Spring arrived early in Hounslow as hundreds of revellers celebrated Holi amid a riot of colour.
More than 500 people marked the ancient Indian spring festival at the Indian Gymkhana Club in Osterley on Saturday (March 19).
They filled the air and covered one another with 160kg of coloured powder as they danced to the beats of dhol drums and the rhythms of the latest Bollywood tracks.
The Rang Barse Holi celebrations were organised by the Indians in London Group, a not-for-profit group set up to preserve the cultural heritage of the country's diaspora.
The day began with traditional Asian music and dance, and Indian food washed down with the celebratory drink of thandai, before the main event began.
The Holi caps worn by participants as they showered one another with coloured powder were imported all the way from the markets of old Delhi, helping maintain the connection with the festival's roots.
There was extra reason to celebrate this year as not only is it the 100th anniversary of the Indian Gymkhana Club, the event also coincided with India's victory over Pakistan in the T20 World Cup .
Holi is a spring festival, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival but its appeal has spread far and wide in recent years.