Chigwell boy with manifesto becomes newest children’s mayor in London

PUBLISHED: 17:41 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:41 30 May 2018

Kishan also won a free trip for his class to the town. Picture: KidZania London

Kishan also won a free trip for his class to the town. Picture: KidZania London


A nine-year-old Chigwell boy has been crowned the first children’s mayor in London.

His family are really proud and said he will do a good job as mayor. Picture: KidZania London His family are really proud and said he will do a good job as mayor. Picture: KidZania London

Kishan Shah beat off competition from thousands of entries with his manifesto to become KidZania London city mayor.

KidZania – an indoor theme park for children in west London – has launched the nationwide search to celebrate its annual pass scheme, which gives young explorers aged between four and 14 unlimited access to the KidZania city for 12 months.

Applicants had to submit the top three things they would do to make improvements to the city and Kishan won with ideas including free fruit whilst waiting in a queue, bolder signs to water fountain locations, and a mayor’s comment box for children to share their opinions and ideas.

“I think Kidzania is an amazing place and I am so happy to be crowned as its mayor,” said Kishan.

“I would make an excellent mayor as I am calm, friendly and approachable.

“I am also prepared to put in the hard work that being mayor would involve.”

As mayor Kishan will receive his very own free annual pass as well as the key to the KidZania city and mayoral robes to wear at special events.

His new role will cover all the things you might expect – from opening new attractions within the theme park to communicating all the latest events taking place.

Mum Brijal Shah said: “I’m so proud of Kishan.

“He is an incredible boy with so much to give and I know he’ll do a brilliant job for KidZania.”

In addition to the annual pass, Kishan also received a class trip for all his schoolmates and a gold package birthday party.

Eddie Kemsley, CEO at KidZania London, added: “We received so many wonderful applications for the mayor position and we thank everyone for their efforts.

“However, there can only be one mayor and we are so happy for Kishan to come on board the KidZania London team.

“His personality really shone through in his application and we loved his ideas about introducing a mayor’s comment box in the city.

“We know he’ll be an enthusiastic voice for the people and we can’t wait for him to get started.”

Latest Ilford Stories

Pre-season friendly: East Thurrock United 0 Leyton Orient 4

Pre-season friendly: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (Cheek 20) Colchester United 1 (Wright 85)


Former Barking man netted for Daggers against West Ham XI on Friday


A round-up of the latest news from the Thomas McCurtains GAA club

The experienced stopper has explained why results in friendly games are important

Firefighters are asking motorists to avoid parking their cars on top of their hose as they work to dampen down a major fire in Wanstead Flats.


Transport for London (TfL) is trialling a new technology to help put an end to the ear-splitting screech commuters hear when they travel through Wanstead on the Central line.


An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Redbridge estate agents Sandra Davidson answer the common questions homeowners have when it comes to selling their home, and reveals how you can make sure the sale is stress-free

Redbridge Estate agents Sandra Davidson’s hassle-free service guarantees rental income for your property, whether it is occupied or not. Here they share details of the Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it can help you avoid the regular stresses associated with managing a let.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now