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London is probably the best city in the world in terms of activities for families and children including lots of free activities and events. We list here lots of initiatives that we believe London Mums and their children from babies to teenagers would enjoy especially at the most entertaining places such as the Science Museum, The V&A, Kew Gardens, Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich, West End shows, the London Eye, the London Aquarium, Kingston upon Thames, Chelsea, SouthBank and so much more.

The cheeky Vademecum of the concert goer

Hilarious Tips for Surviving and Thriving at Gigs, London Mum Style.

Ready to tackle your next concert with the poise of a seasoned London mum and the cheeky wit of a comedian? Whether you’re a gig novice or a veteran of the mosh pit, these side-splitting tips will ensure you not only survive but absolutely thrive at any show. Follow our advice, and you’ll be the talk of the town long after the final encore. Rock on, concert warriors!

 

cowgirl monica costa wearing cowboy hat at BST london mums magazine

  1. Hat Off, Mate!: Never wear a hat, especially a cowboy hat—even if it’s a country gig or the 4th of July. Unless you fancy being mistaken for a lost extra from a spaghetti western, leave the Stetson at home.
  2. The Lateral Shuffle: When you move sideways, never stop and stand in front of people who are shorter than you. It’s not their fault they’re vertically challenged, and you don’t want to be on the receiving end of a mini mosh pit.
  3. Neighbourly Love: Make friends with your neighbours at the gig. You never know when you might need someone to hold your drink, spot your bag, or help you find your dignity after one too many pints.
  4. No Fisticuffs: Don’t start fights with your concert neighbours. Nothing ruins a gig faster than a bout of fisticuffs, and let’s be honest, you’re not exactly Conor McGregor.
  5. Advance Apologies: Apologise in advance for any pushing and bag bumping. It’s like pre-emptive damage control. They can’t get mad if you’ve already said sorry, right?
  6. Compliment Away: Compliment your gig neighbours on their style, dance moves, or even their choice of beverage. It softens the blow when you inevitably step on their toes or elbow them in the ribs while dancing.
  7. Security Flirtation: Flirt with the security guards. You never know when you might need a favour—like being hoisted out of the crowd or escorted to the VIP area because you “lost your friends.”
  8. Shoulder Lift Strategy: Find someone strong and broad-shouldered to pick you up for one song. Make sure it’s a memorable one! But be ready to come down quickly when security gives you the stink eye.
  9. Personal Space Hack: Don’t wash for a week before the gig. A guaranteed way to create a bubble of space around you. Not for the faint-hearted or the faint-nosed.
  10. Pre-Gig Hydration: Drink water, lots of it, but not so much that you spend half the concert queuing for the loo. There’s a fine balance to be struck here.
  11. Master the Mosh Pit: If you’re brave enough to enter the mosh pit, remember: elbows in, knees bent, and always keep an eye out for flying shoes. Consider it a contact sport with less predictable rules.
  12. Encore Enthusiasm: Be the loudest in the crowd when it comes to chanting for an encore. Channel your inner drill sergeant and get the whole section involved. “One more song!” has never sounded so good.
  13. Gig Snacks: Pack gig-friendly snacks. You’ll thank yourself when you’re starving and the only option is a questionable hot dog. Think granola bars, nuts, or a sneaky bag of Percy Pigs.
  14. Footwear Wisdom: Wear comfortable shoes. You might think those new heels are a good idea, but you’ll regret it when you’re hobbling home, barefoot and clutching your stilettos like a tragic Cinderella.
  15. Post-Gig Escape Plan: Plan your post-gig escape route. The mad dash to the tube station is not for the faint-hearted. Have an exit strategy that would make James Bond proud.

PINK gig BST Hyde Park 2023

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