Spring is sprouting and summer’s just around the corner. There might not be a better time of the year to get out and about. Auspicious, then, that another TRULY Quarterly is here: your luxury guide to what’s on in London in April, May, June 2015.
April: International Garden Photographer Of The Year at Kew Gardens
‘Til 5 April
Kew Gardens is continuing to hold the incredible International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition. This annual exhibit holds photographs from the winners of the latest competition. While you’re there, catch the Spring Spectacular Walk – a tour during which you will see the best blooms of the season. You will learn about both the popular and lesser known blooms. This runs until the end of April.
Photo by: Magdalena Wasiczek, Winner, The Ballerinas
At the Opera: Sweeney Todd
‘Til 15 April
Because of popular demand, the tragic story of Sweeney Todd is being held over for another matinee performance at the English National Opera. It stars Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett and Bryn Terfel as Sweeny Todd.
Vivienne Westwood – Cut From The Past
1 April – 30 October
Fashion-lovers will unite at the exhibition of Vivienne Westwood’s fashion designs, including her early creations and influential artwork. This one-of-a-kind exhibition shows how the 18th Century art and design impacted Vivienne Westwood. The clothing presented shows references to artists Watteau and Boucher’s paintings which will also be at the exhibit.
Image: English National Ballet (Claire Barrett, Hanno Opperman), photography by Ash
My First Ballet: Swan Lake
2 April – 23 May
A recreation of the well-loved ballet, combining the English National Ballet and English National Ballet School. It is the same story, with the same music, but with the lovely touch of a storyteller. It is a performance for all ages.
An Audience with Mark Webber
For 12 years, Mark Webber had an incredibly successful Formula 1 racing career. This featured nine victories including at Monaco and the British Grand Prix. Enjoy a four-course dinner and champagne reception, as Louise Goodwin interviews the Aussie. The floor will also be opened to questions from guests.
London Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car Show
8 – 10 April
A perfectly timed show for the season, and in the midst of the largest financial centre in Europe, the London Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car show will attract the world’s national and international elite. The show will include a fashion show of the world’s top designers, champagne bars, exclusive VIP lounge, design and product showcase and an in-water show.
The Wedding Fair in London
18 – 19 April
A premiere event for Europe’s well-known bridalwear exhibitors. It is a must see for all wedding, bridesmaids and mother-of-the-bride dresses. Guests will be treated to a series of eight catwalk shows to help inspire their dream dresses.
The Queen’s Birthday Gun Salutes
Enjoy the loud and spectacular birthday celebrations for the queen. There will be a 41-gun salute at noon in Hyde Park, and a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London an hour later. What better way is there to say happy birthday to the queen?
Northcote’s 30th Anniversary
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is also excited to be celebrating 30 wonderful and successful years with Northcote. Being a place of gastronomic excellence, it is offering a six-course meal with wine, champagne reception and donation to Hospitality Action Charity. You will also receive coffee and petits fours at this luxurious event.
Image: © Studio Drift, Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery
What is Luxury?
25 April – 27 September
An exhibition full of works by fashion designers, watchmakers and other surprising displays, will help answer the complex question, ‘What is Luxury?’ Its future will be explored, as well as how time, resources and society have formed our perception of luxury.
May: Late at Tate
Take this opportunity to visit the Tate after hours and get a very different gallery experience. The theme of the night is “Disrupt” and musicians, performance artists, sound researchers and theorists will be creating installations and thought provoking performances.
Museums at Night
14 – 16 May
This special event features a series of after-hours performances, events and special tours at some of the biggest museums and galleries in London. Some of the participating institutions including the Apsley House, which will feature guided tours about the house’s history and a ‘Dickens After Dar’ experience at Bloomsbury Townhouse. Firepower: The Royal Artillery Museum will be offering activities that include re-enactments and military drilling.
Peter Pan in Open Air
15 May – 14 June
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a magical venue for open air life theatre and this summer you can catch a whimsical production of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. This version depicts the original stage play, stripping out any influences from other stage and screen adaptations. Artistic Director Timothy Sheader’s vision was to rediscover this classic family favourite and tell the original tale of the boy who never grew up.
London Wine Week
18 – 24 May
London Wine Week returns for its second year. Guests can celebrate the capital’s passionate and thriving wine scene, decoding the wine list through a host of pop-ups, tastings, masterclasses and self-guided wine tours around some of the best venues in the capital. The London Wine Fair will run alongside it, where you can sample superb wines from over 65 of the best micro-importers in the UK.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
19 – 23 May
Green thumbs from all over the world come together at this event to celebrate the art of gardening. The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital since 1913 and it is one of the most prestigious and well-renowned showcases of gardening excellence in the world. It is the ideal place to see all of the hottest trends in garden design, find ideas and inspirations and discover new plants to take home.
An Evening with Sir Mark Prescott
Enjoy a champagne reception and four-course dinner with Sir Mark Prescott, well-known race horse trainer with over 1300 winners. This legendary trainer has been associated with George Duffield, Seb Sanders, Stevie Donohoe and Rosie Jessop. Wine, coffee and petits fours will be offered at this evening as a lovely finishing touch.
The grounds of Le Manoir, Oxfordshire
23 May – 16 July
This romantic opera tells the story of young bohemians living in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840s. This classic production tells the beautiful story in vivid detail, with the talents of Dan Ettinger as Conductor, Anna Netrebko in the role of Mimi and Joseph Calleja in the role of Rodolfo. Lose yourself in the atmospheric romance of this summer season opera.
June: London Festival of Architecture
1 – 30 June
This is the eleventh year for this exciting event, featuring a series of talks, tours, exhibitions and events all over the city. Some of the most prestigious cultural institutions in London are involved, including the Serpentine Galleries, the Royal Academy of the Arts, the Design Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Polo in the Park
5 – 7 June
Polo in the Park is one of London’s greatest summer events and it is now in its seventh year. The event is aimed at making this sport more accessible to the public and it will feature teams of three a-side from cities all over the world taking part. You are likely to spot a celebrity or a member of the royal family and there will be also plenty of shops, bars and food stalls offering delicious treats.
Open Gardens Square Weekend
13 – 14 June
During this event more than 200 gardens that are not usually open to the public will unlock their gates for this special weekend, presented by the National Trust. The gardens span 27 different boroughs and they include roof terraces, traditional squares, historic buildings and even cafes. Your ticket will grant you entry into all participating gardens during the weekend. There are walking or cycling tours that will take in several over the venues, allowing you to make the most of your time and see as many as possible.
Image: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Shoes – Pleasure & Pain
13 June – 31 January, 2016
This fascinating exhibit focuses on footwear throughout history, with a focus on the extreme sacrifices in comfort that we will make in the name of beauty. The exhibition includes shoes worn by Queen Victoria, Marilyn Monroe and Sarah Jessica Parker as well as artefacts such as ancient Egyptian sandals and modern high tech shoes created by a 3D printer. The exhibition features many fascinating aspects, including a gallery of impractical shoes representing a leisurely lifestyle and shoes that are the objects of fetishism.
Raymond Blanc’s Dîner Des Protégés
Raymond Blanc, the incredibly talented chef at La Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, is celebrating his 30 year anniversary and will be welcoming back some of his former pupils. At this event, get a chance to taste the delicious creations of Paul Heathcote, MBE, who studied under Raymond Blanc and will be preparing a signature dinner with accompanying petits fours, coffee and wines.
Greenwich + Docklands International Festival
26 June – 5 July
This annual performing arts festival takes place in East and South East London over 9 days, during which over 200 performances are showcased. The shows include dance, theatre and much more – focusing on performances led by deaf and disabled artists as well as artists from diverse backgrounds. More than 80,000 attended the festival last year and it is one of the most popular celebrations of the performing arts in London.