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Art & Exhibition

Reviews of art exhibitions in London.

Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery in London

Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery | Entertaining Mr Soane

You may have never heard of Pitzhanger Manor, but you will now. Following a three-year, £12 million renovation and restoration project, this London gem in Ealing is striking a Regency pose, ready to make your acquaintance. Designed in 1800 by the neo-classical starchitect, John Soane, the manor is re-born like a phoenix rising from its…

The Favourite, Costumes, Hampton Court Palace, Queen Anne, Sandy Powell

Costumes from The Favourite at Hampton Court

Move over Henry VIII: you’ve had your day. There’s a new dawn at Hampton Court Palace, and it’s Queen Anne’s turn to be in the limelight. Thanks to Yorgos Lanthimos’s baroque tour de force: The Favourite, Queen Anne is finally, and deservedly, taking centre stage in British history.  Winner of seven Baftas, a Golden Globe…

dickens museum food glorious food, dinner with dickens, Dickens museum christmas 2018, dickens museum food

Dickens Museum | Food Glorious Food

The first thing you need to do when you enter the Dickens Museum is stop. Just pause for a moment. Charles Dickens actually  lived in this Georgian house at 48 Doughty Street in Holborn. He walked these halls, instructed his servants, arranged his furniture (rather fanatically, it seems), raised three of his ten children, entertained…

Russia Royalty and Romanovs, Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Russians, Royalty and the Romanovs at the Queen’s Gallery

As if the Last Tsar exhibition at the Science Museum wasn’t enough of a treat, London is now getting a Romanov double whammy with a new exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Russia, Royalty and the Romanovs has glitz, it has glamour, and it has a generous helping of Russian bling. The exhibition celebrates the…

Home Futures, Design Museum, Mon Oncle, Jacques Tati. Villa Arpel

Home Futures at the Design Museum

Fans of Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle, Tomorrow’s World  (which returns to BBC4 later this month) and sci-fi film Back to the Future  will be delighted with the Design Museum’s latest immersive exhibition: Home Futures. It’s not about the future, but rather about how we once imagined design would impact the world in and outside the home….

Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill, Horace Walpole, gothic literature, gothic design,

Strawberry Hill: Walpole’s Lost Treasures come home

How on earth do you track 150 paintings, sculptures, furniture and curiosities which were dispersed 176 years ago after the great “sale of the century?”  You hire art super-sleuth Silvia Davoli, that’s how. And you know Horace Walpole would be tickled pink (or probably red, a colour he used lavishly and liberally) to see his…

The Last Tsar, Blood and Revolution, Science Museum, London, Romanov, Nicholas II,

The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution – Science Museum

A new exhibition at the Science Museum in London originated a few years ago, when a curator discovered a crate buried in the museum’s vast archive. Inside, she found 22 photograph albums of the Russian Imperial family, taken between 1908 and 1916, and so began the journey of The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution.  Marking 100…

START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, art exhibition London, art collector, emerging artists, most popular exhibitions

START Art Fair at the Saatchi Gallery

It’s time to rev those arty engines and get over to the START Art Fair at the Saatchi Gallery. Now in its fifth year, the annual art market is promoting 50 artists from over 25 countries, providing a unique platform for emerging young artists and galleries. Launched in 2014, START was the brainchild of super-collectors…

Wallace Collection, Richard Wallace, Rococo art, museums in London

The Wallace Collection – A National Treasure

Tucked behind the Selfridges department store in Marylebone is the Wallace Collection, one of my favourite London haunts. It’s an eighteenth-century city pile with a jaw-dropping art collection and a 500-strong furniture depository which would make Marie Antoinette feel perfectly at home. It’s a sea of crimson red, rococo gold, salmon and strawberry pink, emerald…

Prince and Patron, Buckingham Palace, Royal Family, Prince Charles

Prince and Patron at Buckingham Palace

It’s hard to pick a favourite at Prince and Patron, Buckingham Palace, an exhibition marking the 70th birthday of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. The 100 works which have been stuffed into the Palace’s Ball Supper Room were personally chosen by the Prince from the Royal Collection, the result of which is a…

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