Category Archives: Things to do in W11

Skating with penguins

When I was 10 or so I had my own white leather skates ( second hand but much loved), very occasional lessons at Richmond Ice Rink and could even travel a couple of metres backwards. As a teenager we used … Continue reading

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The Wonder of Winter Wonderland

You know Christmas has come to London as Winter Wonderland  has just opened for the season in Hyde Park. If you haven’t been, this is  a fairground  and traditional German Christmas market in one – with an Ice rink and a … Continue reading

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Halloween in Notting Hill 2012

Another Happy Halloween spent on the streets around Elgin Crescent.  We live close by so it’s great to be able to wander over and enjoy the elaborate decorations of cobwebs, spiders and pumpkins adorning the porches. This is one of … Continue reading

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Frankenweenie – will Tim Burton scare the kids?

This weekend we were invited to a preview of Frankenweenie, the latest Tim Burton film. Frankenweenie is a black and white 3D animation, very loosely based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The film is centred around its young hero, Victor Frankenstein, … Continue reading

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How to become an Olympic athlete or the next Andy Murray

How big an influence do our own passions and interests have on our children’s lives – despite our best efforts? I’ve always tried hard not to inflict my own biases and prejudices on my children and encourage them to do … Continue reading

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Calling all dog lovers

Here’s how you can  walk your dog this weekend and raise some money for charity. The fantastic Les at Nuline is supporting this as he does many worthy local causes. Find out more at the best paw forward website – … Continue reading

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May pole dancing at Notting Hill May Fair

This year’s Notting Hill May Fair is coming up in a couple of weeks  on Saturday 26th between 1pm and 5pm. The fair has been going for more than 20 years and is something I always take the kids along … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day in Notting Hill – free flowers and puppets!

If you are looking for a cheap and yet meaningful way to celebrate Mother’s Day take a look at what is going on in your local church. At St John’s Notting Hill ( perched on the top of the hill … Continue reading

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Coffee in Kensington

  Found a great new place for breakfast or coffee and cakes in Kensington. Of course there’s already Starbucks and Cafe Nero – or Patisserie Valerie for the slightly more discerning or if the eating part of the meal is … Continue reading

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Alvin and the Chipmunks

I’ve never been to the premiere of a children’s film before. But just before Christmas we were invited to the premiere of Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked in Leicester Square. It was ( either through tears or laughter) an eye-watering  experience … Continue reading

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Puddings in Piccadilly – a new kind of night out

If you are looking for a night out with friends in Central London without the expense of  having dinner, then how about this as an idea. I was recently invited to meet some friends and fellow bloggers at the Athenaeum … Continue reading

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Great Santa’s Grotto in West London

Found a really great Santa’s grotto just on the edges of Notting Hill inside the Whiteleys shopping centre in Queensway. OK it’s W2 not W11, but it’s very close and well worth the journey. The grotto, run by the National … Continue reading

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