The Vogue Festival 2014 is at the Southbank Centre this March!

A cover of Vogue Magazine from 1957One of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year for fashionistas, The Vogue Festival will this year be held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre. The festival offers a chance to see the glossy pages of Vogue up close and personal, and to experience the whirlwind world of fashion first hand.

This year’s event is sponsored by fashion powerhouse Harrods, and will include everything from interviews to panel discussions, makeovers to careers masterclasses, and an opportunity to see and hear from the most influential figures of the fashion industry to date.

Amongst the highlights of the festival are 10 talks which you can book to see, including titles such as: ‘Valentino: King of Glamour’ and ‘Fashion Legends’ with Naomi Campbell. Guests confirmed for this year’s event include Manolo Blahnik, Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, Victoria Secret angel Karlie Kloss and Vogue Italia’s editor-in-chief, Franca Sozzani.

The Vogue Festival takes place on the 29th and the 30th March and tickets are available from the Southbank Centre website.

After spending the day mingling with fashion’s elite, why not call in to DUKES London for dinner in our fabulous restaurant? You can book online quickly and easily here.

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Visit Turner Prize winner Martin Creed at Hayward Gallery!

An external shot of the Hayward Gallery, LondonIf you’re a fan of contemporary art, the Hayward Gallery in London’s iconic Southbank Centre is currently playing host to one of the biggest names in the industry. Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed is the main attraction at the Gallery until April, where the exhibition displays his take on playful contemporary art.

Creed has been one of the most significant names in British art since his 2001 Turner Prize win, in which his Work No. 227 centred around an empty room in which the lights went on and off. The Wakefield born artist has seen his success advance since the 2001 win, and for the past 13 years his exhibitions have been seen all around the globe.

Taking everyday materials and transforming them into surprising new forms, his artistic pieces aim to challenge the standard perceptions of run of the mill events and objects. The current exhibition displays pieces that incorporate a running theme of exploration of the invisible structures that run through our lives.

The exhibition is currently on display and runs until 27 April at Southbank’s Hayward Gallery, with tickets costing £11 per person.

If you’re making the trip to London to sample some of the world’s best contemporary art, why not check into DUKES London and base yourself in beautiful surroundings from which you can enjoy a full weekend of sightseeing in one of the world’s most cultural capital cities?

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London Jazz Festival: one of the best in the world

A black and white shot of a man playing jazz on a saxophoneMarked “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 10-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 .

In London for the festival? Why not extend the experience by dropping into our DUKES Bar after a show to relax and recharge with one of our famous Martinis!

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The Rest is Noise: are you ready for it?

The London Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsingFor those of you who love contemporary music, or for those who are just beginning to discover classical music, The Rest is Noise is maybe an introduction into something that might be for you.

London’s Southbank Centre will be celebrating contemporary classical music with a year-long festival inspired by Alex Ross’ book, The Rest is Noise. The festival will feature nearly 100 events including talks, films, performances and debates all exploring the 20th century classical music in the context of historical, cultural and political commotion.

With more than 30 concerts, The London Philharmonic Orchestra has been described as being the backbone of this festival. Through their music, they reveal the stories behind the rich, exhilarating and sometimes controversial compositions that have changed the way we listen to contemporary music forever.

The festival will be divided into 12 chronological themes from The Big Bang: A New Century, a New World in January to New World Order and No More Rules in December. Other themes include Berlin the 20s and 60s Weekend and The West Does Revolution. The festival will be accompanied by a TV series on BBC4.

Speaking at the launch of the Southbank Centre’s 2012/13 classical music season, director Jude Kelly claims that the festival will take several art forms and aim to involve audiences “hostile to 20th Century music’ while giving those already highly committed to it ‘another route in'”.

The weekends will take audiences through the 20th century and focus on the moments when the art movements were emerging – how music was immersed through visual arts and dance, where that fitted in with literature and commenting on these major moments in history will be poets, dancers, choreographers and musicians.

Ross will also be offering three lectures throughout the festival that will give an overview of 20th century styles and ideas, with the aid of dozens of recorded excerpts and images.

Back in 2008 Ross won The Guardian First Book Award. The judges described it as “a triumph with a magisterial quality and marvellous scope”, praising Ross’s ability “to tell a good story, with good pace, but always keeping his own judgement”.

The Rest is Noise covers everything from orchestral concerts and opera to intimate chamber recitals and discussions, so after one of these momentous evenings why not get together and treat yourself by heading over to our Bar to enjoy one of our world-famous martinis created by the legend that is Alessandro Palazzi?

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