As Londoners prepare to bake in this year's scorching temperatures, we've rounded up the best of east London's summer activities from aerial theatre, modern art tours and music spectacles to family fun days and wildlife ventures - here's our most exciting and creative ways to enjoy the sunshine.

A Diabetes UK fundraiser from Upminster has scooped a national award after raising £5,000 for the charity at an event in memory of her father.

How Havering Mind and adult education helped a Cranham 60-year-old through the loss of his partner

Adrian Whittle chats to the Recorder about his travel photography exhibition at Fry's Gallery.

Friends who met at Dagenham 88 Runners club have completed the '26 marathons in 52 weeks' challenge run by Phoenix Running, having managed to complete far before their schedule in 40 weeks on Sunday July 21.

Two traveller camps that have been set up in Harold Hill since Sunday have now been served eviction notices by the police.

A Harold Hill family is one of just four in the entire UK to have six generations still living.

The garage-house duo Leanne Brown and Andy Mason talk ahead of their on concert at Project Romford on August 3.

Havering Council has served legal notice to a group of caravans who pitched up illegally in Gooshay Gardens, in Harold Hill near Romford's Central Park.

The Mayor of Havering has revealed the three charities he will be raising money for this year.

Yesterday, the demolition of two tower blocks in Rainham began, but if residents were expecting an enormous wrecking ball or an explosion, they would have been disappointed - the building is being "dismantled" and "deconstructed," the same way it was built, over a period of six months.

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The family of a former Saint Francis Hospice volunteer have presented a chque for £100 to the charity in her memory.

Over the years Boris Johnson has graced east London with his presence many times, from canoodling with the Cheeky Girls in Canary Wharf to zip lining in Victoria Park.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton is calling on more Havering adult volunteers to assist supervising the London Fire Brigade Cadets programme.

Havering Music Makers (HMM) took to the stage for the first performance at Queen's Theatre of Titanic.

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Havering Miniature Railway Club is hosting a one-off running day on Sunday with all fares going to the Macmillan Cancer Support nurses.

Hundreds of people came together to celebrate the Cricket World Cup Final with a festival of the game at Gidea Park and Romford Cricket Club on Sunday July 14.

"I thought I might run off stage crying but if you don't get it right in front of your mum, when are you ever going to get it right?"

Two former Harrow Lodge Primary School pupils returned to their old haunting ground to celebrate 60 years since leaving.

A school in Harold Hill has received government funding to open a new nursery school.

Pop legend Pete Waterman was in Romford last week when he spent a day on the Greater Anglia rail network meeting staff and visiting the company's control centre.

A lively procession of elaborate costumes and colourful umbrellas was held on Saturday July 6 by Harold Hill's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox church.

Smoke can be seen for miles from the area of grass and rubbish alight in Launders Lane, Rainham.

Pupils with disabilities and special needs from Drapers' Brookside Primary School were crowned champions of London at a special sports day.

The Good Intent pub hosted a charity quiz night for Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Trust.

More than 700 people came along to support and raise money for Towers infant and junior schools in Windsor Road, Hornchurch at its annual summer fete.

A Romford resident will be joining runners from all over the country in this year's second annual London Relay event this month.

A public protest is being staged against the rise in car park fees in the Havering Town Hall car park.


Leaders are Readers is a specialist tuition centre that teaches children to read, write, learn maths and excel at English. They run Saturday, summer and winter schools for children aged 3 - 12.

As the dust settles from the back to school rush, year six pupils and their parents begin to look to the next year ahead and getting prepared for secondary school. Drapers' Academy is also preparing, kicking off with their school Open Evening for next year's Year 7's.

A series of fashion vlogs launched by The Mercury Shopping Centre reveal this year's autumn trends. Discover where you can go to update your wardrobe, and find out how it will cost less than you think.

With over 40 stores in the mall for you to choose from, Gemma Brooks, marketing liaison at The Mercury, helps you find the most popular looks and newest trends.

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