London has so much on offer and it can be overwhelming deciding what to do and who to see. So, we’ve picked out some of our favourite activities taking place this weekend to narrow it down for you.
Throughout the day this Friday Cookease will be hosting cookery classes to teach your little ones basic cookery skills and spark their interest in the food that is prepared for them everyday. They’ll prep and cook the food and be able to take home their delicious creations for all the family to enjoy.
WHEN: 15 Sept (see website for times)
WHERE: Cookease, 2 Bolingbroke Grove, SW11 6ES
GREAT FOR: 2-4 years
Last week Art Barn held their open day to introduce all their exciting activities taking place this term. If you weren’t fortunate enough to attend, never fear as you can still get in on all the arty action this week. This Friday is the First Messy Art Class, which allows your child to get creative and have lots of fun with a wide range of art materials.
WHEN: 15 Sept, 10am-(see website for full schedule)
WHERE: Saint Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Road, SW7 4RL
GREAT FOR: 18 months-4 years (varies depending on session)
This is an excellent chance for you and your little one to learn how to communicate through sign language before speech. The award-winning musical programme teaches incredible sign language skills and promises to be lots of fun along the way.
WHEN: 15 Sept, 10-10.45am
WHERE: St Mark’s Kensal Rise, Bathurst Gardens, Kensal Rise, NW10 5HX
GREAT FOR: Up to 2 years
These pre-school dance classes are a great way to get the kids active and expressing themselves through dance and movement. diddi dance want to act as a stepping stone for children to enter into a healthy and active lifestyle. Expect classes filled with funk, fun and creativity.
WHEN: Fridays, 10.20-11.05am
WHERE: Huggle, 8-10 Winchester Road, NW3 3NT
GREAT FOR: 18 months-4 years
We all recognise how important learning languages is by now and it’s easiest to learn them at a young age. These LCA Baby & Toddler Mandarin classes start at 18 months! They teach you and your child the basics of the language in a fun and engaging way, as well as teaching them about Chinese culture.
WHEN: Saturdays (see website for details)
WHERE: St Mary’s Church, Upper Street, Islington, N1 2TX
GREAT FOR: 18 months-3 years
We’re big fans of Club Petit Pierrot because their programme is such a fantastic way to get a head start in learning French. The immersive lessons are taught completely in French and include language games, arts and crafts, dancing and much more!
WHERE: St Luke’s Church Hall, St Luke’s Street, SW3 3RP
GREAT FOR: 12 months-3 years
This two-hour workshop gives children the chance to get creative and make their own dreamcatchers from natural resources.
WHEN: 16 Sept, 10am-12pm
WHERE: The Thanet Youth and Community Centre, Malden Road, NW5 4HD
GREAT FOR: 6-14 years
This cooking class is a fantastic opportunity to get the children cooking with healthy and organic ingredients. Plant Organic provide all the ingredients and resources, so all you have to do is book and arrive on time!
WHEN: 16 Sept, 10-11am
WHERE: Planet Organic, Southside Shopping Centre, SW18 4FT
GREAT FOR: 2-12 years
This is a brilliant clay workshop that all the family can get involved with. You’ll learn different techniques in how to use and make things with clay to build your own clay creations.
WHEN: 17 Sept, 11am-12.30pm
WHERE: Burgh House and Hampstead Museum, NW3 1LT
GREAT FOR: All the family
What does colour sound like? Join a horn player and a violin player and explore the sounds of colour (or the colours of sound!). The children will create their own colour score and create unique sounds inspired by colours.
WHEN: 17 Sept, 11am-12.30pm
WHERE: PeckhamPlex, 95a Rye Lane, SE15 4ST
GREAT FOR: 5-12 years
Open House has finally arrived! This free event taking place at locations across the city is an excellent way for children and families to learn about London and its architecture. With so many places hosting free activities, little Londoners will be able to get designing with loads of architecture-inspired arts and crafts.
WHEN: 16-17 Sept
WHERE: Various locations (see website for details)
GREAT FOR: All the family
Heads up: Daylesford After School Activities
Last Wednesday was the start of Daylesford’s after school activities and they’ll be running each Wednesday throughout the school term. It’s a great opportunity for you to relax with a coffee while the children take part in activities including making jam jar posies, flower pressing and herb planting.
WHERE: Daylesford Marylebone, 6-8 Blandford St, Marylebone, W1U 4AU
Daylesford Notting Hill, 208-212 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2RH
Daylesford Pimlico, 44B Pimlico Rd, Belgravia, SW1W 8LP
GREAT FOR: Up to 11 years
Restaurant of the week: Bistrotheque
Bistrotheque is a fantastic choice if you’re looking for somewhere high-end but family-friendly. With a wide variety of dishes on offer from steak tartare to salt-baked celeriac at dinner then pancakes and french toast for brunch. We recommend a family visit for brunch as there will certainly be something the children will like for breakfast. Don’t miss out on the interesting cocktail menu either!
WHERE: Bistrotheque, 23-27 Wadeson St, London E2 9DR