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More details - Chocolate Tasting Tour
3 hours guided walking tour led by Paul Mansfield a former Cocoa and Coffee trader with over 20 years experience as a London Tour Guide. Visit the world’s finest Artisan Chocolatiers in London Mayfair and sample Truffles and Ganaches and Brownies and hot chocolate.
Green Park tube station
Sun 17 Mar, Sun 24 Mar, Sun 31 Mar, Sun 7 Apr, Sun 28 Apr, Sun 5 May, Sun 12 May

More details - Curious About St Paul's
Have fun discovering The City of London, including St Paul’s with two self-guided, quirky, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Buy in booklet or instant download format. Are you curious about London? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather?
City of London, Starts: St Paul’s Cathedral London
Sat 30 Mar 19 to Tue 28 May

More details - Curious About Trafalgar Square
Have fun discovering The City of Westminster, including Trafalgar Square, Horseguards Parade and Buckingham  Palace,  with two self-guided, quirky, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Buy in booklet or instant download format. Are you curious about London?
City of Westminster: Starts: St James’s Square London
Sat 30 Mar 19 to Tue 28 May

More details - Royal Trinity Hospice - Open Garden for NGS
Royal Trinitys beautiful, award winning gardens play an important therapeutic role in the life and function of Royal Trinity Hospice. Over the years, many people have enjoyed our gardens and today they continue to be enjoyed by patients, families and visitors alike.
Royal Trinity Hospice,
Sun 7 Apr, Sun 19 May

More details - Noughts & Crosses
“Why love, if losing hurts so much?” Sephy and Callum sit together on a beach. They are in love. It is forbidden. Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a Nought. Between Noughts and Crosses there are racial and social divides. A segregated society teeters on a volatile knife edge.
Theatre Royal Stratford East Gerry Raffles Square Stratford
Wed 24 Apr to Sat 27 Apr, Mon 29 Apr to Sat 4 May

More details - The Brownie Club
Where are you from? How did you get here? Do you like spicy food? Sometimes you laugh it off. Sometimes you keep quiet. Sometimes you decide to speak up. Sometimes you shout.
Jacksons Lane 269A Archway Rd Highgate
Wed 1 May 19 to Sat 4 May

More details - 51 The Chase - Open Garden for NGS
Member of the Society of Garden Designers, Charles has created the garden over 30yrs. In 2015 the main garden was remodelled, to much acclaim. Spectacular in spring, when 2000 tulips bloom among irises and tree peonies. Scented front garden. Rupert’s geodetic dome shelters seedlings, succulents and subtropicals.
51 The Chase,
Thu 2 May 19

More details - 12 Lansdowne Road - Open Garden for NGS
A country garden in the heart of London. An old mulberry tree, billowing borders, rambling Rosa banksiae, and a greenhouse of climbing pelargoniums.
12 Lansdowne Road,
Thu 2 May 19

More details - Piccadilly Chamber Music Series: The Great Romantics [3]
The West End’s newest chamber music series, www.piccadillychamberconcerts.com returns in 2019 , focusing on ‘The Great Romantics’. Each programme features a great 19th century Romantic masterpiece.
197 Piccadilly St. James
Fri 3 May 19

More details - VIVALDI - FOUR SEASONS by Candlelight
Programme: Mozart - Symphony No. 29 Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante Vivaldi - The Four Seasons If you’re looking for a romantic candlelit experience - or simply want to enjoy some classical music greats in a gorgeous setting - then this is the concert for you.
Southwark Cathedral London Bridge, London
Sat 4 May 19

More details - The Watergardens - Open Garden for NGS
Japanese landscaped garden originally part of Coombe Wood Nursery, planted by the Veitch family in the 1860s. Approx 9 acres with ponds, streams and waterfalls. Many rare trees which, in spring and autumn, provide stunning colour. For the tree lover this is a must see garden. Gardens attractive to wildlife.
The Watergardens, Kingston-upon-Thames
Sun 5 May 19

More details - Mod's May Day 2019
AGMP presents MODS MAYDAY 2019 Celebrating the Mod Revival’s 40th Anniversary SECRET AFFAIR + very special guests THE TRUTH THE VAPORS THE LAMBRETTAS THE CHORDS UK THE CIRCLES SQUIRE DJ EDDIE PILLER Secret Affair formed in 1978.
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street
Sun 5 May 19

More details - Live Steam Open Day (Ride on Railway)
Ilford & West Essex Model Railway Club is holding it’s usual monthly open day with train rides (sometimes steam) for all the family. The train rides will be on our 7¼ inch outside railway for 50p a ride (£3 all day pass) and refreshments available. Children positively encouraged.
Ilford & West Essex MRC premises adjacent to the north side of Chadwell Heath TFL Rail station
Sun 5 May 19

More details - Southwood Lodge - Open Garden for NGS
Densely planted garden hidden behind C18 house (not open). Many unusual plants, some propagated for sale. Ponds, waterfall, frogs, toads, newts. Topiary shapes formed from self sown yew trees. Sculpture carved from three trunks of a massive conifer which became unstable in a storm. Hard working greenhouse!
Southwood Lodge, Highgate
Sun 5 May 19

More details - The Flying Bath
As soon as everyone’s left the house, the bath toys spring into action! Heading off on exciting adventures in their magical flying bath, they have splashes ready for any emergency – from giving a muddy piglet a shower to putting out a fire for a frightened baboon.
Jacksons Lane 269A Archway Rd Highgate
Sun 5 May 19

More details - 27 St Peters Square - Open Garden for NGS
This long, secret space, is a plantsman’s eclectic semi-tamed wilderness. Created over the last 10yrs it contains lots of camellias, magnolias and fruit trees.
27 St Peters Square,
Sun 5 May 19

More details - 93 Palace Road - Open Garden for NGS
The strong structural lines and oval lawns are framed by mixed borders. Evergreen shrubs act as backing singers to the tulip divas, floating on a froth of forget me nots.
93 Palace Road,
Sun 5 May 19

More details - King Henry's Walk Garden - Open Garden for NGS
Vibrant ornamental planting welcomes the visitor to this hidden oasis and leads you into a verdant community garden with secluded woodland area, bee hives, wildlife pond, wall trained fruit trees, and plots used by local residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
King Henry’s Walk Garden,
Mon 6 May 19

More details - Uxbridge World Village Market
The inaugural Uxbridge World Village Market will be located on the popular event area adjacent to High Street.
The High Street
Fri 10 May 19 to Sun 12 May

More details - Cadogan Place South Garden - Open Garden for NGS
Many surprises and unusual trees and shrubs are hidden behind the railings of this large London square. The first square to be developed by architect Henry Holland for Lord Cadogan at the end of C18, it was then called the London Botanic Garden. Mulberry trees planted for silk production at end of C17.
Cadogan Place South Garden, Chelsea
Sat 11 May 19

More details - The MoonWalk London 2019
Boogie on down to The MoonWalk London’s Disco Inferno! Get Saturday night fever on the 11th May 2019 with thousands of women and men at breast cancer charity Walk the Walk’s iconic challenge.
Clapham Common
Sat 11 May 19

More details - The Circle Garden - Open Garden for NGS
A welcoming front garden with cottage style planting leading to an unexpected rear garden with intriguing vistas where you will find herbaceous and annuals in mixed borders. Relax in the Japanese area, stroll through the potager and chat to our suburban hens. An ever evolving garden with plans for further developments.
The Circle Garden, New Malden
Sat 11 May, Sat 18 May

Worple Art Group Spring Exhibition More details - Worple Art Group Spring Exhibition
Over 200 affordable, contemporary, original paintings and prints by 20 local artists will be on show. The Worple Group’s Exhibitions have become highly anticipated events in Wimbledon due to the high standard and diversity of the artworks.
St Mark’s Church, St Mark’s Place, Wimbledon
Sat 11 May 19
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More details - 74 Glengall Road - Open Garden for NGS
A secluded S-facing cottage style garden, developed over 25 years for yr-round interest. Areas incl 2 lawns, a rock garden, small wildlife pond with bog garden, shade borders and a gravel garden, linked by several paths. Throughout are mixtures of trees shrubs perennials bulbs bamboos grasses and climbers.
74 Glengall Road, Woodford Green
Sun 12 May 19

More details - 20 St Mary's Grove - Open Garden for NGS
Come and discover this delightful small garden with sweet smelling spring shrubs and flowers - akebia, coronilla, tree peony, camellias, lilac, azalea and climbing roses.
20 St Mary’s Grove,
Sun 12 May 19

More details - Mini Marathon
THE running event every child wants to be part of!! Just like the London Marathon, our Mini Marathon takes place in Royal Greenwich Park and is a 2.62 mile sponsored fun run. The Mini Marathon has a big emphasis on FUN!
Royal Greenwich Park, Charlton Way, Greenwich, London
Sun 12 May 19

More details - West Lodge Park - Open Garden for NGS
Open for the NGS for over 30yrs, the 35 acre Beale Arboretum consists of over 800 varieties of trees and shrubs, incl National Collection of Hornbeam cultivars (Carpinus betulus) and National collection of Swamp Cypress (Taxodium).
West Lodge Park, Hadley Wood
Sun 12 May 19

More details - 58 Halliford Street - Open Garden for NGS
An English country garden in the heart of Islington. Lush planting: cytisus battandieri ’Yellow Tail’ tree, two apple trees, one quince. Roses: bush and climbing, clematis, rhododendrons, exotic palms, cannas, abutilons, heucheras, salvias, cordelines.
58 Halliford Street, London
Sun 12 May 19

More details - 5 Burbage Road - Open Garden for NGS
Much photographed garden of a member of The Society of Botanical Artists. 150ft x 40ft with varied range of plants. Herbaceous borders for sun and shade, climbers, pots, terraces, lawns. Gravel areas to reduce watering. Diseased box has beenreplaced with alternatives. A garden for all seasons.
5 Burbage Road, Herne Hill
Sun 12 May 19

More details - Mill Hill Music Club presents Smetana Piano Trio
Smetana Piano Trio The leading Czech ensemble pianist Jitka Cechová, violinist Radim Kresta and cellist Jan Pálenícek, can be seen frequently on leading concert stages both in the Czech Republic and major concert halls throughout the world. Programme Brahms - Piano Trio in C minor Op.
The Hall The Henrietta Barnett School
Sun 12 May 19

More details - Princes Avenue Gardens - Open Garden for NGS
In a beautiful Edwardian avenue in the heart of Muswell Hill Conservation Area, two very different gardens reflect the diverse life styles of their owners. The charming garden at No 17 is designed for relaxing and entertaining . Although south facing it is shaded by large surrounding trees - among which is a ginko.
Princes Avenue Gardens, Muswell Hill
Sun 12 May 19

More details - 86 Underhill Road - Open Garden for NGS
A generous family space bursting with tulips and spring colour. Step down from the elegant slate terrace to the bustling gravel garden and then wind your way through to a green embrace. Feast on delicious cakes and relax in secluded seating areas.
86 Underhill Road, East Dulwich
Sun 12 May 19

More details - Ruddigore by Gilbert & Sullivan
Ferrier Operatic Society are performing Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore - a satirical and funny take on the Victorian Melodrama genre.
Bob Hope Theatre, Wythfield Road, Eltham
Thu 16 May 19 to Sat 18 May

More details - King Hedley II
1980s Pittsburgh, a city in decay. Against the backdrop of Reagan’s America, King, an ex-con, is trying to rebuild his life and start a family. He’s got hopes and dreams of opening a video store and building a new life. If only he can get ten thousand dollars together, if only he can catch a break.
Theatre Royal Stratford East Gerry Raffles Square Stratford
Fri 17 May 19

More details - Clissold Park Food & Drink Festival
Our Food and Drink Festival will be returning to Clissold Park in Stoke Newington following our successful launch in 2016.
Clissold Park
Fri 17 May 19 to Sun 19 May

More details - Regents Park Race for Life 5k
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer.
Regents Park, Chester Road London
Sat 18 May 19

More details - 70 Gloucester Crescent - Open Garden for NGS
Here is an oasis in Camden’s urban density, where resourceful planting outflanks challenges of space and shade, and Mrs Dickens who once lived here is an amiable ghost. May open day occurs alongside other distinctive local gardens while an August opening shows how wonderful the month can be in a town garden.
70 Gloucester Crescent, London
Sat 18 May 19

More details - 12 Gloucester Road - Open Garden for NGS
Carefully planned garden, immaculately maintained. Interesting planting with many unusual plants. Sunny terrace. Olive trees The garden is secluded and surprising. An unexpected oasis.
12 Gloucester Road, Hampton
Sat 18 May 19 and Sun 19 May

More details - Regents Park Race for Life 10k
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer.
Regents Park, Chester Road London
Sat 18 May 19

More details - 69 Gloucester Crescent - Open Garden for NGS
Delightful little cottage front garden, opening jointly with No. 70 next door. It shows what can be done with a front garden as an attractive alternative to a paved parking space.
69 Gloucester Crescent, London
Sat 18 May 19

More details - forage and feast
Join a Totally Wild UK professional forager to learn the basics of foraging and to discover a range of wild edibles lying all around us. After our initial meeting we will go through the basics of foraging. Then we head out to discover the vast array of wild edible species that lie all around us.
Hackney Marsh
Sat 18 May 19

More details - Plant Fairs Roadshow
A collection of Specialist Nurseries offering a range of Alpines, Climbers, Bulbs, Succulents, Herbs & Unusual Perennials, plus Trees and Shrubs, and cut flowers.
Telegraph Hill Centre, St Catherine’s Church, Kitto Road, New Cross
Sat 18 May 19

More details - The Icicle Works
The Icicle Works 35th Anniversary Tour. Artists performing: The Icicle Works.: Tickets avaiable.
O2 Academy Islington, London
Sat 18 May 19

More details - Garden of Medicinal Plants - Open Garden for NGS
One of several individual and distinctive gardens opening in NW1. Here are 1,100 different plants used in medicines around the world and throughout history: plants named after physicians; plants which make modern medicines and plants used by herbalists.
Garden of Medicinal Plants, London
Sat 18 May 19

More details - The Hurlingham Club - Open Garden for NGS
Rare opportunity to visit this 42 acre jewel with many mature trees, 2 acre lake with water fowl, expansive lawns and a river walk. Capability Brown and Humphry Repton were involved with landscaping. The gardens are renowned for their roses, herbaceous and lakeside borders, shrubberies and stunning bedding displays.
The Hurlingham Club,
Sat 18 May 19

More details - Eaton Square Garden - Open Garden for NGS
Thomas Cubitt laid out the 6 formal gardens flanking either side of the Kings Rd in 1826 in what was the main approach to Buckingham Palace. Eaton Square Garden today combines well-manicured lawns, shady pathways and mixed borders with quiet seating and contemporary sculptures.
Eaton Square Garden,
Sat 18 May 19

More details - 98 Parkway - Open Garden for NGS
A small, walled townhouse garden hidden away unexpectedly behind a busy street of shops and cafes in Camden. The garden is predominantly a very diverse collection of white flowers in several raised beds and large pots - roses, allium, iris, peonies, clematis, aquilegia, geraniums, dicentra and more will be out in May.
98 Parkway, Camden Town
Sat 18 May 19

More details - 15 Norcott Road - Open Garden for NGS
A large walled garden developed by the present owners over the last forty years with pond, aged fruit trees and an abundance of herbaceous plants including irises, columbines, day lilies, many available in our plant sale. We enjoy opening at different times of the year.
15 Norcott Road, Stoke Newington
Sun 19 May 19

More details - 3 The Park - Open Garden for NGS
Established large garden with informal planting for colour, scent and bees. Pond with fish, frogs and tadpoles. Tree peonies, Crinodendron hookerianum and Paulownia. Plants, tea and home-made jam for sale. Children particularly welcome - a treasure hunt with prizes!
3 The Park, London
Sun 19 May 19

More details - Hackney Half for St Joseph's Hospice
The Hackney Half Marathon is returning for its sixth year in 2019 and St Joseph’s Hospice is delighted to be chosen as one of the official local charity partners! The Hackney Half is one of the fastest growing half marathons in the UK.
Hackney Marshes
Sun 19 May 19

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