1. Please Sir, can I have some more? The Carlton Tower hotel is offering Etiquette Lessons for children. Of course parents are encouraged to splash out on a finger licking meal at The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant whilst their children take part in the workshop.
2. Fancy lunch in Brussels? Here’s a weekend getaway guide to all things mighty and chip-like from the ever stylish Babyccino Kids girls.
3. Giddy Up. Do you fancy a spooky horse ride around Richmond Park on Halloween? On the evenings of 30 & 31 October and 1 November, with just eight people on board you can huddle together as you listen to tales of highwaymen, ghosts and a Victorian murder. You will also marvel at the Park’s majestic stags, who at this time of the year sleep by day and fight their rivals at night. Limited spaces. £48 per person. Money raised will help the Operation Centaur charity.
4. It’s the BFI (British Film Institutes) 58th London Film Festival during October. On Thursday 9th October at the Odean West END you can watch Björk: Biophilia Live. It is the film of her multi-media performance recorded at Ally Pally last September by Director Peter Strickland, and edited by Nick Fenton. It will be presented as the Sonic Gala at the Festival in partnership with American Express®.
6. If you are partial to a baby animal that is cuddling it’s Mum/ Dad, and like to feel better about the world out there, take a look at Cheetahs In My Shoes FB Page here.
7. If you want to support local bookshops, and meet some very sweet and kind people. Go visit the Ottie and the Bea shop in Blackheath. They run fabulous kids workshops, book clubs, and more.
8. Here’s a recommendation of a very good book for people with talent (you, yes you!), who fancy a little advice from one of America’s leading creative thinkers, and if you liked ‘Mad Men’ then you will love this.
9. I know you need a DIY christmas present idea for your god-child, so I choose this (which can be turned into a fierce Lion easily). Here Kitty, Kitty Pillow tutorial (ps. cat napping not allowed).
10. This show at the National Maritime Museum will be A-MAZEBALLS. It goes like this, the Royal Museums Greenwich and Punchdrunk Enrichment present an exciting new experience for 6 – 12 year olds. Against Captain’s Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted. You need to book NOW for this new family exhibition, which promises a theatrical journey through the Museum, the like of which has never been seen before. (I told you, don’t read this book the ticket, you will love me for it).
11. A few of you might be thinking about choosing the right school for your angel childl Here is some light reading for you all. A handy guide from The Good Schools Guide, and this from Mencap for children with special needs, and finally this article from The Guardian on choosing a primary school.
12 If you appreciate hand knotted rugs, then make a note as there’s a Luke Irwin sample sale happening next week on the Thursday 2nd (11-8pm) and Friday 3rd (9-6pm) October at the 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove W11 2QA.
13. Do you love or even appreciate illustrated cards, books and children’s books? It’s hard not to, make a visit to the House of Illustration’s gift shop in their unique new HQ on Granary Square. You can also book your tickets to their new winter show Paula Rego/ Honore Daumier : Scandal, Gossip and Other Stories (runs until 22 March).Old King Cole © Paula Rego courtesy of Marlborough Fine Art