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Get swept up in ‘Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave’ at British Museum

Great Wave Katsushika Hokusai

As recognizable as the Mona Lisa, The Scream, or Van Gogh’s Starry Night, the “Great Wave” of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai is but a droplet in the sea of work of this Japanese legend, who worked until his death in 1849 at the age of 90. An unprecedented retrospective, which opened this week at the British Museum, focuses on the last 30 years of Hokusai’s career and is already drawing unanimous acclaim. Its more than 100 works — woodblock prints, paintings, and drawings — will be on display through 13 August. Because of light sensitivity, some will be traded out... View Article


Get to know museums in a different way — after dark

museums at night

Museums throughout the U.K will come to life after hours from 17-20 May 2017 for the semi-annual Museums at Night campaign. Organizers from Culture24 ask museums, galleries and heritage sites to offer special programmes after their regular schedules to showcase their programming in unique ways and to attract people who might be otherwise occupied during their daytime hours. Oftentimes, social events are part of the evening. Venues range from academic offerings in Cambridge and Oxford, to a wide array of lectures, performances and exhibits at specialty museums in cities massive and small. One London example: “Late at the Gate: Ye... View Article


Dive into the BBC Proms planner — the 2017 schedule has been released

BBC Proms

The 123rd season of the BBC Proms will run from 14 July-9 September 2017, with a rich musical series at Royal Albert Hall and off-site performances at locales such as the Tanks at the Tate Modern, Southwark Cathedral, Cadogan Hall, Wilton’s Music Hall — and even a car park in Peckham. This splendid tradition features some of the world’s most formidable conductors, soloists and composers in largely classical programmes. The 2017 lineup, though, also offers explorations into pop, jazz, soul, ethnic, swing and experimental music. One highlight will be on 20 July, an 85th birthday tribute, “Lights! Camera! Music!” honoring... View Article


Merlin’s beard! More Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets go on sale Tuesday

Harry Potter and the cursed child

It’s been the hottest ticket in London theatre for nearly a year now, just notching a record nine Olivier Awards — and now the public has another chance to score tickets next year for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Beginning at 11 a.m. British Standard Time Tuesday 25 April, 300 tickets for every performance at the Palace Theatre between 2 May-22 July 2018 will be released online through a random queue system. Tickets cost 20 pounds or less for each of the play’s two parts and are limited to six per person. Those interested in buying may begin visiting... View Article


A half-century later, revisit the Summer of Love at Royal Albert Hall

Summer of Love at The Albert Hall

A half-century later, revisit the Summer of Love at the Royal Albert Hall It has been 50 years since the world celebrated (and in some corners, reviled) the counterculture Summer of Love, defined by its music, clothing and spirit of free love and peace. London was at the epicenter of this phenomenon, and the Royal Albert Hall (“now we know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall,” sang the Beatles on Sgt. Pepper) played a significant role. From 18-21 May, the landmark will host Sixties at the Hall Tours, with guides exploring epic performances by The Beatles... View Article


Iconic images making rare visit to London at Tate Giacometti exhibit

Alberto Giacometti

Iconic images making rare visit to London at Tate Giacometti exhibit Five decades — 250 works — will be represented in the first major exhibit of the sculpture and paintings of Alberto Giacometti in the U.K. in two decades. Tickets are now on sale for the 10 May-10 September showing at the Tate Modern. Features will include iconic images such as the Walking Man bronze sculpture and plaster Flora Mayo sculpture of an early love, as well as rarely seen plasters and never-seen drawings. In its breadth, the Tate exhibit offers an unparalleled opportunity to view the evolution of one... View Article


Wave your wand today to be part of Harry Potter magic at the British Library this fall

Harry Potter

Wave your wand today to be part of Harry Potter magic at the British Library this fall Lumos maxima! Tickets go on sale at noon today (3 April) for the highly anticipated “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” exhibit that will run from 20 October 2017 through 28 February 2018 at the British Library. The exhibit, done in collaboration with Bloomsbury to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, will feature original material from J.K. Rowling’s personal archives. Inspired by the subject matter of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the Library will... View Article


Art of the Brick Lego-DC Superheroes South Bank exhibit is no child’s play

Art of the Brick - Superman

Following on from his successful 2014 exhibition, Lego artist Nathan Sawaya returns to London having crafted more than two million Lego bricks into an international sensation — The Art of the Brick: DC Superheroes, running from 1st March – 3 September at the South Bank’s Doon Street Car Park. The 120 original pieces not only depict classic superheroes such as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, but comic villains, including The Joker and Harley Quinn along with a life-size Batmobile at 5.5 metres long and built from half a million bricks. Sawaya collaborated with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. to create... View Article


A foggy exhibit in London Town…Ten Days Six Nights

The terrace of the sleek new Switch House addition to the Tate Modern will be bathed in fog from March 24-April 2, ten days six nights - but it’s a work of art, not an act of nature. Celebrated Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya has been creating fog installations around the world for nearly a half-century, and she and other artists and performers will be participating in “Ten Days Six Nights” the Tate’s first exhibit completely devoted to live art, including music and dance, lectures, concerts and films. Click here to learn more. Then button up your trench coat, pop your collar Bogey-Bergman “Casablanca” style, and prepare for an experience that will leave you misty-eyed.

The terrace of the sleek new Switch House addition to the Tate Modern will be bathed in fog from March 24-April 2 — Ten Days Six Nights – but it’s a work of art, not an act of nature. Celebrated Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya has been creating fog installations around the world for nearly a half-century, and she and other artists and performers will be participating in “Ten Days Six Nights” the Tate’s first exhibit completely devoted to live art, including music and dance, lectures, concerts and films. Click here to learn more. Then button up your trench coat, pop... View Article


Mark spring’s arrival with an ancient rite at Stonehenge

The Spring Equinox, which falls on March 20 this year, is one of only four days annually when visitors to Stonehenge are permitted to enter the Stone Inner Circle, in order to observe the sunrise.

With Stonehenge less than two hours away, Londoners and visitors can usher in the season of renewal with the rare experience of observing the sunrise on the Spring Equinox among the mysterious ancient pillars. Druids, Pagans, Wiccans, tourists and families gather for one of only four days each year — each celebrating the change of the seasons — when visitors are permitted to enter the Stone Inner Circle and not have to view one of the world’s most iconic sights from behind a fence at a distance. The event is under the strict rules and supervision of English Heritage, and... View Article


Princess Diana’s famous gowns in new display at Kensington Palace

Princess Diana Travolta dress

20 years after her tragic death, a new exhibition and special commemorative temporary garden celebrating Diana, Princess of Wales’ life opens at Kensington Palace, her home for 15 years. Opening on 24th February 2017, Diana – Her Fashion Story charts her fashion transition starting with a lace covered party dress worn by a young Lady Diana Spencer for a ball at her family home, Althorp, in 1979 and the demure image of the 19 year old London kindergarten assistant wearing a pale pink Emanuel blouse in her engagement portrait, through to the glamorous fashion icon in the iconic ink blue... View Article


Nell Gwynn at The Apollo Theatre

Nell Gwynn The play

Having enjoyed a successful run at The Globe Theatre, Jessica Swale’s hugely entertaining “Nell Gwynn” has now transferred to the West End and is currently playing at The Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue with award winning Gemma Arterton in the starring role. It is 1660. The Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs. Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who’s watching…..Charting the rise of Nell from her... View Article


Savage Beauty

Spray painted dress Alexander McQueen

Savage Beauty, the only major retrospective in Europe of the extraordinary creative talent of fashion designer Alexander McQueen, opens at the V & A on 14 March 2015. More than half a million visitors attended Savage Beauty at the Met Museum in New York 2011 making it their most popular exhibition ever. Bringing the exhibition to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, McQueen’s hometown, means that interest is already at fever pitch. Record breaking advanced ticket sales have meant that the exhibition has already been extended by an additional 2 weeks until 2 August 2015 with ticket purchasers coming... View Article


Masterpiece London 2015

Guests observing the Art of Henri Matisse at Frederick Mulder Masterpiece 2014 (c) Rory Lindsay

Masterpiece London 2015, the exclusive art, jewellery and antiques Fair for serious collectors, returns for the 6th year to local landmark, the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Running from 25 June – 1 July with a preview being held on 24 June, the Fair has become the must-attend event at the centre of London’s busy summer art and auction season. Last year, over 35,000 visitors from across the world spent over £100 million over the duration of the Fair. With exhibitors showcasing museum quality works spanning over 3000 years of history from 150 leading galleries including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Rijksmuseum,... View Article


Barbican 2015-2016 Classical music season

The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle perform Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances before joining the Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis to perform Swing Symphony together at the Barbican on Wednesday 25 July 2012. Photo by Mark Allan

The stunning Barbican 2015-2016 Classical music season has been announced and is awash with innovative and exciting performances showcasing world-class talent from across the globe. With multibuy tickets available to purchase, why not book your accommodation in London with us now? Joining the Barbican’s resident orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra for the 2015-2016 classical music season are Associate Orchestras, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia alongside guests Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Bach Collegium Japan. Some of the greatest international artists including Marin Alsop, Cecilia Bartoli, Jiří Bělohlávek , Max Emanuel Cencic, Riccardo Chailly, Natalie Dessay, Gustavo Dudamel , Renée... View Article


Spring season at The Royal Opera House

La traviata- Production image © ROH/ Catherine Ashmore

Booking is now open for the Spring Season at The Royal Opera House. The Royal Opera and Royal Ballet, based in the iconic Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, have  announced that booking is open for its Spring Season.  Under the direction of Antonio Pappano, The Royal Opera is renowned as one of the world’s leading opera companies and should definitely be on the ‘to-do’ list of any visitors to London. It is respected not only for its outstanding performances of traditional opera but also for its contemporary productions, composed by today’s leading artists, such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas... View Article


Christmas at Cadogan Hall

Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band

Over the past decade, the beautiful art deco Cadogan Hall on Sloane Terrace has established itself as one of London’s leading venues and is only a short stroll from Nell Gwynn House. Whether it’s classical, opera, jazz, swing, pop or comedy, the varied programme includes an impressive 300 events each year so there is something for everyone, securing its reputation as a popular venue for visitors to London. Rounding off its 10th year in operation, the programme for Christmas at Cadogan continues to impress: Thursday 27 November 2014 7.30pm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Resident orchestra of Cadogan Hall, The Royal Philharmonic, are performing... View Article


The EFG London Jazz Festival

Charles Lloyd London Jazz Festival

Tickets are still available for some of the biggest names including Branford Marsalis Quartet, Abdullah Ibrahim – Ekaya, Andy Sheppard and Robert Wyatt. There are also many free events listed and the wide range of acts ensures that there is something for everyone, not just the die-hard jazz fan. Held in various venues around London, the wide-ranging festival features some of the best acts in the world. There are also film screenings and talks that take an in-depth look at different jazz styles and performers. Beginning in 1992 as the Camden Jazz week, 22 years on, the EFG London Jazz... View Article


Christmas Ballet and Dance in London

The Little Match Girl by Phil Conrad

Watching a Christmas ballet in London has become a tradition for some, but it doesn’t have to be all tutus and tiaras. We have chosen a few of the best to put you in the festive spirit and add some magic to your Christmas. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – The Royal Ballet Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station Dates: 6 December 2014 to 16 January 2015 This stunning version of Lewis Carroll’s fantastical story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland returns to The Royal Opera House after its highly-praised world premiere in 2011. Christopher... View Article


Sherlock Holmes Exhibition

Sherlock Holmes exhibition (C) Museum of London

This October, the Museum of London welcomes visitors to an exciting new Sherlock Holmes exhibition. Visitors are given the opportunity to delve into the mind of the world’s most famous fictional detective. Curated by Victorian London expert Alex Werner, ‘Sherlock Holmes – The Man Who Never Lived And Will Never Die’ explores the historical backdrop to the mysterious super-sleuth created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 125 years ago. Expect to solve mysteries such as who is Sherlock Holmes, and why does he still hold such a fascination to contemporary audiences? This major exhibition, the first in 60 years, will explore how Sherlock... View Article