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It’s annual Greenwich & Docklands arts extravaganza

greenwich and docklands international festival

Colourful, imaginative, entertaining – the annual Greenwich & Docklands International Festival is back, and even better than before!


Held across a variety of locations throughout Greenwich and East London, the Festival has made a name for itself as THE place to go if you want to see unusual, disruptive performing arts in the open air.  It takes place between 21 June and 7 July, and is guaranteed to attract huge crowds.


The action kicks off with the UK premiere of Duke Riley’s epic outdoor event in which specially trained pigeons swoop, glide and twirl through the air. Each pigeon has tiny LEDs attached to their bodies, making the scene spectacular as darkness falls.  The whole performance is designed as a homage to the messenger pigeons who played such a key role in WW1. 


Everyday there is something different to see and do.  From amazing tightrope acts high above the Old Greenwich Naval College, to fire sculptures, massive puppets roaming the streets to dancing and theatre shows.  Some performances such as that of Boudicca roam the streets and expect lots of audience participation, while others offer intriguing interactive street games. So, if you are coming to London and planning to stay for some time, holiday apartments London might be a great choice for you.


One of the most fascinating performances is the Unusual Herd looking for grazing around the Cutty Sark Gardens.  Created from items left to rust in the scrap yard, they have been given new life as they slowly move along, clanking and cogs constantly turning led by a shepherd whom, they may or may not decide to follow!


RoboPole has to be seen to be believed, as it is incredibly dramatic involving a performer hanging off a rotating, moving robotic pole many feet above the ground. Equally breathtaking is Motosikai involving a group of daredevil Finnish performers.  They emerge from the depths of an ordinary transit fan, and perform increasingly absurd and silly tricks, while pushing themselves to their physical limits.


Definitely not to be missed is La Parade Amoureuse, which is eye-catching and visually stunning while a resident at any of the Marylebone serviced apartments. It involves a beautiful herd of illuminated deer puppets who make their way through the streets telling a story of love and kindness.


And if you have some time left over while in Greenwich, there are some fascinating shops to explore as well as a fantastic park, and an architectural landscape that is perfect for photo opportunities.  It makes a wonderful day out.


Want to find out more? Take a look at www.festival.org/gdif-2018/whats-on for full information as to times and locations.

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Masterpieces at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea – An Art Fair not to be Missed

Masterpieces at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea

Could you recognize a Chippendale from a Linley? Or Picasso from Monet? Can you tell Renaissance jewellery from Art Deco styles?  Or would you just like to learn how to do so?  Masterpiece London is a great way to begin that learning process.

Held at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea; Masterpiece is an incomparable art fair.  On display will be over 160 exhibitors from all over the world with objects ranging from furniture to rare books, coins to paintings and sculpture as well as treasures from the ancient past. Exhibitors include Hauser & Worth, Agnews, Landou Fine Art, Robiliant & Voena and the Hammer Galleries.


Every item on display is of museum quality and is superb examples of sheer craftsmanship.  Not surprisingly, it attracts huge numbers of visitors; a lot of tourists are expected to stay in London with many booking rooms at self-serviced apartments London.  Over 40,000 people are expected to visit Masterpiece between 27 June and 4th July. 


Many will be coming to buy as they are keen collectors.  Others will be there to learn, and see items that may never appear again in public.  It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. 


Among the items known to be on display are paintings by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro.  There is also a special celebration of the work of Britain’s greatest furniture maker, Thomas Chippendale, for this is the tercentenary of his birth.  Over 20 very special items will be on display for all to see. Other displays include beautiful examples of medieval and renaissance jewellery, and contemporary pieces by Boghossian, Cindy Chao and Van Cleef & Arpels.  Elsewhere in the exhibition are incredible clocks and watches, beautiful porcelain, modern Aboriginal Art. 


This is where you can learn from the acknowledged experts as many of the exhibitors will be holding complimentary stand talks, each lasting around 15 minutes, on different aspects of their displays. Equally fascinating are the 30 minute tours around the Fair, highlighting key objects across varying time periods. These tours are being given by academics and graduates from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. If you are staying in Presidential Marylebone Mayfair, it is a fantastic way of discovering the details and back stories behind the objects, as well as the trends and styles that are attracting the attention of buyers. 

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Enjoy a Father’s Day to remember in London

Father's Day in London

Why not plan a really special Father’s Day while staying in Presidential Marylebone Mayfair London?  Whatever your Dad’s interests, you are guaranteed to find something to please him. From sports to beer, adventures to theatre, London has something to offer.


Going behind the scenes at one of London’s famous football clubs offers fascinating sporty insights.  Worth considering are the Arsenal Museum and Stadium Tours, Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur.  Wembley is definitely one of the best to visit – who can resist going onto the famous turf and seeing the FA Cup?  


It is not just football that offers a great range of tours.  Rugby fans will love the World Rugby Museum and Twickenham Stadium tour, while cricketers will delight in a trip to Lords and the Marylebone Cricket Club museum.  Anyone for tennis? Wimbledon Lawn Tennis museum has the answer.


For something more active, you could challenge him to climb into the roof of the 02 Arena, zoom down the longest tunnel slide in the world with The Slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit or try the adrenaline fueled zip wire experience past London landmarks the Zip Now London.  Equally exhilarating are the high speed jet boat rides along the Thames – you could take a James Bond style trip with the classic 007 music reverberating in your ears.


A gentler family day out can be experienced at places like HMS Belfast, the London Transport Museum or the Postal Museum with its incredible underground railway. Book a stay at any of the centrally located serviced apartments London, take a trip down the river to Greenwich and have some fun stepping across time, or watching the Time Ball fall?  Admire the beauties of the Painted Hall and discover Greenwich’s maritime history before having a run around in Greenwich Park.


If you prefer street food eats, summer cocktails and a festival atmosphere, then you must visit the world's greatest restaurant festival, Taste of London  in Regent's Park happening in mid of June.


Beer and Gin drinkers will enjoy a trip behind the scenes at a brewery or distillery.  There is a very wide range from which to choose in London, and these tours are very popular. Possible options include the Old Truman Brewery, Camden Town Brewery and Fullers Griffin Brewery tours, Sipsmith Distillery, the East London Liquor Company and the Gin Institute.  The Beefeater Distillery is one of the oldest gin distilleries in London, as it traces its origins back to 1829. Not only can you find out how your chosen tipple is made, but you can enjoy a tutored tasting session as well! It makes a great way to spend an afternoon.

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Delicious, Delectable, Irresistible – It’s Taste of London in Regents Park!

Taste of London

Staying in Marylebone service apartments in london this June and love discovering new foods? Then the Taste of London festival in Regents Park should not be missed.


For just five days between 13 and 17 June, Regents Park comes alive with unforgettable tastes and smells. Often described as ‘the World’s Greatest Restaurant Festival,’ it is a true foodie wonderland.  Roaming among the countless stalls selling artisan food, sampling special dishes or watching top chefs demonstrate their skills, you are spoilt for choice as to what to do next.  


Taste of London has been running for several years and has become the highlight of London food lovers calendar.  It is now a ‘must visit’ attraction for thousands of people every summer. This year the organisers anticipate that around 55,000 people will be attending this stunning festival.  


So what exactly is on offer?


To start with there are the restaurants.  40 of London’s best restaurants will be attending and showing off the most highly rated dishes on their menus.  Visitors can book to attend a special lunch or dinner tasting dishes made by top chefs.


New skills can be acquired by watching and learning from top chefs.  Many of London’s top barbeque chefs will be demonstrating how to sizzle, sear and roast food in the Fire Pit.


Champagne producer Laurent-Perrier has joined forces with chefs to celebrate the 50th year of its Cuvé Rosé. There will be masterclasses available allowing visitors to learn about the history of the wine and how it is made. Visitors can also easily locate numerous exceptional and centrally located holiday apartments London.


Prefer cocktails? Then the Ketel One Kitchen has the perfect answer teaching guests how to create Bloody Mary and Expresso Martini cocktails.  Or try crafting highballs with Johnnie Walker. Other drinks are equally in evidence as visitors can learn how to pair wines, discover the delights of the Fiji Water Experience, drink craft beer at the House of Hops or taste champagne beer from Cornwall.  


And of course there are lots of tasters to be had at stalls throughout the festival.  This is where you can try food and see what you like or dislike. The Artisan Producer Market offers a wide selection of the best wine, cheese, characuterie, cakes and more from all over the UK.  While for those wanting to know what the next big trend is likely to be, the Start Up Collective Market has the answers. This is where the upcoming generation of superstar food and drink brands can be found.


Taste of London offers something for everyone - the only problem is that it can be hard on the waistline!

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A new look at one of the world’s best loved artists- Monet & Architecture

Monet & Architecture

The grace and beauty of Monet’s paintings have enchanted audiences for over a century.  His stunning Water Lilies are some of the most copied in the world.  Yet he was much more than that – his paintings include landscapes and buildings of all kinds.


Why not book a stay at Presidential Marylebone Mayfair and head over to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square to enjoy one of the more unusual exhibitions of Monet’s work.  This collection of 75 of his most famous paintings, shown together for the first time, takes a look at how he painted buildings and responded to architecture.  As the National Gallery promises ‘this is Monet as you have never seen him before.’


The Monet & Architecture exhibition is divided into three sections focusing on different aspects of his work: The village & the Picturesque, The City and the Modern, The Monument and the Mysterious.  By far the largest section deals with The Village and the Picturesque.  This was very important part of his work. He wrote, “other painters paint a bridge, a house, a boat. I want to paint the air that surrounds the bridge, the house, the boat.”


The paintings on display have been drawn from collections all over the world, creating a once in lifetime opportunity to explore a very specific aspect of Monet’s work.  It shows just how talented he was from the very start of his career, capable of evoking the strength and majesty of buildings in a new way.  From Norman churches to London bridges, the houses of Parliament to the Doges Palace, this is definitely a spell binding collection of art works.


Among the paintings on display are The Church at Varengeville which glows amid a luminous mist. By comparison, the Coal Heavers depicts the pure drudgery of workers moving coal from a boat with a great iron bridge dominating the background.  The Cathedral of Rouen is beautifully depicted giving the impression of a Victorian photograph until you get closer and it becomes almost abstract patches of colour.


Make sure to pick a well located accommodation like serviced apartments Covent Garden and visit Monet & Architecture. The exhibition is at the National Gallery until July 29.



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