October 2015 - CHS Rentals
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Month: October 2015

31
Oct
Kenwood House
by Cedric

On the edge of Hampstead Heath and surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens, Kenwood House is one of London’s hidden gems. The breathtaking interiors and stunning world-class art collection are free for everyone to enjoy. With children’s activities, a café to relax in and acres of grounds to stretch your legs, there are treats in store for every visitor.

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28
Oct
Lord Mayors Show
by Cedric

The 800th Lord Mayors show will take place on Saturday 14th November. The day starts with a River Pageant featuring an impressive array of traditional Thames barges and small boats bringing the Mayor to the City. Tower Bridge opens in salute. This is followed by the Lord Mayor’s Procession through the streets of the City featuring over 7000 participants, 20 bands and 150 horses, along with hundreds of other carriages, carts, coaches and other vehicles including vintage cars, steam buses, tanks, tractors, ambulances, fire engines, unicycles, steamrollers, giant robots, helicopters, ships, penny farthings, beds and bathtubs. For further details go to: https://lordmayorsshow.london/

For accommodation go to www.chsrentals.com/london.

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21
Oct
The Prospect of Whitby
by Cedric

The Prospect Of Whitby is a traditional British pub in Wapping serving great cask ales and freshly cooked traditional pub food. It is London’s oldest riverside pub dating back to 1520. Originally known as the Devil’s Tavern, it was rebuilt following a fire in the early 19th century and renamed The Prospect of Whitby, after a Tyne collier that used to berth next to the pub. The original 400 year old flagstone floor still survives and the pub also has a rare pewter-topped bar as well as old barrels and ships masts built into the structure. Most areas of the pub have spectacular views over the River Thames, including the beer garden. The restaurant is located on the first floor where a balcony and terrace are found.
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19
Oct
Goya – The Portraits
by Cedric

Claiming to be mostly self taught, Francisco de Goya was already 37 when he secured his first important portrait commission from Spain’s Prime Minister, Count Floridablanca, after which the artist’s reputation grew quickly. Being ambitious and proud of his status, he gained patrons from the entire breadth of Spanish society including the royal family and aristocrats, politicians and military figures, intellectuals and even his own friends and family.

Deeply affected by his profound deafness, the result of serious illness in his mid-40s, portraiture remained a means by which Goya could communicate. Providing penetrating insight into the public and private aspects of his life, ‘Goya: The Portraits’ in London’s National Gallery, which runs from October 2015 to the 10th of January 2016, traces the artist’s development, from his first commissions to more intimate later works painted during his ‘self-imposed exile’ in France in the 1820s – a career that spanned revolution and restoration, war with France, and the cultural upheaval of the Spanish Enlightenment.

This exhibition focuses solely on Goya’s spectacular skill as a portraitist. His approach was unhindered and he was unafraid to reveal what he saw. His portraits demonstrate his daringly unconventional approach and remarkable skill at capturing the psychology of his sitters. Featured are 70 of the artist’s most outstanding works from public and private collections from around the world, including paintings, drawings, and miniatures never seen before in Britain. For admission times and ticket prices go to  www.nationalgallery.org.uk/goya-portraits.

For accommodation go to www.chsrentals.com/london

12
Oct
Space Exhibition in London
by Cedric

 

In 1957 Russia launched the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik, and just four years later sent the first ever human Yuri Gagarin into space. Visitors to the exhibition Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age at London’s Science Museum will discover the dramatic story of how Russia turned the dream of space travel into a reality and became the first nation to explore space in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

The exhibition contains the most significant collection of Russian spacecraft and artefacts ever to be shown in the UK, including:-

– VOSTOK 6: the capsule flown by Valentina Tereshkova, the first ever woman in space.

– VOSKHOD 1: the capsule used on the first mission to carry more than one crew member.

– LK-3 LUNAR LANDER: a single cosmonaut craft built to compete with Apollo.

– Plus a collection of gadgets that cosmonauts and pioneering space dogs needed to live in space, including a shower,   toilet, medical instruments and survival kits for crash landings.

You will be able to explore the historical, cultural and spiritual context of Russian space travel, shaped especially by the turbulent early decades of the twentieth century. See poignant testimonies and memorabilia belonging to some of the biggest names in spaceflight and discover the deeply personal stories of the pioneers who kick-started the space age.

The exhibition, which runs until the 13th March, is open Monday to Sunday with a late night opening on Fridays. For more details go to www.sciencemuseum.org.uk.

For accommodation go to www.chsrentals.com/london

6
Oct
Tennis World Tour Finals
by Cedric

 

 

Tennis World Tour Finals

The ATP World Tour Finals will once again take place at the O2 Arena in London between the 15th to 22nd November. Since 2009 London has hosted this end of season showdown featuring the world’s best eight qualified men singles players and doubles teams in the ATP ranking list. If you wish to see players such as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka in action some tickets are still available. Go to www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com.

However the British number 1 and World number 3 Andy Murray is unlikely to participate as the Davis Cup final is due to take place in Belgium five days after the ATP Finals finish. Murray is a key member of the British team and has stated that he needs to be fully rested and prepared for the Davis Cup.

Originally called the Millennium Dome, the O2 Arena was constructed on the bank of the River Thames in Greenwich, South East London to celebrate the advent of the new millennium in 2000. With a seating capacity up to 20,000 the O2 is now the world’s busiest music arena as well as hosting numerous sporting events.

For accommodation go to www.chsrentals.com/london

2
Oct
Dulwich Picture Gallery
by Cedric

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Perhaps not as well known as some of the larger London Galleries, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, which is situated in South London, is the oldest public art gallery in England. The gallery was established as a charitable foundation by the actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist Edward Alleyn in the early 17th century.

The acquisition of artworks by its founders and bequests from its many patrons has resulted in the Dulwich Picture Gallery holding one of the country’s finest collections of Old Masters, especially rich in French, Italian and Spanish Baroque paintings and in British portraits from Tudor times to the 19th century.

The current building was opened to the public in 1817 and was designed by the Regency architect Sir John Soane using an innovative and influential method of illumination. The Gallery currently houses a collection of over 600 works including Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and Canaletto.

Go to www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk for details of the collection, opening times and the exact location of the Gallery.

The nearest accommodation is the Coach House B&B www.coachhouse.chslondon.com

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