United Lodge of Theosophists, London, UK

Saturday Story Hour

For parents and children of all ages
9:45 a.m. to noon on the 2nd Saturday of each month
at the ULT, Paddington / Lancaster Gate

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We will read and listen to classic stories from the East & West which develop intelligence, reasoning and the ideals of empathy, compassion and discernment.

Suitable for adults and children, these ancient tales stay with us because they show why life is important and valuable, and how it can be made better for all.

The Jataka Tales, the Birth Stories of the Buddha

In these tales the animals characters think, act and talk like people while still retaining their animal traits.

As we listen our attention is directed towards essential principles and morals.

The tales refresh and engage us by painting life in unusual but more real colours.

They are sometimes tragic, often humorous, and appeal to both adults and children alike, providing timeless lessons of common sense, fairness and justice.

Aesop’s Fables – moral tales from ancient Greece

Aesop, a Greek slave, lived two hundred years after the Buddha, and like him used the qualities of animals to draw our attention to humanity’s wisdom and foolishness.

Each fable has a moral meaning that is brought out through simple allegories. We all know of the dependable quiet types, the “steady tortoises,” and of the charming “fast hares” who are the most unreliable of all!

And what of the “wicked wolves” who live off the kind but gullible “cranes” – aren’t these types in every family-group, school or business? And which category do we and our friends fall into!

We will read the stories together, discuss their meaning and bring them to life by play acting parts of them, and during it we will listen to music from the world’s cultures.


‘Story Hour’ is free, all children and parents are welcome.

These classic stories teach wisdom about man and nature.

Small donations are welcome but not necessary.


On the second Saturday each month.

email to book a place, or phone 020 7723 0688  / 07753 619 953

We open at 9:45 am, please arrive before 10 am.

Refreshments of organic or rice dream milk and fruit will be provided at 11 am.


ULT, 62 Queen’s Gardens
London W2 3AH
020 7723 0688 07753 619 953

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We are 5-10 minutes’ walk from Paddington,
Bayswater & Lancaster Gate tube stations

Theosophy is the ancient wisdom that seeks to reconcile the world’s religions, sciences and philosophies by studying Nature and teaching the universal ethics of karma, reincarnation and the unity of life.

The United Lodge of Theosophists was established in London in 1925 to support non-sectarian education that gives freedom of thought and wisdom about Nature. The volunteer staff have primary and other teaching experience, as well as QTS & DBS certification.

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