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LondonTown.com: New London museum located in notorious hospital

Bethlam Royal Hospital hosts new permanent Museum Of The Mind.

LONDON, March 23, 2015 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — One of the most notorious psychiatric hospitals in history – Bethlam Royal Hospital, which gave its name to the word ‘bedlam’ – will be opening a pioneering gallery and museum on its premises this month. The new displays will be filled with the personal stories – both historic and contemporary – of those who have experienced mental health difficulties and will explore the long, controversial and often misunderstood history of Bethlem, founded 1247 in central London. Bethlem Gallery and Museum of the Mind opens on 19 February 2015. The Bethlam Royal Hospital has occupied various sites, including the building now used by the Imperial War Museum in Waterloo, and is now located in Beckenham, a short journey by train from the centre of London. To see other attractions in the area and learn how to get to Beckenham, as well as finding up-to-date information on hotels in London, see LondonTown.com.

The Bethlem Gallery and Museum of the Mind will occupy the hospital’s original 1930s administration building and celebrate the lives and achievements of those living with mental ill-health. Themed gallery spaces will explore the reasons why people arrive at Bethlem, aiming to inspire discussion, debate and reflection on mental health issues which are as relevant today as they were in the past. The museum will house significant art and historical artefacts, almost all of which will be on display for the first time, as well as works by current artists and hospital service users.

Among the highlights are paintings and drawings by Richard Dadd, Louis Wain and Jonathan Martin, each of whom was a former Bethlem or Maudsley Hospital patient; and the oldest objects in the collection, the imposing statues, ‘Raving and Melancholy Madness’ by Caius Gabriel Cibber (c1676) which originally stood above the gates of the 17th century ‘Bedlam’ at Moorfields. They will now take their place either side of the art deco staircase directly ahead of visitors entering the new museum. Notable paintings from the internationally renowned art collection include ‘The Maze’ by William Kurelek (1953), ‘Sketch of an idea for Crazy Jane’ by Richard Dadd (1855), ‘Numb’ by Lisa Biles (2009) and ‘Phrenology’ by Louis Wain (1911). Each of these will be on permanent display.

The exhibition will include striking images by Victorian photographer Henry Hering of Bethlem patients taken before and after treatment in order to detect their mental health conditions through facial expressions and features. The collection will also feature a key to the gates of the 18th century hospital, 19th century manacles, chains, straitjackets and other physical restraint devices, comments and letters from visitors from the 18th century up until today and 19th century admission and discharge registers.

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LondonTown.com: London Zoo’s lemurs get brilliant new home

In With The Lemurs, a new home for the primates, opens next month at London Zoo.

LONDON, March 23, 2015 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — London Zoo is getting a new attraction next month in the shape of a swanky new walk-through home for the zoo’s playful troop of 16 lemurs. In With The Lemurs is a fine new base for the lemurs at the zoo, nestled as it is in the heart of leafy Regent’s Park, kitted out with the best accessories and with a desirable NW1 postcode. The new lemur attraction opens on Saturday 28th March at London Zoo. For more information on the zoo and other attractions in the area, as well as the best deals for a hotel in London, see LondonTown.com.

The lemur pen will be home to 15 ring-tail lemurs and one black and white ruffed lemur. Designed by the zoo’s expert keepers and horticulturalists,  In With The Lemurs will take visitors on a journey through the Madagascan shrub forest where the evolutionarily unique primates will be leaping, climbing and lounging all around them. Renowned sun-worshippers, the lemurs love nothing more than an afternoon spent sunbathing. With this in mind the zoo’s dedicated architects have carefully mapped the path of the sunlight on the new exhibit to ensure their basking platforms are purposefully located to maximise lounging time.

With an uncertain future in the wild, lemurs face a daily struggle to survive due to extensive habitat loss, and over-hunting. In With The Lemurs will give the zoo’s visitors a glimpse of these threats in the exhibit’s replica timber mill, highlighting the devastating effect the industry has on the lemurs’ wild habitat. Ring-tail lemurs are classified as endangered on the IUCN red-list, as are black and white ruffed lemurs, which are also listed on international conservation charity ZSL’s EDGE of Existence programme, due to the threat to their survival and evolutionary distinctiveness. The new attraction will help ensure that London Zoo remains one of Europe’s leading zoos in the way it combines fascinating attractions with sympathetic environments, following recent transformations of the enclosures for lions, tigers and gorillas. For more information on London Zoo, including location, travel information, admission prices and opening times, see LondonTown.com, the best London website for tourists and visitors to the capital.

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LondonTown.com: London prepares for fairy tale exhibition

Leicester Square hosts exhibition of props and costumes from Disney’s Cinderella 

LONDON, March 23, 2015 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Leicester Square will be sparkling this spring when it hosts a pop-up exhibition dedicated to displaying costumes and props from Disney’s new live action film of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella.Cinderella: The Exhibition opens on March 21 st at Leicester Square Gardens and will run until 10 th April. The exhibition will be free of charge, but tickets will be required for entry. For more information, see LondonTown.com, where you can also find the latest details on cheap hotels in London, with real-time updates on booking, prices and availability.

The Cinderella exhibition will feature 22 remarkable costumes and hundreds of original props offering people the opportunity to celebrate the film’s British roots first hand. Filmed in the UK, costumes were made by renowned British costume designer, Oscar-winning Sandy Powell, and the film was directed by fellow Kenneth Branagh. Powell’s costumes, as worn by the all-star cast including Lily James (Cinderella), Helena Bonham Carter (the Fairy Godmother), Cate Blanchett (Lady Tremaine) and Richard Madden (the Prince) will be proudly on display for all to see, housed within the recreated sets.

The exhibition is presented by Swarovski who provided Sandy Powell with over 1.7 million crystals for the spellbinding costumes to bring added sparkle to Cinderella’s magical world. At the heart of the exhibition will be Cinderella’s iconic slipper. The dazzling slipper, which plays such a pivotal role in the fairy tale, was hewn from solid Swarovski crystal and features 221 facets in a light-reflecting Crystal Blue Aurora Borealis coating. Powell worked closely with Swarovski technicians at the headquarters of the crystal house in Austria to create the magnificent slipper. “I’m looking forward to people being able to see the behind the scenes magic that went into the creation of Cinderella,” says Branagh. “Sandy Powell has allowed unlimited access to her creative process from the initial sketches to the final creations, including the most iconic costume of all – Cinderella’s incredibly beautiful blue ball gown.”

For more information about this and other film events and exhibitions in London this spring, see LondonTown.com, the best website for tourists preparing to explore the capital in 2015.

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LondonTown.com: Digital talk and avant-garde art at the ICA this summer

Two new events announced at the world’s leading multi-discipline avant-garde arts space.

LONDON, March 23, 2015 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — The Institute of Contemporary Arts, better known to Londoners as the ICA and renowned worldwide as one of the great avant-garde galleries, has announced two events that will take place at their Central London premises later this year. Fear of Missing Out: Summit Defining Influences of the Digital Age in 2015 (29th – 31st May 2015) is the title of a special symposium that will explore post-digital anxieties, while Isa Genzken: Basic Research Paintings is the title of an exhibition that will run from 30th June to 6th September in the ICA Upper Galleries. For more about other London events already announced at the ICA in 2015, see LondonTown.com, the website that also allows tourists and visitors to find the latest booking information for cheap London hotels.

Fear of Missing Out will be chaired by Berlin artist and theorist Hito Steyerl, bringing together leading international theorists, academics, social thinkers and artists to discuss post-digital anxieties and the social condition. It will examine the progression and trajectory of technological, economic, ecological and cultural advances by introducing speakers from diverse disciplines to present on topics from Artificial Intelligence to Cyberfeminism. Speakers confirmed include Karen Archey, Erika Balsom, Eleanor Saitta and McKenzie Wark and the summit will also include a screening of work by Harun Farocki. Additional speakers will be announced shortly.
Isa Genzken: Basic Research Paintings will feature the work of one of the most important and influential artists of the last forty years. Since the 1970s, Genzken has developed experimented with a variety of different materials and art forms, to include assemblage and photography, film and video. Her Basic Research paintings feature a frottage technique, similar to that deployed by surrealist artists in search of automatic forms of art production. Having applied a layer of paint to her canvas, she then placed the canvas face-down on her studio floor before rubbing the back with a squeegee. Having peeled the canvas away from the floor, the resulting print shows all the dirt and imperfections of her workspace in near photographic detail. The Basic Research paintings are compelling in that they invite scrutiny. For more information on these London events, plus other events and exhibitions taking place at the ICA, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: Spectacular London home opens doors this Bank Holiday

Dance in the Duke of Wellington’s ballroom and see a nude Napoleon at Apsley House

LONDON, September 17, 2014, Fans of London’s colourful history will going to get an extraordinary opportunity to recreate Regency London at one of the capital’s great historic houses this August Bank Holiday. A special Regency Weekend is being held on Sunday 24th August and Monday 25th August at Apsley House, the former home of the Duke of Wellington, featuring dancing and tours of this historic building. Apsley House is located at Hyde Park Corner, right at the heart of London. Visitors to the city should see LondonTown.com for the best information about restaurants in London, cheap hotel rooms and the best bars and places to shop, as well news about events and exhibitions at other top London attractions.

Apsley House – its alternative address is No 1, London – was home to the Duke of Wellington after his victory over Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815, and it retains many of the features and characteristics of those days. The Regency Weekend will allow visitors to view a remarkable interior as well as o ne of the finest art collections in London. Apsley House has paintings by Velazquez and Rubens, a massive nude statue of Napoleon, a wonderful collection of silver and porcelain, the oldest surviving grand piano and, of course, an original pair of Wellington boots.

The weekend is being held of next year’s celebrations that will mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. It will allow visitors to look back at the home life of the powerful men of Wellington’s army and see their wives dressed in all their finery. Families can meet the Napoleonic gentry, learn how to dress as a regency gentleman, discover more about their style and taste and witness the life of ladies during this period. There will also be opportunities throughout the day to learn how to dance Jane Austen-style in the grand ballroom of this spectacular building. For more information, see LondonTown.com

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LondonTown.com: London gallery prepares to explore sex, penguins and much more

Wellcome Collection unveils an idiosyncratic autumn events programme for 2014

 

LONDON, September 17, 2014, The Wellcome Collection, one of London’s most stimulating and unusual venues is preparing to reopen after a lengthy closure for redevelopment and has revealed details of its event-packed autumn programme featuring a busy calendar of exhibitions and one-offs. The Wellcome Collection is located on the Euston Road close to Euston, King’s Cross and St Pancras International stations and features items covering art, science and history from an idiosyncratic personal collection accrued by a pharmacology billionaire on his travels almost 100 years ago. The venue is being extensively refurbished but several areas are open, including some gallery space, a café and bookshop. For more about the Wellcome Collection, see LondonTown.com, where you will also find the best information about London events and exhibitions, as well as London hotels, shops and restaurants.

The Wellcome’s programme includes An Idiosyncratic A to Z of the Human Condition, a free exhibition that runs until 12th October featuring a curious combination of objects, medical artefacts, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and contemporary artworks. Running until July 2015 is the free video installation, Eye Contact, which forms two giant pairs of eyes that stare out from the windows of the Wellcome Trust’s headquarters, winking and blinking at passing tourists and traffic. The eyes will be ‘awake’ and active through the day and will close at sunset to ‘sleep’ through the night – unless they are woken by a passing pedestrian.

The Wellcome will also be running the Age Of Exploration event series, which looks at the history of exploration and the nature of human curiosity. Events include a talk called Into The Unknown on Thursday 11th September (7-8.30pm), that looks at the human desire to question the unknown and the impact this has on our minds and bodies, and The Worst Journey on Thursday 9th October (7-8.30pm), which looks at the formation of Henry Wellcome’s vast hoard of medical curios and features a specially commissioned musical performance that looks at how how Apsley Cherry-Garrard, the youngest member of Captain Scott’s fateful expedition, risked life and limb to collect emperor penguin eggs in the Antarctic winter.

Coming later this year is a new exhibition, The Institute Of Sexology – from 20th November 2014 to 13th September 2015 – which will be a candid exploration of sexuality, featuring more than 200 objects spanning art, archival material, erotica, film and photography. It will be the first ever UK exhibition to look at the work of the pioneers of the study of sex.

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LondonTown.com: London’s love of architecture exhibited at museums in 2014

Whether you are a fan of Tudor churches, elegant Georgian squares, grand Victorian civic buildings, art deco power stations or Brutalist arts complexes, London has some of the finest architecture in the world. This is the city where Wren’s St Paul’s sits alongside Foster’s Gherkin and nobody blinks an eye. London also boasts many of the finest museums in the world, and later this year the two will overlap with a series of exhibitions looking at architecture across the world. For more information on these museums, see LondonTown.com, where you will also find ideas for nearby restaurants, shops and cafes and get the latest prices and availability for London hotel rooms.

The Barbican Centre is a great example of London architecture – a controversial art complex with commanding, austere lines unadorned with needless ornamentation in the manner dubbed Brutalist. Fittingly, this building will hold an exhibition of 250 photographs of 20th century architecture from the 1930s to the present day this autumn calledConstructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age (25th September 2014 – 11th January 2015). Similarly, Ordinary Beauty: the photography of Edwin Smith (10th September – 6th December 2014) will look at the work of a 20th -century photographer who captured British buildings and landscapes. The exhibition will take place at the new gallery at the HQ of RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects.

American architect Louis Kahn (9th July – 12th October 2014) will be the focus of a retrospective at the Design Museum, featuring models, drawings, sketches, photographs and films of his greatest buildings including the monumental Salk Institute in California. Finally, the lovely small museum inside the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner will examine London’s six great War Memorials with We Will Remember Them: London’s Great War Memorials (16th July – 30th November 2014), including the Cenotaph on Whitehall and the profoundly moving Machine Gun Corps Memorial next to the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner. For more on any of these, see LondonTown.com

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LondonTown.com: London boasts strong fashion and design exhibition line-up in 2014

Fans of fashion and design have some real treats to look forward in the second of 2014, with fascinating exhibitions big and small taking place across a range of London museums. Places as diverse as the Museum of London and Jewish Museum as well as the Fashion And Textile Museum and Design Museum are all planning thoughtful exhibitions in the autumn that should attract all fans of fashion and great design. For details of the museum locations, see LondonTown.com, where you will also find excellent guides to local areas, complete with information about cafes, restaurants, shops and cheap London hotels.

London’s fashionable 2014 includes Knitwear: Chanel To Westwood (19th September 2014 – 18th January 2015) at the Fashion And Textile Museum in Bermondsey, which looks at vintage fashion knitwear in the 20th century. This overlaps with the big autumn exhibition at the Design Museum, in nearby Shad Thames, will be Women Fashion Power(29th October 2014 – 26th April 2015), which will explore the politics of dressing for power and success. The exhibition will feature contemporary women working in politics, business, the creative arts and fashion from around the world, as well as looking back at influential women through history.

The Jewish Museum meanwhile will hold Designing the 20th Century: Life and Work of Abram Games (8th September 2014 – 4th January 2015), which looks at the work of one of the key figures in graphic design. Games, the child of Jewish immigrants, designed posters for London Transport and was official war poster artist during World War II. He also worked for the BBC and Olympic Games. And contemporary design will come under the gaze of the Museum of London, where they will be opening a new permanent gallery,Designing A Moment: The London 2012 Cauldron (from 25 July), dedicated to the construction of Thomas Heatherwick’s copper Olympic cauldron, showing its design and construction through photographs, drawings and test pieces.

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LondonTown.com: London’s Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

More than 80,000 people are expected to attend the Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, taking place in the historical maritime district of London from 20th to 28th June 2014, the UK ‘s largest annual programme of outdoor dance. Visitors coming to London to see this free street theatre spectacle can choose from many hotels including cheap London hotels. With so much of the entertainment at the nine day GDIF being free, it’s both a fun and affordable way to enjoy the city.

The Greenwich & Docklands International Festival is especially good at putting on outdoor dance spectaculars, something the festival’s Artistic Director, Bradley Hemmings, appointed Co-Artistic Director (along with Jenny Sealey of the London based Graeae Theatre Company) showed to a worldwide audience at the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony.

The festival always opens with an epic outdoor spectacular and this year kicks off with Muaré on Friday 20th June 2014 which sees aerialists from Spanish-Argentinean company Voala present a bright and physical show in which a group of aerial performers descend from large and revolving mobiles, showcasing beautiful choreography while suspended above the audience at the National Maritime Museum, London SE10.

Further highlights of this year’s festival include ‘Safe House’ from the team behind last year’s ‘As The World Tipped’; ‘Global Streets’, which takes place at the festival’s newest venue the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; ‘Arka’, a Polish theatre spectacular; and ‘Deblozay’ by French company Rara Woulib who celebrate the rise of the dead.

The festival takes place in outdoor areas in south east London and in the town centres of Greenwich and Woolwich, Canary Wharf, Whitechapel and Bow. Venues including landmarks like the Maritime Museum, Old Royal Naval College and Cutty Sark.

For information on all theatre, drama and performance in London this summer, visit the website LondonTown.com where full listings on all the top shows are given. For visitors coming from outside London the website gives a wide choice of accommodation to suit all budgets and requirements.

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LondonTown.com: The City of London Festival returns for its 52nd year in 2014

For three weeks this summer the City of London will be taken over by live music, visual arts, film, walks and talks for the 52nd City of London Festival. The festival takes place at numerous venues across the City, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Drapers’ Hall and Devonshire Square. Festival goers travelling from outside of London can find a great selection of cheap hotels in London on LondonTown.com.

The festival runs from 22nd June to 12th July and commences with a Festival Service at St Paul’s Cathedral. Directed by Andrew Carwood, the Cathedral Choir’s Director of Music, the morning service will provide an uplifting start to the three-week programme.

This year’s festival pays homage to the former uniform of the City with a giant inflatable Bowler Hat. Located in Paternoster Square, next to St Paul’s Cathedral, the pop up venue will host a large percentage of the festival’s events, including children’s theatre, cabaret, comedy and circus. Highlights include Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, brought to life by London’s Little Angel Theatre; live comedy from Professional Grumpy Old Woman, Jenny Eclair; a discussion on Smallness with Russell Kane; and Richard Herring’s Lord of the Dance Settee.

Visit LondonTown.com for more information on the festival and all of the other best events taking place in London this summer.

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LondonTown.com: Stellar line-up of exhibitions in South Kensington quarter this year

Three of London’s greatest museums – the South Kensington trio of the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and V&A – will be holding major exhibitions this autumn and winter. The three museums are located side-by-side close to South Kensington and constitute one of London’s major tourist destinations. To get an idea of what the area has to offer, see LondonTown.com, where you can also book hotels in London at the cheapest available rates.

AThe Natural History Museum’s annual highlight is the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2014 (from October 2014), featuring dozens of awe-inspiring photographs from around the world. The neighbouring Science Museum will also be displaying photographs for Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger Than Fiction (3rd July – 9th November 2014), the first major UK exhibition by Catalan artist Joan Fontcuberta, and Open For Business (22 nd August – 2 nd November 2014), a free exhibition that will tell the story of British industry through the lens of photographers, showing everything from foundries and assembly lines to modern research labs. The Science Museum’s big exhibition will be Cosmonauts: Birth Of The Space Age (November 2014-May 2015), the first UK exhibition to look at the remarkable story of Russian space travel through a unique collection of space artefacts, many of which have never before been seen outside Russia. These include spacecraft as well as personal memorabilia belonging to some of the biggest names in spaceflight, such as Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.

Across the road at the V&A, the big exhibition will be Constable: The Making of a Master(20 September 2014 – 11 January 2015), examining the work of British landscape artist John Constable, showing how he painted and placing his work alongside some of the old masters of classical landscape. The V&A’s contemporary, international audience will enjoyHorst: Photographer of Style (6 September 2014 – 4 January 2015), which will present the definitive retrospective of fashion photographer Horst P Horst. The V&A’s other exhibition is Disobedient Objects (26th July 2014 – 1st February 2015), showcasing items made for political protest, including everything from Suffragette teapots, inflatable cobble stones and protest robots, with particular focus on objects from the 1980s to the present day. The V&A will also open their new Rapid Response Collecting gallery on July 5, which promises to showcase recently acquired items of immediate public interest. At the opposite end of the scale to that are the redesigned Europe 1600-1800 Galleries (from December 2014), featuring spectacular examples of textiles and fashion, painting and sculpture, ceramics and glass, furniture and metalwork, prints and books created by Europe’s finest artists and craftsmen for figures such as Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette and Catherine the Great.

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Grand Royale London Hyde Park: Learn the details of nature photography at the Wildlife Photography Exhibition

It’s the fag end of January and though winter is still dominating the London air, spring has started signaling its slow approach. Bright sunny days with fantastic wind are creating perfect atmosphere for exploring the historic city on feet. For people who have visited London earlier and are planning a trip yet again may try to see London in a different way this time. Instead of spending time visiting the prime spots that they have already explored, visitors may opt for something that is not permanent features of London. Many exciting events, fairs, festivals and exhibitions take place in London in different seasons and taking part in any of those, one can make his or her London trip a unique one. Event venues are scattered across London and majority of them are located at the prime spots that are easily reachable from the esteemed hotels.

Grand Royale London Hyde Park, one of the most eminent hotels in Central London’s prestigious West End is applauded for its strategic location, apart from its service excellence which has earned global recognition for the property. Located close to the iconic Hyde Park and the Kensington Gardens, Park Grand London Hyde Park offers easy accesses to a number of event venues.

Visitors who fancy photography and have a deep interest in the subject would be delighted to know that the Grand Royale London Hyde Park is currently offering access to the Wildlife Photography Exhibition, which is being held at the Natural History Museum. The exhibition, which has started from October 23, 2013 brings to photography enthusiasts a golden opportunity to learn skills from collection of images snapped by experts. The Natural History Museum is among the busiest exhibition venues in Central London and right now its iconic central hall has now turned into a wonderful gallery of photographs and displays that have completely changed the atmosphere of the venue.

The first thing that attracts visitors at the central hall is the huge Diplodocus skeleton. The life size model of a blue whale would also leave visitors spell-bound. However, this season the real charm of the hall is the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which is one of the important annual events that the museum hosts. This is the 49 th edition of the competition and it has attracted entries from all corners of the world. A panel of expert judges is scrutinizing the submissions to choose the best one which would be displayed at the museum. Shutterbugs can enrich their knowledge by looking at stunning images that have been displayed at the hall under 18 different categories.

Visitors can therefore be sure of seeing some pretty spectacular images, with the 18 category winners and runners up, as well as those being deemed worthy of special commendation being included in the exhibition. Considered largely as the number one global display of nature photography, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Collection is simply a must-see thing for everyone and especially those having a fascination for wildlife photography. Located on Cromwell Road, the Natural History Museum is very close to the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. From Grand Royale London Hyde Park, one can easily reach the venue by taking a Piccadilly Line-bound train from the nearest South Kensington tube station or bus. The exhibition would remain open till March 23.

To book a room at Grand Royale London Hyde Park, one can either log on to its official website- http://www.grandroyalelondon.co.uk or call at +44 (0) 20 7313 7900.

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London Premier Hotels: London welcomes movie lovers at screening of Oscar nominees

Exploring the prime tourist spots and experiencing festivals and carnivals are very common approaches towards enjoying a London trip. The tourist spots will stand at their positions for ever and the festivals would happen every year according to the calendar. But to make their London trip memorable, visitors must try to be a part of something, which is unusual. The New Year is still very young and the festive mood is quite steady in London. People are enjoying their time by indulging in diverse activities and giving priority to entertainment.

For people who love to add the essence of entertainment in their holiday trips, this is a great time to be at London. It’s the time to experience the cinema craze in London. Oscar nominations for this year have just been announced and theaters across London now extend towards movie buffs wonderful opportunity to watch the movies that are likely to bag the iconic Golden trophy at the Awards Ceremony. Cinema lovers should not the miss the opportunity of watching and judging the nominated movies before their fate get decided at Los Angeles a few days later.

Right now some of the top cinema houses in London city are screening movies like Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave. Queues are getting longer and one should rush to ensure a good seat inside the hall. To make the experience of watching a movie very special, visitors may also opt for Immersive Cinema, a new concept that has turned into a trend in the last few years. A specialty of the Future Cinema and Secret Cinema, the Immersive Cinema gives audiences a scope to take part in the movie they are watching.

Screening of such movies is done at selected locations with mirroring the scenery in the movie. Very recently, screening of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was held at a hospital and to bring the effect of the venue on the movie, the organizers converted the venue into a mental institution and actors were seen portraying roles of patients and doctors. Many organizers even allow audiences to take part in various activities before the start of the movie and are also provided with dresses that characters of the movie are seen wearing. Same style was followed during the screening of Casablanca at the Roxy in Shadwell. To bring the movie effect, the venue was given the look of a Moroccan hang-out of 1940s and people were seen roaming here and there dressed up like American GIs and Nazi officers.

To be a part of this very special kind of screening, interested people need to sign up to the mailing list of the organizers. Audiences need to make sure that details of the movie shown to them are kept secret until they arrive at the venue. As the procedure goes, audiences are given instructions about time and place to turn up and they are also told what to wear and bring.

Since Central London and its prestigious West End are ornamented with lots of cinema halls, getting a scope of enjoying Immersive Cinema should not be difficult. Yet staying at the Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington would be a smart decision since the hotel is very close to the Paddington Underground Railway Terminus from where trains to all major cinema venues in London are frequently available.

Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington, a London Premier Hotel is located at 27 Devonshire Terrace, Paddington and to book a room there one can either call at +44 (0) 20 7745 1212 or log on to http://www.londonpremierhotels.com, the official website of the London Premier Hotels.

 

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LondonTown.com: Chinese New Year in London in 2014

Chinese New Year in London is one of the most spectacular in the West with over 300,000 people expected to take part in the celebrations across the capital on Sunday 2nd February 2014 and if you’re one of them you can book one of the many London hotels on offer and stay in the city overnight.

This year, the Year of the Horse, Chinese New Year falls on Friday 31st January and the main London celebrations take place on the Sunday following, 2nd February 2014, with a number of free activities taking place in Chinatown, Leicester Square, Shaftesbury Avenue and Trafalgar Square .

On Chinese New Year’s Eve, Thursday 30th January 2014, the London Eye, the UK ‘s most popular paid for visitor attraction, will be lit up red and gold to celebrate the Year of the Horse and will be holding a special Chinese New Year event with traditional Chinese acts including Chinese opera singers and martial artists performing from 5.30pm.

On Sunday 2nd February 2014 the annual parade led by the Lucky Money God begins at 10am at Duncannon Street, moving along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue before arriving at its final destination in Chinatown.

Chinatown itself is always at the centre of the Chinese New Year party in London with traditional craft stalls and food stands outside restaurants, lion dancing and, for the first time, the Chinese Community Centre will also be staging a mini festival in Horse & Dolphin Yard.

Trafalgar Square is a hub of entertainment for Chinese New Year; having been officially opened at 12 noon on Sunday 2nd February with speeches from special guests, there will be free music and performances on the main stage including a special variety show from the Little Red Flower Art Troupe, a group of talented children from Nanjing, China.

Madame Tussauds in London welcomes the wax figures of Chinese martial arts masters Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, who will travel from Madame Tussauds in Hong Kong and Shanghai to welcome in the Chinese New Year. The famous figures take up residence on Friday 31st January but the biggest celebration will be on Saturday 1st February when lion dancers perform and the historic building will be lit up in lucky red.

The British Film Institute is marking the Chinese New Year with a season of films from 3rd to 21st February by Feng Xiaogang, a man often compared with Steven Spielberg, and arguably the most successful filmmaker in China today.

London’s first ever Baijiu Cocktail Week kicks off on 31st January 2014 coinciding with Chinese New Year and carries on until 13th February with special Chinese cocktails created by Marlowe Harris, head barman from the Evans & Peel Detective Agency, available to sample at seven bars across London.

Many London restaurants will be celebrating Chinese New Year with special menus – you won’t have to go further than Chinatown to enjoy authentic Chinese cooking. But if you want to push the boat out go for renowned London restaurants like Hutong, Hakasan, China Tang at the Dorchester, or Min Jiang, the Chinese restaurant which occupies the 10th floor of the Royal Garden Hotel overlooking Kensington Gardens.

For more information on these and other special event celebrating Chinese New Year in London go to LondonTown.com where a wide choice of London hotels to suit all budgets, information on restaurants, bars and cafes as well as all the major attractions is provided.

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LondonTown.com: Butterflies brighten up the Natural History Museum this spring

Tickets are now on sale for  Sensational Butterflies, an interactive exhibition at the Natural History Museum that allows visitors to wander among hundreds of beautiful free-flying creatures. The family friendly exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum in South Kensington for a sixth year (3rd April – 14th September), housed in a specially constructed tropical enclosure on the museum’s east lawn. The exhibition explores the life cycle of one of nature’s most fascinating creatures – from crawling caterpillar to beautiful butterfly. It is one of the most popular annual features of the Natural History Museum’s programme and tickets cost £5.50. For more on this and other events at the museum, see LondonTown.com, which is the best website for information on London events, exhibitions, hotels, restaurants and bars.

At Sensational Butterflies, visitors get the chance to through the butterfly house where they can spot caterpillar eggs waiting to hatch and get close to silk-like chrysalises in which caterpillars will be undergoing metamorphosis. There will also be the spectacular sight of being surrounded by hundreds of adult butterflies and moths, including species from all over the globe. The enclosure therefore offers a captivating insight into the science behind these colourful creatures and their unique life cycle. Visitors can then visit the Natural History Museum proper, where they can see world-class collections of plants, animals and minerals, including state-of-the-art animatronic dinosaurs, the legendary skeleton of a diplodocus and the lifesize model of a blue whale. For more on this and other events at the Natural History Museum, see LondonTown.com for the latest news and updates.

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LondonTown.com: Legendary London boat prepares for new adventure

The Cutty Sark in Greenwich, the world’s only remaining tea clipper and a major London landmark, will open a brand new performance space in its lower hold on Wednesday, 29 th January. The lower hold once stored precious cargo of tea and wool, but in the evenings it will be transformed into a unique 85-seat theatre. The Michael Edwards Studio Theatre will launch this month with a fantastic programme featuring major stars such as Alan Davies, Griff Rhys-Jones and Ross Noble. The Cutty Sark is located in the heart of Greenwich’s World Heritage Centre, making it a great place for tourists to visit. Hotels in the area can be found at LondonTown.com, the London website which promises to find the latest and best deals on London hotel room rates in London.

The Cutty Sark reopened after a major refurbishment in April 2012, and is now preparing for the latest stage in its reinvention. First built as a tea clipper, transporting tea from Indian to Britain in 1869, this three-masted clipper is the last of its kind still in existence. Visitors can walk along the decks following in the footsteps of the merchant seaman who sailed her over a century ago, or they can explore the hold where the valuable cargo was stored and even walk beneath the ship – suspended in mid-air – to get an idea of its scale and elegance.

The Michael Edwards Studio Theatre will ensure the Cutty Sark also has a vibrant life during the evening. The tea chests in the hold will be moved aside, allowing the central section to transform into a theatre, welcoming a host of renowned performers for cabaret, comedy, music, lectures and theatrical performances.

“Our aspiration is that the development of Cutty Sark as a flexible theatre space will enable us to reach out to new audiences who can discover the ship in a whole new way” says Richard Doughty, Director of Cutty Sark, who wishes for the Cutty Sark to become a unique new venue in the heart of Greenwich and London. For more information on performances at the Michael Edwards Studio Theatre, see LondonTown.com.

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Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

This November, London’s Design Museum presents an exhibition dedicated to the work of celebrated designer Paul Smith, reports LondonTown.com.

Although the Paul Smith brand is now known around the world, with stores in 16 countries, it sprang from the very modest beginnings of a 3mx3m Nottingham boutique, which Smith opened in 1970. A space of exactly the same dimensions kicks off this new exhibition, a message to aspiring designers and entrepreneurs that it is ok to start small.

From there it takes us on a tour of Smith’s mind, creativity and influences, encompassing the importance of his wife Pauline (who, he says, taught him everything), behind-the-scenes footage from this year’s Paris menswear shows, and iconic pieces from past Paul Smith collections.

One of the main talking points, however, will be the recreation of Smith’s Covent Garden office, known as ‘the stockroom of silly things’ on account of all the random objects that more than fill it (including several bicycles, cycling memorabilia, wind-up toys, china rabbits and an endless assortment of bizarre things that fans and famous friends regularly send him). Far more than just clutter, these are the things that give the designer inspiration, often popping up in his trademark style of what he calls ‘classic with a twist’.

The exhibition runs from 15 November until 9 March 2014 and is open from 10am-5.45pm daily.

The Design Museum is at Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD (www.designmuseum.org). Visitors can find, and book, cheap London hotels in the area via LondonTown.com.

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Spencer – Poignant Memories of War

British artists Stanley Spencer’s poignant memories of war are leaving their permanent home at the National Trust’s Sandham Memorial Chapel to be exhibited at Somerset House next month. This exhibition marks the National Trust’s first major art exhibition in London for 18 years. Stanley Spencer: Heaven In A Hell Of War opens at Somerset House on 7th November and runs until 26th January 2014. Somerset House is a grand house located on the Thames by Waterloo Bridge. It is within a short distance of numerous London hotels and tourists looking for hotel rooms in London should visit LondonTown.com, which offers the latest and best deals on rooms in the capital.

The exhibition is part of many events scheduled to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. It will a series of large scale canvas panels from one of the most original and acclaimed British painters of the 20th century. They are usually on display at a chapel that was built to house the products of Spencer’s artistic genius. Spencer painted scenes of his own wartime experiences, as a hospital orderly in Bristol and as a soldier, also on the Salonika front.  His recollections, painted entirely from memory, focus on the domestic rather than combative and evoke everyday experience – washing lockers, inspecting kit, sorting laundry, scrubbing floors and taking tea – in which he found spiritual resonance and sustenance.

Peppered with personal and unexpected details, they combine the realism of everyday life with dreamlike visions drawn from his imagination. They describe the banal daily life that, to those from the battlefield, represented a ‘heaven in a hell of war.’ For Spencer, the menial became the miraculous; a form of reconciliation. The paintings, which took six years to create and were completed in 1932, are considered by many to be the artist’s finest achievement. As well as being one of Britain’s most important war artists, Spencer was a key figure in the development of figurative art in 20th century Britain and this exhibition provides an opportunity to look up close at his accomplished paintwork, sensitive use of colour, and masterly still-life. For more about this and other exhibitions in London, see LondonTown.com, the city’s most reliable source for information about events and exhibitions in the capital.

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The capital catches fire with Hunger Party Games

As London prepares to host the world premiere of the Hunger Games: Catching Fire, eager fans can get in on the action with The Robin Collective’s brilliantly bonkers Hunger Party Games. LondonTown.com talks exclusively to the events and experimental food company’s founder Robin Fegan to find out what the nefarious Game Makers have in store.

Please can you tell us a bit more about the Hunger Party Games.

Robin Fegan: In celebration of the release of the second Hunger Games film, The Robin Collective and Indeedy Incorporated are holding a unique party at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club on 15 November. [The singer, presenter, DJ and] our own queen of the Capitol Jess Indeedy will reap contestants to fight in this year’s Hunger Party Games.

Will the contestants be shot at with arrows and forced to forage for their own food?

RF: Not exactly. Every ticket holder’s name will be put into the reaping. Throughout the night, people will be selected to compete in murderous parlour games, and cannon blasts will salute the fallen.

In between games, the victors will be celebrated and there will be dancing. Because this is a Quarter Quell, the last game of the night will see all the victors compete one last time.

Yikes, can you give us a hint as to what the murderous party games might involve?

The Game Makers are currently busy coming up with the most devious and evil games imaginable like Musical Killing Chairs and Pass the Parcel… of death!

How should contestants dress?

They are encouraged to wear outfits representative of their district. For example, glasses without lenses for the Shoreditch district, or obnoxious red trousers for the Chelsea districts. The reaping will be random so we won’t favour any districts.

What made you decide to hold a Hunger Games-themed event?

We’re big fans of the books and Katniss’ struggle against the Capitol is very much a metaphor for our struggle against non-Hunger Games-themed events.

How would you sum up the event in 10 words?

RF: ‘May the odds be ever in your favour,’ Caesar Flickerman.

The Hunger Party Games will be held at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club on 15 November from 9pm to 2am. Tickets are available from www.therobincollective.co.uk.
Competition: Win a set of tickets and the complete book trilogy

We are giving away two sets of tickets to the Hunger Party Games along with copies of the complete book trilogy. To enter, visit www.therobincollective.co.uk and then email us to let us know how many partying tracker jackers there are on the website.

The competition runs from 22nd October to 5th November 2013. Email your answer to competitions@londontown.com, along with your name and contact details. To be eligible to enter, you must be aged 18 years or over. Winners will be selected at random.

For more information on London pop-up events, visit LondonTown.com.

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Richmond Literature Festival

Throughout November, the London borough of Richmond plays host to a vibrant programme of literary events in the month-long Richmond Literature Festival, with something for all tastes and all ages, says LondonTown.com.

Visiting writers include Thatcher biographer Charles Moore, chef Allegra McEvedy, journalist Max Hastings and bestselling author Daisy Waugh. There will also be plenty of activities for children, including a tea party for under fives and a visit from much-loved writer Shirley Hughes, plus themed events on crime fiction and desert-island books, dance performances in Richmond public library, beat boxing and advice on getting published.

This annual event also provides the opportunity to enjoy events in some of the area’s beautiful historic buildings such as Garrick’s temple (a classical riverside folly built for 18 th century actor David Garrick), Marble Hill House, Strawberry Hill House and Hampton Court Palace . A full list of venues and prices can be found at www.richmondliterature.com.

The Richmond Literature Festival runs from 1-30 November. Visitors to Richmond can find, and book, cheap London hotels via LondonTown.com.

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