Captain Fantastic, Feeling Fantastic

Keep the little ones occupied throughout the summer holidays can be tiring work. Bluebird are here to help you out and introduce you to their playtime partners in crime, Captain Fantastic.

On 18 August, join them to celebrate the launch of their brilliant new mental health programme for little ones – reminding you of the importance of mindfulness in and amongst all the mania.

Order of events: 

1:30-2:00pm – Arrive and mingle

2:00-2:15pm – Wellbeing talk with company owners

2.15-3:00pm – Mindfulness and wellbeing magic party

3:00-3:30pm – Disco for the children and activities for adults

3:30-4:00pm – Mingle and goodie bags

Tickets are £15 per child (including delicious food, a drink and party bag), as well as a bar and refreshments for parents on the day. 10% of ticket sales will be donated to Rays of Sunshine partner charity.

Book yours here.

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The Mini turns 60!

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic Mini Cooper with a parade followed by exhibition of classic Minis on 17 August 2019 on the King’s Road.

The King’s Road has a long association with innovative vehicle designs; from the elaborate carriages of King Charles II with his virtually exclusive use of the road to becoming a centre for carriage building as former stables and small factories in the 20th Century were converted into workshops for luxury coach builders, Hooper & Co and Gurney Nutting.

The Morris Mini Minor launched on 18 August 1959 as a vehicle designed to compete against three-wheeled cars; created by Alec Issigonis for the British Motor Cooperation. During the 1960s it became the vehicle of choice for celebrities that regularly trod the pavements of the King’s Road including Lord Snowdon, Peter Sellers and the iconic Mary Quant.

Racing driver Paddy Hopkirk’s winning success at the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally in a race-tuned Mini Cooper began a period of racing dominance placing the Mini firmly on international stage as a British design iconic.

Celebrate the much-loved classic mini with a parade along the King’s Road at 11am, followed by an exhibition at 381 King’s Road from 12-5pm.

Book your complimentary place here

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Chocolate Tuesday

Chelsea Physic Garden’s benefactor, Sir Hans Sloane, observed the use of chocolate mixed with milk as a remedy (yes, chocolate was medicinal!), on his voyage to Jamaica. He licensed the recipe to Mr Nicholas Sanders of Soho, and so ‘Sloane’s Milk Chocolate’ drink was created.

Book tickets for you and the children on 6 August to take part in Chocolate Tuesday, to learn more about the history, geography and science behind the fascinating Theobroma cacao – the tree that eventually leads to chocolate. A brilliant way to spend the morning for those with a sweet-tooth!

The day includes craft activities, a Garden tour, chocolate tasting (delicious), and for mini-chocolatiers in the making, the chance to create your own mixtures to take away.

Tickets cost £15 (per person/child). Book yours here.

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Contemporary Landscapes Exhibition

The 508 Gallery takes pride in giving opportunities to emerging talented artists from around the world.

Join them for their second edition of their annual Open Call where 15 artist’s works will be on display for two weeks, in reference to the theme ‘Contemporary Landscape.

The exhibition will run from 25th June – 9th July.

 

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St Luke’s Summer Fair

The annual Summer Fair at St Luke’s Church returns on Saturday 8 June. Enjoy traditional Fete stalls, games, a raffle, tombola and delicious BBQ with friends and all the family from 12noon. A wonderful start to summer.

Entry is £1 for adults, children are free.

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London Craft Week: Artisan Chelsea

Returning for its fifth year, London Craft Week returns to London for a magical combination of imagination, individuality, passion and skill and Chelsea is delighted to be part of it. Celebrating the masters of creativity, Artisan Chelsea will join a curated programme of events which will allow you meet the markers and gain access to exclusive exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops.

The Weave Workshop at Anya Hindmarch, 9 May & 11 May

  • See the brand’s craftspeople demonstrate the intricate weaving technique used to create the Neeson Collection. Weave your own design to take home. Booking necessary.

Macgregor and Michael: A Leather Masterclass at Bentley’s, 8-11 May

  • Join traditional leather craftsmen, Neil Macgregor and Valerie Michael as they recreate a Victorian Gladstone bag and reveal their techniques. Booking not necessary.

An Emporium of British Craftsmanship at Smythson, 8 May

  • Discover Smythson’s rich and rather curious craftsmanship history and enjoy a rare glimpse of how each piece is brought to life. Join them for a glass of champagne in this one-of-a-kind workshop. Booking not necessary.

Liberty Shorts-Making Workshop at The Fashion School, 12 May

  • Join The Fashion School in Chelsea, a hub of responsible fashion, to make a pair of beach or bed shorts in signature Liberty-printed fabric. Beginner friendly, booking necessary.

Artisan Ice-Cream Tasting at Ice Cream Union, 8-10 May

  • Learn how artisan ice creams are produced and how it differs from industrially produced varieties. Booking necessary.

The Craft of Cheesemaking at London Cheesemongers, 8-9 May

  • In a delicious tasting, discover examples from producers and maturers who work tirelessly to turn a variable raw ingredient into a household favourite, cheese. The tasting will substitute as a light meal, including 6-10 cheese, bread biscuits and interesting wines and beers. Booking necessary (18+).

Designing a Jewel in Support of Horatio’s Garden at Cassandra Goad, 8 May

  • To celebrate the work of Horatio’s Garden, a charity which helps spinal injury patients in NHS hospitals, Cassandra Goad launches her new quote pendant, inscribed with inspiring words from the family of the charity’s’ namesake. Booking necessary.

Making Chelsea: A Talk and Tour on Curating a Characterful Area, 11 May

  • Crafting the neighbourhood for over 300 year – from exquisite detailing on historic buildings to the wider urban environment, past to present, micro to macro – join Cadogan to discover Chelsea from the perspective of the craftsmen who made it.

Restoring a London Legend at Belmond Cadogan, date TBC

  • Following a historic renovation, the Belmond Cadogan Hotel reopened this year. Rediscover the London legend with an afternoon tea or cocktail at Adam Handling Chelsea.

 

 

 

 

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Good Friday Brunch Club

With the long Easter weekend approaching you may be looking to fill your diary, we suggest you book your ticket for the first brunch party of the season on Friday 19 April at Bluebird. Join them as they put the “oo” (la la) back into Good Friday!

Expect sexy cocktails, live music and delicious food at this year’s Club Brunch where the party will start at 11.30am through to 3pm, in proud sponsorship with Moet. The perfect start to your Easter!

Tickets are £30 and include a two course brunch and welcome cocktail. Book your spot here.

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Easter Chocolate Market

Make sure you mark Saturday 13 April in your diaries – the day Duke of York Square becomes a complete haven for chocoholics!

The weekly fine food market will see London’s finest chocolatiers descend on the Square, overseen by the statue of Sir Hans Sloane – who notably introduced milk chocolate to Europe!

The market will be open from 10am – 4pm with a selection of special artisan chocolate market stalls –

  • Sir Hans Sloane Chocolate
  • Susie Keane
  • Diana David
  • Peacoc
  • Lavolio
  • Baci from Speciality Foods (offering iconic Italian Chocolate)
  • Bad Brownies
  • London Chocolate

In addition to these delicious additions, a number of the much-loved regulars will be offering exclusive innovation chocolate decision. An extensive array of mouth-watering treats for sugar-fiends will be available including chocolate sushi from Aki Maki, chocolate flavoured Vietnamese spring rolls from Rao Deli, 10 different flavours of chocolate fudge from Cookies and Creams, as well as chocolate Guiness cake from Nick Fu – just to name a few!

Head into Partridges to carry on your chocolate travels where four Royal Warrant holders will showcase some of their finest cocoa offerings; include Prestat, Bedicks, Charbonnel and Walker, alongside freshly made chocolate flavoured Chelsea Buns.

See you there!

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Tiny Tea Bluebird

Tiny Tea at Bluebird

The Easter holidays are around the corner so it’s the perfect time for you to start filling your little ones’ diaries so they don’t drive you hopping mad – and who said mini people couldn’t do a proper play date? Bluebird on the King’s Road see their much-loved Tiny Tea returning from 8 April – 14 April so they too can pretend to be like adults for the day.

An afternoon tea, but for kids, includes some of their favourite tea-time treats such as ‘Decorate your own cupcake’, Nutella stuffed doughnuts and baby fruit scones – plus mini strawberry milkshakes!

Tea costs £12 per teeny tot and is suitable for those aged 3-10.

More info and booking info can be found here.

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Model Holding a Bazaar Bag c. 1959 - Mary Quant archive

Mary Quant Exhibition

This April, the first international retrospective on the inspirational British fashion designer, Mary Quant, opens at the V&A with the King’s Road proud to be the leading sponsor.

This one-of-a-kind exhibition explores 1955-1975 and the years in which she revolutionised the high street whilst harnessing the youthful spirit of the 60s. 120 garments as well as accessories, cosmetics, sketches and photographs – many of which have never been on display before – will be on display, showcasing Quant as a role model for women, challenging conventions and popularising the mini skirts, coloured tights and tailored trousers. The fashion icon inspired young women to rebel against traditional dress worn by mothers and grandmothers and the show will explore some of her most memorable moments, from receiving her OBE to the evolution of rising hemlines.

From her small boutique, Bazaar on the King’s Road, to leading international label, Mary Quant revolutionised British Fashion with energy, flair and rebellion.

Book your tickets here – and take a stroll along the King’s Road to be part of the history!

#WeWantQuant

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