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Musical Museum, Brentford (closed from 16 December)

February 26 @ 10:30 am5:30 pm GMT
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The museum will be open from 5 December. The Musical Museum is home to a wonderful collection of self-playing musical instruments. From tiny music boxes to the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ in the concert hall, you can learn about the history of music reproduction, and hear an impressive array of self-playing pianos, orchestrions, pipe organs, violin players, gramophones & synthesizers. Guided tour and instrument demonstrations: Tuesday – 11.00am, 3.00pm Friday - 11.00am, 1.00pm, 3.00pm Saturday - 11.00am, 1.00pm, 3.00pm Sunday…

The National Archives, Kew (reading rooms are temporarily closed due to tier 4 restrictions)

February 26 @ 10:00 am3:00 pm GMT
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Open Tuesday – Friday but please check as they close for the usual public holidays throughout the year.

 The National Archives' reading rooms are temporarily closed The National Archives is home to millions of historical documents covering a huge range of subjects, including more than 70,000 images, from ancient maps to iconic advertising. The building houses records which have been created and collected by UK central government departments such as the Home Office and the Foreign Office, and major courts of law such as the Central Criminal Court. The National Archive is a unique resource for those interested…

Arts & Crafts Trail, Hammersmith

February 26
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This is a walk that you can do at your leisure. You just need to download the map, or pick it up from the William Morris Society Museum in Hammersmith, open Thursday and Saturday, 2.00 – 5.00pm. Start at Hammersmith Bridge and make your way along the river to Hammersmith Terrace, reading about some of the interesting Victorians as you go. The riverside at Hammersmith was an important hub for the Arts & Crafts movement, home to several of its…

Headliners Comedy Club (temporarily closed due to lockdown)

February 26
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Club Card Offer – £6 tickets on Friday Night Ring the Box Office to book and take your card with you to show when you pick up the tickets. Chiswick’s famous stand-up comedy club temporarily suspended due to national lockdown) Headliners has been going for 17 years and attracts top quality comics who play the clubs in central London and tour all over the country. Headliners has the same line up Friday and Saturday nights, but with a Chiswick Calendar…

Local Cinemas

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Visit Syon Park, Brentford (Gardens are open daily until 3 January)

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The gardens are open daily until the 3 January Tickets available to book online. The house is currently closed due to COVID-19. The Park and Gardens are beautiful to walk around. The Great Conservatory has been used as a location for music videos and film shoots, including the 1967 Dudley Moore – Peter Cook version of Bedazzled and John Boorman’s first feature film Catch Us If You Can. The House & Gardens are open from March until the end of…

Visit Osterley Park & House – (Gardens and cafe are open, house remains closed)

February 26
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The gardens and café (for take away only) and are now open, with additional safety measures. However, the house is closed until further notice. Osterley Park is a Georgian country estate in west London, now owned by the National Trust. Described by Horace Walpole as 'the palace of palaces', Osterley was created in the late 18th century by architect and designer Robert Adam for the Child family to entertain and impress their friends and clients. Today the house is presented…

Visit Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford (closed from 16 December under Tier 4 restrictions)

February 26
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Watermans Arts Centre will be closed from 16 December under Tier 3 restrictions. Watermans Arts Centre offers a variety of arts activities for varied age groups and interests. This includes a cinema, a 250 seat theatre, contemporary art gallery, and an on-site cafe. The usual activities for families, including children’s theatre and comedy, and workshops varying from music to creative writing are currently suspended. watermans.org.uk Cinema Daily, Watermans screens the latest box office hits, independent art house cinema, foreign language…

Gunnerbury Park and Museum

Visit Gunnersbury Park (Gardens remain open, the museum is closed)

February 26
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The park is open daily from 7.00am – dusk. The museum is closed The original Gunnersbury House was built by Sir John Maynard, a lawyer and politician during the time of Oliver Cromwell. In the 18th century Princess Amelia, daughter of George II, used it as her summer home. After her death the original house was pulled down and replaced by two mansions. Both were bought by the Rothschild family in the 19th century and purchased for the nation in…

Visit the London Wetland Centre, Barnes

February 26
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The Wetlands centre is open but to help keep everyone safe, numbers of people who can visit on any one day are now limited. A booking system has been introduced. Winter opening: 1 November until February 28 (or 29 when relevant), opening times 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (last admission 3.30pm). Summer opening: 1 March until October 31, opening times 9.30am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm). An urban oasis for wildlife, with wading birds, ducks and otters. A lovely place…

Visit Chiswick House & Gardens (Gardens and cafe are open, but the house is closed until further notice)

February 26
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The grounds and cafe are open, but the house is closed until further notice. Chiswick House is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture. Built by Lord Burlington as an extravagant party venue, the neo-Palladian villa was famous in its heyday during the 18th and 19th centuries for some of the most sumptuous entertainments ever held in Britain. The rich decoration and many paintings are well worth the entrance fee. The house is open 10.00 am – 5.00 pm at weekends…

Visit Kew Gardens

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Kew Gardens is open but some safety measures have been implemented. Everyone will need to book a time slot in advance, and you might need to queue to enter some of the indoor attractions. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is home to the world’s most diverse collection of living plants; 132 hectares of landscape which is exceptionally beautiful in any season. In winter the Palm House welcomes you in to the warmth of the rainforest, the Princess of Wales…

Visit Gunnersbury Triangle, nature reserve

February 26
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A green oasis created by intersecting railway lines, saved from development in the 1980s and managed by the London Wildlife Trust for wildlife and people. This wet woodland nature reserve is a haven for birds and small mammals, which take advantage of the sheltered birch and willow. Walkways and footpaths help guide visitors around the ponds and acid grassland areas through this wild oasis in Chiswick. You can just wander round and enjoy the peace and beauty of it or…

The Little Gym (closed under Tier 4 restrictions)

February 26
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Club Card Offer – Free Annual Membership worth £50.   The Little Gym is currently closed under Tier 4 restrictions. The Little Gym Chiswick offers gymnastics, dance and karate as well as birthday parties. Classes start for babies aged four months and are on every day of the week. The Little Gym Chiswick was established in 2007 and is the UK’s only ‘double decker’ Little Gym with two fully equipped gymnasiums, mirrored studio with sprung floor and two separate kitchens…

Chiswick House and Gardens – Camellia Show

February 16 @ 9:00 amMarch 26 @ 5:00 pm GMT

Chiswick House and Gardens are welcoming the 11th annual Camellia Show from 15 February - 26 March. The Camellia show is an event where the camellias out in the Gardens will be in full bloom and the public is invited on a free, family-friendly trail in order to explore and find them. The trail will be available on the Chiswick House and Gardens website to download too, with potentially a 'Covid-safe plant sale' later in March, though this will be…

The Haunting of Alice Bowles – Online Event

January 7February 28

Until 28 February. Two YouTubers uncover a mysterious grave in an abandoned churchyard and start to untangle a grisly mystery from a century ago. Based on a short story by MR James, this adaptation by Philip Franks (remember him from Darling Buds of May?) is billed as a “chilling ghost story”. It was filmed remotely under lockdown conditions. And it has themes which will resonate with modern audiences; the modern strand of the story is set in the time of…

The Habit of Art – Online Event

January 7February 28

By Alan Bennett, the national treasure of a playwright whose back-catalogue includes The History Boys, The Madness of King George and Talking Heads.  And it’s produced by the Original Theatre Company, who’ve come up trumps with their online offerings so far. A play-within-a-play, it features Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and Men, Toast, Pride and Prejudice) and David Yelland (The Crown, Chariots of Fire) and focuses on a meeting between poet WH Auden and composer Benjamin Britten. Directed by Philip Franks. …

Visit Hogarth’s House (Closed from 16 December)

July 25, 2019 @ 12:00 pmDecember 31, 2021 @ 5:00 pm BST

Hogarth's House will be closed from 16 December under Tier 3 restrictions. Hogarth's House, built around 1700, was the country home of the great painter, engraver and satirist William Hogarth (1697 - 1764) from 1749 until his death. He bought it as a weekend and summer home, away from the noise of his other home in what is now Leicester Square. Hogarth had a ‘painting room’ at the bottom of the garden where he was working until a few days…

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