Romeo and Juliet at The Royal Opera House

Mid-October marks the debut of the Royal Ballet’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tragedy; Romeo and Juliet at the beautiful London Royal Opera House.

The classic play combines the themes of power within society and the inevitability of fate in this ultimate tale of forbidden love.  The Royal Ballet’s performance highlights the plight of the two star-crossed lovers as they embark on their love affair in the form of a stunning ballet.

Choreographed by the esteemed Kenneth MacMillan, this version of Romeo and Juliet focuses on the ‘emotional and psychological intensity at the heart of the tale’.  Widely known as his masterpiece, MacMillan’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet first arrived at Covent Garden in 1965, and has been performed worldwide over 400 times.

The much-loved play begins its seven week-long programme on Saturday 19th October, and tickets are already selling out. Why not continue your civilised afternoon with DUKES champagne and canapés from just £19 per person, in our beautiful Perrier Jouet Lounge.  To book or for further information, call 0207 318 6585 or email events@dukeshotel.com.

The PAD Art and Design Fair 2013

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.

Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life

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?