The summer is finally here and west London is packed with things to keep you entertained.
From comedy nights to Zoorassic Park, there is something for all ages to enjoy.
Take a look at our guide below to see how you can keep the kids entertained once the school term ends.
Family Fun Day: The steering group will be hosting their second Family Fun Day. The day will be full of activities for kids such as a children's fancy dress competition, bouncy castle, arts and crafts and face painting. Date: Saturday July 15, 1-4pm. Address: The Community Centre, Osmond Close, Harrow. For more information visit: www.grangefarmsteeringgroup.co.uk.
Summer Open Gala: Saturday July 1, 7.30pm. In a rousing and exciting finale to the season Trinity Orchestra will present an Opera Gala. The evening will be conducted by Christopher Braime and star two of the UK’s leading singers, soprano Mary Plazas and tenor Christopher Turner. They'll be showcasing many much-loved opera favourites, including arias from Puccini’s La Boheme and Madam Butterfly. Address: Trinity Church, Hindes Road, Harrow HA1 1RX.
Pawsecco Bar: London’s first dedicated doggy bar has launched in Chelsea. The Pawsecco Bar launched at the Pet Pavilion on Friday (June 23) and four legged friends joined their owners for a relaxed tipple in the sunshine. The non-alcoholic, non-carbonated and grape-free Pawsecco is a delicious blend of Elderflower, Nettle, Ginseng & Limeflower. Address: Sydney Street, Chelsea, SW3 6NR.
Octavia Foundation's Designer Day: The Octavia Foundation is hosting a Designer Day at their Brompton Road charity shop on Saturday July 1 from 10am to 6pm. Members of the public are encouraged to visit the store which will be showcasing designer items donated by top designers and members of the public across London and the south east. Stock available on the day will include new and donated designer clothing, shoes and accessories. Address: Octavia Foundation charity shop, Brompton Road, SW3 2EJ
The Questors, Ealing’s Theatre will be transformed into Hull University Library for Ben Brown’s witty and intriguing play Larkin with Women on Saturday July 1. This fast moving play explores the complex relationships between Philip Larkin, one of England’s most famous post-war poets and the three women who sustained and dominated his life. In a succession of short and pithy scenes the play moves Larkin from woman to woman over a period of 30 years. Full details and online booking: www.questors.org.uk
The Shamrock Club in Acton is having a Charity Day on Saturday July 8 in aid of Children of St Mary's Hospital Intensive Care. There will be live music from 2pm, stalls, BBQ, a bouncy castle and 5-a-side football. Tickets cost £2. Address: Shamrock Club, Horn Lane Acton, W3 0BP. Telephone: 020 8993 1270.
Fulham: On Saturday July 1 Abigail’s Party is making its debut at Broadway House Members Club in Fulham Broadway. Abigail’s Party is a regular party event for “Vintage Clubbers” (over 30) who still want to go out for an evening. The DJ line-up includes Ibiza legend Alex P and Mark Ruston. Early bird tickets cost £12. On the door costs £20. Find out more here.
Parsons Green Fair: Saturday July 1. 11.30-5.30. Over 100 stalls and attractions are expected to participate, with numerous food and drinks spots with mouth-watering menus. There are also two stages offering live music and performances to make the perfect accompaniment for a day out. Parsons Green, Fulham, SW6 4UJ
A charity event in support of Grenfell Tower will take place on Saturday July 1. It will take place at VUK Place from 12pm. There will be tournaments, face painting, food stalls, bbq, bouncy castles and more.
Dinosaur takeover: Colossal dinosaurs will descend on London Zoo in July. Visitors to the Zoo will be taken back in time to a prehistoric world where they will come face-to-face with life-size, moving dinosaurs. From the giant but gentle brachiosaurus to the towering tyrannosaurus rex, the dinosaurs will roar at those brave enough to approach. Date: 22 July- 3 September.
Harrow Arts Centre:
Jay Phelps Quartet will perform on Friday July 7. The talented trumpeter leads a show-stopping band including Rick Simpson on piano, Mark Lewandowski on bass and John Scott on drums as they expressively explore many styles and temperaments of contemporary Jazz. Address: Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, HA5 4EAShepherd's Bush
Salon launch: Rush Hair is opening the doors of its 91 new venue in the West 12 Shopping Centre on Saturday July22, bringing a ten-strong team of stylists to the heart of the bustling retail district. Stell Andrew, Co-Founder of Rush Hair said: "Our stylists are industry leaders and regulars at events like London Fashion Week, so if you haven’t visited us before, then our new Shepherd’s Bush venue is the perfect place to come and feel pampered.”
Dunkirk at Science Museum: Christopher Nolan’s hotly-anticipated feature Dunkirk, is to screen in IMAX 70mm 2D film at the Science Museum from its worldwide opening weekend, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The Science Museum, one of only three venues in the UK showing Nolan’s epic cinematic event in the largest commercial film format, will screen the film in IMAX 70mm 2D film - the revered filmmaker’s preferred format. From Friday July 21. Tickets £16.50. Book tickets here.
Natural History Museum: Dive through one of the most compelling evolutionary journeys in the forthcoming family exhibition,Whales: Beneath the surface. Whales kicks off an extended season of events in 2018 exploring the awesome power of nature and our responsibility to protect the oceans. Opens on Friday 14 July. 10am- 5.50pm. Adult £11.50.
UxbridgeFlavours of the World Market: Flavours of the World is a market crafted to stir the senses. Among the atmosphere, accents and aromas you will discover are Italian sweets and biscuits from the home of the lightest nougats; cheese that characterises the cultural and culinary identity its hometown; along with cured meats, fuet and saucisson from every corner of France. Thursday July 6 - Saturday July 8. 9am- 6.30pm. High Street, Uxbridge, UBB 1JY.
Comedy Night at Watermans: Andrew Maxwell & Mickey Sharma, Friday July 7, 7.30pm. Maxwell is a must for any comedy fan, garnering 5 star reviews and appearing on prime time TV shows like Have I Got News for You with his intrepid brand of social and political commentary. Sharma has recently toured with Desi Central and is a draws on his eclectic life for inspiration. Tickets £12/£10. Address: Watermans, 40 High Street Brentford. Book tickets here.
Summer open studios for Brentford Artists: The magical artists’ community of Johnson’s Island in Brentford is once again opening its gates to the public this summer. From 6-9pm on Friday July 7 and from 11am-6pm on Saturday July 8 and Sunday July 9, it is possible to visit the painters, printmakers, sculptors and ceramic artists whose studios are clustered on the island. Johnson’s Island has a unique setting on the Grand Union Canal, between Kew Gardens and Syon Park. Address: Johnsons Island, Catherine Wheel Road, Brentford, TW8 8BD.
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