Category Archives: Things to do in W11

Free Nativity Puppet Show – Notting Hill

I can’t believe how quickly the year has come round. But in less than a week it will be time for the Christmas Puppet show at St John’s Church on Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill. The show is aimed at children … Continue reading

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Aromatherapy massage at Neal’s Yard – 25 per cent off !

My lovely masseur, Kirsten Kitchen,  is offering my friends and followers a 25 per cent introductory discount on an aromatherapy massage at Neal’s Yard in Notting Hill. During the initial consultation, Kirsten will work out the essential oils that work … Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland opened on Friday in Hyde Park for the fifth year. If you’ve never been before ( I hadn’t until I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening on Friday) this is a traditional German Christmas market … Continue reading

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The best hot chocolate in town

This is a post I wrote last January but is not showing on my blog so I’m reposting it after being asked for tips on the best cafes in West London. The day I wrote it was  officially the gloomiest … Continue reading

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Halloween in Notting Hill 2011

As Halloween was the last day of the school holidays this year, I decided to dress up the house as well as the children. I was not at all influenced by the fact that some friends had had  Monster High … Continue reading

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Music and Movement for babies – free trial classes and free bubbly

Pippa’s Poppets – music and movement classes for babies and children – are starting up in the borough this month – with some free trial classes in the next couple of weeks. I don’t know Pippa who runs the classes, … Continue reading

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Notting Hill’s Travel Bookshop – yes that one – has closed

I was shocked to see this sign in the window of the Travel Bookshop last week. The Travel bookshop has been in Blenheim Crescent for 30 years. It’s one of the best known businesses in the area – both locally … Continue reading

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Film-making for kids

If you are looking for ways of entertaining your children over the Summer holidays and they are keen on the idea of making movies, this could be the answer. Dreamcatcher Media are running a  Film & TV Camp at the … Continue reading

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Big Dip – outdoor swimming in the City

Olympic swimming medallist Steve Parry, ( the one in the hat) has launched the Big Dip – a scheme to promote swimming in the UK. One in five children still leave primary school unable to swim and this is the … Continue reading

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Seaside recreated on the South Bank

While killing time hanging around Waterloo between appointments I stumbled across this: The  Southbank Centre is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain with a four-month Festival of British culture and creativity. There is an incredible display of … Continue reading

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Notting Hill May Fair – Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Notting Hill May Fair, which has been running for more than 20 years, is being held this year on Saturday, May 14th, between 1pm and 5pm. It’s held at St John’s Church – the one on the top of … Continue reading

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Perfect Day

The only Mother’s Day tradition from my childhood which I remember is always giving my mother a bunch of anemones. I’ve always loved them – the jewel colours and velvety petals and the simple outline. They are the kind of … Continue reading

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