Fashion Rules in Kensington Palace

This year, the picturesque Kensington Palace has added an exciting new collection to its existing exhibitions.  ‘Fashion Rules’ is a beautiful display of regal, designer dresses worn by Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales throughout the years.   The exhibition follows the evolution of royal fashion starting from the Queen’s glamorous engagement dresses of the 50s, right up to the brightly-coloured ball gowns worn by Princess Diana in the 80’s.

The entire range of designer dresses is displayed alongside film and photography from the period to set the scene of fashion trends at the time.  Vogue covers adorn the walls alongside the 21 never-seen-before dresses showing how the outfits reflected the trends of the moment; being both fashionable and suitable for royal attire.  A firm favourite among visitors is the stunning red gown worn by Princess Diana in Saudi Arabia in 1986.

Whether fashionista, royalist or historian, this exhibition, named ‘the most interesting, elegant exhibition of Kensington Palace’ has much to offer all audiences, by giving an interesting and engaging insight into the history of royal fashion over the past 60 years.

After absorbing the art and culture of the exhibitions, come and relax in DUKES London beautiful conservatory and enjoy our delicious afternoon tea.  Or if visiting on a Sunday why not enjoy a fabulous Sunday Brunch at Restaurant Thirty Six?

 

BBC Proms 2013 in London

This summer from the 12th July all through to 7th September, you can enjoy one of the most popular seasons for worldwide classical music at The BBC Proms 2013. Held yearly at the Royal Albert Hall, you can become immersed in the daily orchestral classical music concerts, taking place since 1895.

This year’s season focuses on one of the greatest British composers, Benjamin Britten, in honour of his centenary birth. Highlights of the proms include the return of Doctor Who to celebrate the TV series’ 50th anniversary, the emotive and richly varied world of gospel music, and other great composers including Les Siècles and Wagner.

The world famous Last Night of the Proms is not to be missed, in which everything is brought to a thrilling finale; tickets are like gold dust! In turn, you can join in with the celebrations with Terry Wogan and thousands of others in The Proms in the Park closing party, held in Hyde Park.

Between 500 and 1,400 standing tickets are available for each Prom so you can marvel at the world’s biggest orchestras and classical performers. Alternatively, if you wish to attend a particular night, tickets are available online.

After a glorious summer evening enjoying some of the world’s finest music, why not continue the atmosphere by staying at DUKES London? We have an exclusive summer accommodation offer; including a complimentary upgrade to a Luxurious Classic room and 10% off all food in our award-winning restaurant Thirty Six by Nigel Mendham. For more information on this amazing offer please visit our website.

The Open East Arts Festival

This month the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be open to the public to hold the Open East Arts Festival, celebrating one year since the Olympic Games and East London Culture.

This festival is the perfect day out, from the 27-28th July individuals have a special opportunity to see where the Olympic Games were held, whilst simultaneously enjoying a day in the park overflowing with food, music, theatre, sport and family fun.

There is a variety of live music and performances to discover from acts such as; The Waterboys, Seun Kuti, some soul Caribbean and many other fantastic live performances. Enjoy some of the food from the real food festival, including a communal feast on one of the bridges over the River Lea or just simply relax and have a picnic along the quint-essential river bank. In the mean time young ones can enjoy the mini circus from the house of fairy tales, storytelling, art and craft workshops, puppet shows and whole host of activities to keep them smiling.

Ticket prices range from £6.00 to £9.50, and Under 5s can go for free. To check for availability of tickets please click here. The festival is set to last 2 days, from 1:30pm to 10pm and includes a spectacular finale at 9:30pm. Also keep a look out for up-coming events in the park, namely the London Anniversary Games and the Wireless festival.

After a fun-packed day in the park why not wind down and enjoy a meal at restaurant, Thirty Six? Offering a wide variety of delicious British dishes, it is the perfect way to end a somewhat perfect day.