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Here are our top picks for the upcoming weekend, 11th- 13th June. Your perfect itinerary for the little ones, moody teenagers, active kids and even parents and guardians! There is something here for the whole family, so no-one feels left out over the two day break.





Thames rocket boat on the thames river near the tower bridge

Thames rockets boat touring Londons many sights


Thames Rockets





Do you have a bubble that’s bursting to get out?





Thames Rockets, London’s #1 speedboat experience, are committed to ensuring social distancing is part of the new norm onboard this season. Doors are open, so book now to avoid disappointment with our exclusive 20% discount. The perfect outing for teens and birthday parties.





As recommended on ‘BBC News Lockdown Bucket List





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Bowling lanes at QUEENS skate dine bowl

Bowling lanes at QUEENS skate dine bowl

QUEENS skate dine bowl – K-Rating: 10





Love ice skating? Love 10 pin bowling? QUEENS skate dine bowl in Notting Hill has both!





With food and drink sorted by MEATliquor, this venue can honestly boast that it is London’s biggest ‘one stop fun shop’. QUEENS is fully reopen for skating & bowling, so get on their humungous ice rink from NOW!! Stay tuned for updates from this fantastic iconic UK attraction.






Madison Terrace and Bar





While many countries we have been dreaming of escaping too have now moved on to the amber list, the only thing to do is have a vacation in the UK and treat yourself. Why not visit ‘ibiza in the city’ and dine at Madison with a view of St Pauls as you try the best steak in London?





Renowned for its atmosphere, with entertainment from DJs and live musicians plus a spectacular view of the London Skyline, Madison is an ideal spot for parents to catch up with friends and colleagues while enjoying great food and cocktails.











Direct from London Paddington, Somerset provides a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of London reopening. Head to Taunton for the best homebrewed cider and meet friendly locals or reminisce near Shepton Mallet (home of Glastonbury) and walk around cobble streets to discover cheap charity shops.





If you are looking for a boujee staycation, choose The Newt. This country mansion has acres of gardens, woodland, farmland and cyder orchards plus events and workshops to explore. The main house was built in the 17th century, then remodelled in Georgian times.






Tachbrook Street Market, Pimlico






Tachbrook Street Market in South West London is a varied market selling a mixture of staple and luxury foods and household goods. Open Monday to Saturday (8am to 6pm), you will find stalls selling fish, meat, cheeses, fruit and vegetables, household goods, women’s clothing and a variety of hot food.




Be out in the open air this weekend, and try a greek gyros or sit outside one of the many cafes that surround the market strip. There is also a wonderful independantly run creché Pimlico Tots nearby to drop the kids off to wonderful day classes, from Yoga for Tots to Rhythm and Rhyme if you’d like a little breather while you wine and dine…






@sonoracafeandkitchen try their breakfast tacos with smoked salmon – to die for!

Sonora Cafe and Kitchen, Kensal Rise





Eat local and support your local businesses, especially ones that have survived the peak and troughs of lockdown. Sonora Cafe and Kitchen, founded by boy band member Kai Fish, serves the best Mexican in North West London. The kitchen is run by two talented female chefs, plus lovely staff, making the whole experience of trying home-cooked fast food a delight.





Parents who are heading for a more plant-based diet should try their delicious Sonora Whole Bowl, with a delicious thali sauce. For a more hearty breakfast, go for their breakfast tacos served with hot smoked salmon (drooling as I type…). Browse their isles of organic cheese and wine to make your trip complete.







Must go

Moomins at Walthamstow Wetlands





Walthamstow Wetlands and the William Morris Gallery have announced a unique collaboration that will see them host a year-long celebration of the Finnish artist Tove Jansson, starting with an enchanting indoor exhibition and outdoor trail opening to the public in June 2021.





The Woman Who Fell In Love With An Island is a unique collaboration between London Wildlife Trust’s Walthamstow Wetlands and The William Morris Gallery, bringing the magic of Tove Jansson’s island to the Walthamstow Wetlands in London, UK. Moomin lover or not – this is a great family day out full of history, nature and culture!





Just 15 minutes from Central London, Walthamstow Wetlands is Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve. Managed by London Wildlife Trust to provide home and shelter to a wide range of wildlife, it consists of 10 reservoirs, eight islands, and London’s largest heronry. The site is an important sanctuary for nature, providing a haven for migrating wintering and breeding birds, and it is teeming with animals and wildflowers. It is a magical place – it has the same conservation status as the Amazon and the Nile, in Walthamstow, London.






Unique digital drama and storytelling experiences

Creation Theatre offers the chance to be a part of a global theatre community through interactive drama sessions delivered at home.





Your child will spend the term diving headfirst into a selection of classic stories, becoming characters, exploring unknown worlds and immersing themselves in new adventures each week. The sessions are all about introducing literature’s best-loved tales and theatre skills in exciting, unique and accessible ways, encouraging creativity, building confidence and giving our members a life-long love of stories and live performance.





Weekly sessions are delivered live online by a professional actor and are accompanied by physical creative resources sent through the post. This is creativity without limits and an experience like no other, specifically crafted for our new digital stage and inspired by our pioneering professional productions. Sessions can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection, bringing together young theatre-lovers from all over the country (and world!) for an hour of imaginative fun.



Weekly term time classes online for…

Spritelings (aged 5-7)

Sprites (aged 8-10)

Mechanical (aged 11-16)



For more information or a free taster go to or email us on





Hayward Gallery


The Hayward Gallery, located at the Southbank Centre, is a world-renowned gallery and landmark of Brutalist architecture. Check out what’s on at the Southbank this weekend, from performances by DJ AZEEMA and Sisu as well as a popular outdoor food market.





Current exhibitions



Samson Kambalu: Black Jack





Free to attend till 5th September, this exhibition celebrates Samson Kambalu: the Malawi-born artist, academic and author. During lockdown, Kambalu has been creating flags that explore the iconography and visual patterns of flags from around the world.These artworks play with ideas of national and individual sovereignty and links to emancipatory movements such as Pan-Africanism and Black Lives Matter.





Using mobile technology to create and share on social media, the artist remixes colours and designs of flags, improvising in the same way a DJ or producer remixes music. This link between music and visual language is underpinned by Kambalu’s background in music. Samson Kambalu trained as a fine artist and ethnomusicologist at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College.





Matthew Barney: Redoubt





Matthew Barney: Redoubt reveals a major new direction in the work of a renowned artist and film-maker. It features a series of imposing and intricate sculptures cast from fallen trees and over 40 engravings and electroplated copper plates.





The film follows a sharp-shooter in her pursuit of wolves across the winter wilderness of Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. She is accompanied by two dancers moving in dialogue. Barney appears in the film as an artist in the employ of the US Forest Service. He tracks and observes the hunter while making a series of copper etchings.





A hoop dance by an indigenous contemporary choreographer is the catalyst for the wolf hunt’s dramatic conclusion. The film has been hailed as ‘breathtakingly beautiful’ by the New York Times. It uses choreography to weave together the story of Diana and Actaeon, cosmology and modern American political narratives.





To Watch

Tom & Jerry: The Movie (2021)





Head to The Vue, Shepherd’s Bush and get nostalgic with your favourite childhood cartoon characters (you and your kids!). The plot sees Jerry move into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of the wedding of the century, forcing the desperate event planner to hire Tom to get rid of him. Predict mayhem, an escalating cat-and-mouse battle and plenty of laughs.





Children under 12 can grab discounted tickets (£7-8) as well as teens (£8-9) and students (£9.99)





To Stream





In Disney and Pixar’s Onward, elf brothers Ian and Barley (Chris Pratt) get to spend a day with their late dad and go on a quest aboard Barley’s epic van Guinevere. When their mom, Laurel realises her sons are gone, she teams up with The Manticore to find them.





A heartwarming story that your kids will adore and you will shed a tear at…available on Disney + now.






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