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Grub Club – A Roman Style Trattoria
7pm, everyday from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th March 2014
Secret Location in Putney

Website: grubclub.com/quintoquarto
Adha, known as the King of Gnocchi, is offering up an amazing sounding seven-course menu (that’s right – seven course menu!) in the style of a traditional Roman trattoria that celebrates the idea of ‘the art of dining and being together’.

You can pick from meat, veg or fish menus (all are priced the same) on each of the days. Some of the many highlights from these three menus include meatballs three ways; oxtail gnocchi with cocoa powder; lamb’s neck fillet with polenta chips; rigatoni cacio e pepe; squid rings and whitebait fritto misto and much, much more.

Adha – Adalberto Battaglia – has owned the Rosette restaurant in Rome, and has previously worked with Stefano Cavallini, Jamie Oliver and Marco Pierre White, so you’re in for a wonderful treat at this special pop-up!

On Sunday – ]Mother’s Day (now, how special would this be to treat your mum?), there will also be a special ‘Sunday roast menu’.

Tickets cost £30 (or £23 for the Thursday 27th March launch night!) and can be bought online, where you can also find out further details about the event. It’s BYOB, so bring along a bottle of wonderful Italian wine to fully complete the experience!

Check out a sneak preview with the video below:


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Kensington Mums Fun Run
Monday 17th March 2014
Victoria Park
Walk, jog or run 5 or 10km in aid of the National Literacy Trust. Please see Exciting Kensington Mums events taking place in March! for more details.

Mother’s Day with Kensington Mums
3pm-6pm, Sunday 16th March 2014
The Mosaic Rooms, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5 0SW
Featuring guest speakers Jo Tantum, Saira Khan; and Amanda Frolich. Please see Exciting Kensington Mums events taking place in March! for more details.

International Women’s Day celebrated by RBKC featuring Kensington Mums
10am-2pm, Friday 7th March 2014
Harrow Club, 187 Freston Road, W10 6TH
Please see Exciting Kensington Mums events taking place in March! for more details.

Designer Sample Sales UK
12pm-7pm, Friday 28th February & 10am-5pm, Saturday 1st March 2014
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road SW3 5EE
Website: www.designersales.co.uk

Come down to Chelsea Old Town Hall for the latest instalment of Designer Sales UK’s sample sale where you’ll find all the famous brands selling for a snip of their normal retail prices. It’s where savvy shoppers bag the best deals!

What can you expect this time round? How about Valentino handbags from £129, Gucci shoes from £249, Equipment silk blouses starting from £125, Safiyaa dresses from £149, See by Chloe tops from £65, Aquascutum scarves £25, Ralph Lauren Mens shirts £58, Moschino party dresses £65, Martin Margiela tops from £25, Jimmy Choo handbags from £150, Vivienne Westwood Jewellery from £39, Shana clutch bags from just £10 and much, much more…

For a real treat sign up for DSUK’s VIP ticket which gives you access to the sale one whole hour before the crowds descend. You’ll be able to enter at 11am, helping yourself to a glass of bubbly…and you’ll also receive a goodie bag of treats worth £75. How could you possibly resist such temptation? Go to www.designersales.co.uk for details and to buy a VIP ticket.

Celebrate with Designer Sales UK’s 25th Birthday and come and enjoy the above-mentioned VIP ticket experience! DSUK are giving away five tickets to the first five customers who email Designer Sales UK with a quote saying why you love Designer sales UK sales events – please email sales@designersales.co.uk to enter.

Entry costs £2 (£1 concessions), payable on the door.

Events in Kensington - The Snow Queen & The Griffin and The GrailOlivia Colman narrates The Snow Queen & The Griffin And The Grail – world première
3.30pm, Friday 20th December 2013
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ
Website: www.cadoganhall.com/event/the-snow-queen-and-the-griffin-and-the-grail-131220

PAUL K JOYCE The Snow Queen
ADRIAN SUTTON The Griffin And The Grail
with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Burntwood School Girls’ Choir and RSVP Voices (male voice choir)

For lovers of Harry Potter and Narnia this is a must – guaranteed to provide a memorable start to the Christmas holidays, with two lovely, family-friendly children’s operas. Each piece is told through songs, narration and projections promising an unforgettable musical event for all the family, with narration by BAFTA award-winner Olivia Colman (Twenty Twelve, Broadchurch, Peep Show), plus the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the prize-winning Burntwood School Girls’Choir and male voice choir, RSVP Voices.

The story of The Snow Queen follows Gerda on her exciting journey to rescue best friend Kay from the clutches of the Snow Queen. A semi-staged version of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, this version of the story by Paul K Joyce has already delighted audiences around the world. The second half of the concert premières The Griffin and The Grail, a spell-binding new work by Adrian Sutton of ‘War Horse’ fame, with libretto by Jon James, which tells the story of two youngsters who travel through time to the realm of King Arthur.

All profits in aid of LAM Action, a charity that supports women with an incurable lung condition.

Tickets cost from £15 to £40 (children £15) and can be booked online.

Christmas Carol Concert
6.30pm – 8.30pm, Thursday 19th December 2013
St Luke’s Church, Sydney Street, Chelsea SW3 6NH
Website: www.rbhcharity.org/christmas-concert
Join us in the historic gothic splendour of St. Luke’s Church in Chelsea for the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity’s first ever Christmas Carol Concert. With readings from local dignitaries and celebrities, including Jane Asher and Betty Boothroyd, the event promises to be an enjoyable festive evening in the run up to Christmas.

All profits raised from the event will help fund a new, state-of-the-art operating theatre at Royal Brompton Hospital, which will improve treatments and help save the lives of hundreds of heart and lung patients treated at the hospital.

Tickets cost £20 for adults, £10 for children aged 10-16 – under 10s go free. Tickets can be bought online at rbhcharity.org/christmas-concert.

Events in Kensington and Chelsea - Chelsea Christmas Gift FairChelsea Christmas Gift Fair
10am – 7pm, Saturday 7th December and 11am – 5pm, Sunday 8th December 2013
Chelsea Old Town Hall, SW3 5EE
Website: chelseachristmasgiftfair.com
A fab opportunity for your Christmas shopping, this first annual Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair will see over 50 exhibitors from all over the UK come together to sell their rather fine and unique items. There will be gifts for him, her, the kids and the home – so it’s the perfect opporunity to get all your Christmas shopping done in one go and to get something a little different from the norm too. Admission is £3.

World Child Cancer’s Christmas Carol Service
7.30pm, Thursday 5th December 2013
Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, SW1X 9BZ
Website: www.worldchildcancer.org/get-involved/events/christmas-carol-service
A magical Christmas Carol Service that will delight both adults and children alike! There will be popular congregational carols, readings spoken by celebrity quests Chris Hollins and Tina Hobley and musical performances by Dulwich College Chapel Choir. In addition, the venue will also be hosting some Christmas stalls. All money raised goes towards providing care and support for children with cancer all around the world.

Tickets cost £20 for adults, £10 for children. The ticket price includes fine wine or orange juice and mince pies donated by Harrods.

To purchase tickets, please call 020 3176 7892 or register for tickets online at www.worldchildcancer.org/get-involved/events/christmas-carol-service.

Events in Kensington - People's Question TimePeople’s Question Time in South Kensington
7pm, Tuesday 5th November 2013
Great Hall, Sherfield Building, Imperial College, SW7 2AZ
Website: www.london.gov.uk/get-involved/events/people-s-question-time-kensington-and-chelseaAsk the Mayor of London and London Assembly about jobs, transport, policing and more at a free event in South Kensington.

On Tuesday 5 November from 7pm, Londoners are invited to meet and question the Mayor and London Assembly to find out about their current plans, priorities and policies for the city. This special event happens just twice a year and is your chance to question the City Hall team.

Find out how to register for your two free tickets to PQT
Alternatively, call 020 7983 4762 for tickets to be posted to you.

Topics up for discussion include:
Growing London’s economy
Housing
Transport and environment
Policing and community safety
Other topics

Kit Malthouse, Assembly Member for West Central London (Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster) will chair the event.

Events in Kensington - Be On The SceneLive Music at Kensington Roof Gardens
7pm – 3am, Friday 1st November 2013
Kensington Roof Gardens, Derry Street, W8 5SA
Website: www.beonthescene.com/nextevent/
On Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 7:00pm, Be On The Scene has the great pleasure of hosting a Live Music Showcase and returning to one of London’s most exclusive venues, The Kensington Roof Gardens.

All acts taking part are Members of Be On The Scene, which means the best of the “Soon to be Signed” Musicians, Presenters, and Photographers, will have the chance to showcase their undeniable talent, in a world class venue they deserve.

Guests will be able to enjoy 2 hours of incredible new and emerging music talents from London with live music that will cater to even the most discriminating music aficionado, and it will offer Members the opportunity to watch four fresh upcoming acts

The provisional Line Up, presented by Rik Jones, includes: Will Sid Smith, Tom Lukas, Louise Ellen and Valve Control

Entrance is FREE to All our Members, Standard (Free) or Premium. Premium Members get VIP access for them and one of their guest.

Become a Member today and get Free entrance to this amazing event and to reap the benefits of being part of the BOTS community, by simply creating a standard profile, then registering yourselves on our guest list. www.beonthescene.com/signup/

For everyone else, tickets are available online for £9.95 and at the door for £15.

Tickets are already selling fast, so reserve your place on our guest list by visiting www.beonthescene.com/nextevent/
Designer Sales UK
12pm – 8pm, Thursday 24th October 2013
Chelsea Town Hall, King’s Road SW3 2EE
Website: designersales.co.uk
The next edition of Designer Sales UK hits Chelsea once more! Plenty of fab discounts from top designers, as well as up and coming labels. More details here: Designer Sales UK at Chelsea Old Town Hall – Thursday 24th October

Events in Kensington and Chelsea - Impressions Music Inspired by ArtImpressions – Music Inspired by Art
7.30pm, Thursday 24th October 2013
Leighton House Museum, Holland Park Road, W14
The Russian pianist Rustem Kudoyarov (left) has devised a special programme based on music inspired by works of art for his 24 October recital in London’s Leighton House Museum in Kensington.  This exotic home and studio of the Victorian painter Frederic Leighton, has a wonderful collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.

The programme will include works by Debussy, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and a selection of Preludes by the London-based Cypriot composer Constantinos Stylianou.

Tickets cost £20 and include a glass of white wine/soft drink during the interval. Tickets are available on the door, but space is limited so it is advisable to reserve in advance. Book tickets by contacting Lisa Peacock on 020 7602 1416 or lisa@lisapeacock.co.uk.

Parallax Art Fair
1pm – 8pm, Friday 18th October 2013
11am – 5pm and Saturday 19th October 2013
Chelsea Town Hall, King’s Road SW3 2EE
Website: www.barlowfinedrawings.com/parallaxaf.html
The latest – eighth – edition of the Parallax Art Fair will bring over 200 exhibitors from across the globe to this part of the world. More details here: The 8th Parallax Art Fair returns to Chelsea Town Hall this October

The National Home Improvement Show
10am – 5pm, Friday 27th; 10am – 6pm, Saturday 28th and 10am – 5pm, Sunday 29th September 2013
Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX
Website: www.improveyourhomeshow.co.uk
The National Home Improvement Show proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, brings together over 300 exhibitors from across the UK offering unparalleled advice and innovative property enhancing solutions for the serious home improver. No matter the size and scale of your project or your budget, you’ll find the latest in innovation designs, sustainable products and expert advice, to make the most of your property.

Brand new features to the show this year include: The Planning Clinic brought to you by planning permission specialists Betternest, who will discuss everything you need to get your project off the ground. The Homebuilding and Renovating zone, where you will receive all the advice you need, whether you’re about to embark on building your own house, remodel your existing property or undertake a major extension. New self-build design expert, Hugo Tugman, and his company Tugman Architects & Designers, will be hosting the Ask the Architects Advice clinic to provide visitors with bespoke planning ideas; internationally renowned paint brand, Dulux, is the new sponsor of this year’s Interiors and Decorating zone and Dulux will be hosting the Interior Design Clinic.

This year, the panel of prestigious experts includes: Michael Holmes (Real Homes editor in chief, formerly presenter of ‘I Own Britain’s Best Home’); Oliver Heath (eco interiors and architecture expert in BBC’s Changing Rooms); Julia Kendell (DIY SOS and ITV1’s Daybreak); Matt James (Designer and expert on ITV’s Love Your Garden); Roger Hunt (renovation expert and co-author of Old House Handbook) and Douglas Kent (Expert in period properties, renovations and home improvements).

If you require bespoke advice, head over to the ‘Ask the Experts’ area and discuss your project with a professional. The property specialists will conduct free daily in-depth home renovation seminars and masterclasses offering recommendations on eco-friendly products, DIY tips, legal issues, internal decor and much more.

For more information on the show, exhibitors, seminar schedules and tickets visit www.improveyourhomeshow.co.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0844 581 0802  Tickets are £12 if booked in advance and £16 on door.

Events in Kensington and Chelsea - Fitness BlastoffThe Fitness Blastoff
2.30pm – 7pm, Saturday 31st August 2013
Baden-Powell House, South Kensington, 65-67 Queen’s Gate, SW7 5JS
Website: www.selenabrownfitness.com and
www.facebook.com/events/384679078317248

Urban Fitness Dance Party – Add some spice to your workout!

Do you enjoy keeping fit? Like to dance? Love to party? Want to spice up you workout? Then come and experience an afternoon of fitness and dance from the urban scene on Saturday 31 August 2013 at the Baden-Powell House in Kensington, London.

Created and hosted by Fitness Trainer, Selena Brown from South-East London, the Blastoff will bring together a mashup of motivating instructors who will lead an explosive and vibrant mix of cultural fitness and dance routines with African, Caribbean and American influences.

Workouts to expect at the Blastoff include Soca aerobics, Jamaican Dancehall, Hip-Hop cardio, Active African dance and Funky fit. All workouts are led by the finest instructors with a passion for fitness and dance.

This fitness event will provide 5 short bursts of simple 25-min workouts at levels that cater for everyone over the age of 16, with small breaks in between for recovery. A live DJ will be spinning the hottest and liveliest tracks to get people in the mood!

What’s Included?

  • A range of fun, simple and effective workouts
  • Motivating instructors to guide you through each routine
  • Dance and fitness workouts including Socacise, Ragga Aerobics, Hip-Hop Cardio and more!
  • The chance to take part in a raffle and win prizes
  • Caribbean jerk chicken with fresh salad
  • Healthy snacks, sandwiches and seasonal fruits
  • A 2-hour after party with a live DJ playing upbeat, urban tracks

The After Party

Music policy includes:

Hip-Hop, RnB, Afrobeats, Soca, Bashment, Reggae and Funky beats!

Buying Tickets:

There are two ticket types:

£8 – Entry ticket to the event including workouts and entry to the after party.

£12 – Entry ticket to the event including workouts, entry to the after party and food (jerk chicken, fresh salad and fruits)

Book online to reserve your space.

Events in Kensington & Chelsea - BorderlinesBorderlines
Open daily 11am – 7pm, Saturday 27th July – Sunday 11th August 2013
Ice House Gallery, Holland Park, London W8
Website: www.irenesanderson.com
and 
www.bdporcelain.co.uk
Elegant classical porcelain marked with dramatic copper red and celadon glazes, set against paintings of ink sinking into paper capturing movement and fluidity of form. A collaboration of ceramicist Bridget Drakeford and painter Irene Sanderson, artists working in the borders of England and at the boundaries of the beautiful.

Free admission; the artists are in attendance throughout the exhibition.

In association with the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea’s Arts and & Leisure Services 

Click on the poster for more details about the artists.

Events in Kensington and Chelsea - CRASHEDImmercity presents CRASHED
7pm, 19th – 27th July 2013 and 3pm on 20th, 21st & 27th July 2013
Lowerwood Court Car Park, 351 Westbourne Park Road, London, W11 1EU
Website: www.crashedandco.com and
www.facebook.com/pages/Immercity

A UFO has crashed in an abandoned car park in Notting Hill. This bizarre object is being analysed by Crashed & Co, an independent company recruited by the government to investigate. There are currently no signs of any intelligent life forms.

Crashed & Co has been granted exclusive permission to give audiences a once in a lifetime tour of the crash site. This company would like to assure any parties interested that nothing untoward should happen during their tour, as the situation is completely under control…

This is not a hoax. This evidence is available to all.

From the creators of the critically-acclaimed Wyrd comes an immersive experience that is out of this world!

CRASHED is headlining at this year’s InTRANSIT Festival of Arts.

Tickets cost £15 (£10 concessions) and can be booked online. Running time is 90 – 120 minutes, and there’s a capacity of 180 per performance (12 groups of 5). 12+ age restriction; wheelchair access available.

Produced by Immercity, written/directed by Rosanna Mallinson.

Designer Sales UK Summer Sample Sale
12pm – 8pm, Thursday 4th July; 11am – 7pm, Friday 5th July; 11am – 6pm, Saturday 6th July 2013
VIP & Press Preview Hour: 11am – 12pm, Thursday 4th July
Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, SW3 5EE
Website: 
www.designersales.co.uk and www.facebook.com/designersalesuk
Another edition of one of London’s favourite designer sample sales, the Designer Sales UK event returns offering up to 90% on a fab range of summer designer pieces! You’ll be able to make superb savings on labels such as Belstaff, See by Chloe, Armani, Aquascutum, Sugar + Style, Ralph Lauren, Moschino, D&G, Gucci, Jimmy Choo and many more! DSUK will also have their resident professional stylists on hand to give you advice on pieces at the sale, as well as helping you find something a little special.

Vintage boutique Lalita will also be present, selling vintage clothing and accessories from labels such as Harrods, Pierre Cardin, Gucci, Liberty, Versace and more.

Fashion designer and artist Jane Cattlin will be exhibiting her series of paintings Portraits of Coats, so you can take a breather from searching out the fashion bargains by viewing her amazing work.

On Thursday, 4th July there will be a VIP hour (11am – 12pm) which allows early entry into the sale. Entry to the VIP hour is via advance purchase only (you can purchase tickets via the DSUK website) – tickets cost £30, which includes a glass of champagne and a goodie bag worth £75!

Door entry to the main sale is £2 (£1 concessions), which can be paid at the door.

Mad Hatter’s Cabaret
7pm, Wednesday 26th June 2013
The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, W11 2AY
Website: thechildrenstrust.org.uk/madhatters
The newly revamped Mad Hatters’ Cabaret will be taking place at Notting Hill’s famous Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11 on Wednesday, 26th June 2013.

This fabulous millinery and fashion extravaganza, produced by Jane Goodey Carlton, will showcase the latest collections from some of the UK’s renowned milliners and designers.

This exciting event, which is being held in aid of The Children’s Trust, will start at 7pm with a cocktail and canapés reception. The spectacular Mad Hatters’ Cabaret will then follow, with wine and bowl food served after the show.

The evening will feature some special guests, including American soul singer Pearly Gates as compere, Miss Diva K, with character actors from Ugly Models. Sotheby’s Adrian Biddell will conduct a special charity auction. Headpiece by Louis Mariette, Stuart Weston Photography

The Mad Hatters’ Cabaret is an evening of entertainment not to be missed!  Tickets at £85 are available to book now: www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/madhatters. For further information and advertising enquiries please email: galaevents@thechildrenstrust.org.uk.

Escape Photo Exhibition
10am – 6pm daily, 17th – 23rd June 2013
The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, W11 3LY
Website:
escapeexhibition.wordpress.com
A collection of sixty wonderful photographic images by Charlotte Fielding and Philippa Gedge, all on the theme of ‘escape’. For more details about the exhibition, and for a small preview of some of the works on show, please see Escape Photo Exhibition at The Tabernacle in June.

A Tribute to Sir Richard Rodney Bennett and Sir George Shearing
The King’s Singers: Lullaby of Birdland

7.30pm, Saturday 15th June 2013
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ
Website: 
www.cadoganhall.com/whats-on/2013/06/15
The King’s Singers join forces with Gwilym Simcock (piano) and Malcolm Creese (double-bass) to pay tribute to two legendary musicians and highly respected composers, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett and Sir George Shearing in an evening concert at Cadogan Hall in London at 7.30 pm.

The evening will be hosted by radio presenter, conductor (and former King’s Singer,) Brian Kay, who will also lead the pre-concert talk at 6.15 pm to explore the lives and music of these outstanding artists.  Joining the discussion will be members of the King’s Singers past and present, Lady Ellie Shearing and other friends and musicians who worked with George Shearing and Richard Rodney Bennett.

This special tribute concert will feature a programme of music written especially for The King’s Singers, arrangements from the Great American Songbook and tracks from The King’s Singers’ hit album ‘Get Happy’, for which the group collaborated with both Richard Rodney Bennett and George Shearing. The concert in  London will also feature a performance from the Choir of Royal Holloway, who will be performing two pieces by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.  The works by these great composers have become firm favourites of the King’s Singers repertoire for audiences across the globe.

Tickets cost £18 – £30, and can be purchased online or by calling the box office on 020 7730 4500.

The Magic Wand Beauty Day
10am – 7pm, Tuesday 30th April 2013
Mayor’s Palour, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7LX
The Mayor and Mayoress of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea invite you to join them at The Magic Wand Beauty Day. Enjoy a day learning about the many areas of the Hair, Beauty and Health industry. Pop-up salons will provide free Mini-Treatments and samples from leading brands such as Bliss, Elemis and Gina Conway and others.

Celebrity speakers include: John Gustafson, Gina Conway,  Dr Stephanie Williams, Wendy Stallard.

Bid to win a Private Evening for 15 people at Space NK Kensington!

Delicious food from Blanche, served throughout the day.

Tickets £20 to include all talks and a goodie bag

Apply on-line to wendy@wayahead-btrc.org or telephone 020 8601 2402 or 020 7361 3659.

Open City Architecture – An Evening With…Hidden House
6 – 7pm & 7.30pm – 8.30pm, Thursday 18th April 2013
39 Russell Garden Mews, W14 8EU
Website: 
open-city.org.uk/activities/yearround/hiddenhouse.html
This evening event will provide a rare and exclusive opportunity to tour Hidden House, by Hogarth Architects and as seen on Grand Designs. Architect/owners Claire Farrow and Ian Hogarth will host this evening event at their new build 250 sqm family home located on a restricted site at the end of an existing mews in Kensington.

In order to meet constraints placed on the house by the increase in land height, the building’s roofline follows the existing pattern of stepped up rooflines along the Mews. The house, on four levels with a large basement living space is wrapped around a courtyard with a fishpond and waterfall and includes a wellness suite, dance floor and movie room with many contemporary technologies and features. Hidden House achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Code Level 5, making it a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ home.

Ticket purchases for our ‘An Evening With…’ series are in support of the work of our organisation including our pioneering education programmes.

Limited places, tickets cost £35.50 (with complimentary prosecco). Each tour duration is 1 hour.

Sharon Yamamoto: Trust
11am – 7pm, 23rd March – 7th April 2013
Ice House Gallery, Holland Park W8 6LU
Website: sharonyamamoto.com
With over thirty successful solo exhibitions in Britain under her belt, artist Sharon Yamamoto displays her works at Holland Park’s Ice House Galllery for two weeks. Exhibition open daily.

Jewellery and Silversmithing Fair Kensington

Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair
7.30pm, 15th – 17th March 2013
Conference & Events Centre Kensington, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX
Underground: High Street Kensington
Website: www.desirefair.com
A stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing fair where visitors can purchase from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as the latest designs from more established designer makers. Previously held in Richmond the fair has now moved to Kensington to provide a larger event with better facilities.

Desire has become firmly established as the “must visit” event for its stunning collection and unrivalled choice of contemporary jewellery and stylish silverware. Regularly receiving widespread acclaim from visitors and the media for the diverse range on offer and the quality of the items available to purchase, the exhibitors have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship and have a genuine passion for the work they create.

The fair offers a huge variety of stylish, unusual and original designs to suit all tastes and across a wide price range. The fair will present around 100 highly talented exhibitors. These leading designer makers will also create bespoke pieces for those wishing to commission work.

Admission is £5.

Easter Fair
10am – 5pm, Wednesday 13th March 2013
Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX
For a great family day out this Easter holiday go along to the Easter Fair in support of the Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea’s Magic Wand Appeal for the Brain Tumour Research Campaign (BTRC). There’s something for everyone, with lots of amazing stalls offering fabulous goodies, antique valuations by Dreweatts Auctioneers (bring your antiques with you) and two exciting Fashion Shows from East and Wall. Refreshments available all day. Entrance £5.

Madeleine MitchellConcert at St Peter’s Church
7.30pm, Saturday 9th February 2013
90 Kensington Park Road, W11 2PN
Website: 
www.classical-artists.com/madeleinemitchell
The Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, with conductor Graham Ross and solo violinist Madeleine Mitchell, with be performing:

Beethoven Egmont Overture
Bruch Violin Concerto in G minor
Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Sibelius Symphony no.7

Tickets cost £10 (concessions £8), children £4. These can be purchased online at WeGotTickets or on the door. There will be an interval with refreshments.

Macmillan Carols by Candlenight Concert
7.30pm, Thursday 13th December 2012
St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, 32a Wilton Place, SW1X 8SH
Underground: Knightsbridge/Hyde Park Corner
Website: www.macmillan.org.uk/carolsbycandlelight
Now in its 22nd year, the Macmillan Carols by Candlenight Concert is a magical candlelit concert held in the beautiful St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge. Presented by Alastair Bruce OBE, Vox Cordis will be the choir performing on the night again this year, whilst David Robb (Dr Clarkson from Downton Abbey) will be amongst the celebrity readers. Money raised from the concert will help Macmillan continue to fund vital support services, which support everyone that’s living with cancer, every step of the way.

The concert is sponsored by Robert Walters, and supported by Berry Bros. and Rudd and Rhubarb.

Tickets for the concert cost £25 and can be booked online at www.wegottickets.com/event/187495.

Asthma UK’s Carol Service
7pm (Doors open 6.25pm), Tuesday 4th December 2012
St Luke’s Church, Sydney Street, SW3 6NH
Underground: South Kensington/Sloane Square
Website:
www.asthma.org.uk
Guests will be treated to readings from Hugh Dennis and Penny Smith and performances from Faryl Smith and the wonderful Boys’ Choir of Westminster Under School. Tickets cost £20 for adults and £10 for children (under 16). A Family ticket (two adults and two children) is available for £50. To buy tickets go to www.asthma.org.uk/carolservice or call 0800 121 62 55.

Kensington Mums 1st Birthday!
8pm – 11pm, Thursday 15th November 2012
Surprise location!
Website: www.kensingtonmums.co.uk
To celebrate the first birthday of wonderful local blog Kensington Mums, they’re inviting you to help come celebrate at a secret location! The evening includes dinner, bubbly and a vibrant atmosphere – plus a surprise giveaway for everyone. Tickets cost £30 with limited spaces available – please email info@kensingtonmums.co.uk by 9th November to attend.

Kensington Mums & Baby Outing to the Saatchi Gallery
(Meet at 10.30am) 11am – 2pm, Friday 23rd November 2012
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, SW3 4RY
Underground: Sloane Square
Website: www.kensingtonmums.co.uk
Back by popular demand! The outing includes a tour of ‘Gaiety is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union: Art from Russia’, which is the first exhibition of contemporary Russian art at the Saatchi Gallery, featuring 18 artists working in diverse ways across various mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture and installation.

Tickets for the outing cost £5, free for children.

Post-tour, you and baby can stay and mingle with the rest of the group in the Education Room at the Gallery, with materials available for the little ones to get creative with. A mini Christmas photoshoot session by family photographer Captured by Juliana will also be taking place – for only £40, this includes one 8″ x 10″ print; 15 images in an online gallery; and all images in a video slide-show.

More details here.

Boutique de Noel
6pm – 10pm, Wednesday 14th & 10am – 6pm, Thursday 15th November 2012
Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX
Underground: High Street Kensington
Website: www.jll.org.uk/bdn
Shop for a cause at the Junior League of London’s annual fundraiser, Boutique de Noel, a two day Christmas event in the heart of Kensington and Chelsea. Boutique de Noel begins with a Gala Shopping Evening on Wednesday, 14th November, which includes an exclusive Patron Room, a Silent Auction with a wide range of luxury prizes and a preview of the Christmas Market. The Christmas Market is open all day on Thursday, 15th November, featuring vendors offering art and antiques, fashion and jewellery, toys and baby gifts, stationery and gourmet food. Funds raised at Boutique de Noel support the Junior League of London, a UK registered charity committed to promoting voluntary service, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our 400+ members contribute their time, leadership and skills to the London community, all with the goal of improving the lives of local families in need.

Tickets for the Gala Shopping Evening are from £35, whilst it’s £7 for the Shopping Day (free entry for children). More details at www.jll.org.uk/bdn.

Aquatics Live
9am – 6pm, Saturday 10th & 10am – 4.30pm, Sunday 11th November 2012
Olympia West Hall, Olympia Exhibition Centre, Blythe Road, W14 0HA
More details on our blog at Aquatics Live returns to London Olympia this November.

KCWC Annual Nearly New Sale
9.30am – 1pm, Saturday 10th November 2012
Notting Hill Community Church, Kensington Park Road W11 2ES
More details on our blog at KCWC Annual Nearly New Sale, Saturday 10th November.

ArtFusionKR Exhibition – Ceramics, Painting, Collage and Photography
5th – 11th November 2012 (Mon, Tues, Thurs 9.30am – 8pm; Weds, Fri, Sat 9.30am – 5pm; Sun 1pm – 5pm)
Private view: 5pm-8pm, Wednesday 7th November, with wine and light refreshments. Please email art_fusion_kr@aol.co.uk for invitation
Chelsea Gallery, Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Road, SW3 5EE
Underground: South Kensington/Sloane Square
The exhibition features five London based artists working across a range of media united by an ineffable joy of art rather than by a similar approach or style. Their expressive and imaginative work generates a delightful viewing experience of vibrant colours, rich tonality and vivid imagery. The pieces take influence from disparate sources including Samurai philosophy, escapist daydreams, contemporary culture and the illusion of perfection. Featuring works by Joaquin Camacho – V&A exhibitor, Nora Davies, Stefania Camacho, David London, Tatyana Petrenko and Special Guest; you can purchase or commission unique beautiful works. They are supporting the St John Ambulance Charity. Exhibition is free. Contact 07828 008 896 or art_fusion_kr@aol.co.uk for more details, or see facebook.com/artfusion.kr or @ArtFusionKR on Twitter.

Womb Wisdom Workshop
10am – 5.30pm, Saturday 3rd November 2012

The Rembrandt Hotel, Knightsbridge SW7 2RS
A one-day workshop hosted by Anaiya Sophia, co-author of Womb Wisdom, Pilgrimage of Love and Sacred Union. More details on our blog.

Parallax Art Fair
11am – 5pm, Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th October 2012
Saturday 29th September – Friday 12th October 2012
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road SW3 5EE
The latest edition of the world’s largest curated international artist fair – read more details about it on our blog.

Geographical Blueprint: The Art of the Handcrafted Globe
Saturday 29th September – Friday 12th October 2012
Saturday 29th September – Friday 12th October 2012
Royal Geographical Society (Pavillion Space), 1 Kensington Gore, SW7 2AR
Globemakers Bellerby & Co. will be hosting an inaugural exhibition of handmade globes at the Pavillion Space at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington. Free entry! More details on our blog.

Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk
Sunday, 23rd September 2012
Battersea Park

More details on our blog at Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk, Sunday 23rd September.

Jacques Offenbach – Les Contes d’Hoffmann
6.30pm, Wednesday 19th September 2012
Institut français, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7 2DT

Website: www.institut-francais.org.uk/music-events/jacques-offenbach-les-contes-d-hoffmann
Starting off the Live Opera series at the Institut français, this will be a live broadcast of Jacques Offenbach – Les Contes d’Hoffmann from the Opéra National de Paris. The cast includes Stefano Secco, Jane Archibald, Sophie Koch, Ana Maria Martinez, Kate Aldrich, Jean-Philippe Lafont and Franck Ferrari. Tickets cost £15 (concessions £12, students £8) and purchased at the above website.

David Walliams: Ratburger Book Premiere
6pm, Thursday 13th September 2012
Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ

More details on our blog.

Tibet in London – Journey to the Forbidden Land
18th – 24th June 2012
St Mary Abbot’s Centre, W8 4HN
Underground: High Street Kensington
An exhibition by Tibetan Artist, Ugyen Choephell, the exhibition will explore the art of Tibet and pilgrimage, and has been planned to coincide with the visit of His Holiness Dalai Lama to the capital this June. Visitors can enter the replica west gate stupa, stand before the Potala Palace, create their own prayer flag messages, experience life as a nomad in the yak hair tent, spin prayer wheels, try out the prostration boards to get mind and body working in harmony, or relax with tibetan momos and refreshments. FREE entry. More details at www.tibetalivingtradition.co.uk.

Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra
7.45pm, 31st May 2012
St Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Road, SW7 4AL
Underground: Gloucester Road
Featuring Rameau – Five dance from Les Fệtes D’Hébé; Handel - Organ Concerto Op. No. 7; Mendelssohn - Nocturne, Intermezzo and Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Prokofiev – Classical Symphony; Graham Ross – Conductor; Peter Foggitt – Organ. Tickets cost £10 (nave) and £8 (side). Tickets can be purchased online from www.wegottickets.com or on the door.

Monday Night Wine Tasting – Italian Wines
7pm – 8pm, Monday 12th March 2012
Henry Root, 9 Park Walk, West Brompton, SW10 0AJ
Website: www.thehenryroot.com
Come down and sample six wonderful Italian wines at The Henry Root’s fun monthly wine tasting event, with delicious antipasti – specially prepared by their chefs – also served as an accompaniment. Tickets cost £10 and can be booked online.

Take A Step in 2012 for Fairtrade
11am – 4pm, Saturday 10th March 2012
Whole Foods, 63-97 Kensington High Street, W8 5SE
Website: rbkcfairtrade.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/fairtradekc
As part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2012, which runs from 27th February to 11th March, the Kensington and Chelsea Fairtrade Campaign is to hold two stalls on consecutive Saturdays at Whole Foods in Kensington with information and Fairtrade product samples as well as encouraging people to sign up to the campaign. Come down and show your support!

The Music of Burt Bacharach
7.30pm, 14th February 2012
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ
Website: www.cadoganhall.com

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing The Music of Burt Bacharach, conducted by Richard Balcombe and with soloists Graham Bickley, Mary Carewe, Cat Simmons (star of Family Affairs and The Bill) and Sarah Lark from BBC1′s I’d Do Anything. Tickets cost £45, £35, £25 or £15 and can be booked online or via the Cadogan Hall Booking Office on 020 7730 4900. Read more about the concert on our blog!

London chamber choir Londinium presents The Elements: Songs of the Earth, the Air, Fire and Water
7.30pm, Thursday 9th February 2012
Holy Trinity Sloane Square, Sloane Street, SW1X 9BZ
Website: www.londinium-voices.org.uk
Based in the City of London, dynamic choral ensemble Londinium will be performing a beautiful concert of motets and part-songs that explore the power of the elements, featuring music by Victoria, Mendelssohn, Howells, Tippett, Lauridsen and more. The ensemble performs an unusual a cappella repertoire, performing around five programmes a year as a full chamber choir, but also featuring in high-profile events such as the world première of Jessica Curry’s Perpetual Light in The Old Vic Tunnels on 4June 2011, for which they received great acclaim. This concert will be conducted by Stephen Farr, Londonium’s newly appointed Joint Musical Director, who is Director of Music at St Paul’s Church Knightsbridge  and Worcester College Oxford. Tickets cost £14 (£10 concessions) on the door, or in advance at a discount price of £10 until 7th February. Email elements@londinium-voices.org.uk or see www.londinium-voices.org.uk/tickets.html for advance bookings.

L’amour à la française part 2
8pm, 7th February 2012
Institut français, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7 2DT
Website:www.institut-francais.org.uk/music-events/lamour-a-la-francaise-part-2
Featuring songs dealing with various sides of love at the beginning of the 20th century, this concert will include performances from singers from the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Academy Opera. Tickets cost £15 (concessions £12, students £8) and can be purchased via the above link. More details on our blog.

Dickens’s London Launch at the bookHaus
7pm, 7th February 2012
The bookHaus, 70 Cadogan Place, SW1X 9AH
Website: www.hauspublishing.com/event/51
In celebration of Dickens’s Bicentenary, Dickens’s London by Peter Clark will be launched at the bookHaus. Based on five walks through central London, Mr Clark’s book illuminates the settings of Dickens’s greatest works, his life, his journalism and his fiction. The launch event is free and all are welcome!

Parry Ray and Trio
7.30pm (doors 7pm), Saturday 28th January 2012
Kensington Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA
Soul and jazz singer will be starting a series of live dates in 2012 with a performance at the Kensington Roof Gardens. Read more about the concert in our post: Parry Ray and Trio at Kensington Roof Gardens, 28th January 2012

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's Christmas CrackerRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas Cracker
3pm & 7.30pm, 21st & 23rd December 2011
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas Cracker is back for Christmas 2011 by popular demand! The concerts will feature a full set list of festive musical gems, including favourites such as Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Mary’s Boy Child, Hansel and Gretel Overture, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year and many more, not forgetting audience carols! With conductor Nick Davies and guest vocalists Mary Carewe and Michael Dore, this is the perfect event to get you and your family into a proper yuletide mood.

For the concerts on 23rd December 2011, a special family ticket is available for £60 for any four people (including one child under 16). Tickets otherwise cost £12.50, £22, £30 and £37.50 depending on seating choice. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Cadogan Hall box office on 020 7730 4500.

To be in with a chance of winning tickets to one of the concerts, see our competition page!

Kiki Club LondonKiki Christmas Cabaret Club
8pm – 2am, Friday 16th December 2011
at a secret West London location
Darker. Dirtier. Bigger. Better. After their sell out September opening they are back for more. Absinthe, cocktails, burlesque, cabaret, dancing all night and a festive feast with a difference. Featuring: Back to Berlin’s Adrienne and Mr Hayward Slater, Mr Pustra, Claire Benjamin,  Suki Nightingale and more… Music DJ Luchador brings you the best swing, soul and (real) R&B. Originally inspired by the social, creative, cultural, sexual and political liberation that came out of the Weimar era we have created a secluded night, where you can leave your inhibitions at the door and let the absinthe melt your troubles away! Dress code 1920′s-1940′s, cabaret, burlesque, dapper gents and alluring ladies. See www.kikiclub.org.uk for more, or follow them on Twitter (@KikiClub_London) to be kept up to date on the latest news about the event.

The Contemporary London Pop Up Art Gallery & Shop
6pm-10pm, Thursday 15th December 2011 (& open daily 16th – 24th December 2011)
12 St Alban’s Grove, W8 5PN
Website: thecontemporarylondon.com/events/view/the-contemporary-london-pop-up
Starting with a late view on the 15th December (free entry, open to all) and opening daily from 16th to 24th December, Contemporary London’s pop art gallery and shop will be exhibiting original works of art from emerging contemporary artists such as Jess Littlewood, Ernesto Canovas, Sandra Erbacher, Jessica Nina Mello, Julia Bailey and Robin Seir, giving visitors the opportunity to invest in new artistic talent. A range of limited edition and original art will be on sale, as well as limited edition box sets and limited edition artist t-shirts, with unique gifts starting from only £10. The artistic community The Contemporary London is based in Kensington and Chelsea and helps promote emerging artists, showcasing their work in West London. More on them, and their pop up art gallery and shop, on their website (listed above).

The PapaTango Playwriting Festival 2011
Tuesday 29th November – Friday 23rd December 2011
Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10 9ED
Website: www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/productions/2011/production-papatango.php
The Papatango Playwriting Festival 2011, in partnership with the Finborough Theatre, will be hosting the world premieres of four plays – Foxfinder by Dawn King; Through The Night by Matt Morrison; Rigor Mortis by Carol Vine; and Crush by Rob Young. More about the Festival and the theatre company behind it can be found on our blogpost, and you can also find out more about the plays taking part in the festival and how to book tickets at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/productions/2011/production-papatango.php.

Santa Abseil at Earls Court!
Saturday 10th December 2011
Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road SW5 9TA
A charity abseil is taking place this Christmas at Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre, which will aim to raise funds for Action for Children. The registration fee for the event is £20 and each Santa is asked to raise a minimum of £100 for Action of Children. An early Christmas present will be given to the highest fundraiser, and each abseiler will receive a FREE Santa suit to take part in! For more information, please text SANTA to 07525 734101 or email rebecca.minett@actionforchildren.org.uk, but do also see our more detailed blogpost on the event.

The Stratford Village Christmas Party
5pm – 8pm, Wednesday 7th December 2011
Stratford Road, W8
This very fun annual event has come around once again! Join in on this late night shopping night at the local shops and businesses on Stratford Road, where there will also be free food and drink, plus quizzes and prizes!

Blueprint for a Brilliant CV
2.30pm-4pm, Friday 2nd December 2011
Kensington Central Library Meeting Room, Phillimore Walk, W8 7RX
Do you need definitive CV advice that brings results? Join expert CV Writer, Alex Wilson-Campbell and discover the ‘Blueprint for a Brilliant CV’. You will find out why your CV is not working, and:

  • How to make sure that employers and recruiters target your CV
  • How to include really relevant information in two pages
  • How to sell and present skills and achievements that employers prefer to see
  • How to write succinct CV-friendly sentences that employers notice and act upon

This event is suited to graduates, first jobbers and senior managers. Please get a free ticket from Kensington Central Library or log into eventbrite.co.uk.

A French Musical Journey from Couperin to Boulez
8pm, Tuesday 29th November 2011
The Institut français, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7 2DT
Introduced by Dame Felicity Lott, singers from the Royal Academy of Music and Royal Academy Opera perform the programme L’amour à la française Part 1: J’irai conter fleurette… which features songs from Gounod, Berlioz, Massenet, Delibes and Bizet, all within the themes of love and the countryside in the 19th century. Tickets cost £15 (concessions £12, students £8) and can be purchased online or by telephone the box office on 020 7073 1350. Early reservation is recommended! More details on our blogpost.
Kat & Co

Kat & Co: Blues from the Soul
7pm, 28th & 29th November 2011
The Pheasantry, Pizza Express Live, 152 Kings Road, SW3 4UT
Website:
www.katandco.co.uk
Kat & Co’s soulful and captivating music mixes smoky vocals, hefty Hammond sounds and spine splitting guitar solos that create an infectious energy with their audiences, young and old, spreading their love of the blues from the soul, an emotionally and physically moving nights entertainment. Lead by the American vocalist Kathleen Pearson, the 5 piece band redefine the boundaries and definitions of Blues, adding a modern spin yet retaining the historical elements of a genre of music stepped in tradition.

Some of Kat’s performances include the prestigious Montreaux Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s, London Blues Festival, Shepherds Bush Empire, Dundee Blues Bonanza, Ritz Carlton Marbella and the UK’s most authentic Blues festival Shakedown Blues.

Tickets cost £10 for the event can be purchased here.

The High Tea Cast presents Sex & Mugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll
7.30pm, Saturday 26th November 2011
Archangel, 11-13 Kensington High Street W8 5NP
Highly rated podcasters The High Tea Cast will be hosting a fantastic night of burlesque, comedy cabaret and rock ‘n’ roll fun, with all proceeds going to Janie’s School. Tickets cost £8 (what great value!) and can be booked online at www.aaa.uk.net. Read more about the event on our blog post!

St Mary Abbots Christmas Bazaar
11am – 3.30pm, Saturday 26th November 2011
St Mary Abbots Centre, Vicarage Gate, W8
A Christmas bazaar featuring a wide assortment of antiques, DVDs & CDs, clothes, bric-a-brac and homemade produce (cakes, jams and jellies), there will also be a “dining in Kensington” raffle, a bottle tombola, a silent auction and a cafe selling mulled wine, mince pies and more.

Humanitas Opera presents LADY EROS: Female Love in Mozart, Verdi, Strauss
7.30pm, Friday 25th & Saturday 26th November 2011
London Sketch Club, 7 Dilke Street SW3 4JE
Directed (and concept) by Dumle Kogbara with music director Marc Verter, there will be music  including drama vignettes from Mozart/Da Ponte, Strauss/Hofmannsthal, Verdi/Boito, Shakespeare and scenes from: Cosi fan tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Der Rosenkavalier, Arabella, Otello, Falstaff. Tickets cost £35 (including wine) and can be purchased from www.humanitas.ticketsource.co.uk or by calling 07838 968 097.

Aquatics Live!
10am – 6pm, Saturday 19th & 10am – 4.30pm, Sunday 20th November 2011
Olympia Two, Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road W14 8UX
For fish and reptile keeping fans out there, a brand new exhibition for this year! Aquatics Live will feature demonstations and seminars, plus many hands on exhibits and plenty of products on sale. Much more about the event on our special blogpost.

Ideal Home Show at Christmas
10am – 6pm daily (until 9pm on Thursday 17th), 16th – 20th November 2011
Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road SW5 9TA
New for 2011! The Ideal Home Show is hosting a Christmas event for the first time ever, with sections of the exhibition dedicated to food & drink, fashion & beauty, gadgets & gizmos, home improvement, gifts & decoration and interiors & furnishings.

Petite Etiquette classes at The Kensington Hotel
3-4pm, Saturday 12th & Saturday 19th November 2011
The Aubrey Restaurant, The Kensington Hotel, 109-113 Queen’s Gate SW7 5LR
The Kensington Hotel is hosting a couple of dining etiquette classes for children (with more classes to come in April 2012) this November – more on our special blog post!

Gift Wrapping Class with Arona Khan
10am – 4pm, Friday 18th November 2011
Draycott Education Centre, Chelsea, Alameda House, 100 Sydney Street, SW3 6NJ
Arona Khan, named by Harpers & Queen as the world’s first gift wrapping consultant, will be bringing her passion and skills to Chelsea this weekend, offering fabulous one-day courses on gift Gift Wrapping Class with Arona Khanwrapping, bow making and hampers and gift baskets. Arona’s classes on Saturday, Sunday and Monday have already sold out, so be quick to book yourself in on one of the remaining places on Friday! The course costs £120 per person and can be booked online at www.aronakhan.com, where you can also find out more about Arona.

“My passion for gift wrapping has resulted in me sharing my tips and techniques around the UK and Europe, across the United States and in Japan where I was described as the world’s foremost gift wrapping expert. What an honour. So too was an invitation to train the Prime Minister’s staff at 10 Downing Street,” says Arona.

History Girls
7pm, Tuesday 15th November 2011
Waterstone’s Kensington, 193 Kensington High Street, W8 6SH
Hallie Rubenhold (Mistress of My Fate), Alex Von Tunzelmann (Red Heat) and Imogen Robertson (Island of Bones) discuss their latest books and women in history, as well as women writing history. From the virtues and vices of the eighteenth century, to the virtues and vices of JFK and Fidel Castro, you can join in the discussion and question the panel. This event is part of the London History Festival that’s taking place in Kensington from 14th to 24th November 2011.

Alan TitchmarshAn Evening with Alan Titchmarsh, in aid of Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity
7pm, Monday 31st October 2011
Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington High Street, W8 4PT
Alan Titchmarsh is known to millions through the popular BBC programmes “Ground Force”, “Gardener’s World” and “RHS Chelsea Flower Show” and you are invited to an exclusive, informative and above all amusing evening with TV’s most popular gardening broadcaster.  Join Alan as he chats with the audience and shares stories of his colourful life and career in gardening, broadcasting and writing, and about the people he has met. This is a wonderful chance to see Alan at his best, speaking about what is on his mind, and also reading some of his favourite stories and poems. He may even tell us hilarious behind-the-scenes anecdotes and gossip, give useful advice about gardening or tell us about interviewing Prince Philip… This special evening is guaranteed to be great entertainment, whilst raising money for Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.

Tickets available from £15 upwards.  More information and online booking at www.rainbowtrust.org.uk/alan or call Judith on 01372 220042.

Card Aid Christmas Card Shop at the Chelsea Library
Open daily, 17th October to 23rd December 2011
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road SW3 5EZ
Card Aid’s Christmas Card shop once again returns to the Chelsea Library at Chelsea Old Town Hall – read more about the Christmas Card shop and about Card Aid in our special blog post!

Bikeminded’s Coffee & Cake Cycling Cruise
1.30pm – 4pm, Saturday 8th October 2011
meets at a location in Notting Hill – revealed on booking
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Bikeminded campaign has another great event lined up to encourage locals to get on their bikes and get some exercise. As with many of their events, it isn’t just about burning up the calories – this one will also mix in plenty of fun and some sweet treats too! The two and a half hour Coffee and Cake Cycling Cruise will take participants on a route through the Borough, taking in some of it’s best cafes and cake spots. Tickets cost £5 – including all coffee and cakes – and can be purchased at www.bikeminded.org. Read more about the event on our blog.

The Red Nose EmpireTrinity Sessions
7.30pm to 11pm, Friday 7th October 2011
Trinity Hospice Bookshop, 31 Kensington Church Street, W8 4LL
The Trinity Sessions is an evening of live acoustic music from four acts including Red Nose Empire, Robert Ledger and more. With free entry, it will be a fabulous evening or music and fun, and the bookshop will also be open for shopping too. Trinity Hospice last year gave skilled and compassionate end of life care to more than 2,000 people in their central and south west London community. With their services free of charge to patients and families, Trinity Hospice costs nearly £9 million each year to run, but only 36% of their funding comes from the NHS. They depend on the support of the local community, in the form of donations, fundraising and legacies, to continue their work.

Carluccio’s Kensington Mushroom Festival 2011
10th September – 10th October 2011
Carluccio’s, 1 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3HZ and Carluccio’s, 3-5 Campden Hill Road, W8 7DU
Carluccio’s two Kensington venues will be hosting a month-celebration of the mushroom – read more about it here!

London’s Biggest Pub Quiz
Tuesday 4th October 2011
The Britannia, 1 Allen Street, W8 8UX
As part of the celebrations for the 180th birthday of the UK’s oldest pub group, Young’s, The Britannia on Allen Street will take part in the south east’s biggest pub quiz, one of 30 Young’s pubs to do so. A food and drink based quiz, run in collaboration with the third annual London Restaurant Festival, some questions will be supplied by distinguished restaurant critic (and Festival co-founder) Fay Maschler. For £25, participants will not only gain entry to the quiz but will also be able to enjoy a three course set menu. (£2 of each entry fee will be donated to Help for Heroes.) See www.britanniakensington.co.uk for more details.

Ali Walks With Scott - Captain Scott Centenary ConcertCaptain Scott Centenary Concert
7.15pm, Thursday 29th September 2011
St Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Road, SW7
Celebrating the 100 years since the Antarctic Expedition, a nautical-themed concert evening is to be held at St Stephen’s Church featuring songs by Vaughan Williams, Samuel Barber, Fauré and Gilbert & Sullivan and led by soprano Monica McGhee together with alto, tenor, baritone and piano. Ms McGhee will also be hosting the event, together with Ali Negyal, who is one of the ten candidates for a place in the International Scott Centenary Expedition (ISCE 2012) taking place early next year. The ISCE 2012 is a registered charity that commemorates Captain Scott and his team and their legacy of scientific research. Next year’s expedition to the final resting place of Captain Scott takes place 100 years after the Terra Nova expedition, and the team will be met by a flight party of descendants of the five explorers who perished shortly after reaching the South Pole. Tickets cost £6 (£5 concessions) on the the door, and can also be reserved by calling 0758 010 1831 or emailing aliwalkswithscott@gmail.com. Drinks and light snacks will be available after the concert.

Embracing Beauty in the Realm
10th – 25th September 2011
Ice House Gallery, Holland Park, W8
Notting Hill-based artist Rachel Glittenberg will be holding her first London gallery show at the Ice House Gallery in Holland Park this September, which will feature her beautiful flower oil paintings. More details about the show and about Rachel herself can be found on our sister site: Embracing Beauty in the Realm at the Ice House Gallery, Holland Park, 10th-25th September

A tribute concert to Pierre-Antoine Bernheim
8pm, Tuesday 20th September 2011
Institut français, 17 Queensberry Place, Sw7 2DT
Young Korean pianist Min-Jung Kym will be performing works by Schumann, Beethoven, Donzietti and Liszt. Tickets cost £15 (£12 concessions, £8 students) and can be booked online at www.institut-francais.org.uk/book or by calling 020 7073 1350. For more details about the concert, read out blog post.

Wild Boys Ball
6pm – 10pm (last admission 8.30pm), Friday 19th August 2011
Enchanted Palace, Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX
A wonderful night of music, magic, performance and dancing, inside and outside the Palace! There will be a Victorian freakshow, performed by The Gaiety Engine, and 300 years of scandal and intrigue with the Official Palace Gossips. Highlight of the evening will be a Masked Ball on the Orangery Lawn with Lady Winnie of the Last Tuesday Society conducting accompanying music. Dress code is bold and beautiful or theatrical attire and masks are strongly encouraged! Tickets cost £15, which include entry to the palace and all events on the night, with limited availability – advanced booking is essential. Tickets can be booked at www.hrp.org.uk.

Blue Plaque Cycling Tours
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th July 2011
various venues
Website: www.rbkc.gov.uk/leisureandlibraries/cultureservice/intransit.aspx
This weekend, Bikeminded will be running two FREE Blue Plaque Cycle Tours in Kensington and Chelsea. Participants can learn about the lives of some of the famous past residents of the Royal Borough, such as Oscar Wilde, Captain Scott, Bram Stoke and Agatha Christie. Saturday 23rd July (meet at 9.50am at St Mary Abbot’s School, W8 5SA for a 10am departure) will see a family tour take place, with cyclists joined by an actor recounting the stories behind the Blue Plaques on the homes of Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind of the Willows, and Sir Edward Henry, who introduced police dogs to the Met. The adult tour will run on Sunday 24th July (meet at 9.50am at Gloucester Road Underground Station for 10am departure), featuring tales on Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain and George Eliot.

The tours are organised by the Royal Borough’s Road Safety and Travel team and are part of the recently launched 3-year Bikeminded campaign which intends to get more Kensington & Chelsea residents and workers cycling. Future events and activities will also help introduce people to the benefits of cycling.

Places on the tours are limited – please register by emailing cycling@rbkc.gov.uk.

An evening at the Opera
8pm, 29th June 2011
Institut francais, 17 Queensberry Place SW7 2DT
Website: www.institut-francais.org.uk
For the third time this season, young soloists from the Atelier Lyrique of the Paris Opera – which trains and develops young singers and pianists – will be performing repertoire music, including a selection of Lieder by Schumann, Mahler and Wagner plus French operatic pieces from operas by Handel, Rossini, Bizet and Massenet. Tickets cost £15 (concessions £12, students £8) and early reservation is recommended. Full details of the programme can be found at www.institut-francais.org.uk/music-events/an-evening-at-the-opera where you can also book tickets.

Free concert at the Institut francais: JP Nataf / Fredrika Stahl / Getsemani / Dream Catcher
7pm, 21st June 2011
Cine Lumiere, Institut francais, 17 Queensberry Place SW7 2DT
Website: www.institut-francais.org.uk
In honour of Music Day 2011, Cine Lumiere at the Institut francais in South Kensington will be hosting a free concert featuring a fantastic line-up of emerging international musical talent. JP Nataf of France performs chilled out pop/folk, with a backing of acoustic and electric guitars, a banjo, an organ and a range of percussion. Sweden’s Frederika Stahl’s (who you may well already heard, as she currently features on an advert) wonderful voice beautifully compliments her jazz-pop melodies. Getsemani of Italy are the winners of Italiawave Sardinia 2008; their progressive rock fusion mix is unusually led without a vocalist! Finally, Dream Catcher from Luxembourg performs in different styles and languages, exploring a range of cultures and genres. Rozi Plain’s Fun Hour for kids will also be held on the night. Do also come down from 6pm for a free glass of Ricard, the traditional French aniseed based alcohol that’s very popular during summer!

The Dashing Dog Show
10am – 5pm, 18th June 2011
Orangery Lawn, Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX
Website: www.hrp.org.uk
A fun dog show in aid of the transformation of Kensington Palace! Bring your pooch down to enter into up to seven competitive classes, all with a royal theme – including “Prettiest Princess”, “Prince Charming” and “Royal Variety Pawformance”. There will also be games, obedience training, sensational fly ball, plant sales and live entertainment. The show is open to all fit and friendly dogs accompanied by responsible owners aged over 16. Entry costs £10 per dog, free for people. Capacity is limited, so advanced booking and registration for classes recommended. See this page for more info and online booking.

Enchanted Evenings: Kensington Palace
open until 9pm, 17th June 2011
Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX
Website: www.hrp.org.uk
The second in the Enchanted Evenings series, Kensington Palace will keep its doors open to visitors much later than normal this evening, allowing visitors to experience the wonderful Enchanted Palace exhibit at night! Open until 9pm (last entry 8pm), there’s also the opportunity of purchasing refreshments from the Orangery, with special deals on food and drink. Admission – adult: £12.50, child: £6.25, concessions: £11, family (2 adults + up to 4 children): £34.

In Celebration of Carers’ Week
1.30pm – 2.30pm, 17th June 2011
Kensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk, W8 7RX

As the week of 13th-17th June is Carers Week, Carers Kensington and Chelsea and the library have joined forces to organise a coffee break in Kensington Central Library for all carers, no matter what age or who they look after. Hugh Marriott, the author of The Selfish Pig’s Guide to Caring will be in attendance, and free tea, coffee and biscuits will be available, as well as a chance to browse some helpful books, join the library and have a tour. Please call 0800 032 1089 or email kandc@carersuk.org to book a place.

Open Garden Squares Weekend
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th June 2011
various venues in Kensington, and all across London too!

Website: www.opensquares.org
One of my favourite events of the year, the Open Garden Squares Weekend allows people the chance to access and enjoy private garden squares all over London. Many garden squares are also hosting special events during the weekend. Tickets must be purchased to view the gardens, although one ticket allows entry to ALL garden squares. Tickets cost £7.50 in advance (see details on the above link) or £10 on the weekend; children under 12 go free. See the listing of gardens in Kensington (highlights include the Roof Gardens on Kensington High Street; Edwardes Square and Holland House Garden), Chelsea (Chelsea Physic Garden), Brompton (Wildlife Garden at the Natural History Museum), Earls Court, Notting Hill and South Kensington.

Try Before You Buy at Carluccio’s
6pm-7pm, 3rd June 2011
Carluccio’s, 236 Fulham Road, SW10 9NB
Website: www.carluccios.com
As part of their Festa Del Vino Veneto that will run in a number of their caffes until the 26th July, the Fulham Road branch will hold a special “try before you buy” wine tasting event on 3rd June. Guests will be able to try six wines from the Veneto region in Italy, including the Bertani Soave Sereole (served at King George VI’s coronation dinner) and the Brut di Pinot Nero, a sparking rose made from 100% Pinoit Noir grapes. To accompany the wines, some traditional antipasti will also be served. A Carluccio’s wine expert will be present to answer any questions on the wine you may have, and attendees can also purchase any of the wines on the night at a special 10% off discount. Tickets cost £10 per person and can be booked by telephoning the caffe direct on 020 7376 5960.

The Great Exhibition
28th May – 5th June 2011
Enchanted Palace, Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX
Website: www.hrp.org.uk
Taking place during the half-term break, kids can learn about the amazing inventions that were showcased during The Great Exhibition (opened by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on 1st May 1851), as well as drawing and designing their own! Recommended for ages 5 to 13, tickets (for entry to the Enchanted Palace exhibit where this is held) cost £13.75 for adults, £6.90 for children, and and £12.10 concessions. Family tickets will also be available.

“A Walk in the Park” Big Bear Hunt
11am, Saturday 14th May 2011
Kensington Gardens – meet outside Queensway Underground station
Website: www.ramblers.org.uk/getwalking
To celebrate Get Walking Day (14th & 15th May), there’s a special event taking place in Kensington Gardens that’s suitable for all ages. Come down with the whole family (including babies in buggies!) to explore this wonderful London park whilst taking part in a friendly and fun walk. And, as it’s a bear hunt, bring along your teddy bears!

This year’s Get Walking Day hopes to improve on the success of last year when over 4,000 took part in walks all over Great Britain. Its aim is to help people discover the many benefits of walking – as well a improving fitness, walking can also help you lose weight and lift your mood, and is a great way of getting outdoors and exploring!

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Kensington Gardens Lecture
6.30pm – 8.30pm, 10th May 2011
Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX
Website: www.hrp.org.uk
Landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan will be giving a lecture on the history of the Gardens, including the influence of Queen Caroline (wife of George II), who was largely responsible for establishing a large part of the Gardens as we know them today. He will also talk about new landscaping that is taking place in the Palace’s gardens, which will reopen in 2012. Tickets cost £12 (£10 for members) and can be booked by calling 0844 482 7799 or online at www.hrp.org.uk. This event includes a drinks reception.

SK Royal Wedding Concert
7pm, 1st May 2011
Royal College of Music, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Prince Consort Road, SW7 2BS
A Royal Wedding tribute concert, performed by the Musique Sur La Mer Orchestra under the direction of Marcy Sudock, and in collaboration with United World Concert Tours. A number of very talented concert performers from California will come together to lead this tribute to the Royal Wedding, with additional guest performances from harpist and composer Stephanie Bennett, the world renowned Fanfares d’Elegance trumpeters, and a number of other London-based musicians. The concert will include works by British and American favourites such as Barber, Strayhorn, Jenkins, Palladio and many more, to present a true musical romantic fairytale event. A very worthwhile event, proceeds from the concert will go to The Soup Kitchen at the American Church who serve 12,000 free hot meals and hand out 3,500 items of clothing a year to the homeless and marginally homeless in central London.Tickets can be purchased via www.justgiving.com/royal-wedding-concert and cost just £5 per adult, with children 12 and under free.

A Walk in the Park Easter Egg Hunt
11.00am, Tuesday 19th April 2011
Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX – meet outside Queensway Underground station to the north of the park
Website: www.ramblers.org.uk
A fun, family event in Kensington Gardens, perfect for the Easter hols! No booking is required, simply turn up with the little ones to enjoy an Easter Egg hunt – led by the Easter Bunny, of course! – in this beautiful park. This event precedes the start of the “Walk in the Park” series – run by the Ramblers, Natural England, Royal Parks and the Rain Trust – in Kensington Gardens on the 14th May, which will see friendly walks (30-90 minutes in length) take place on the second Saturday of every month. These walks are free and open to all, and will be run by trained walk leaders, with walks taking place in other Royal Parks in London too. More on these walks can be found at http://www.wfh.naturalengland.org.uk/walkfinder/london/walk-park.

Welcome to Kensington Palace – A Palace for Everyone – Site Tours
11.00-11.45am, Saturday 16th April 2011
Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX
Website: www.hrp.org.uk
With a £12 million refit of the visitors’ section of the Palace well under way – and due to reopen in 2012 – visitors can enjoy a FREE tour of the building site, led by Palace director Nigel Arch. Advanced booking is required and can be done by telephoning 0844 482 7799; the tour does not include entry to the Enchanted Palace exhibit.

Mothering Sunday at Kensington Palace
10am – 4pm, Sunday, 3rd April 2011
Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX

Website: www.hrp.org.uk
For something a little different for Mother’s Day, why not treat your lovely mum to your own homemade bouquet of roses – made at Kensington Palace! The Palace will be holding this fun activity on Mothering Day itself, where you can learn how to make white paper roses – the very same roses adorn the walls of the Palace’s State Apartments. Read more about how to join in this fun activity – and the options for tea at The Orangery at Kensington Palace afterwards, here.

Friends of Holland Park Art Exhibition 2011
1pm – 6.30pm, to Sunday 3rd April 2011
The Orangery, Holland Park, Kensington High Street, W14
Website: www.thefriendsofhollandpark.org/index.php?page=art-exhibition
A spring art exhibition by the members of the Friends of Holland Park. Entrance is free.

Russian Virtuosi Concert
7.30pm, Saturday 2nd April 2011
The Orangery, Holland Park, Kensington High Street, W14
Website: www.thefriendsofhollandpark.org/index.php?page=forthcoming-events
To round off the Friends of Holland Park’s 2011 spring art exhibition (see March), the Russian Virtuosi will be performing an evening concert at the Orangery. Natalia Lomeiko (violin), Yuri Zhislin (viola), Zoya Vyazovska (flute) and Richard Harwood (cello) will be performing Schubert’s String Trio in B flat, Beethoven’s String Trio in c minor, Bruni’s Duo for Violin and Viola, and Mozart’s Flute Quartert No. 1 in D. Tickets cost £15 (which includes wine and light refreshments) and can be booked by contacting Rhoddy Wood on 020 7602 0304 or rhoddy.wood@thefriendsofhollandpark.org.

Supper & Suspense: Who Drowned The Playboy Bunny
7pm, Friday 1st April 2011
The Jam Tree, 58 Milson Road, W14 0LB
Website: www.anotherworldevents.com
Enjoy a three course dinner in The Jam Tree’s wonderful private dining room, and then take part in the murder mystery event, “Who Drowned The Playboy Bunny”, hosted by PC WORLD and his Psychic Side Kick Claire Voyant. You can either take part as one of ten potential suspects, or sit back and watch proceedings to try and work out “whodunnit”! Spaces are limited so do be sure to book early – tickets cost £30 for the dinner and murder mystery event, and can be purchased either directly from the bar or online from https://www.eventelephant.com/modernmurdermysterydinneratthejamtree.

National Theatre Live: Danny Boyle directs Frankenstein
Thursday 24th March 2011
Odeon Kensington, Kensington High Street, W8 6NA
On both the 17th and 24th March, National Theatre Live will be broadcasting the fantastic production of Frankenstein at the Odeon Kensington, as well as at other cinemas across the country. During the play’s run at the National Theatre, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller have alternated between the two main roles, and the two performances broadcast at cinemas will allow viewers to experience both versions; the 17th March performance will see
Benedict Cumberbatch play Creature and Jonny Lee Miller play Victor, with the reverse the following Thursday. This will be a unique opportunity to see this sold-out production of Frankenstein, directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire). Running time is approximately 2 hours (no interval); Frankenstein is suitable only for 15 years+. Tickets can be purchased from www.ntlive.com.

Kensington & Chelsea Music Society Concert: Bartholomew Lafollete & Ana-Maria Vera
7.30pm, Tuesday 22nd March 2011
Leighton House, 12 Holland Park Road, W14 8LZ
Website: www.kcmusic.org.uk/lafollete_vera.htm
Bartholomew Lafollete (cello) and Ana-Maria Vera (piano) will be performing works by Stravinksy, Brahms and Schumann. Tickets cost £18, which includes a glass of wine/fruit juice during the interval.

Full details of the season and its performers can be found on the Kensington & Chelsea Music Society website.

Talk with cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton
7.00pm, Tuesday 15th March 2011
Institut français, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7 2DT
Website:
www.institut-francais.org.uk
French cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton will be discussing her upcoming residence at King’s Place (on 17th, 18th and 19th March) as well as performing some extracts from her new CD Vita.  There will also be a Q&A and a CD signing. Tickets for the event, in English, cost £10 (£8 concessions) and can be booked by calling the box office on 020 7073 1350 or online at www.institut-francais.org.uk/book.

National Pie Week at The Cadogan Arms
7th-13th March 2011
298 King’s Road, SW3 5UG
Website:
www.thecadoganarmschelsea.com
In celebration of National Pie Week, the acclaimed The Cadogan Arms will be offering a trio of fantastic pies! From 7th to 13th March for both lunch and dinner, The Cadogan Arms will be serving Isle of Man queen scallop and wild crayfish pie as a starter; wild rabbit and Herefordshire snail pie served with young leeks as a main; and lemon meringue pie to round things off for dessert. This three-course menu is superb value at only £20 per person, although you can also order one pie for £12, or two for £16. The Cadogan Arms’s sister pubs will also be offering sumptuous pie menus during the same week.

If you’re in Clerkenwell, be sure to pop in at The Well for a menu that includes a Denham Estate venison, chestnut and bone marrow pie, whilst The Gun in The Docklands will be serving an absolutely fabulous-sounding oxtail and kidney suet pudding served with a native oyster a’top and veal jus as part of its menu. All three pubs will be offering pie specials, at times, and will also have a selection of seasonal guest ales

Pimp Your Pancake
8th-11th March 2011
Giraffe, 7 Kensington High Street, W8 5NP
Website:
www.giraffe.net
The wonderfully friendly Giraffe restaurant (enjoyed by people of all ages!) in Kensington is holding a special 3-day event in honour of Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) on 8th March. From 8am to 4pm each day from 8th to 11th March, diners can treat themselves to Giraffe’s American-style stacked pancakes for £5.95, which will be served with their choice of toppings (from a wide variety); essentially, they can “pimp their pancake”! To make things even more exciting, if you post a photo of your pancake creation in the events section of the Giraffe Facebook page, you could win a food feast for yourself and up to five friends! See http://www.giraffe.net/news/pimp-your-pancake for full details.

Pancake Day at The Botanist
8th March 2011
The Botanist, 7 Sloane Square, SW1W 8EE
Website: www.thebotanistonsloanesquare.com
The stylish Botanist on Sloane Square will be hosting a special menu to celebrate Pancake Day this year. Take your pick from a caramelised apple crêpe with home-made vanilla ice cream or the amazing-sounding caramelised banana and chocolate crêpe served with pistachio praline, priced at only £6.75. If you want to fully treat yourself, why not go for the Champagne Afternoon Tea instead, which includes finger filled sandwiches, homemade scones with Preston Hall jam and Devonshire clotted cream plus your choice of crêpe, all for £25 per person. Or swap the champagne for Jing tea or hot chocolate (specially created at the Botanist in honour of Sir Hans Sloane, who invented milk chocolate and sold the product to Cadbury’s!) for £18 per person. All dishes will be served on the day from 3.30pm to 6pm, although the Afternoon Tea (served with a selection of sweets and cakes instead of a crêpe) is available at the same times Monday through Friday every week.

Collecting The World
11am – 4pm, 19th – 27th February 2011
Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX
Website: www.hrp.org.uk
Treat your kids to something special this half-term, with a range of Family Learning activities taking place at Kensington Palace. (Recommended for kids aged 5 to 13.)

This half-term, the palace’s drop-in activities will explore the theme of collecting. Children will be able to make and decorate their own paper cabinets of curiosities and help add to a life-sized cabinet. There will also be a trail where children can discover which parts of the world objects in the palace’s collection come from.

Following this, there will then be an opportunity to explore the Enchanted Palace, which is a unique multi-sensory exhibition combining fashion, live performance, music, film and dazzling spectacle to show the palace in a magical light. Intriguing and mysterious characters lead visitors on a journey through the spellbound palace to discover its tales of love and hate, surprise and sadness, secrets and jealousy, exploring a secret Kensington Palace – one that you will have not seen before!

This event is included in the price of admission to the Palace (adult £12,50; concession £11.00; child £6.25; family £34.00), or you may be interested in obtaining annual family membership, which allows entry to all the Historic Royal Palaces – membership costs from £55. There will also be half-term events taking place at Hampton Court Palace.

Thanksgiving at The Big Easy
Thursday 25th November 2010
The Big Easy, 332-334 King’s Road, SW3 5UR
Underground: South Kensington/Sloane Square
Website: www.bigeasy.co.uk
The Big Easy, an American barbecue and crab shack on the King’s Road will be celebrating one of America’s most celebrated traditions – Thanksgiving – with a special two-course menu from just £19.95. Included in the set menu is roasted breast of Norfolk turkey with giblet gravy, chestnut stuffing, green beans and candied sweet potatoes with toasted hazelnuts, all accompanied with home made cranberry sauce. This is followed by a choice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream or pecan pie with vanilla bean ice cream. Delicious, eh? With a live band playing from 8.30pm, The Big Easy will be the perfect place to celebrate Thanksgiving.

MasterChef Live
Friday 12th – Sunday 14th November 2010
Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX
Website: www.mastercheflive.com
See more details on our special MasterChef Live page – and get 20% off entry!

Junior League of London’s Boutique de Noel
6pm-10pm, Wednesday 10th November 2010
& 10am-8pm, Thursday 11th November 2010

Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX
Underground: High Street Kensington
Website: www.jll.org.uk
Now in its 31st year, the Junior League of London is proud to open its doors to the public for London’s leading holiday shopping bazaar. Boutique de Noel opens with a Premier Shopping Evening on the 10th of November, featuring complimentary champagne and wine with canapés, Christmas carollers, a live as well as a silent auction and a raffle plus a fashion show. This is followed by a full Shopping Day on the 11 th of November, with speciality vendors, live music, food and a chance to visit Father Christmas. All proceeds will benefit the League’s antipoverty programmes… it’s shopping for a good cause. The Premier Shopping Evening is £35 (£20 for each subsequent ticket purchased) whilst the Shopping Day is £5. Group Rates available, please call 020 7499 8159 or email jrleague@jll.org.uk for more information.

Kensington Animal Charities Fair
10am-4pm, Sunday 7th November 2010
Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX
Underground: High Street Kensington
Website: www.animalcharitiesfair.org.uk
With a 30-year history, the Kensington Animal Charities Fair moves to a new home this year at Kensington Town Hall. It will feature over 70s stalls, selling items such as books, Christmas gifts and cards, calendars and collectables; there’s also a Big Tombola and a cafe with delicious cakes! This year’s fair will be opened by Pen Farthing (who will also be giving one of the talks), a former Royal Marine Colour sergeant and founder of Nowzad Dogs, and rescue dog Patch from Afghanistan! Entry costs £2 (£1.50 for pensioners), children under 10 go free.

Children’s author Helen Nathan, author of Flossie Crums, reading at Peter Jones
11am, Saturday 23rd October 2010
Peter Jones, Sloane Square, SW1W 8EL
Underground: Sloane Square
A perfect event for the start of half term week – Flossie Crums author Helen Nathan will be reading from the second book in the series, The Enchanted Cookie Tree, in the children’s department of Peter Jones. She will also be baking and decorating special chocolate marshmallow spider cookies, and inviting children to take part! More on the book series can be found at the Flossie Crums website.

Blitzwalkers Chelsea Walk
starts 11am, Sunday 3rd October 2010
meet outside Sloane Square Underground Station
Underground: Sloane Square
Website: www.blitzwalkers.co.uk
If you’re interested in seeing a slightly different side of Chelsea, why not join this guided walk? Steve and Neil will guide you around the area, uncovering the wartime history of Chelsea, in relation to the Blitz in particular. This walk lasts 2 and a half hours, and goes via Turks Row, The Royal Hospital, Chelsea Old Church, Kings Road, Cale Street, Draycott Place with other stops, before returning to Sloane Square at the end. The walk costs £7 per person – more details on it (and other walks in London that they do) on their website.

Chelsea Grand National
1pm-5pm, Sunday, 19th September 2010
Burton Court, Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4SR
Underground: Sloane Square
Website: www.ugandacf.org
A fun, family day out at the first ever Chelsea Grand National, featuring pantomime horse races and a dressage competition, with all proceeds going to the Uganda Conservation Foundation. There’s also egg & spoon, sack and dresing up races, plus entertainers, face-painting, jazz music and plenty of delicious food and drink! Tickets cost £10 at the gate or £8 if bought online (via the website above), and it’s free for under-13s. For more info or if you want to enter a horse race, contact enquiries@ugandacf.org.

Family Activity Days
Chelsea Psychic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HS
Website: www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk
One of London’s best kept secrets, this wonderful hidden garden is hosting 20 family days in 2010 (9 during August – perfect for the school holidays!) that explore the garden and its creepy-crawly residentsthrought activities and workshops. Cost: £5.50 per person, including adults. Pre-booking essential.

Fuse Arts
25th July 2010
Kensington Gardens, W8 – 12pm – 7pm
Website: www.fuse-arts.org.uk
A one-day arts festival, designed to show off and involve the creative talents of young people. There will be a whole variety of events taking place, including dance performances, theatre, art and film, with plenty of opportunity for opportunity to take part too.

InTRANSIT Festival
19th July-1st August 2010
Various venues
Website: InTRANSIT Festival
A variety of events across Kensington & Chelsea, the aim of this festival is for people to enjoy talks, walks, opera and dance in the open air surroundings of the Borough.

Earls Court Festival
4th-31st July 2010
Various venues
Website: www.earlscourtfestival.co.uk
This near month-long community arts festival has its beginnings as a humble street fair 30 years ago! Today, it has expanded to include a whole range of events, including art and photography exhibitions, talks, tours (such as of the Brompton Cemetary), plenty of music events – and more – such as the Street Fair, of course! It really is a great way of having fun and exploring the area. Some events are free, some require tickets – see the website for full details.

Mozart’s Don Giovanni Opera Live Broadcast from Aix-en-Provence Festival
5th July 2010, 8pm
Ciné lumière at the Institut français, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7 2DT
Following the success of the retransmission of Idomeneo last year, Ciné lumière, in collaboration with Arte, links up a second time with the prestigious Aix-en-Provence music festival to broadcast a live performance of a brand new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Conducted by Louis Langrée, with Bo Skovhus in the lead role of Don Giovanni and stage direction by Dmitri Tcherniakov, the performance is set to be sensational. The production, specially commissioned for the festival and co-produced with the Teatro Real Madrid and the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, is performed in the beautiful historical outdoor Théâtre de l’Archevêché in Aix-en-Provence.

Performance in Italian, with French subtitles.
Tickets £15, concessions £10. Tel: 020 7073 1350,
www.institut-francais.org.uk

Designer Sales UK
24th June 2010
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, SW3 5EE, 11am – 9pm
Website: www.designersales.co.uk
Popular sale with luxury brands at low prices. Free entry.

Classical Coffee Mornings at the Royal Albert Hall
The Matteo Quartet – 6th June 2010
Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
(Door 8, Circle level)
– 11.30am
See Classical Coffee Mornings for further details.

Classical Coffee Mornings at the Royal Albert Hall
Emerson Quintet – 30th May 2010
Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
(Door 8, Circle level)
– 11.30am
See Classical Coffee Mornings for further details.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show
25th – 29th May 2010
Royal Hospital, Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4SR
One of the great annual event in Kensington & Chelsea calendar, the Chelsea Flower Show and its wonderful garden and plant displays brings in the crowds year on year. A fantastic chance to see beautiful displays by talented garden designers, as well as being able to stock up on your gardening needs!

Classical Coffee Mornings at the Royal Albert Hall
Aleksei Kiseliov & Aliaksandr Muzykantau – 23rd May 2010
Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
(Door 8, Circle level)
– 11.30am
See Classical Coffee Mornings for further details.

Johann, I’m Only Dancing: Masterworks by J S Bach
Red Priest – 18th May 2010
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ – 7.30pm
Recorder player Piers Adams and his baroque ensemble present music by the greatest genius of the baroque era, Johann Sebastian Bach, performed with their legendary blend of creativity, wit and virtuosity. Tickets cost £22.50, £17.30 & £12.50; or £10 for children over 5 years and students. Box office 020 7730 4500 or www.cadoganhall.com.

Classical Coffee Mornings at the Royal Albert Hall
Tom Ellis & Laura Snowden
16th May 2010
Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
(Door 8, Circle level) – 11.30am
See Classical Coffee Mornings for further details.

Shoot Portobello – A Photo Story & Scavenger Hunt
28th March 2010, 11.15am – 6.30pm
The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, Notting Hill, W11 2AY
Underground: Notting Hill Gate
Website:
www.shootexperience.com/events/info/193
Now in its fourth year, this year’s Shoot Portobello will be a story event – teams (of 2 to 4 people) will be given words and phrases from a pre-written story, and will take photos to represent the tale. All of the photos taken on the day will then be compiled to create a unique storyboard. Prizes will be on offer! Tickets must be bought in advance, price £15.

Cinderalla on Ice
24th – 28th February 2010
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
Website: www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/cinderella/default.aspx
A new interpretation of Cinderalla from the world-famous Imperial Ice Stars is coming to the Royal Albert Hall – with the arena floor being frozen with ice for only the second time in its history!

The performance is choreographed by Tony Mercer, one of the leading creators of contemporary theatre on ice, and two times Olympic gold medallist Evgeny Platov. The score has been composed by Tim A Duncan and Edward Barnwell, and recorded by the 72-piece Moscow State Cinematic Orchestra and 10 soloists from the Manchester Symphony Orchestra. The score will be complemented at each performance by a live 20-piece orchestra.

Tickets are available from the website above.

Graham and Green Warehouse Sale – 15th-17th Jan 2010
Notting Hill shop Graham and Green – who sell an eclectic mix of furniture and lifestyle products sourced form all over the world – are having another of their wonderful warehouse sales on the third weekend of January.

The sale will take place on:
Friday 15th January: 9am – 5pm
Saturday 16th January: 9am – 5pm
Sunday 17th January: 10am – 2pm
at 3-4 Capital Interchange Way, Chiswick, TW8 0EX (map here)

Be sure to pop along for great bargains on the beautiful items they sell, with up to 70% off furniture, mirrors, lighting and other accessories with a range of end of season, sample, ex-display, discontinued & damaged stock.

Vintage and Designer Evening
Thursday 26th November 2009, 4pm – 9pm
British Red Cross, 69-71 Old Church Street, London SW3
All welcome to come and enjoy a glass of wine and shop for something very special including dresses by Chanel, Dior and McQueen, shoes by Manolo, Jimmy Choo and Louboutin, and handbags by Chanel and Vivienne Westwood plus a selection of beautiful vintage furs.

Designer Sale for RNIB – 75% discount!
Tuesday, 24th November 2009, 5.30pm – 8pm
Chelsea Town Hall, King’s Road London, SW3 2EE
Featuring a huge range of designer clothes and accessories at bargain prices, this is an evening not to be missed. Designers include Vivienne Westwood, Roberto Cavalli, Jenny Packham, Marith and Francois Girbaud, James Lakeland and many more, some with discounts up to 75% off. Tickets are £10 and all proceeds go to RNIB! To book, visit www.rnib.org.uk/designersale or call 0845 345 0054.

ignite – Live Music at the Royal Albert Hall
September – November 2009
Café Consort, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7
(Door 12-Grand Tier Level)
Website: www.royalalberthall.com
Cafe Consort at the Royal Albert Hall is holding a series of Friday and Sunday concerts, covering a variety of different genres – from Latin American and jazz to flamenco and samba. Friday concerts (12pm to 1.30pm) are FREE whilst tickets for Sunday events (12pm to 2pm) are £25, which includes a delicious brunch.
See listings for concert details.

Graham and Green Relocation Sale – 22nd – 25th Oct 2009
Notting Hill shop Graham and Green – who sell an eclectic mix of furniture and lifestyle products sourced form all over the world – are having another sale from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th October. They are offering up to 70% off furniture, home accessories, lighting, mirrors and Christmas gifts – be sure to drop by!

The sale is at 3-4 Capital Interchange Way, Chiswick, TW8 0EX (map).

Scrapheap Challenge at The Heatherley School of Fine Art, Chelsea
10th October 2009, 10am – 4pm
75 Lots Road, London SW10 0RN
Website: www.heatherleys.org
The Heatherley School of Fine Art will be holding a free drawing event as part of the Big Draw this year.

Our tutors will be opening up the studios into a vast scrapheap of a still life in an attempt to build an indoor cityscape. Flitting in amongst the structure will be two ‘rubbish tip fairies’ (models in costume) so that we can also make studies of the figure in the urban environment.

Joining us at an easel in the afternoon will be artist and long term Private Eye cartoonist, Barry Fantoni. Former Heatherley’s student Cherie Lunghi will also be participating.

At the end of the day we will compile the work produced into a huge collage, creating a new landscape of its own.

The event is open to anyone over the age of 18 and is completely free of charge. All materials will be included. To book a place please call the Heatherleys office on 020 7351 4190.

Peter Pan Kensington Gardens
26th May to 30th August 2009
Taking place in the specially constructed Kensington Gardens Theatre, the round structure will make use of CGI technology to provide a magical new stage version of Peter Pan!

Full details can be found at www.visitlondon.com/peterpan.

V & A Museum Village Fete
24th & 25th July 2009
The 10th annual alternative village fete at the gorgeous V & A Museum in South Kensington presents all sorts of fun and games. Friday sees the fete go on til late.

Full details at V & A Museum Village Fete Jubilee.

Graham and Green Warehouse Sale
24th & 25th July 2009
Kensington & Chelsea favourite Graham and Green – who sell an eclectic mix of furniture and lifestyle products sourced form all over the world – are having a warehouse sale on 24th & 25th July. Be sure to pop along for great bargains on the beautiful items they sell, with up to 70% off furniture, mirrors, lighting and other accessories.

The sale is at 3-4 Capital Interchange Way, Chiswick, TW8 0EX (map).

Chelsea Arts Festival
13th – 24th June 2009
Various venues in Chelsea, including Cadogan Hall, The Royal Hospital Chelsea and the 606 Club
Website: chelseaartsfestival.org
Headline act of the Chelsea Arts Festival is rock legend Rick Wakeman at Cadogan Hall, where he will perform his composition “P ‘n’ O”. Rick will be playing a 9ft grand piano and be accompanied by an orchestra and the English Chamber Choir.

Other concerts include Australian Music Foundation Showcase Sunday Afternoon; Mica Paris at the 606 Club; and Vikram Seth and Alec Roth’s Confluences – Seven Elements.

Full details are on the Chelsea Art Festival website.

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