Devonshire Rd Street Party
Every year the businesses of Devonshire Rd throw a street party in September. Devonshire Rd, off Chiswick High Rd, has a collection of independent businesses – dress shops, barbers, restaurants, cafes which are interesting places to while away the time. Once a year Mike Moran of Top Hat cleaners organises a street party, with live music all day, a street walker, children’s games and plenty of food and drink.
Photographs by Jon Perry – Enlightenshade
In past years Ray Lowe has entertained the crowd, singing the Rat Pack songs of Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jnr, Matt Monro and Frank Sinatra and Elvis impersonator Trevor Dodson has paid tribute to the King. Nolita Golding, Marina Simioni and Tom Lukas, who regularly plays in George IV, were among the performers in 2017.
Every year there’s a hog roast, the proceeds from which go to the W4 Youth charity, a community youth project for 11-19 year olds in west London. Set up in 2009 the group now has over 300 young people involved in its activities. After her son was shot in the face one afternoon after school, Sally Chacatte, Founder and Chair of W4 Youth created the charity with the vision to build a youth and community centre in W4 to give the young people of the area somewhere safe to go and something good to do 7 days a week.
Little Kickers and Chiswick Rugby Club are usually on hand at the street party for a kick about with children and little ones are entranced by the enormous lady blowing bubbles – aka the stilt walker.
Devonshire Rd at Christmas, a good place to do your Christmas shopping.
Father Christmas visits Devonshire Rd, minced pies and mulled wine are also a regular feature at Top Hat in December.