Looking for something different to do this Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re one half of a happy couple or going it alone this year, Keats House is the perfect place to spend your evening on February the 14th. The idyllic house in Hampstead, where legendary poet John Keats lived during the years 1818 to 1820, is opening its doors on Valentine’s evening, offering a unique and exclusive experience.
During this period, Keats was at his most productive, and the surroundings inspired some of his most memorable poetry. According to his friend and lodger, Charles Brown, ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ was written under a plum tree in its very garden. It was during Keats’ time in the Hampstead house that he fell in love with his ‘Bright Star’, a young girl named Fanny Brawne, the girl who lived next door.
Late Night Keats offers a variety of music, games and champagne whilst embarking on a journey of Keats’ poetry, romance and eventual heartbreak. The perfect event for lovers of literature, this event is not to be missed. The event runs from 18.30 until 21.30 on Friday 14th February. Tickets for the event cost £8 including a glass of bubbly and are available from the event website.
After your romantic evening, why not check into DUKES London for one of our ultimate Valentine’s packages, including a luxury room and a box of lovingly handmade chocolates?
London’s favourite one-stop destination for contemporary art, the Saatchi Gallery, is introducing its exciting new exhibition for Spring 2014, New Order II: British Art Today.
The Saatchi Gallery was opened in 1985 by Charles Saatchi to exhibit his extensive collections to the general public. The Gallery hosts a variety of artwork genres; from minimalism and US artistry, to examples of contemporary Chinese art and works by Young British Artists. For 25 years, the Saatchi Gallery has strongly supported emerging artists and aims to make contemporary art as widely available as possible to both a British and an international audience.
The much-praised exposition is a sample of works from 13 of the most promising and talented up-and-coming artists of the moment. Highlights of the display include Virgile Ittah’s ‘Regarding the Pain of the Other’ – a wax and marble powder figure, portraying the concept of isolation by using the human body as a canvas.
New Order II: British Art Today is appearing at The Saatchi Gallery from the 24th January to the 23rd March 2014 and entry is completely free. After the exhibition, why not pop over to DUKES London for our delicious three-course lunch cooked by the brilliantly talented Nigel Mendham, for just £25 per person.
From the 17th-19th of January, Earl’s Court will undergo a continental-style makeover as it’s transformed into the host venue for the city’s annual France Show. The show brings the best of France to the people of London in an exhibition honouring all the cultural quirks of our favourite Western European country.
View London states that the show possesses plenty of ‘joie de vivre’ and has dubbed the show ‘a full-on weekend of French fun’. There’s a huge variety of activities on offer for every kind of Francophile to enjoy, including a colossal traditional French market. The market comes complete with more than 50 hand-picked French stalls offering tempting treats like cheeses, charcuterie meats and a choice of French crafts.
The France Show runs from the 17th to the 19th of January at Earl’s Court in London. Tickets for the event cost £10 in advance or £13 on the door and are available from The France Show website.
After taking in all of the cultural delights of France at the fair, why not come and sample the no less sophisticated atmosphere of the PJ Lounge at DUKES London. Our champagne and canapés promotion costs from only £19 per person, and includes a glass of French bubbly from our partners Perrier-Jouet. Call 0207 318 6585 to book, or reserve yourself a place online through our website.