The Frieze Art fair is here once more – and it’s one of our favourite annual exhibitions.

Frieze Sculpture Park

This month the Frieze Contemporary Art Fair will be held once again in Regents Park between the 15th – 18th of October.  Traditionally an event that is organised for the art world, it has become so popular with the public that it can expect to attract up to 60,000 visitors over the course of the 3 days.   Based on the highly – acclaimedFrieze magazine, the fair was started in 2003 and is now one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs.

This year the fair will exhibit works by 159 artists. As well as the indoor exhibitions the fair also includes the outdoor sculpture park in the English Garden in Regents Park, located just three minutes’ walk from the indoor exhibition.  The sculpture park is free to the public and will be displaying the work of 20 artists. The event also includes the Frieze Masters Fair, which offers a “contemporary lens on historical art” and features leading galleries showcasing art made before the year 2000.  The Frieze Masters Fair runs from 15th – 19th October. A new feature of the 2014 fair is Frieze “Live” which will be featuring active or performance based works by a number of artists, and the organisers describe its purpose as, “ … giving galleries the opportunity to realise works that create moments of interruption or immersion within the fair’s environment.”

If you like and appreciate contemporary art, then this fair is definitely something for you. Regents Park is only a short walk away from us here at DUKES London, and as the fair takes place in just a couple of weeks from now there’s still time to take advantage of our Autumn Flutter offer on the weekend of 18th and 19th October. If you book with us our concierge will be happy to organise some tickets to see the Fair. It definitely sounds like an event not to be missed!


Big Lover Of Films? The BFI London Film Festival Is For You.

BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival

October sees the 58th BFI London film Festival. The dates are the 8th to 19th October and 248 films will be shown across 17 different venues in London, including BFI Southbank, the Empire Leicester Square, the Odeon Covent Garden and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Our concierge will be able to give you more comprehensive information about timings and venues, some are very close to us here at DUKES.

The London Film Festival has a long history. It began back in 1953 as it was felt that the London event would complement the events already being held in Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Edinburgh.

In order to make it easier for the film going public to choose which films they would like to see, the films are categorized and most fall into one of the following groups; love, debate, dare, laugh, cold, journeys, sonic, family, experimenta and treasures. As these are films that have not yet been released to the general viewing public, it’s quite likely you’ll be able to see the stars coming to promote their films.  You may even be involved in a question and answer session after the film as producers look for immediate feedback on their work.

There are a number of awards presented at the festival including,

  • Best Film
  • Best British Newcomer
  • BFI Fellowship Award
  • The Grierson Award (presented for the best documentary)
  • The Sutherland Trophy (presented to the most original and creative film maker).

Of the 248 films to be shown, some of those that have caught our eye as ones definitely worth watching are;

  • Fury starring Brad Pitt,
  • Foxcatcher starring Channing Tatum,
  • The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Mr Turner starring Timothy Spall.

So if you haven’t already booked, and you were looking for an excuse to take advantage of our Autumn Flutter offers every weekend in October, this could be just what you’re after! Come to London, watch some great films and keep an eye out for the stars! You never know who you may meet!

Which is London’s most notable sporting venue?


So which is London’s most notable sporting venue?  There are a number of claimants to that venerable crown and it will depend on which sport your allegiances lie with. If you are a tennis fan your choice will be Wimbledon, a cricket fan will clearly go for Lords, a rugby fan would obviously choose Twickenham and for the all-round athletics fan, the choice would be the new Olympic Park, built especially for the London Olympics of 2012.

These will all be dealt with in future articles but for now we will focus on Wembley Stadium, the home of English football, located in North London in the borough of Brent.

Wembley was built in 1923 for the British Empire exhibition and was originally called the Empire Stadium. The first major event it hosted was the FA Cup final of 1923. The original structure survived until 2003 when it was demolished and waseventually reopened in 2007 as the new Wembley Stadium. While the old stadium was famous for its twin towers the new stadium is famous for its arch which, at a height of 440 feet (133 m) and with a span of just over 1000 feet (305 m), it is the world’s longest single span roof. Moreover the roof slides to ensure that all spectators can be covered yet at the same time allows direct sunlight to all parts of the pitch. The pitch itself is a mixture of synthetic and natural grass ensuring a high-quality playing surface all year round.

The stadium contains 90000 seats and boasts 98 kitchens, enough to be able to feed 90000 hungry spectators!! Wembley has seen many famous visitors. As well as being the venue for many music concerts over the years including Live Aid in 1985, it also hosted the Olympics in 1948 and the football World Cup final in 1966 when England famously won in the final against West Germany … but only after extra time!

Wembley has even been host to a number of American Football matches in recent times and you might even catch a game if you are coming to see us in the next few weeks to take advantage of our Autumn Flutter offer on any weekend in September or October.  The dates are:

28th September – Miami Dolphins v Oakland Raiders

26th October – Detroit Lions v Atlanta Falcons

9th November – Dallas Cowboys v Jacksonville

Tickets for these events are in short supply at this late stage but if anyone can find them, our concierge can so why not set him the challenge! If you’d like an organised tour of Wembley Stadium, or if you are a football fan or even just a sports fan,next time you come to stay with us, talk to our concierge who will certainly be able to organise a Wembley tour for you.