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.
The Royal Opera House, home of the world-renowned Royal Ballet is playing host to the most famous festive production of all time this winter, The Nutcracker, with 9 performances between the 2nd and 16th of January 2014. This classic, much-loved ballet was created by Marius Petipa, based on a fairytale by E. T. A Hoffman, and was first performed in 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Peter Wright’s direction with score by Tchaikovsky and Trevelyan Oman’s 19TH-century Christmas stage design make The Nutcracker a classic production for the festive season.
The story begins with a Christmas party hosted by the parents of a little girl named Clara, who receives a Nutcracker doll from a magician named Drosselmeyer. When all of the guests have left and the house is silent, Clara discovers that the Nutcracker is enchanted and is swept away on a magical adventure. The Nutcracker is now showing at the Royal Opera House until January 16th. Tickets for the event cost from £8 and are available from the Royal Opera House website. After the majestic performance, why not come on over to DUKES London for some rest and relaxation and enjoy our Winter Warmer promotion? Included in the special offer is a complimentary room upgrade, full English breakfast and free Wi-Fi. For more information, visit our website.
This winter, the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London will be exhibiting a variety of paintings by American-born, British-based artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler, in a special exhibition entitled ‘An American in London.’ Born in America and raised in Russia, Whistler came to London in 1859, and his early paintings of this period marked one of his most successful and profound impacts on the art scene.
Whistler is best-known for his attitude of adversity towards morals and sentimentality in art, and was in favour of the principle ‘art for art’s sake.’ The artist is best-known for the portrait of his mother named ‘Whistler’s Mother’ and his signature, which is signed in the shape of a butterfly – a reflection of his love of Asian art. Deemed ‘captivating, erudite and unexpected’ by the Financial Times, the ‘An American in London’ exhibition includes a variety of paintings of Chelsea and the Thames as well as prints, drawings, watercolours and pastels. The exhibition provides a detailed examination of Whistler’s composition, subject and technique and how it developed over the years. The highlight of the exhibition is a number of Whistler’s iconic Nocturnes, including Blue and Gold – Battersea Bridge (1872-1877.) Although the selection is small, with a widely varied selection of his works, the ‘American in London’ exhibition contains something for all types of art-lover.
After soaking in the cultural offerings of the Whistler exhibition, why not come over to DUKES London and spoil yourself with our Winter Warmer package, including complimentary upgrade and a full English breakfast before you leave.