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Nearby, The Musical Museum, in Brentford High Street close to Kew Bridge, is a little independent museum telling the story of how people listened to music before the days of microphones and electronics. It houses tiny clockwork musical boxes, orchestrions – machines that play music to sound like an orchestra – and the ‘Mighty Wurlitzer’ an Art Deco electric organ played in cinemas during the silent era of film. It’s highly recommended you take the tour to soak up the passion for the subject from the volunteers and visit the museum’s cinema to see the Wurlitzer in action. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and bank holiday Mondays, 11am until 5pm, last entry 4pm. The Watermans Arts Centre, 40 High Street, Brentford, is the local hub for the arts. Its popular, though

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The Mighty Wurlitzer at the Musical Museum

small, cinema shows both mainstream and “art house” films. Book to make sure you get a seat. It has a theatre, an exhibition space and drop-in classes and activities for children and families. From its riverside terrace and the indoor tables of its café, bar and tandoori restaurant, you can overlook the Thames and enjoy stunning views across to Kew Gardens and Brentford Dock. Open from 10am, you can relax on the comfy sofas and take advantage of the centre’s WiFi whether you’ve come to see a show or not. Recently revamped, the Brentford Sunday Market is a great source of high-quality, locally sourced foods (see p57). Based in the square in front of the magistrates’ court, it’s a lovely spot to sit, snack on a pastry and load up your bags with delicious delicatessen nibbles. Open 10am until 2pm.

Hounslow Pocket Guide 2015  

Published in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow. 20,000 copies printed and distributed in July/August 2015.

Hounslow Pocket Guide 2015  

Published in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow. 20,000 copies printed and distributed in July/August 2015.

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