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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

25
Sep
Ai Weiwei in London
by Cedric

Major artist and cultural phenomenon Ai Weiwei takes over one of the main galleries of the Royal Academy of Arts from 13 September to 19 December with brave, provocative and visionary works.

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18
Sep
London New Years Eve Fireworks
by Harley

– looking after our guests since 2001

London New Years Eve Fireworks

You need to act NOW if you want tickets to the famous London New Year’s Eve firework display.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and welcome 2016 with a bang at London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks. This spectacular event takes place on the River Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament. Get ready for one of the most spectacular celebrations of its kind in the world. Set against the capital’s unique skyline, if you are in London over New Year’s it really is something not to miss.

Advance tickets have now sold out, but the main batch of tickets will be released in late September. Sign up for ticket updates and be ready when the new batch of tickets is released.

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20
Aug
Green’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar
by Gill Chris

Green’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar with its gentleman’s club ambience, dark wood panelling and leather banquettes, is considered by many to be a Great British institution. Located in the heart of St. James’ it offers diners the opportunity to choose from its seasonal menu, including a range of Great British classics, an extensive selection of fresh fish and its signature oyster platter, in a setting that manages to be both luxurious and welcoming.

Owner Simon Parker Bowls opened the restaurant in 1992 after spotting a need for old-fashioned, comfort food in the area and the restaurant has been welcoming guests ever since. Although fish and crustacea are the stars of the menu, you will find some meat dishes and something to cater for vegetarians.

The nearest tube stations are Green Park and Piccadilly Circus so the restaurant can be reached by tube from any of our London vacation rentals.

You can find out more and book a table here.

11
Jun
The View From The Shard
by Gill Chris

Standing at almost 310 metres, The Shard is one of the tallest buildings in Western Europe. Taking inspiration from the spires of London churches and the masts of tall ships depicted by the 18th-century Venetian painter Canaletto, Renzo Piano designed The Shard as a spire-like sculpture emerging from the River Thames.

London’s highest and best view is from the top of The Shard, on floors 68, 69 and 72. At almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in the capital, it offers unparalleled 360-degree views for up to 40 miles. Guests ascend to the first triple height viewing platform on Level 69 in high-speed ‘kaleidoscopic’ lifts. State-of-the-art interactive touchscreen telescope enable visitors to explore the views in greater detail

On Level 72 is the open-air viewing gallery where visitors can gaze up to the very top of the building as the shards of glass that form the spire disappear into the sky. Exposed to the elements, they can take in the atmosphere and sounds of the city.

You can plan your visit and purchase tickets here.

The nearest tube station is London Bridge which can be reached easily from any of our London vacation rentals.

 

14
May
Great British Beer Festival
by Gill Chris

August 11-15

The Great British Beer Festival has celebrated 30 years of being Britain’s biggest and best beer festival. Also known as the Biggest Pub in the World, the festival plays host to some 900 beers, lagers, ciders and perries from the UK and around the world.

Held at London Olympia, the Festival, which is organised by CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale), features over 250 British breweries in 27 different bars where visitors can try both well-known brews and limited edition beers from some of the UK’s biggest and best real ale brewers.

There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy fantastic entertainment, great food and traditional pub games.

You can find out more about visiting the Festival, and buy your tickets here.

Olympia has its own dedicated tube station – Kensington (Olympia) – but is also within walking distance of several other stations and is well served by buses.  Our london vacation rental property ref: CHN is within a 20 minute walk.

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