Eva Longoria and Melanie Griffith bond with pupils at special needs school in north London ahead of attending Global Gift Gala

They recently jetted into London, ahead of attending Thursday's Global Gift Gala.

And Eva Longoria, 44, and Melanie Griffith, 62, were seen making the most of their time in the English capital on Wednesday, when they visited students at a special needs school in north London.

The Hollywood actresses bonded with the youngsters at Haringey's Vale School as they dropped by in a group that included Maria Bravo and Harold Tillman.

Visit: (L-R) Melanie Griffith and Eva Longoria visited pupils at London's Vale School on Wednesday

Visit: (L-R) Melanie Griffith and Eva Longoria visited pupils at London's Vale School on Wednesday

At one point, former Desperate Housewives star Eva was seen hugging one of the little girls after they rounded out their one-on-one chat with a high-five.

The stars got involved with the classroom activities with posed with a number of the boys and girls as they spent some quality time at the school.

Community school Vale, which has been supported by the Global Gift Foundation and Variety UK, provides inclusive and specialist education for around 90 pupils aged 2-16 years with a wide range of special educational needs. 

Hug: Former Desperate Housewives star Eva was seen hugging one of the girls at the school

Hug: Former Desperate Housewives star Eva was seen hugging one of the girls at the school

One-on-one chat: The 44-year-old actress enjoyed a one-on-one chat with the thrilled pupil
High-five: They rounded out their conversation with a high-five

One-on-one chat: The 44-year-old actress enjoyed a one-on-one chat with the thrilled pupil

Spirit: Texas-born Eva got into the spirit of things as they pair got animated during their chat

Spirit: Texas-born Eva got into the spirit of things as they pair got animated during their chat

Eva and Melanie are in London to attend the annual Global Gift Gala fundraising event where she they each serve as honorary chairs. 

Screen star Eva shared a photo of herself on Instagram enjoying coffee with Melanie in the city ahead of the event on Thursday.

'The girls are in London! Watch out,' she captioned the snap. 

Proceeds from The Global Gift Gala go to The Global Gift Foundation, a philanthropic non-profit organisation that aims to create a positive impact on the lives of children, women and families around the world. 

Bonding: Each wearing black ensembles, the actresses bonded with a number of the pupils

Bonding: Each wearing black ensembles, the actresses bonded with a number of the pupils

Class: The Working Girl star got involved with the activities as she settled into the classroom
Boots: Melanie stepped out in the inclement English weather sporting a pair of knee-high black leather boots

Class: The Working Girl star got involved with the activities as she settled into the classroom

Big gala: he stars recently jetted into London, ahead of attending Thursday's Global Gift Gala

Big gala: he stars recently jetted into London, ahead of attending Thursday's Global Gift Gala

The event, which will be hosted by David Walliams, will see Simon Cowell handed the Philanthropist Award, while Paloma Faith – who will also perform – will receive the Empowerment Award, among others.

Guests at the gala, set to take place at Bloomsbury's Kimpton Firtzroy London, will include Amanda Holden, Julien Macdonald, Shirley Ballas, Denise Van Outen, Katie Piper, Dame Kelly Hoppen, and Jack Guinness.

Eva welcomed her first child, Santiago, with her husband Jose Baston, who is the president of Televisa, the largest media company in Latin America, just over a year ago.

The Texas-born beauty tied the knot with the 51-year-old on May 21, 2016 in Mexico after meeting on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.

Chair: Eva serves as honorary chair for the Global Gift Gala, alongside fellow actress Melanie

Chair: Eva serves as honorary chair for the Global Gift Gala, alongside fellow actress Melanie

Benefit: Proceeds from The Global Gift Gala go to The Global Gift Foundation, a philanthropic organisation that aims to create a positive impact on the lives of children, women and families

Benefit: Proceeds from The Global Gift Gala go to The Global Gift Foundation, a philanthropic organisation that aims to create a positive impact on the lives of children, women and families

Awards: The event will see Simon Cowell handed the Philanthropist Award, while Paloma Faith – who will also perform – will receive the Empowerment Award, among others
Host: The Global Gift Gala will be hosted by David Walliams,

Awards: The event will see Simon Cowell handed the Philanthropist Award, while Paloma Faith – who will also perform – will receive the Empowerment Award, among others

Paying a visit: Spanish actress Maria Bravo, 51, was also on hand to visit the schoolchildren

Paying a visit: Spanish actress Maria Bravo, 51, was also on hand to visit the schoolchildren

Star-studded: Guests at the gala will include Amanda Holden, Julien Macdonald, Shirley Ballas, Denise Van Outen, Katie Piper, Dame Kelly Hoppen, and Jack Guinness

Star-studded: Guests at the gala will include Amanda Holden, Julien Macdonald, Shirley Ballas, Denise Van Outen, Katie Piper, Dame Kelly Hoppen, and Jack Guinness

Eva previously revealed how much motherhood had changed her 'in every way' in an interview with Haute Living

'Everything is different' she said. 'You're no longer the centre of your universe. Now, everything revolves around him and his schedule and his needs - happily so.'

Meanwhile, Eva still has a busy film career. She co-starred in the just released film, Dora And The Lost City Of Gold, as the young explorer's mother, Elena.

Eva is also an executive producer of ABC's Grand Hotel series, which premiered on June 17. She had a guest appearance as Beatriz Mendoza.

Her next project is romantic drama Sylvie about a woman working at her father's record store in Harlem in the late 1950s who meets an aspiring saxophone player and is due for release in 2020. 

Taking part for a good cause: Hada Madrina star Maria serves as chair of the Global Gift Gala

Taking part for a good cause: Hada Madrina star Maria serves as chair of the Global Gift Gala

Pic: Joined by retail entrepreneur Harold Tillman, right, they posed with school professionals

Pic: Joined by retail entrepreneur Harold Tillman, right, they posed with school professionals

Guest: Harold Tillman, 73, will also be in attendance at the Global Gift Gala as a special guest

Guest: Harold Tillman, 73, will also be in attendance at the Global Gift Gala as a special guest

Group shot: Before leaving the school, the visitors posed for a group shot with staff and pupils

Group shot: Before leaving the school, the visitors posed for a group shot with staff and pupils

Patisserie: Since touching down in London, the pair posed for a shot of themselves enjoying an outing to popular café chain Patisserie Valerie

Patisserie: Since touching down in London, the pair posed for a shot of themselves enjoying an outing to popular café chain Patisserie Valerie 

Eva Longoria and Melanie Griffith bond with pupils at special needs school in north London

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