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05/09/2012

Home ground happenings



Chelsea – Open Air Movies

12th September 

Those of you brave enough to spend an evening outdoors, pack a blanket and join film fans in the atmospheric surroundings of the Brompton Cemetery for a special open-air showing of “The Shining” with Jack Nicholson – best not go alone! 

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Knightsbridge – The Serpentine Gallery – Yoko Ono – “To the Light”

19th June – 9th September

Situated in the peaceful surroundings of Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine Gallery is currently hosting an innovative and exciting exhibition by Yoko Ono – “To the Light”.  As well as other interesting contemporary art exhibitions on show, visit this year’s summer pavilion created by the much acclaimed design team of the Bejing National Stadium – simply stunning!

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South Kensington – The Royal College of Music   

30th September

Founded in 1882 and home to 750 students from 64 nations, many of them perform at free concerts in historic venues throughout the capital including the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and St Mary Abbots.   You can hear the winner of the BBC ‘Young Musician of the Year 2012’, Laura van der Heijden, performing at a classical coffee morning at the Royal Albert Hall.  Check the website for further dates and venues through the year. 

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Kensington - Kensington Palace

Every day 

The recently completed refurbishment of Kensington Palace contains a sumptuous mix of sights and activities including The King’s Staterooms, The Queen’s State Apartments and the House of Cards.  Walk down Cradle Walk and enjoy the tranquil sunken garden and surrounding flower displays and maybe view one of the exciting exhibitions that are currently on display.

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Mayfair – Proms in the Park – Hyde Park

8th September

Let’s get the party started – the gates open to this annual summer outdoor party at 3.30pm finishing at 10.30pm with a rousing rendition of Land and Hope and Glory transmitted live from the Royal Albert Hall.    Joining the festivities this year are Alfie Boe, Ill Divo and Kylie Minogue together with the BBC Concert Orchestra.   Sir Terry Wogan hosts the latter part of the evening so pack a picnic, a chilled bottle of wine and find a spot to enjoy the best of a British occasion.

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Belgravia– Cadogan Hall

1st – 29th September

For the classical music buffs amongst you, the Cadogan Hall is offering a wonderful selection of classical concerts through the month of September.   The varied programme  includes work by Handel, Beethoven, Debussy and Tchaikovsky ending with a Saturday Spectacular Family Concert with the Southbank Sinfonia on the 29th September. 

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Holland Park/Notting Hill – Leighton House Museum

Until December 2012

This extraordinarily opulent and elaborate museum was the former studio-house of the great Victorian artist Frederick – Lord Leighton.  Situated on the edge of Holland Park,  it is a unique venue with a priceless collection of richly decorated interiors which attracts many visitors from all over the world.

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St James's – The National Portrait Gallery – Trafalgar Square

Situated in one of London’s busiest tourist attractions the National Portrait Gallery is home to thousands of portraits of famous men and women which have been collected since the gallery opened in 1856.  Three major exhibitions are running through the summer:

The BP Portrait 2012 Award – 21st June – 23rd September – featuring a showcase of contemporary portraits both formal and personal paintings.

The Queen – Art and Image – 17th May – 21st October – a landmark exhibition of some of the hundreds of photos and paintings of the Queen created during her reign.

Road to 2012 – Aiming High – 19th July – 23rd September - featuring stories behind the Olympic Games

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Pimlico – The Great Jubilee River Race

18th September

Just when you thought every possible Jubilee celebration had taken place,  the Great River Jubilee River Race is being staged on the fabulous River Thames between London Docklands and the open countryside of Ham, Surrey.  This mad and exciting race has approximately 300 entries of every shape and size.  Stroll through Pimlico and join the spectators on the banks of the Thames at around 11am and watch the fun.  Quite exhausting!

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Marylebon – Open Air Theatre - Regents Park

18th May – 8th September and 2nd June – 5th September

Make the most of the summer evenings and book tickets for the Open Air Theatre in Regents Park which is offering two very different productions.  The first is a big fat gypsy telling of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ which promises to be the theatrical highlight of the year but if Shakespeare is not your cup of tea then perhaps Ragtime The Musical will appeal.  A  bold and ambitious musical production not to be missed.   

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Westminster – Buckingham Palace –Diamonds – A Jubilee Celebration

30th June – 7th October

A tour of the Palace State Rooms and gardens during the summer months is in itself a treat, but in this Jubilee year there is also a very special exhibition of some of the Queen’s personal jewels which includes a spectacular display of diamonds many of which have been passed down through royal generations. 

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VARIOUS VENUES AROUND LONDON – Open House London 2012

22nd & 23rd September

A definite date for the diary is ‘Open House London 2012’ during which visitors can take a look and tour the interiors of many interesting and iconic buildings in London.  This hugely popular event covers 750 venues throughout the capital and approximately only 10% need to be pre-booked.  The Royal Courts of Justice, The Bank of England and the Bevis Marks Synagogue are just three of the many historic buildings which can be visited.

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