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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 TRAVEL 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 TRAVEL 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 TRAVEL 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 TRAVEL 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 30 th June to 6 th 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: London’s Design Museum unveils exciting programme for 2015

Bicycles and shoes are among the subjects that will be explored in wide-ranging exhibitions.

LONDON, January 07, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — London’s Design Museum, a space dedicated to the art and history of excellent design, has unveiled its exhibition schedule for 2015. This will include the first ever museum exhibition on the Spanish shoe brand Camper, a celebration of bicycle design, and an exploration of parametric architecture and design. The Design Museum is located in Bermondsey, a short walk from the blossoming London Bridge area, which has some of the most interesting shops, restaurants and hotels in London. A wide range of events and exhibitions to be found in the area can be found on LondonTown.com, London’s dedicated website for tourists in London.

Spring’s big exhibition will be Life On Foot: Camper At The Design Museum (13th May – 1st November 2015) will be the first exhibition devoted to the much-loved Spanish footwear brand Camper on the 40 th anniversary of this independent family-run business. The exhibition will take visitors from the design studios in Mallorca to high-tech mass production facilities in the Far East, and on to shop floors across the globe, charts the design and manufacturing process of Camper’s instantly-recognisable products, as well as their conceptual retail spaces and non-conformist, often humorous approach to advertising.

In the autumn, Bicycles (9th September 2015 – 28th February 2016) will explore Britain’s fascination with the bike. Cycling is the phenomenon that is changing the way we use and consider our towns and cities. It is driving a wave of creative innovation for mass market cycling, and has also resulted in a surge of craftsman bicycle makers working by hand to tailor machines to the precise specifications of their users. The results are beautiful as well as ingenious. The Design Museum will celebrate the bicycle with a major exhibition that brings together a range of the definitive bicycles of our times, explores cycling subcultures and looks at the impact the quest to achieve greater performance is having on the design of bicycles.

Finally, The New International Style: The Parametric Revolution (18th November 2015 – 30th June 2016) will explore the “International Style”, an approach to design that flourished in the 1920s in France, Germany, Switzerland and Holland, which shared a belief in modernism, and an aesthetic based on austere machine-like simplicity. Modernism is now facing a rebirth and this exhibition will explore the range, the roots, and the future of this creative and complex view of the world of design. For more on this and other exhibitions opening in 2015 at the Design Museum, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: Controversial play extends London run

Play exploring life after death of Queen will now run until the end of January 2015.

LONDON, January 07, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — London theatregoers have only a few weeks left to see Mike Bartlett’s critically acclaimed new play, King Charles III directed by Rupert Goold. The play’s West End run, which began at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 2nd September 2014, was extended by nine weeks due to popular demand and ends on 31st January 2015. It’s considered to be one of the highlights of 2014 and a must see for tourists who can still snag a ticket. Visitors to London hoping to catch this and other last-minute deals – including finding a cheap hotel in London – should visit LondonTown.com, the London website that’s full of events and exhibition information in London, as well the best information for deals on theatres, restaurants, shops and hotels.

King Charles III has received glowing reviews from critics and audiences since opening at the Almeida Theatre in April 2014 and then transferring to the West End. The play has been seen by over 90,000 people and recouped its full production costs at the Wyndham’s in eight weeks. It is a piece of speculative fiction, that explores the future of the United Kingdom after the death of the Queen, with the prince who has spent a lifetime waiting for his moment of power now having to decide how he will reign.

Mike Bartlett’s play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family. Directed by the Almeida Theatre’s Artistic Director Rupert Goold, King Charles III has been designed by Tom Scutt, with music composed by Jocelyn Pook, with lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Arditti. The play has been described as “Shakespearian” in its analysis of power and human weakness, and features some spellbinding performances. The Wyndham Theatre is to be found in the heart of London’s theatre district around Leicester Square, in easy reach of London landmarks as well as great shops, hotels and restaurants. For more information on things to see in London in 2015, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: Innovative outsider artist celebrated in London exhibition

East London gallery holds exhibition of works of art therapy pioneer Mary Barnes.

LONDON, January 07, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — London’s quirky and adventurous art exhibition programme starts 2015 with a bang, with a fascinating display at the Nunnery Gallery in Bow looking at the work of outsider artist Mary Barnes. The Nunnery Gallery on the Bow Road is one of the city’s many innovative small spaces that feature unusual and creative exhibitions. For more on the galleries of East London, see LondonTown.com, where you will also find information on the best cheap hotels in London. The exhibition runs from 16th January to 29th March 2015.

The Mary Barnes exhibition at the Nunnery gallery is called Boo-Bah, which is the nickname Barnes gave to her therapist and friend Dr Joseph Berke. The paintings and drawings in the exhibition are largely drawn from Berke’s collection of Barnes’s work and she gave him the nickname in a love letter that scaled over a metre high, scrawled in Mary’s inimitable handwriting.

The exhibition covers works spanning her artistic career which began in the 1960s in Bow. Barnes moved to Kingsley Hall in East London in 1965 following a breakdown and diagnosis of schizophrenia. Here she joined the Philadelphia Association which was an alternative and experimental treatment community, created by the radical psychiatrist RD Laing and his colleagues. It was at the same time that Joseph Berke travelled to East London, as a recent medical graduate from New York, to work for Laing and this is where he met Mary Barnes. They developed a strong bond, dramatised in the play Mary Barnes by David Edgar which was itself based on the book Mary Barnes: Two Accounts of a Journey Through Madnes s written by Berke and Barnes. At this time, Barnes discovered her talent for art, producing vivid paintings often on religious theme. The exhibition launches the Nunnery Gallery’s season In Dialogue, a year-long exploration of partnerships, artistic inspirations and deeply involved relationships between the artist and the muse. For more information on this and other exhibitions in London in 2015, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: London gears up for exciting art fair

London Art Fair brings contemporary art, sculpture, film and photography to Islington.

LONDON, January 07, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — As 2015 gets underway, London will kick off the year with the London Art Fair, the UK’s premier fair for Modern British and contemporary art. This event will take place at the Business Design Centre, Islington, from 21-25 January 2015. Islington is one of London’s most exciting area, packed with great shops and restaurants as well as numerous London hotels for anybody attending the fair. Details of prices and availability can be found at LondonTown.com.

The London Art Fair presents a unique overview of the art world, with 128 exhibitors ranging from established UK-based Modern British and contemporary galleries to innovative emerging spaces and international gallery presentations from Milan, Paris, Toronto and New York. With an engaging programme of curated exhibitions, talks, tours, films and performances, the fair provides an inspiring and supportive environment for collectors of all levels.

Fair sponsor Lund Humphries will be celebrating the work of Eduardo Paolozzi and at the entrance to the Business Design Centre, visitors will be greeted by two unique monumental sculptures by Paolozzi presented by Bowman Sculpture. The sculptures, Kalasan (1973-4) and Trishula (1966), were originally commissioned by Terence Conran, a former student of Paolozzi, as part of a sculptural children’s playground for his Habitat store in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

Contemporary highlights include The Multiple Store’s new edition by Yinka Shonibare MBE, ‘Kaleidoscope’, which playfully explores gender stereotypes and power relations; while Redfern Gallery will bring a new edition of prints by American artist Linda Karshan. Contemporary designer makers include Joseph Walsh, whose exquisite woodwork is on show with Oliver Sears Gallery, Edmund de Waal’s ceramics at Crane Kalman Gallery and other leading ceramicists at Erskine, Hall & Coe. Beers Contemporary will celebrate many of the contemporary painters highlighted in their recent Thames & Hudson publication ‘100 Painters of Tomorrow’, including G L Brierley and Andrew Salgado. The Reel Poster Gallery will exhibit a collection of rare original film posters including those from Scorsese, Hitchcock and one of only two surviving posters from the Marx Brothers ‘A Day At The Races’ (1937).

There will also be exhibitions celebrating film and photography and performance art, including artist duo Henry/Bragg’s exploration of the rituals of bingo through a live, interactive game courtesy of C&C Gallery, on Sunday 25 January. An extensive programme of talks, tours and critical debates takes place throughout the week. For more information about how to secure admission times and ticket prices, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: Incredible exhibition examines science and art of crime detection

LONDON, December 09, 2014 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — It’s going to be a gruesome February for visitors to London’s Wellcome Collection, when this thoughtful gallery dedicated to the overlap of science and art will open a major exhibition looking at the history, science and art of forensic medicine. Forensics: The Anatomy Of Crime (26 February-21 June 2015) will travel from crime scene to courtroom, across centuries and continents, exploring the specialisms of those involved in the delicate processes of collecting, analysing and presenting medical evidence. It draws out the stories of victims, suspects and investigators of violent crimes, and our enduring cultural fascination with death and detection. Not for the faint-hearted, the exhibition will be in the rich tradition of the Wellcome Collection, which explores challenging but fascinating subjects. The gallery is located on the Euston Road, close to St Pancras, Euston and King’s Cross stations. For more on the area – and to find the cheapest hotels in London – see LondonTown.com.

Forensics will display original evidence, archival material, photographic documentation, film footage, forensic instruments and specimens, and is rich with artworks offering both unsettling and intimate responses to traumatic events. It will look at famous cases involving forensic advances, including the Dr Crippen trial and the Ruxton murders, as well as pioneers of forensic investigation and the voices of experts working in the field today. Science, historic artefacts – such as Victorian sketches from Jack The Ripper murder scenes – and contemporary artists will illuminate the topic in five sections, from ‘The Crime Scene”, “The Morgue”, “The Laboratory” and “The Search” to the “The Courtroom”. The exhibition will also look at how forensics has been viewed historically, right back to the ancient world.

Lucy Shanahan, the curator, says: “This exhibition gives alternative views of the forensic process from the CSI detections of popular fiction and television, while exploring the cultural fascination that the disciplines of forensic medicine inspire. Our journey from crime scene to courtroom takes in pioneers of scientific techniques that have revolutionised the way in which crimes are investigated, and offers visitors unexpected encounters with the changing relationship between medicine, law and society.” For more information, see LondonTown.com

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LondonTown.com: Historic sculpture exhibition in London next year

LONDON, December 08, 2014 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — London’s Tate Britain has announced a major exhibition devoted to the innovative and compelling sculpture produced during Queen Victoria’s reign (1837-1901). Sculpture Victorious will show how sculpture featured in all aspects of Victorian life, including politics, empire and industry, and includes major Victorian sculptors like Francis Chantrey and Alfred Gilbert, alongside lesser-known artists such as Mary Watts and William Reynolds-Stephens. The exhibition opens on 25th February 2015 and will continue until 25 th May. The Tate Britain is one of London’s most popular art galleries, covering the history of British art and containing some of the world’s most important paintings. For more about this and other galleries in London, see LondonTown.com, where you will also find the best deals for cheap hotels in London.

The Victorian period was a Golden Age for British sculpture. The country had a monarch who commissioned and encouraged sculptors, and the state commissioned a range of sculpture and decoration to ornament the new Houses of Parliament. The grand public events, most famously The Great Exhibition of 1851, provided spectacular opportunities to showcase these productions, and demonstrate new developments in the carving of traditional materials such as wood or marble.

Throughout the period sculptors allied technical novelty to iconographic innovation, finding new subjects and compositions inspired by antiquity and the nation’s past to create works that would have startled their predecessors. These works still have the capacity to surprise us today. George Frampton’s life-size Dame Alice Owen 1897 in marble, alabaster, bronze, paint and gilding will be shown alongside finely-wrought silver and exquisitely-detailed electrotypes, such as James Sherwood Westmacott’s electroplated Baron Saher de Quincy, Earl of Winchester in 1854. The latter has been removed from the House of Lords for the very first time for this exhibition. Other significant loans include George Gilbert Scott’s model for the tomb of Philippa of Hainault in Westminster Abbey (1850-1), and Rafaelle Monti’s breathtaking Veiled Vestal. Frederic Leighton’s An Athlete Wrestling with a Python 1877, Sir Hamo Thornycroft’s Teucer 1881 and Hylas Surprised by the Naiades exh.1837 by John Gibson from Tate’s collection are also included. For more information on the exhibition, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: Get Seasonal Foodie Inspiration At Taste of London Winter

LONDON, December 08, 2014 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — After a successful winter festival last year Taste of London Winter (previously known as Taste of Christmas) returns to East London’s Tobacco Dock to temp visitors with more gastronomic treats for the festive season.

The Victorian architecture of Tobacco Dock provides an atmospheric backdrop for an exciting variety of seasonal foodie attractions courtesy of some of London’s finest restaurants. For adventurous foodies Taste of London Winter is the perfect mind and palate expanding introduction to the festive season.

Taste of London Winter may focus on festive foodie delights but promises to go far beyond the usual seasonal offerings with a gastronomic line-up that really reflects the vibrancy and diversity of London’s dining scene.

With a multitude of stalls, tastings and demonstrations and some of the country’s leading chef’s – including Mark Hix, Raymond Blanc, Nuno Mendes, executive chef at Chiltern Firehouse, Michel Roux Jr, Neil Rankin, and Jason Atherton – Taste of Winter London promises to inspire and excite the capital’s foodies in the lead up to Christmas.

Tickets are between £19 and £23.50 for adults and £10 for children and can be purchased from the official site. More details are available at LondonTown.com where you’ll find up-to-the-minute information on London restaurants and foodie events.

LondonTown.com is also home to some of the internet’s best London hotel deals including reduced rates on a selection of conveniently located east London hotels, perfect for visitors to Taste of London Winter. 21% discounts are currently available when you book rooms at the Holiday Inn London Commercial Road through LondonTown.com – meaning prices now start at just £59 – while the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel is offering rooms from £89 courtesy of a 23% discount.

 

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LondonTown.com: Catch some top theatrical productions in the London sunshine in 2015

LONDON, December 08, 2014 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — One of London’s most original venue, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, has confirmed that JM Barrie’s original stage play of Peter Pan  will open its 2015 season (15 May – 14 June 2015).  This will be followed byThe Seagull (19 June – 11 July) and  Seven Brides for Seven Brothers  (16 July – 29 August) and the return of Timothy Sheader’s production of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies (3 – 12 September) to conclude the 2015 season, prior to a major UK tour. The Open Air Theatre is located in the middle of Regent’s Park, making it one of London’s most memorable experiences for theatregoers. For more on this and other London plays opening in 2015, see LondonTown.com, where you’ll also find the latest booking information for hotels in London.

For Peter Pan, Artistic Director Timothy Sheader creates a Never Land where danger stalks dreams and adventure breeds mischief while The Seagull is directed by Matthew Dunster (who previously directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in 2012) in a new version by Torben Betts. The first of Chekhov’s great works, The Seagull is celebrated as one of the most important plays of the nineteenth century.

From the Golden Age of the movie musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers  finds its perfect partner in the Open Air Theatre, and reunites the team behind the 2013 award-winning production of The Sound of Music. This much-loved musical includes songs likeBless Your Beautiful HideGoin’ Courtin, Wonderful, Wonderful Day, and the dance spectacular, Barn Dance. Finally, for just 14 performances, the Open Air Theatre’s 2011 production of Lord of the Flies, William Golding’s classic story of survival, superstition and immorality, adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams, returns prior to a major UK tour. Tickets for all productions go on sale to the public on 9th December. For more, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: Remember Waterloo at Trafalgar Square next spring

LONDON, December 08, 2014 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — Next year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, and London will be commemorating the occasion with a number of events, including a brand new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions (12 Mar-7 Jun 2015) will explore not only the political and military career of the victor of this great battle but also his personal life through portraits of his family and friends. It takes place at the National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square, close to numerous central London attractions and well-placed for cheap London hotels as well as the best London restaurants, shops and cafes. For more on the area, see LondonTown.com.

Highlights of the exhibition will include Goya’s portrait of Wellington started in 1812 after his entry into Madrid and later modified twice to recognise further battle honours and awards, and Thomas Lawrence’s famous 1815 portrait painted in the same year as the Battle of Waterloo. This iconic military image of Wellington was used as the basis of the design of the £5 note from 1971 to 1991. Drawn from museums and private collections including that of the present Duke of Wellington, the exhibition of 59 portraits and other art works includes rarely-seen loans from the family including a portrait by John Hoppner of the Duke as a youthful soldier and a daguerreotype portrait by Antoine Claudet, in the new medium of photography, taken on Wellington’s 75th birthday in 1844.

The real experience of soldiers fighting in Wellington’s armies will also be explored through eyewitness accounts, including prints based on sketches by serving soldiers. But overall, Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions will consider the attempts of the art world to celebrate the Duke of Wellington’s military successes. Commemorative objects on display will range from royal commissions by Europe’s foremost artists and manufacturers to more modest souvenirs aimed at the domestic market. Wellington’s eventful and often difficult political career will be illustrated by examples of the many satirical prints published in the 1820s and 1830s and the exhibition will also examine the reappraisal of Wellington’s life that took place at his death and on the occasion of his lavish state funeral. The exhibition is part of the Battle of Waterloo 200th Anniversary Commemorations. For more information on other events in the commemorations, 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: 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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Shakespeare’s Globe set to premiere Holy Warriors

This summer at Shakespeare’s Globe looks set to be an exciting time for theatre lovers with four new plays debuting at the Bankside theatre. Alongside new works by esteemed playwrights Richard Bean, Howard Brenton and Simon Armitage, Holy Warriors is the latest offering from the writer of In Basildon, David Eldridge.

Premiering on July 19th at Shakespeare’s Globe, Holy Warriors promises a truly epic, millennia-spanning tale of the fight for Jerusalem, taking in a vast swathe of the historical tumult that has surrounded the Holy City. The story encompasses the Romans capturing of the city, the crusades conflict between Christian forces led by King Richard The Lionheart and Saladin, leader of the Muslims, right up to the Hamas suicide bombings of recent history.

Holy Warriors is the latest, highly anticipated play from David Eldridge, writer of the much-praised stage adaptation of Festen and In Basildon which ran at the Royal Court two years ago and was voted the number one theatre pick of 2012 by the Guardian’s writers and critics.

Tickets for Holy Warriors are available via the Shakespeare’s Globe website and cost £5 (standing) and between £15 and £42 for seats. You can find out more at LondonTown.com where you’ll also find a wide selection of discounted accommodation within easy reach of the famous theatre. If you’re on the lookout for a cheap London hotel deals are available on many of the city’s finest establishments.

The Novotel London City South on Southwark Bridge Road, just opposite St Pauls Cathedral is offering rooms from £83 per night, which is a 21% discount on the usual rate. The hotel is just three minutes from the Globe.

Just as convenient and even more generously discounted, the Ibis Styles London Southwark Rose gives guests exceptional access to the Globe, Tate Modern and Borough Market and with 27% off courtesy of LondonTown.com rooms are available from just £93.

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Balham Comedy Festival returns to tickle London’s funny bone

The Balham Comedy Festival returns to the Bedford pub for a third year of great comedy. The festival organisers have put together a programme featuring some of the best home grown and international talent for 8 nights and 9 days of hilarity.

Since 1984, the Bedford in Balham has hosted Banana Cabaret, which is dedicated to discovering, developing and promoting emerging comedy acts. Many great names in comedy started their careers at the Bedford and this year, the pub will rock with laughter to celebrate the Banana Cabaret’s 30 th anniversary. The programme is a diverse mix of comedy acts. Names already confirmed for the festival include Robert Newman, Paul Daniels, Phill Jupitus, Reginald D. Hunter, Tim Vine, Stephen K Amos, Marcus Brigstocke, Milton Jones, Shappi Khorsandi, Mark Steel, Richard Herring, Jeremy Hardy, Susan Calman, Kevin Day, Gary Delaney, Kerry Godliman, Tony Law, and Fred MacAulay with more performers to be announced. For those comedy fans brave enough to take to the stage themselves, the festival will feature stand-up comedy workshops sponsored by Wandsworth council. The workshops will be hosted by funny man John Moloney who has lived in Balham for 20 years. Comedy fans can also treat themselves to a meal in Balham which features some of the best budget restaurants in London. A kitsch Italian osteria, a fishmonger’s fried goods, and Georgian muesli are but some of the options in the vicinity of the Bedford.

The Balham Comedy Festival will be taking place on 11 -19 July 2014 and tickets can be purchased on the festival’s official website. For more information on the line up, the location of the festival, and the restaurants in Balham, visit LondonTown.com

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Buckingham Palace to open its doors again this summer

Buckingham Palace is once again giving visitors an opportunity to peek behind the scenes of one of the World’s grandest royal palaces. As one of the world’s last remaining working palaces opportunities to survey the glorious interiors of Buckingham Palace are few and far between, making the annual Summer Opening an especially valuable chance for the public to explore this famous building.

The Summer opening once again grants visitors access to the lavishly decorated State Rooms where they will encounter some of the royal collection’s finest treasures including painting by Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Poussin and Canaletto. Sculpture by Canova and Chantrey along with fine Sèvres porcelain are also amongst the highlights.

With the arrival of Prince George still fresh in everyone’s minds, this year’s Summer Opening features a special Royal Childhood exhibition. The show will offer a fascinating glimpse into the formative years of royal children throughout the last 250 years, featuring toys, outfits and never before seen images.

Tickets to the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening can be booked at LondonTown.com where visitors will also find a wide array of discounted hotels in the vicinity of the palace, making it a great place to find a hotel in central London.

The Rubens at the Palace Hotel couldn’t be closer to Buckingham Palace – situated on Buckingham Palace Road it is just four minutes’ walk from the famous gates – and offers suitably well-appointed accommodation. With a 21% discount courtesy of LondonTown.com rooms are available from £159.

Even more upscale and similarly handy for the palace is the 41 Hotel London, the tenth best hotel in Europe according to Travel and Leisure and available from £282 thanks to a 27% discount.

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Camden Fringe is Back, and Bigger Than Ever

For four weeks this summer, the Camden Fringe returns for its 9th successive year of comedy, theatre, poetry and dance. Across North London, more than 200 different productions will be performed at 24 venues between July 28th and August 24th.

As usual the primary draw is the stand up comedy – but the festival is also upholding it’s tradition of staging some of the more bizarre acts from around the world. In 2014, they include rapping OAPs and an eccentric take on the works of Shakespeare. If it’s funny ha-ha or just funny peculiar, it’s probably on in the borough of Camden this summer. Tickets range from £5-£12 depending on venue, which include Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate Village and the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden.

Perhaps the most important venue for the Fringe is the Etcetera Theatre, where the festival began life in 2006. From humble beginnings, where performers barely outnumbered attendees, the Camden Fringe gradually picked up performers, punters and venues over the next eight years and now sits firmly in the comedy festival big leagues, attracting household names like Simon Amstell and internationally-recognized venues like the Roundhouse. Despite its success, the Camden Fringe remains devoted to new talent, and there will be no shortage of breakthrough stars of the future on show.

To help travelling comedy fans find an affordable hotel in London, the capital’s premier events and accommodation website LondonTown.com is offering discounts on a number of rooms in and around Camden. It’s the perfect solution for comedy fans on a budget.

Among the deals being offered by the site is a night’s stay at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel for just £47 – an 36% discount on the usual rate. Situated on Tottenham Court Road, The Radisson is five minutes walk from Camden High Street.

Just as close is the Thistle Euston London Hotel, which is offering an 84% discount on a deluxe double room, bringing the nightly rate down to £76. Visit LondonTown.com to find more discounted London hotel rooms, and for more information on the Camden Fringe, which runs between July 30th and August 26th.

Another hotel in London participating in the offer – and located just as close to the Fringe action as The Radisson – is the Wesley on Euston Street. When booking through LondonTown.com, guests can take advantage of a 35% discount, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to just £54.

For more information on the 2014 Camden Fringe, and to find your own hotel in London, visit LondonTown.com.

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The Chap Olympiad Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

The Chap Olympiad returns to London on the 12th July 2014, celebrating its 10th anniversary. Orchestrated by The Chap magazine, the annual event is not so much a sporting occasion, more a celebration of buffoonery and ineptitude. Tickets are on sale now and always sell out prior to the event so be sure to snap yours up now. For those also looking to book a London hotel, visit LondonTown.com where a great selection for all budgets can be found.

Taking place at Bedford Square Gardens, one of the best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture in London, the distinguished gathering invites members of the public to take part in a number of zany showdowns such as Umbrella Jousting, using bicycles and brollies instead of horses and lances; and Tug of Hair, in which a lengthy handlebar moustache is used in place of a rope. Designed to separate the chaps from the cads, anyone can compete to win the bronze, silver and gold cravats. Guests are advised to wear elegant finery, period military wear, formal wear or dandy wear – strictly no sportswear (except cricket whites), denim or sneakers.

Further to the ‘sporting’ events, there will also be sandwiches and Pimm’s by the bucket load. Tickets are £20 for the day or £35 for the day and entry to the evening Blitz Party. For more information visit LondonTown.com.

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