The summer is finally here and if you're looking for ways of making the most of it, read on.
From an arts festival and zoo nights, to stargazing and outdoor concerts, there's something for all ages.
Live at Chelsea: The series of concerts taking place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea from June 15-18 features Belle and Sebastian, a fireworks prom and Ludovico Einaudi. Tickets are selling fast but are still available to buy by going to the Live at Chelsea website. Address: SW3 4SR
Food festival: EatChiswick Food and Drink Festival runs from June 1 until June 8 and consists of a number of free events from a pop-up street food market to chocolate and cheese tasting. To find out the full programme visit the website. Address: High street, W4 5RG
Stargazing: Astronomy group, Northolt Branch Astro, will be in Walpole Park on June 18 for International SUNday with a variety of telescopes to safely observe our closest star, the Sun. The group will be stationed by the Mattock Lane entrance to the park and the event will run from midday to 5pm. Address: Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, W5 5HS. FREE EVENT
Conjouring at the Court:
Witness the impossible as top magicians take to the stage! On Thursday June 29, Conjuring at the Court celebrates its eight year of great magic with a terrific line-up of performers including Fritz Allkemade, Claire Lenahan, Lee Hathaway, Steve Hewlett and Russell Levinson. Address: Drayton Court Hotel, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, W13 8PH. Book tickets here.
Neverland: Fulham has launched its very own Thameside beach spot complete with a white sandy beach set within palm trees, pastel painted beach huts, Bring Your Own Booze alfresco drinking, street food dining and summer cocktails. Open Wednesday to Sunday from May 10-October 3. Open Wednesday to Friday 6pm-11pm, Saturday 12pm-11pm, Sunday and bank holidays 12pm-9.30pm. Entry costs from £5 each. Address: Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY. To book visit neverlandlondon.com
Chestertons Polo in the Park: A large and fun polo tournament returns to Hurlingham Park on June 9-11. There will be teams representing six different cities from around the world and visitors will get to see a minimum of three games of polo a day. There will also be shopping, food and drink and musical entertainment on site. Tickets cost from £15 each. Buy your tickets online here or call 0844 2485069. Address: SW6 3RH. Open 12pm-9pm Friday and Saturday, and 11.30am-7pm on Sunday.
Under The Bridge Charity Night: The stars are most definitely coming out for this one-off night in support of the Kenny Thomas Family and The Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre. See a stunning line-up of 80s legends including Tony Hadley, Midge Ure, Kim Wilde, Martin Fry, Go West, Nik Kershaw, Heaven 17, T’Pau and Living In A Box ft Kenny Thomas perform some of their biggest hits live with an all star band. Tuesday June 6. Doors open 7.15pm. Address: 434 Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW10 9UN
HF ArtsFest: A cultural extravaganza is returning on June 3 to June 11 with more than 200 mostly free events. Events include exhibitions, drama, live music, film screenings, walking tours and plenty more at many different venues across Hammersmith and Fulham. To book and get further information, including a full itinerary, go to the HF ArtsFest website.
Zoo Nights: ZSL London Zoo has launched Zoo Nights for over 18s. With an array of after-hours explorations for night-owls to embark on, live music and more than 17,000 animals to visit, the event takes place every Friday from June 2-30, from 6pm-10pm. Tickets cost £17.50 per person. Book tickets online at zsl.org/zoonights. Address: NW1 4RY
Color Run: Dubbed "the happiest 5k on the planet", the concept is simple - dress in white, run 5km (around three miles) with your family, friends or colleagues and finish the day head-to-toe in kaleidoscopic colour. Those taking part in the Colour Run at Wembley Park on June 11 will be dusted with powder paints thrown by eager volunteers at each kilometre mark along the route. The event starts at 3pm. Address: Wembley Park, Bridge Road, HA9 9AA. To take part register at thecolorrun.co.uk.
Watermans' Edinburgh Preview Comedy Nights: Three nights of comedy are coming up at Watermans in Brentford. Each night features two comedians with the one-hour shows they’re preparing for 2017’s Edinburgh Festival.
John Kearns & Becky Brunning Friday June 23, 7.30pm
In 2014, Kearns became the first man to win the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award just a year after being named Best Newcomer. Brunning brings her critically acclaimed show ‘Beaming’, having recently made her TV debut in the most recent series of Broadchurch.
Tiff Stevenson & Eshaan Akbar Friday June 30, 7.30pm
Tiff’s show ‘Mad Man’ from last year’s Edinburgh Festival was one of the best reviewed of the festival, while in 2015 The Times named her as one of the top 10 comedians to watch. She’s joined by Akbar, who won the Piccadilly Comedy Club New Comedian of the Year in 2016.
Tickets £12/£10 (conc £10/£8) Location: Watermans, 40 High Street Brentford. www.watermans.org.uk
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