Free Business Space at Café Nova

31 Oct

NOVA-new-logo-webIn the heart of vibrant Portobello, Café Nova offers a space for people and organisations to meet, work, relax and enjoy great food and coffee at excellent prices.

As well as a stair lift and flip chart, we offer:

  • FREE Wi-Fi
  • FREE café space for meetings for local organisations
  • Balcony seating with a pleasant garden view
  • Meeting space for groups of up to 12 people

All we kindly request, is that you buy something from our delicious, healthy menu while you are there. Menu options include:

  • Our BESTSELLER: Quinoa salad, with caramelised onions and avocado in a secret chilli dressing
  • Full English breakfast
  • Homemade cakes

By coming to Cafe Nova, not only do you get access to a fantastic place to meet, but you will also be supporting local people to gain access to basic education and all the support services that Nova offers.

Please contact Nina to book a space and confirm availability – we’d love to hear from you! Tel: 020 8960 2488 Address: 3-5 Thorpe Close London W10 5XL, UK

Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 09:00-17:00 Sat: 10:00-17:30

FREE NHS Community Nutrition Programme this November

31 Oct

Cook and tasteCook and Taste is a FREE community nutrition and cookery programme provided by Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust across Kensington & Chelsea. They run a variety of different programmes aimed at people of various ages and needs. Each session focuses on a different aspect of healthy eating through interactive activities and discussion; followed by a practical cooking session where participants make a delicious and healthy recipe and sit down and eat together. The programmes have been designed by qualified dietitians and nutritionists and are delivered by community nutrition assistants.

Read the Cook and Taste Timetable for November 2014 and get healthy!

For more information:

Phone: 020 7313 3060
Email: cook&

Mosaic Room’s November Highlights

30 Oct

This month, the Mosaic Rooms are offering up a number of artistic treats to amaze and move you. For a full list of their offerings, do visit their website, but here are a few picks that may be of interest…

Exhibiting Africa: Colonial Film

4th November, from 7pm. Goethe-Institut London (SW7 2PH)

Free event:

Through a series of short archival film screenings, Dr Tom Rice will chart and examine the varied uses of film in early twentieth century colonial exhibitions, looking in particular at on screen representations of Africa. This evening of screenings and discussion will offer a fascinating overview of these exhibitions and the mixed ways in which film figured in them.EAsquare


Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies

14th November, from 7pm. Free Word Centre (EC1R 3GA)

Free event:

The Mosaic Rooms, supported by Free Word, are delighted to present Laleh Khalili who will discuss her new book which chronicles the detention and confinement, of both combatants and large groups of civilians, from colonial times to present day. Khalili will be in conversation with Guardian’s investigative reporter, Ian Cobain.laleh

Politics of Exhibiting

19th November from 7pm. Leighton House (W14 8LZ)

Free event:

Join The Mosaic Rooms and Leighton House Museum for a special panel discussion on the politics of exhibiting. Comprising the panel are Henrietta Lidchi, Dr Nirmal Puwar, and Catherine Hahn.politicssquare

Artistic Film Screening: Nadia Kaabi-Linke

27th November from 6.30pm. Iniva (EC2A 3BA)

Free event:

Join The Mosaic Rooms and Iniva for a special screening and discussion about Nadia Kaabi-Linke’s video installation ‘NO’ which focuses on the rigorous visa process that people must go through to enter the UK.squareno

Become a K&C Ambassador and welcome visitors to our Borough

30 Oct

Every year, Kensington and Chelsea hosts a varied and diverse range of activities including concerts, cultural events, art exhibitions, sports activities, the Exhibition Road Show, and of course the Notting Hill Carnival.

If you are interested in becoming a friendly face of the borough and helping to support these flagship events while meeting people from the world over, then do get in touch with Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea at / 020 8960 3722

news_105_mainRegistering to becoming a K&C Ambassador will provide you with advanced notifications of these one-off events – ideal if you are unable to commit to regular, fixed volunteering. Inductions and training will be provided where appropriate.

Roles will vary from event to event, but will include meeters and greeters, marshals, information points, location guides, box office, and first aiders. So don’t just watch – get involved!

For more information do visit the Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea website.

Healthwatch Central West London’s Winter newsletter now out

30 Oct

Catch up on the work that our local Healthwatch  – the independant consumer champion in local health and care services – have been doing and their plans for the coming months with their Winter newsletter

xhealthwatch-cwl-logo_jpg_pagespeed_ic_hcTgpKDglBFor more information about Healthwatch Central West London, do visit their website (

Celebrating Local Democracy Week in the Royal Borough

28 Oct

Some of the most important decisions that affect our lives happen at a local level. In celebration of this, and to help promote the importance and vibrancy of local democracy, Kensington and Chelsea promoted a range of activities in October celebrating Local Democracy Week.

These are just some of the things that residents told us local democracy means to them…

 “My voice being heard!”

“Empowerment, Responsibility, Justice, Equality”

“Difficult choices.”

“Not always getting your own way.”

DSC_0716During the week, the Community Engagement Team popped up around the Kensington and Chelsea, holding stalls, chatting to residents and providing information on how the Council works and the role of ward councillors.

From the warmth of Chelsea Library to the autumnal gales in the World’s End Piazza and Gloucester Road via a trip to Portobello Road to join our early-rising market stalls friends, we heard both fascinating and insightful comments on people’s experiences of local democracy…


For many, local democracy was about much more that the council or elections, but a whole approach to involving yourself in local life: volunteering, having pride in your community, getting to know your neighbours. For some local democracy was lacking, or didn’t know how to get involved…IMG_20141015_131854DSC_0675ldwCOLOUR











We also caught up with a number of councillors over the week, including the Leader of the Council, Cllr Nick Paget-Brown who reflected:

“Democracy is all about people having the ability to change and influence their society. Local Democracy Week is an important way of enabling young people to discover the potential they have to help shape their community”

Cllr Hargreaves

Councillor Gerard Hargreaves, Cabinet Member for Voluntary Organisations and Resident Engagement

It’s often said that young people are often the most difficult to get engaged with local democracy. So Kensington and Chelsea has been using Local Democracy Week to work with schools, inviting students from Sion Manning School, Chelsea Academy and Holland Park School to “shadow” councillors, learning what they do and how the council works. The shadowing is still underway and we hope to share some of their stories over the coming weeks!


For more pictures of what local democracy means to Kensington and Chelsea residents, visit our Flickr page..

VOTE: Last chance to enter RBKC for Time Out’s ‘Love London’ Awards

27 Oct

Which are the local spots that make your particular bit of London amazing? After three weeks of nominations, the shortlists are in: vote for your favourite businesses and they might get the top spot in Time Out’s inaugural Love London Awards. This is your chance to champion the best cafés, restaurants, bars, shops and anything else you spend your downtime pasting over Instagram.

Remember when Time Out did a feature on Kensington and Chelsea? Well now is the time, to vote with your mice.

In case you’re wondering,  RBKC is covered by W8, W10, W11, SW3, Sw5 and SW7!

Vote here:



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