There’s something for everyone at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink this Christmas. Whether out for a romantic date or a family outing every single person leaves the Ice Rink with memories that can last a lifetime. With more than 1000 square meters of ice and over 75,000 fairy lights lacing the trees above, it guarantees one of the best festive atmospheres in London.
Entertainment is available for visitors of all ages: a fairground carousel, a junior rink for younger skaters and delicious festive-themed refreshments in the Café Bar. Offering sumptuous food, warming drinks and creative cocktails, families can feast on delicious treats, and couples can cosy up with a hot chocolate on the open-air balcony overlooking the Ice Rink.
Not to forget the museum itself, a day in the Natural History Museum is arguably the best museum experience in the world. With free entry, countless fossils and life-size replicas of dinosaurs including the majestic T-Rex.
Why not take a pleasant stroll from the museum, through Green Park and Knightsbridge, a great way to take in some of London’s most prestigious areas. After a crisp walk, come back and relax in DUKES Champagne Bar, featured in Made in Chelsea, to carry on the festive celebrations in style.
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.
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.
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?