London Mums Spring 2016 newsletter including Easter holiday activities in London

Hello London Mums

Spring is in the air and our Spring magazine is now available online and in supermarkets from next week. School breaks again in a few weeks and preparations for Easter are on their way – at least judging from the amount of Easter eggs on shop windows – I am not ready for that yet. In this newsletter your will find London Mums’ recommendations for Easter Holiday activities as well as ideas for entertainment over the holidays.

My special gift to you all is our latest Spring issue of the London Mums Magazine – it’s utterly free and a true labour of love – where you can read exclusive interviews with Amanda Holden, Kimberly Wyatt, star chef Gennaro Contaldo and Ben Fogle.

You can download it on your computer as a pdf and read on any mobile device (smartphones or tablets would re-size it for your convenience) or pick up a paper copy from a local supermarkets. Click on any magazine image or collage to download or read it online. Our previous issues since 2009 are stored in our magazine archive.

LM Spring Mag 2016 Collage

As I am sure you know there are now over 1.1 million families with children living in London. However, many families don’t have the support they need to thrive and make the most of the opportunities London has to offer them.  Childcare is a big issue in this city in terms of cost, quality and availability and also with respect to maternal employment and child poverty.

The Social Policy& Diversity team at City Hall have launched ‘a conversation’ with London parents about childcare via the Talk London platform: Please share this link with your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues who might be interested in sharing their thoughts with the Mayor. They welcome hearing from a diverse range of opinions and views.

Easter Holiday activities

Here are just a few London Mums recommendations for Easter Holiday activities – a lot of them FREE of charge and outdoor – to do in and around London this Spring. Subscribe to our social media to get daily updates on attractions, offers and events – Twitter @londonmums London Mums Facebook Page Facebook Group LONDON MUMS TV CHANNEL Pinterest
27 Fab Things to do with (and without) kids in London


Shrek’s Adventure London New Attraction!
Shrek adventure london kids family funWatch these videos of London Mums telling what they REALLY think of the Shrektacular experience at Shrek Adventure London and the kids first reactions
FREE EVENT at the Nickelodeon shop on Leicester Square on 26 March 2016 from 12 to 4pm
We are also going to give away a ‘surprise goodie bag’ filled with products by Nickelodeon worth £100 – to enter please subscribe to one of our social media platforms and email us. Thanks and good luck.Easter Nickelodeon London
A taste of Shakespeare Up at The O2 with Grassroots Shakespeare London 26 March 2016

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Caption: Actors from Grassroots Shakespeare London celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare with a special performance Up at The O2, the company will return at Easter to entertain Up at The O2 climbers

This Easter, Up at The O2 will be enlisting the help of theatre company Grassroots Shakespeare London to join them in celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare. Upon reaching the viewing platform situated on the roof of the world’s iconic entertainment venue, Up at The O2 climbers will be invited to enjoy exclusive performances of the playwright’s most popular works. Dressed in stunning Shakespearian costume, Grassroots Shakespeare London will perform iconic scenes Up at The O2 – 52m above ground level. Set against a backdrop featuring London’s skyline, the theatrical spectacular will include tasters from popular plays such as Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet. Plus, Grassroots Shakespeare London will give a sneak reveal ahead of their latest production of Twelfth Night, opening at Leicester Square Theatre in April. Tickets are limited. Only climbers booked between 10:00 and 14:00 on Saturday 26th March, will be able to watch the performances.

Celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare Up at The O2 this Easter image

Caption: Actors from Grassroots Shakespeare London celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare with a special performance Up at The O2, the company will return at Easter to entertain Up at The O2 climbers



Bear Grylls’ top ten things to do before you are ten


FREE LONDON: Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race – Saturday, 1st April 2015 – Putney-Mortlake

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‘Eggs’ellent Easter Activities With The Royal Parks Foundation in Hyde Park


Visit Kensington Palace with the Kids

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Fun for all the family in Hyde Park this Easter

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Discovery Day – Animal Magic
30 & 31 March 2016: 11am – 3pm
Free of charge. Suitable for the whole family!
Booking not necessary.
Further details on our website.

With the arrival of Spring, nature bursts back into life and our grounds become alive with colour! Drop in any time between 11am and 3pm to take part in a host of free and exciting nature inspired activities including: Pond dipping, uncovering the secret underwater world, Using a spotter sheet to explore natures hidden habitats in the garden. Whilst exploring, kids can gather material to create a nest collage to take home, Discovery Trail and learning fascinating facts about nature’s new arrivals, Discovery Rooms to create nature inspired arts and crafts and a ‘habitat in a box’.


Discovery Day – Flower Power
6 & 7 April 2016: 11am – 3pm
Free of charge. Suitable for the whole family!
Booking not necessary. Further details on our website.


British Museum FREE exhibitions and displays

British Museum London attractions

Life and sole: footwear from the Islamic world (Until 15 May 2016)
25 pairs of shoes, sandals, clogs and boots from the Islamic world.

Hoards: the hidden history of ancient Britain (Until 22 May 2016)
Discover buried treasure in this display on hoarding in prehistoric and Roman Britain.
Supported by Stephen and Julie Fitzgerald

Light, time, legacy: Francis Towne’s watercolours of Rome (Until 14 Aug 2016)
Experience 18th-century Rome through an astonishing series of watercolours not displayed together since 1805.

Mexican turquoise mosaics: new scientific insights (Fri 18 Mar, 13.30)
British Museum Scientist Caroline Cartwright explains how new insights from the Museum’s scientific research help give cultural meaning to extraordinary Mexican objects.
Free, booking essential


Free Family Activities at Imperial War Museum London (March – April 2016)


Over Easter, families can take part in lots of free activities at the IWM new art activity Art Workshop: Make a Moving Animation, centred around the 100th anniversary of the British Brodie helmet (25 March – 10 April, free).

Also taking place in March and April is a learning session Introduction to the Holocaust, a starting point for families wishing to learn about the Holocaust (19 – 20 March and 30 April – 1 May, free).

Rave-A-Roo Family Clubbing at Ministry of Sound

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Parents in London who want clubbing go to RaveARoo at Ministryofsound with the kids.


Spring Movies

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ZootropolisTop Ten reasons to love this Disney comedy animation Family Fun

DISNEY’S JUNGLE BOOK (out 15 April 2016)


Ten reasons to like Italian Inspector Montalbano book – TV series combo BBC4




Fashion Hot List SS16

Mary Poppins' handbag in London Mums magazine

It’s going to be a fun year for #fashion – Fashion Hot List SS16

Mary Poppins’ handbag made of carpet is the latest trend in fashion.



Spring Recipes

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Have you given up chocolate and sugar until Easter? If you have, you have done the right thing.

Read these articles on why sugar is not good for you and how you can live without it:

10 negative ways sugar affects your health

Why Our Addiction To Sugar Is All In The Mind

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Now that I have made you feel guilty about eating sugar, I present you with lovely recipes which don’t require too much sugar but still taste amazing.


German Apple Pancake – ApfelpfannkuchenApfelpfannkuchen 4

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Scones with Maple Syrup Icing

Ice Cream Sconewich

Alfred Prasad ’s hot mixed vegetables on toasted baps

Adam Byatt ’s Butternut squash, pear and gorgonzola flatbread tart

FLAT WHITE MARTINI party cocktail

Apple & Ginger POM mocktail






Spring Competitions


This Spring we have amazing freebies to give away. Take advantage of our generous donations and enter to win here New competitions are added to the website on a weekly basis so please check online regularly to enter.

Happy Easter! Enjoy the Spring!



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