Spirit of Christmas Fair

During the festive period, Olympia exhibition centre in London will be playing host to the veritable home of Christmas shopping, the Spirit of Christmas Fair.  The popular annual event includes new collections of independent boutiques, which have all been approved by domestic powerhouse, House and Garden.

Branded ‘the home of Christmas shopping’, the Spirit of Christmas Fair comprises of more than 600 companies presenting their giftware and festive products to the eager shoppers of London, which can’t be found on the high street.  Offering a wide range of seasonal products, from festive accessories and interior decorations, to gorgeous bespoke gift items, all under one roof, the fair is the perfect place to combine a day out and tackle the yearly festive shop in one.

Highlights of the fair include the House and Garden workshop and Designer Guild’s gorgeous homeware and accessories collection.  Tickets cost £17.50 and can be purchased online.  After your trip to the fair, why not prolong the Christmas atmosphere with a trip to DUKES London to take advantage of our amazing Christmas 2013 packages.

Nour Festival of Arts

The Nour Festival of Arts reflects on the best contemporary art, film, literature, music and performances from the Middle East and North Africa. Running for four consecutive years, the Nour Festival challenges preconceptions, sparks debate and provides insight into culture from across the MENA region.

Taking place from the 1st October – 30th November, this year’s Nour Festival is offering a remarkable range of attractions, including art exhibitions, film screenings and thought-provoking talks. Highlights of this year’s festival include performances across the areas of dance, drama and music.

Nour, which means ‘light’ or ‘illumination’ in various Middle Eastern languages is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s most significant annual showcases of contemporary arts and culture.  Taking place at more than 20 venues across Kensington and Chelsea, Nour has welcomed new partners such as the Royal Albert Hall, Chelsea Theatre, Kensington and Chelsea College, the Gate Theatre and the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha to its venue list.

After an unforgettable journey into the MENA region, why not visit DUKES London to expand your experience with Champagne and Canapés for just £19 per person.

Van Gogh in Paris

Eykyn Maclean, one of London’s prestigious private art galleries is hosting a new and exciting exhibition entitled: ‘Van Gogh in Paris’, exploring the artist’s life throughout the period in which he lived and worked in the city, 1886-1888.  Appropriately, the ‘Van Gogh in Paris’ exhibition will be held amongst the works of his contemporaries, including key pieces by French masters: Monet, Pissarro and Gaugin, many of which are privately owned and rarely displayed in public.

It is noted that Van Gogh’s distinct style was formed from the influence of these major contributors to the impressionist and post-impressionist eras.  Van Gogh’s transition from living in the Netherlands to France is clearly demonstrated through his paintings, from his sombre Dutch style works, to the more colourful pieces like Sunflowers, for which he is renowned.

Highlights of the exhibition include a self-portrait of the painter which co-owner Maclean states is: ‘Essentially the first proper self-portrait he produced.’  Deemed ‘A small but perfectly formed exhibition’ by The Independent, the event is not to be missed by art and history enthusiasts alike.  After soaking up the culture at Eykyn Maclean, why not drop into DUKES London to relax and enjoy our delicious afternoon tea.

London Jazz Festival

Marked ‘one of the best jazz festivals in the world’ according to the Guardian, London’s Jazz Festival returns to mark its 21st birthday from 15th to 24th November.  Consisting of more than 250 shows over a ten-day period, the festival takes place in a variety of beautiful venues across the city, including London’s hub of cultural arts, the hip Southbank Centre.

The festival offers a perfect mix of classic artists who have helped to write the history of jazz, and new, exciting talent shaping the future of the genre.  The London Jazz Festival will be showcasing amazing artists from all over the world, including some of the very best talent the UK has to offer.  The event does much to showcase the city’s network of different cultures and communities, all of which are united by the electric atmosphere.

This event is not to be missed by all ardent jazz fans.  Highlights of this year’s programme include the opening night gala, Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Orchestra, and Madeleine Peyroux.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit: www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk .

Why not extend the experience by dropping into DUKES London after a show, to relax and recharge with 20% off all Classic and Superior rooms on weekends in November. Or to really get into the swing visit DUKES Bar beforehand for one of our famous Martinis!

 

London’s Frieze Art Fair

This October, London welcomes the return of the Frieze Art Fair.  The event is a contemporary art fair held in London’s Regents Park, which draws in over 60,000 visitors; some looking to buy, others just to spectate: “A must-see event” as described by The Guardian.

Originally staged for the purpose of selling works of art, the fair has become much more of a culturally stimulating entertainment event; including 152 of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries, specially commissioned artists’ projects, and an artist-led education schedule.

This year will be the 11th edition of Frieze London and the event aims to be better than ever with a complete redesign of its layout.  This change in design will introduce more sizable public areas and wider aisles along with a new and innovative layout of galleries. This year’s gallery list includes establishments from international territories such as: Brazil, China and Columbia.

Those looking to buy or simply browse should not miss out on the Frieze Art Fair. Tickets can be purchased from http://frieze.seetickets.com/event/frieze-london/regent-s-park/724064.  If visiting at the weekend, why not drop into DUKES London for our delicious Sunday Brunch, priced at just £35.

Romeo and Juliet at The Royal Opera House

Mid-October marks the debut of the Royal Ballet’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tragedy; Romeo and Juliet at the beautiful London Royal Opera House.

The classic play combines the themes of power within society and the inevitability of fate in this ultimate tale of forbidden love.  The Royal Ballet’s performance highlights the plight of the two star-crossed lovers as they embark on their love affair in the form of a stunning ballet.

Choreographed by the esteemed Kenneth MacMillan, this version of Romeo and Juliet focuses on the ‘emotional and psychological intensity at the heart of the tale’.  Widely known as his masterpiece, MacMillan’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet first arrived at Covent Garden in 1965, and has been performed worldwide over 400 times.

The much-loved play begins its seven week-long programme on Saturday 19th October, and tickets are already selling out. Why not continue your civilised afternoon with DUKES champagne and canapés from just £19 per person, in our beautiful Perrier Jouet Lounge.  To book or for further information, call 0207 318 6585 or email [email protected]

The PAD Art and Design Fair 2013

The 16th to the 20th of October sees the arrival of prestigious art and design fair, PAD to Mayfair.  Regarded as ‘the best’ by art-lovers and keen collectors worldwide, this year’s fair is set to be even more of a success as the last, owing to its varied range of the very finest art.

For five days, the beautiful Berkeley Square will transform itself into the most stylish residence for a vast collection of modern art, design and photography sourced from a collection of top international galleries.

The popular event enables art enthusiasts to view and purchase items of museum quality with a history of their own, while the winner of the much coveted 2013 PAD prize will be announced on the VIP opening on the 15th October.

For those who wish to discover the most iconic and innovative products available on today’s market, the PAD fair is not to be missed. Admission is free, and the event takes place from 11am – 8pm, Wednesday 16th October until Saturday 20th October 2013 in Berkeley Square. After the event, check into one of DUKES London’s suites just around the corner to make the most of the experience.

Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life

For those who consider themselves to be art enthusiasts, an exciting exhibition celebrating the works of much-loved British painter L. S Lowry, has arrived at the Tate Britain.  Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life displays a wealth of the artist’s urban scenes and industrial landscapes, making the exhibition the first of its kind held by a public institution in London since the artist’s death.

The extensive collection of Lowry’s works does much to demonstrate the painter’s contribution to art history and his matter-of-fact view of working-class society during the 20th century.  The exhibition also features interesting insights into Lowry’s connection to French painting styles and the extent of the influence of his French-born teacher, Adolphe Valette.  Labelled ‘exhibition of the year’ the Lowry collection is one to be seen by art and history enthusiasts alike.

Exhibition highlights include Lowry’s Coming out of School (1927) and the enigmatic The Pond (1950).  To complement your cultural afternoon at the Tate, why not treat yourself to our beautiful DUKES LONDON afternoon tea to relax and refresh?

London Design Festival 2013

This year London will be hosting the 11th London Design Festival, due to take place in September. First staged in 2003, the Festival line-up is made up of over 300 events and shows staged from around the world. With more than 300 exciting events and exhibitions, London Design Festival 2013 promises to showcase the best of global design.

This annual event sets to promote the city’s creativity and excellence, by drawing in some of the country’s greatest educators and practitioners to help deliver what has been described as an ‘unmissable’ event.

From established businesses to entrepreneurs, London design festival has partnered up with businesses all over the nation to bring the best of the capitals culture. For that reason, individuals will not have to worry about finding something to do as there will be plenty of programmes, seminars and workshops for everyone to get involved in. There is a broad range of activities on offer, and the best part is, the majority of exhibitions are free to enter!

One of many spectacular displays at the festival has to be the Endless Stair, “a visually and architecturally astonishing” piece and one of the highlights of the event this year. You can take a closer look at this magnificent creation on your visit to the renowned Tate Modern.

As the day draws to an end you can take pleasure in relaxing in our PJ Lounge, with a contemporary twist, it’s all yours to enjoy on your next visit to DUKES London.

Mayor Thames Festival 2013 Returns to London

If you’re stopping by London this September, why not take a trip to the iconic Mayor Thames Festival, a free celebration of the history of the famous river and the city that sits on its banks. With a whole host of activities taking place across the ten-day spectacular, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Displays of river-related art, music and educational activities make it a gala of cultural diversity. 2013 marks the first year the festival has been extended to ten days, so you don’t want to miss out on the jam-packed line up of festivities and fun.

The highly anticipated annual Great River Race is due to take place on the 7th of September. 300 crews from across the globe gather to compete in this river-based marathon of speed and endurance, spanning a 21 mile distance that passes many of London’s most popular tourist attractions. Stand by the finish line at Ham House and cheer in the winning competitors.

As night descends upon the river on the 15th, stand witness to a maritime opera performance like no other. The main performers of the symposium are described as “an armada of historic vessels from the age of sail, steam and diesel”, gathering and exploding in a collective concerto of booming ship horns and blasting cannons. The river becomes the stage with the stunning O2 Academy lighting the performance against the darkness. The heady musical elements and outstanding display of historic vessels of long ago will culminate in a truly unique performance.

After all this cultural enrichment you’re going to need a place to relax, ready for what the rest of the festival has in store. Why not take time to enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea in our stylish Drawing Room and Conservatory? Delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a choice of patisserie are served with a choice of tea. Please visit our website for more information.