sunday November 9th, 2:30.  A family concert for 7-12 year olds featuring Elgar, Mozart, Strauss, Tchaikovsky.  £5 children, £10 adults.


Pumphouse Gallery, Battersea: Sunday 9th November, 11:30-3:30.  Come and paint old masterpieces in new ways.  Fantastic workshop led by Raksha Patel, free and all ages.

Little kids (and perhaps their older siblings):

Coram’s Fields Fireworks: if you want to enjoy some fireworks, but in a smaller, gentler way, head over to Coram’s Fields Friday, November 7th at 5:15 for a subdued pyrotechnics show for very small children.

JW3: head over to Finchley Rd for AMAZING activities for families Sunday.  Yogabugs, crafternoon, Imagination Station for infants and toddlers, lots to do!!!


Babies and Toddlers

Ritzy, Brixton, Toddler Time:Thursdays 11am, £3 per child, adults free.

Electric Cinema, Electric Scream: This week’s feature: The 1100 Foot Journey– bring babies under 12 months to this amazingly plush cinema, relax with some coffee and catch a flick.

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


Family Cinema:

Curzon Cinema, Victoria:  Do head over and check out Victoria’s swish, new cinema, right off Victoria Street.  This week’s Kids Club programme: Aladin.  Saturday and Sunday, 10:30. £3.50 per person.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: How to Train Your Dragon 2.  Tickets £1 with £4 membership, popcorn and juice £2. (best £3 you will ever spend on a rainy Saturday)

Barbican Family Film Club: This week’s feature: Winnie the Pooh. 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, Aladin (1976, made entirely of a cast of children),  9:30am. Check out the Electric Cinema 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

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