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5 of the Coolest Christmassy Family Things To Do in London

When Cass Farrar my favourite Travel Consultant (and head girl) at luxury family holiday site  Kodomo.com asked me to put together a list of cool family fun, I knew I had to do my duty and grant my Cinderella her special wish. This post was published on her site last week, and she also has some juicy holiday info features over there you might like. Try the 3 hot christmas holidays or find some kid friendly recipes from Leon on her blog.

This Christmas, we should all just let it go (Elsa)… and find something a little bit different to do to amuse ourselves. So forget about that bronzed organic turkey you need to drive across counties to buy, and have a day off, and a right old laugh with your nearest and dearest.

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BUMP ROLLER DISCO (Ages 5+) : Until 17th Jan, 2016

Get down the kids under Hungerford Bridge, just by the Southbank Centre, and book your session at the BUMP Rollerdisco. If your anything like me, then roller discos were a huge part of your teenage years, and the realisation that you could dance and skate at the same time, well that skill is only something to boast about at Christmas lunch. Make sure you do!

Information : It opens on Friday 20 November 2015 until Sunday 17 January 2016. 11am – 11pm daily. Roller skates are available in a range of styles to fit feet from a child’s size 9 to an adult’s size 14. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, although if they can skate well on their own you can sit back and enjoy watching them go round by themselves.

Prices: Adult £10 & Child £7.50 (concessions available for off-peak times) : Friday & Saturday club nights £12 – £16. Please note, the rollerdisco closes at 6pm on Thursday 24 December and all day on Friday 25 December and Thursday 31 December.

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LONDON GAY MEN’S CHORUS, ROUNDHOUSE (Ages 5+) : 11/12 December

The London Gay Men’s Chorus returns to the Roundhouse in collaboration with the London Gay Big Band for The Big Gay Swing! A festive night of song, swing, brass and dance. This has to be the perfect way to get your Christmas season started!

The London Gay Men’s Chorus is Europe’s largest gay all male-voice choir and is celebrating its Silver Jubilee in 2016. It has performed around the world and to sell out London audiences in the Palladium, Cadogan Hall, Barbican, and the Queen Elizabeth and Royal Festival Halls. 

Info; Friday 11 – Saturday 12 December, Performances 15:00, 19:30. Tickets online via the link above.

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PADDINGTON BEARS FIRST CHRISTMAS CONCERT, CADOGAN HALL (ALL AGES) : Sunday 20th Dec

Here’s a hot ticket for you, a concert at the famous Cadogan Hall in Chelsea, all about Paddington Bear, with some Revolting Rhymes thrown in, and with Narration from the talented Simon Callow and Richard E Grant.

The charming score of Paddington Bear’s First Concert for symphony orchestra and narrator takes us on a journey with Paddington himself, from his first meeting with the Brown Family right up to his debut as a conductor at the Royal Albert Hall!

The second half of the concert features Roald Dahl’s take on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk tale, using Dahl’s Revolting Rhyme as the narration.

Info; Dates Sunday 20 December 2015, 2.30pm and 5.30pm. Tickets prices from £30, £27, £25. Book online on the link above.

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STORYTELLING WITH FATHER CHRISTMAS, FORTNUM & MASON : until 22 Dec : Ages 3-11

A Very Special Person will read a specially written Christmas story in the beautiful Fifth Floor Boardroom, for all good boys and girls from the age of three to 11, (and their very own responsible adult). There are plenty of opportunities to join in, and a jolly goody bag to take away to share with your friends. It is the perfect way for children to get in the mood for Christmas.

 

Info: There are sessions at 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm ;  Tickets are priced at £20 per child Places are limited, so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment, please click here to reserve your place. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, there is a limit of 2 per booking.
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ROYAL ACADEMY. FESTIVE DROP IN WORKSHOP ; Sunday 6 December 2015 (All Ages)

 

Get ready for some fancy festivities in this family workshop. These Royal Academy workshops are in my Top 5 (shushhhh…) as they are one of the best in town.  They have the best materials, knowledgable and sweet staff and the RA choose to work with a wide range of different artists from all disciplines, which brings something exciting to each session.  
At their last family session of 2015, everyone will be able to create their own textile designs, and experiment with beautiful and exotic fabrics. The kids are encouraged to create a festive fancy dress and parade their latest designs throughout the RA. It goes without saying, if you haven’t seen the Ai Weiwei exhibition it’s a must. Just think about it, he is by far one of China’s most influential artists, who has the ability to bring attention to the most shocking and unjust issues of our past, in the most refreshing (kid friendly) and life changing way through his art. I’ll say it again, grab a ticket now as it closes on 13th Dec, so now is your chance.
Info; Workshop Times : 11am — 3pm. Go to the John Madejski Fine Rooms, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts.  These drop-in workshops are suitable for all ages.
Photo above of one of the #busstopkids at a RA workshop inspired by Matisse, in the Summer. Drawing with sunflowers no less.

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