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Fans of the work of Pablo Picasso are booking serviced apartments in Central London and heading for London’s The Tate Gallery this spring and summer to see an incredible solo exhibition of his work. The EY Exhibition Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy offers an opportunity to see more than 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings some of which are rarely seen in exhibitions of this kind.
Highlight of the exhibition are three of Picasso’s paintings featuring his lover Marie-Therese Walter which are being shown together for the first time since they were painted over a period of just five days in March 1932. La Reve (the Dream) has never been exhibited in the UK before.
‘Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy’ takes place between March and September this year at the Tate Modern on Bankside. Located just across the river from St Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern has become one of the most popular modern art galleries in London. This particular exhibition has been arranged in collaboration with the Musee National Picasso-Paris and focuses on a crucial year in Picasso’s life.
Picasso himself described 1932 as ‘a year of wonders’, for it was in this year that he created some of his best known works including portraits and surrealist drawings. On display are many of those works of art created during a very busy time in his artistic career, as well as family photos and rare glimpses into his private life.
As Achim Borchardt-Hume Director of Exhibitions at Tate Modern points out “Picasso famously described painting as ‘just another form of keeping a diary.’ This exhibition will invite you to get close to the artist, to his ways of thinking and working, and to the tribulations of his personal life at a pivotal moment in his career”.
There are even opportunities to try Picasso inspired foods while a resident at Presidential Serviced Apartments Marylebone. The Tate Modern’s level 9 restaurant has an artist inspired lunch menu drawing inspiration from regions that the artist visited including Malaga, Barcelona, Paris and Normandy. Typical offerings include Bandade with egg yolk and samfaina sauce or Bean & vegetable stew.
It’s not just Picasso’s art work that you can enjoy at Tate Bankside. There are numerous permanent displays of all types of contemporary art works allowing you to discover artists who use unusual methods and materials, respond to the mass media or social and political events.
The building itself is stunning as it is a former power station converted to an art gallery, with massive rooms allowing modern art to be displayed to its best effect. If you are travelling to London during this time period then make your stay more engaging by booking a stay at any of the short stay apartments in London.
If it’s spring, then it’s time to book a room in aparthotels London for one of the biggest street events in the world – the London Marathon.
This free event attracts thousands of spectators along its twisting 26.2 mile long route, with vast numbers gathering at the finishing line outside Buckingham Palace. There are equally large numbers of runners taking part – around 40,000 and most manage to complete the entire course.
Competition to take part in the event is high. Nearly 254,000 people applied for places in the 2018 Marathon ranging from professional athletes to beginners. Key runners this year include the legendary Sir Mo Farah, Kenensia Bekele and Eliud Kipchoge. Eagle eyed spectators may also spot numerous celebrities. Previous marathons have included Princess Beatrice, Chef Gordon Ramsey and TV presenter Chris Evans. People also book holiday apartments London near Marathon to take the stress out of your big day.
Expect lots of eye catching costumes amid the running gear. Many runners are seeking to raise money for charity and adopt all kinds of outfits from superheros and animals to a giant Shoe and a London Bus! In 2017, there was even a ‘gorilla’ who crawled the entire way from Greenwich Park to Buckingham Palace. It took him six days to complete the route, but he succeeded and raised a massive £23,900 for his chosen charity, the Gorilla Organisation.
Ever since the first London Marathon was run in 1981, the twisting course has challenged runners. It starts amid the lawns of Greenwich Park, with stunning views across the river before heading eastward to Blackheath where the road takes runners down towards the river itself. Then it’s back through Bermondsey to Tower Bridge, and across to the northern bank of the River. Runners then head eastwards through docklands and round the Isle of Dogs, before turning back and heading into the city of London itself, past the Tower of London, along the Thames and up the Mall to Buckingham Palace.
Despite its length, top marathon runners complete it in around 2 hours. Anyone wanting to see the final stage should arrive in the Mall or outside Buckingham Palace well in advance, as space is limited. The atmosphere is fantastic, don’t miss to book a stay in Presidential Marylebone Mayfair as everyone cheers on the runners and enjoys the almost carnival atmosphere created by the fancy dress clad participants.
Why not celebrate the Chinese New Year in London? Amazingly, London is the setting for the largest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia with colourful processions, parades, performances and fireworks.
February 16 sees the start of the Year of the Rooster and it will be celebrated in a colourful, lively style. Hundreds of thousands of people staying in Aparthotels London come to the West End of London to enjoy the experience.
London’s Soho district has been home to vibrant Chinese community for decades.
The main celebrations take place on February 16 with a colourful parade complete with acrobats, music, performers and a spectacular Lion Dance team which weaves its way through the streets from Chinatown to Trafalgar Square. This is the biggest Dragon and Lion procession in Europe – so it is definitely worth seeing!
Arrive early to find the best spots to see the parade, as it does get very crowded. There are lots of activities en route too such as craft stalls and traditional Chinese dancing in Wardour Street and Gerrard Street, while a large stage on Shaftesbury Avenue provides an opportunity to see yet more performers. Martial arts displays, workshops and crafts will be hosted in Charing Cross Road. No need to worry about food – wherever you go along the route or in Trafalgar Square itself, there will be lots of Chinese food stalls selling the best Chinese food in the area. And of course, all the restaurants, bars and cafes along the route will also be offering special menus so there will be plenty of choice. As for accommodation, book in to a place in central London like Serviced Apartments Mayfair to avoid too much of travel heck.
Once the procession reaches Trafalgar Square, the fun really begins. Throughout the day there are all kinds of stage performances including traditional dance troupes, acrobats, flying lion dances, dragon dancing and even Chinese opera. Stay late into the evening to enjoy the fireworks and a spectacular show – all of which is free!
But that’s not all! If you prefer a slightly quieter destination to celebrate the Chinese New Year then trek over to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich which is hosting five hours of free activities including a visit from Dragon dancers.
Alternatively visit the Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House and Gardens . This is something truly magical. Each night, the gardens are lit with a stunning array of lanterns. This year, the Festival revisits the ancient Silk Road which stretched from Italy to China. There are illuminated sphinx and camels, and even a version of the Colosseum. One of the most spectacular displays is that of the life size replica of the ship used by a Chinese adventurer, Admiral Zheng, to explore the seas around China. Before you head back to your Presidential Marylebone Mayfair make sure to complete the evening with some fun on the ice-rink, exotic food at the street market and try solving Chinese bamboo lantern riddles!
Visiting London on Tuesday 13th February? Then head for Westminster or Spitalfields to see one of Britain’s oldest traditions underway, for this is Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday).
For centuries, British people have celebrated the last day of Lent by making pancakes. Lent is a period that leads up to Easter and was originally a period when certain foods were not eaten. So, on the last day of Lent, people used to empty cupboards of products like sugar, eggs and butter. Pancakes were the ideal way to use up these items. At the same time, it became a period of celebration and a time for fun for people staying in Aparthotels London.
Pancake races were the result. Teams of people would run a set distance tossing pancakes in a frying pan! Not all the pancakes survived to the end of the race.
Shrove Tuesday is still a popular time to enjoy pancakes – and have a race. As a result, there are two quite well known races that can be enjoyed in London.
The first is in Victoria Tower Gardens, near the Houses of Parliament. Don’t be surprised to see some familiar faces taking part because this is the Parliamentary Pancake Race. Teams of MP’s, members of the House of Lords and the members of the press race against each other while flipping pancakes. It is a lot of fun, and also a great fundraiser for charity.
Over in Spitalfields, search out the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane for The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race along the cobbled streets. This also takes place in aid of charity and involves teams of four people dressed in fancy costumes. Anyone can take part as long as they bring a donation for the London Air Ambulance Service. The ultimate winner takes home a specially engraved frying pan.
After all that, enjoy some pancakes at one of the many fantastic London pancake restaurants while a resident at Presidential Marylebone Mayfair. The traditional way to eat them is with sugar and lemon, but there will be countless other flavours, both sweet and savoury available. Among the places to try are My Old Dutch which has outlets in Holborn, Kensington and Chelsea; The Kensington Creperie, Continental Stores St Pancras, The Wolseley in Piccadilly and Crème de la Crepe in Covent Garden. If your preference is for stacks of American style pancakes then outlets like Jackson & Rye and the Breakfast Club will satisfy your tastebuds.
So, If you are in London this February with your family, book a long stay in Serviced Apartments Central London and experience the many events going on throughout the city
300 years ago, a British king wanted an art collection to rival all others – and his selection of art works was incredible. Now much of that collection has been reunited for the first time, allowing visitors to discover the cultural ambitions of two kings – Charles I and his son Charles II. It is also a tale of power and prestige, of the fall and rise of kings.
Charles I King and Collector is a truly landmark exhibition which can be found at the Royal Academy in Piccadilly until 15th April, 2018 and is easily accessible from holiday apartments London. Charles I aimed to create an art collection to rival all others. He purchased works by top artists including Titian, Holbein and Durer and commissioned many others such as works by Rubens and Van Dyck. His collection did not stop there – he also amassed a stunning selection of exquisite miniatures, monumental tapestries and classical sculptures. Sadly, this collection did not stay together for long. Within a few years, it had been dispersed with many items forming the basis for museums like The Louvre and The Prado. Charles I fell from power, having come into conflict with Parliament resulting in a civil war, and his eventual execution.
The Royal Academy’s exhibition is the first time over 100 items, representing the cream of Charles I’s collection have been brought together in 300 years.
Not far away at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace it is possible to discover what happened after Charles’ execution. His son, Charles II went into exile, until invited back to take up the crown in 1660. Charles II was determined to recreate as much as possible of his father’s collection, and re-purchased as many items as he could. He also added to it. Throughout his reign, he became a renowned patron of artists, glorifying the monarchy and the power of the king. The exhibition: Charles II Art and Power, contains a spectacular display of old master paintings, silver gilt furniture, tapestries and a portrait of the King in his coronation robes.
You only have to look around London to see the impact of these two kings.
Much of the centre of the City of London was rebuilt following the Great Fire of London, on the orders of Charles II who supported the work of Sir Christopher Wren, architect of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Book an accommodation at Presidential Marylebone Mayfair and stroll down Whitehall to visit the Banqueting House which has the most incredible ceilings decorated with paintings by Rubens. Built on the orders of Charles I, it was also where he was tried and executed. Under Charles II, it became a centre for court masques, dinners and entertainment.
In addition, you can book a stay at serviced apartments Central London that is a safe walking distance from most of the places you want to visit.
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