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Lili La Scala – Siren

September 24 @ 8:00 pm BST

A journey, a ship, the shifting of time and sands. Siren songs through the mist. Found songs, from the poetry of Masefield to the music of Tom Waits. Bewitching, haunting and mesmeric songs and stories. A Siren’s songs. Stories about journeys.  Stories about the sea.  Timeless, beautiful songs.Lili La Scala's stunning solo show Siren debuted to thunderous applause and excellent reviews at Adelaide Fringe 2014 and had its UK premiere at the London Wonderground on Southbank. The show blends Lili’s classical roots with dark…

Mental Health and Wellbeing – You Matter

September 24 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm BST

It is recognised that the pandemic has affected young people's mental health in many ways - from loss of confidence, routines, friendships, to increased self-harm, addictions, anxiety and depression. Two young people from Christ Church W4 want to do something about it and tell young people of West London that they matter and their mental health matters. They were inspired to put together this event for young people in the area - a safe space to think about their own mental health…

Comedy at Chiswick Playhouse – Ahir Shah and Matt Forde

September 24 @ 6:30 pm BST

Ahir Shah Double Edinburgh Comedy Festival Award Nominee, Ahir Shah is working up a brand new show. ​As seen on Live at the Apollo and The Mash Report. 'A blazing talent firing on all cylinders' ***** (Telegraph). 'Magnificent' ***** (List). **** (Times). Matt Forde Join Britain’s leading political comedian Matt Forde as he previews his brand new show ahead of this year’s Edinburgh festival. ​As seen on Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week, 8 out of 10…

Visit the Musical Museum, Brentford

September 24 @ 10:30 am3:30 pm BST
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The Musical Museum will be reopening on Friday 28 May The Musical Museum is a museum of musical instruments which also hosts live concerts. From tiny music boxes to the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ, the Musical Museum tells the story of how people have captured and listened to music in Europe over the past four centuries. The collection includes an impressive array of instruments and inventions, including reproducing pianos, orchestrions, self-playing violins, pipe organs, gramophones & synthesizers. Find out how…

Visit the London Wetland Centre, Barnes

September 24 @ 9:30 am5:30 pm BST
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WWT London Wetland Centre is a wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. An urban oasis for wildlife, with wading birds, ducks and otters. A lovely place to go, with or without kids. Find out about WWT’s conservation work and the birds they are helping to save from extinction. Enjoy the lakes, ponds and gardens, café and play areas. The Wetlands Centre has reopened on a timed entry ticket system. Every visitor will need to pre-book. The centre…

Visit the National Archives, Kew

September 24 @ 9:30 am3:30 pm BST
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Open Tuesday – Friday but please check as they close for the usual public holidays throughout the year.

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 in the history of the United Kingdom. For…

Visit Osterley Park

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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. While the park is open every day from 09.00 and the café is open for takeaway, the bookshop, house and shop remain closed until further notice. The garden is…

Petros Singers Workshop – Rachmaninov Vespers

September 24 @ 8:00 am5:00 pm BST

Join the Petros Singers for an afternoon workshop exploring Rachmaninov’s seminal choral masterpiece, The All-Night Vigil, commonly known as the Vespers. The workshop will be lead by Neil Ferris, Chorus Director of the BBC Symphony Chorus and Artistic Director of the professional chamber choir, Sonoro. Neil will bring his considerable expertise, vocal knowledge and flair to work on music that is as rich as it is rewarding, not to mention in Russian! After working through a varied selection of movements, the afternoon will…

Books & Writers, Chiswick walking trail

September 24
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Image above: Nancy Mitford; Rose Cottage, Strand on the Green, where she lived Torin Douglas, Director of the Chiswick Book Festival, has made it his mission to research Chiswick’s literary history. Chiswick can lay claim to two winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature (and one nominee) plus one Booker Prize winner, three Oscar winners (and two nominees), a Poet Laureate and several writers who merit blue plaques. All of which prompted the Observer to comment: ‘Chiswick may be the…

Arts & Crafts walking trail, Hammersmith

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Riverside trail taking in the homes of some of the leading lights of the Arts & Crafts movement. The riverside at Hammersmith was an important hub for the Arts & Crafts movement. Arts & Crafts Hammersmith launched the trail along the River Thames in June 2019 so you can follow in the footsteps of poet, novelist, designer and socialist William Morris and his great friend Emery Walker, the founder of the Doves Press. This is a walk that you can…

Visit The Chiswick Cinema

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Chiswick’s first new cinema since 1934, with five screens and a members’ bar, is now open. Film fans can choose from three cinema screening rooms seating around 100 people each and two smaller screens, one of them for hire as a private screening room seating 15 people, with a private dining space adjacent. The main café serves a wide range of food and beverages throughout the day and evening. One of the features of the cinema is its ‘green wall’, recently…

West London Cinemas

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Chiswick residents are within close reach of a number of cinemas in surrounding areas. Richmond Odeon, 72 Hill St, Richmond TW9 1TW Curzon, 3 Water Ln, Richmond TW9 1TJ Shepherds Bush Vue, West 12 Shopping Centre, Shepherd's Bush Green, London W12 8PP Vue, Westfield, Ariel Way, London W12 7GF Hammersmith Riverside Studios,101 Queen Caroline St, London W6 9BN Brentford Watermans, 40 High St, Brentford TW8 0DS All events in Chiswick See our events listings for all events in Chiswick: whats-on-in-chiswick Support…

Art & Artists, Chiswick walking trail

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Image above: Jan Pienkowski's image of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Chiswick Chiswick has been home to several very famous artists over the centuries. When Karen Liebreich and Sarah Cruz of Abundance London created the the Chiswick Timeline mural under the railway bridge at Turnham Green Terrace in 2017, they included images of paintings by some of the area's best known artists. At the same time they launched a map of 19 sites of artistic interest, including Johan Zoffany’s house…

Visit Syon Park

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Syon is one of the last great houses in London which is still lived in by a member of the aristocracy. It has been in the family of the present owner, the Duke of Northumberland, for more than 400 years. The park land, which is also home to the Syon Park Hilton hotel and children’s indoor play area Snakes and Ladders, never closes. Gardens The Gardens, created by ‘Capability’ Brown in the eighteenth century, are open 10.30am – 4.30pm, Wednesday…

Gunnerbury Park and Museum

Visit Gunnersbury Park

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Gunnersbury Park is considered by English Heritage to be one of the most important parks in the country. Originally a country estate, it is now bordered by Acton, Brentford, Chiswick and Ealing. Gunnersbury is jointly owned by Hounslow and Ealing councils and run by a not-for-profit company, Gunnersbury CIC. The park has beautiful ornamental gardens with woods and lakes and a new sports hub with nine-hole golf, tennis courts, football and cricket pitches. The sports hub is currently open for…

Visit Chiswick House Gardens

September 24
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Gardens open every day, open 7.00 am - dusk

Chiswick House is a beautiful example of Classical architecture in the style of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. Built by Richard Boyle, 3rd earl of Burlington, 1727-9, the 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. Image above: Chiswick House; photograph Jennifer Griffiths Chiswick House and the Kitchen Garden are open 27 May to…

Visit the Fuller’s Brewery

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Chiswick has been home to a brewery for over 600 years, with the Fuller, Smith & Turner partnership forming in 1845. The brewery, now owned by Asahi, run tours so people can see how Fuller’s beers are made. The tour, starting in the brewery shop, tells the story of how the Griffin Brewery was formed and how it has developed, as well as showing you the genuine working brewery where more than 50 beers are brewed to this day. Finishing…

Visit Kew Gardens

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Kew Gardens is home to the world’s most diverse collection of living plants; 132 hectares of landscape which is exceptionally beautiful in any season. The Gardens are open, but visitors have to book a time slot in advance. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is a UNESCO World Heritage site. An outing for all seasons In winter the Palm House welcomes you into the warmth of the rainforest, the Princess of Wales Conservatory invites you to explore ten of the…

Visit Gunnersbury Triangle, nature reserve

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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.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_8SvLBhxCI 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…

In Georgian footsteps, Chiswick walking trail

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Brentford & Chiswick Local History Society and William Hogarth Trust have co-created In Georgian Footsteps, a guided trail of 18th Century Chiswick. In Georgian times what we now know as Chiswick was three villages: Chiswick Town, Strand on the Green and Turnham Green, with fields, nursery gardens and orchards between them. The ancient Bath Rd, which today is Chiswick High Rd, ran east-west across common land on which Turnham Green grew up as a settlement with blacksmiths, farriers and inns…

Visit the William Morris Museum

September 23, 2021 @ 2:00 pmMay 8, 2022 @ 5:00 pm BST
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William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was a revolutionary force in Victorian Britain whose work dramatically changed the fashions and ideologies of the era. As a craftsman, designer, poet, printer, socialist, novelist, and environmentalist, Morris was not only influential in his own time, but his legacy remains alive and important today. The William Morris Society is based in the Coach House and the basement of the Kelmscott House, where he lived from 1878 until his death in…

Underground Uncovered

September 23September 26

Explore the depot and uncover the hidden spaces below London's streets The TFL Acton Depot will be diving deep for all things Underground this autumn. Inspired by their award-winning Hidden London exhibition, and new Secrets of the Underground documentary – they will be exploring the stories of dark and hidden spaces that lie beneath London’s streets. Tickets: Adults £15, Children £7.50 Book tickets: ticketfeed.ltmuseum.co.uk All events in Chiswick See our events listings for all events in Chiswick: whats-on-in-chiswick Support The Chiswick…

Theatre at Chiswick Playhouse – Macbeth

September 20November 6

Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty.’   (I.V) Directed by Lisa Millar, this production promises a fast-paced and furious production to Shakespeare’s most haunting tragedy. The play’s visceral and supernatural qualities are powerfully staged at The Chiswick Playhouse. ​The company, formed last summer in the height of the pandemic, when many of the cast had their national and regional theatre work cancelled,…

Theatre at Riverside Studios

September 14September 26

When Mark is mugged on the way to college, his reality is shattered. This life-changing event forces him to confront some of his deepest issues. On his journey towards healing he realises that interrogating his connection to masculinity might be key to finding a way forwards. For Mark being a boy has meant closing up when it comes to processing complex emotion. However, through reassembling himself, Mark starts to get a sharper image of the person he wants to be.…

Free online talk – Recovery and Regeneration after the Great Fire of London (1666)

September 10 @ 2:00 pmOctober 8 @ 2:00 pm BST

On 2 September 1666, a fire began in the bakery on Pudding Lane. The fire spread rapidly across the city of London, resulting in the destruction of 13,000 homes, 87 churches, the Royal Exchange and St Paul’s Cathedral. Upon witnessing the scale of the destruction, the famous diarist Samuel Pepys lamented that it was the ‘most horrid malicious, flame’ that he had seen. How did seventeenth-century Londoners recover from disaster? This talk gives an insight into how devastation offered opportunity…

Thursday Opera Lectures with Ross Alley

September 9 @ 2:00 pmDecember 9 @ 4:00 pm BST

Ross Alley was, for many years, a music lecturer for Birkbeck College (University of London). He has also given numerous guest lectures for the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Wigmore Hall, the Wagner Society, the Gustav Mahler Society, and NADFAS. Following his series of online lectures 'Opera and Colour', Ross is excited to welcome guests back to his in person events at the Chiswick Memorial Club. For more information email rossalley@gmail.com Tickets: £10, pay on the door All events…

Lunchtime Organ Concerts at St Michael & All Angels Church

September 3 @ 12:30 pmDecember 3 @ 12:30 pm BST

After an 18-month gap caused by COVID-19, monthly Lunchtime Organ Concerts have resumed in St Michael & All Angels Church, Bedford Park. The 2021-22 season opens on Friday September 3rd when Jack Spencer, one of St Michaels’ own organists, will perform a programme of French romantic music and English light music, including works by Coates, Grainger and Elgar. The concerts take place on the first Friday of the month from 12.30 to 1.15pm, at the church in Bath Road W4,…

Headliners Comedy Club – 20 Year Anniversary Celebration

September 3September 25

Headliners has been providing west London with live stand-up comedy for two decades, much more cheaply than a night in the West End, but with all the same comedians who grace TV shows and international comedy festivals. Arthur Smith, Geoff Norcott, Paul Tomlinson, Jon Moloney, Joanne McNally, Jo Caulfield and Rich Hall have all become regulars. The club normally runs on Friday and Saturday nights January to May and September to November. They have recently announced a run of nights…

Exhibitions at Gunnersbury Park – Being South Asian

August 24September 30

Gunnersbury Park and Museum's new photography exhibition explores and celebrates South Asian heritage. Showcasing the work of eight contemporary artists, the exhibition will feature a diverse collection of historical and contemporary imagery, poetry, traditional prints and installations. Visitors can explore the exhibition Thursday - Sundays between 12 – 4.30pm. There will be late night openings on Fridays until 8pm. Artists: Ruqayyah Ali Satvinder Bahra Afsana Elanko Sebastian Elanko Harnake Hunspal Pareena Zehra Rizvi Parveen Thethy Tickets Free, no booking required…

Farewell Griffin Park – The Fans’ Story

August 14December 31

As Brentford FC enters its first Premier League season, the Club will remember its past and the role of its fans and the local community. ‘Farewell Griffin Park- The Fans’ Story’ will be a special exhibition at the London Museum of Water & Steam, next door to the Brentford Community Stadium. It will be open throughout the Premier League season. The Brentford Supporters Trust ‘Bees United’ has teamed up with the Club to bring together a century of fan memories about the club’s…

Emery Walker and the Private Press Movement

August 12, 2021May 31, 2022

Emery Walker’s House is to open its first exhibition on 12 August, displaying examples of the most beautiful private press books ever published, illustrating Walker’s revolutionary book printing techniques and legacy in his former home in Hammersmith. The new exhibition space in the small drawing room of the most authentic Arts & Crafts home in Britain charts Walker’s career as a typographer and printer at a time when huge advances were being introduced in the production of books to keep up with…

Exhibitions at Riverside Studios – Damage Control

August 6October 31

Damage Control, an interactive sculpture exhibition first developed and presented at The Playground Theatre in 2018, is soon moving to Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. It explores the language of emergency through events in London’s history, from The Great Plague to Covid and asks whether the lives of the poor are worth less than the property of the rich. Josie Spencer’s sculptures evoke a sense of both vulnerability and resilience. Are they broken or breaking free? After this last difficult year,…

Kayaking in Osterley Park

July 29October 31

The Sharks run sessions at Osterley Park every Summer on Sundays from April through till the end of October. They have now added Wednesday sessions during the Summer Holidays, giving guests even more opportunities for fun. There are both double and single sit-on-top boats available. While these boats are very stable and easy to use, The Sharks ask that you turn up 15 minutes before the session starts so they can get you ready, give you basic instructions and get you on…

ParkTennis Sessions

July 23 @ 8:00 amDecember 31 @ 5:00 pm BST

This event runs every Saturday morning from 10am-11am at Gunnersbury Park. Parktennis is for players of all ages and abilities. They have a family court for parents to play with their young children using softer red balls, typically for children aged 9 and under. The remaining courts are used for the teenagers and adults. The adults play a mixture of singles, doubles and fun team games that are designed for all levels of ability, active and inclusive of large numbers.…

Special exhibition: Paula Rego at Hogarth’s House

July 20November 28

Image above: 'After Hogarth IV' (2000) Paula Rego. This July, Hogarth’s House will host a selection of 42 works by Paula Rego including Prints, lithographs etchings and more. An artist of remarkable imagination, her work has forever changed the representation of women in figurative art. This exhibition will display works from throughout the artist's career and explore how her admiration for William Hogarth has inspired elements of her work. Dame Paula Rego was born in Portugal in 1935 and now…

Visit London Museum of Water and Steam, Brentford

May 29December 31

The museum will be reopening Saturday 29 May. The London Museum of Water & Steam is an independent museum founded in 1975 as the Kew Bridge Steam Museum. It was rebranded in early 2014 following a major investment project. ‘Based in the historic buildings of the former Kew Bridge Waterworks, the London Museum of Water & Steam tells the story of London's water supply, the site, its people and the amazing pumping engines that helped to make London the great…

Online Childrens Theatre – Myths and Adventures from Ancient Greece

May 27December 31

In this new series of tales from Ancient Greece, children will enter a miniature world full of exciting adventures, with the battered insect Hope as their guide. Hope journeys into the world of Ancient Greece to escape Pandora's Box, warn King Midas of his greed, seek Persephone in the Underworld and help Theseus to defeat the Minotaur. In this third tale, everyone needs a little Hope - including King Midas. Tickets: Free Book Tickets: The online plays are available at…

Chiswick House: Bring Into Being art exhibition

May 27October 31

Bring Into Being is an experimental programme of art commissions, events and workshops marking a new chapter for Chiswick House and Gardens.  Presenting three site-specific artworks by Peter Adjaye, Jaimini Patel and Turner Prize winning Mark Wallinger, alongside workshops and events, Bring Into Being  'responds to the many incarnations of Chiswick House and tests the future possibilities of our Grade 1 listed site'. Chiswick House Trust is looking to widen the scope and the appeal of the House and Gradens, to attract more visitors, and to encourage existing visitors to use the park…

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