Art, Music & Social Revolution: Foundling Museum Private Tour & Lunch at Benares for Two

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Art, Music & Social Revolution: Foundling Museum Private Tour & Lunch at Benares for Two

Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia, London

£168
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    £47
Valid for 1 years

“an institution with an extraordinary cultural history” The Telegraph

Why we love it

Established as a home for abandoned children, the Foundling Hospital was the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. Today the site is a museum of art and social history; which houses work by 18th-century artists, holds the world's largest collection of Handel memorabilia, and displays objects from the Hospital's archives. Enjoy a privately guided tour of this mansion, and savour lunch at Benares, a restaurant applauded for its modern take on Indian cuisine with a pinch of British ingredients.

What's Included?

  • Admission for two people to the permanent collection and exhibition at The Foundling Museum
  • Privately guided tour of the museum, lasting 60 to 75 minutes
  • Followed by a three-course lunch for two at nearby Benares restaurant

Exclusive to TRULY

  • Receive a complimentary 'Foundling Friends' museum membership for one year (usually £40 per person), entitling you to a years’ free entry, access to an annual programme of visits and talks, and more

Description

The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain’s first home for children who would otherwise have been abandoned – known in the eighteenth century as ‘foundlings’. The Hospital was both the UK’s first children’s charity and its first public art gallery. From 1741 when the first baby was admitted to 1954 when the last pupil was placed in foster care, the Foundling Hospital cared and educated over 25,000 children, and the Hospital continues today as the children’s charity Coram.

Instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision in 1739 were the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel – major benefactors of the Hospital whose creative generosity paved the way for the arts community supporting philanthropy.

A museum of both art and social history, the dynamic programme of exhibitions and events celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children’s lives for over 275 years.

The Museum shows the Hospital’s remarkable art collection amongst furniture, fittings and interiors from the original eighteenth-century building. Hogarth donated the first painting to the Hospital in 1740 and then encouraged many of the leading artists of the day to do likewise, including Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds and Louis-Francois Roubiliac. Alongside the art, the Museum also houses the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, the world's largest private collection of Handel memorabilia. Visitors also get to see poignant objects and archival material that reveal life at the Hospital for the children, including the eighteenth-century ‘tokens’; everyday objects left by mothers with the babies they handed over to the Hospital’s care.

With its modern take on Indian cuisine fused together with traditional British ingredients, Benares has received a warm welcome in the capital. Named after the Holy City in India, Benares's decor features soothing hand-crafted furniture, water features, and an elegant, exotic interior, drawing inspiration its namesake to ensure a warm and welcoming dining experiences for its guests.

Description

The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain’s first home for children who would otherwise have been abandoned – known in the eighteenth century as ‘foundlings’. The Hospital was both the UK’s first children’s charity and its first public art gallery. From 1741 when the first baby was admitted to 1954 when the last pupil was placed in foster care, the Foundling Hospital cared and educated over 25,000 children, and the Hospital continues today as the children’s charity Coram.

Instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision in 1739 were the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel – major benefactors of the Hospital whose creative generosity paved the way for the arts community supporting philanthropy.

A museum of both art and social history, the dynamic programme of exhibitions and events celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children’s lives for over 275 years.

The Museum shows the Hospital’s remarkable art collection amongst furniture, fittings and interiors from the original eighteenth-century building. Hogarth donated the first painting to the Hospital in 1740 and then encouraged many of the leading artists of the day to do likewise, including Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds and Louis-Francois Roubiliac. Alongside the art, the Museum also houses the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, the world's largest private collection of Handel memorabilia. Visitors also get to see poignant objects and archival material that reveal life at the Hospital for the children, including the eighteenth-century ‘tokens’; everyday objects left by mothers with the babies they handed over to the Hospital’s care.

With its modern take on Indian cuisine fused together with traditional British ingredients, Benares has received a warm welcome in the capital. Named after the Holy City in India, Benares's decor features soothing hand-crafted furniture, water features, and an elegant, exotic interior, drawing inspiration its namesake to ensure a warm and welcoming dining experiences for its guests.

Additional Information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue.

Opening Times This experience is available Tuesday to Saturday. The Foundling Museum is open 10am to 5pm; Benares is open for lunch 12pm to 2.30pm and for early dinner 5.30pm to 6.30pm

This experience is not available throughout December, as well as on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and Father's Day.

Schedule We recommend starting your tour around two and a half hours before your lunch booking. Please allow 30 to 40 minutes to walk from the Foundling Museum to Benares, or roughly 20 minutes to travel by tube.

Groups This experience is priced for two people. Up to 10 additional guests can be added by selecting “Add an extra guest”, and selecting the quantity of guests at checkout. Groups larger than 12 can be priced on request - contact TRULY for information.

Service charge Service charge (13.5%) is not included at Benares; this is left to the guests’ discretion on the day.

Drinks Drinks are not included with lunch. Any additional products or services consumed can simply be paid for on site.

Dietary Requirements The menu at Benares is subject to seasonal change. Please state any dietary requirements at the time of booking. Benares can accommodate most diets, excluding vegan.

Cancellation No cancellations are possible once booking is confirmed.

All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least 1 week in advance to guarantee the desired date and time.

Additional Information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue.

Opening Times This experience is available Tuesday to Saturday. The Foundling Museum is open 10am to 5pm; Benares is open for lunch 12pm to 2.30pm and for early dinner 5.30pm to 6.30pm

This experience is not available throughout December, as well as on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and Father's Day.

Schedule We recommend starting your tour around two and a half hours before your lunch booking. Please allow 30 to 40 minutes to walk from the Foundling Museum to Benares, or roughly 20 minutes to travel by tube.

Groups This experience is priced for two people. Up to 10 additional guests can be added by selecting “Add an extra guest”, and selecting the quantity of guests at checkout. Groups larger than 12 can be priced on request - contact TRULY for information.

Service charge Service charge (13.5%) is not included at Benares; this is left to the guests’ discretion on the day.

Drinks Drinks are not included with lunch. Any additional products or services consumed can simply be paid for on site.

Dietary Requirements The menu at Benares is subject to seasonal change. Please state any dietary requirements at the time of booking. Benares can accommodate most diets, excluding vegan.

Cancellation No cancellations are possible once booking is confirmed.

All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least 1 week in advance to guarantee the desired date and time.

What's Included?

  • Admission for two people to the permanent collection and exhibition at The Foundling Museum
  • Privately guided tour of the museum, lasting 60 to 75 minutes
  • Followed by a three-course lunch for two at nearby Benares restaurant

Exclusive to TRULY

  • Receive a complimentary 'Foundling Friends' museum membership for one year (usually £40 per person), entitling you to a years’ free entry, access to an annual programme of visits and talks, and more

Why we love it

Established as a home for abandoned children, the Foundling Hospital was the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. Today the site is a museum of art and social history; which houses work by 18th-century artists, holds the world's largest collection of Handel memorabilia, and displays objects from the Hospital's archives. Enjoy a privately guided tour of this mansion, and savour lunch at Benares, a restaurant applauded for its modern take on Indian cuisine with a pinch of British ingredients. Read full description

Description

The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain’s first home for children who would otherwise have been abandoned – known in the eighteenth century as ‘foundlings’. The Hospital was both the UK’s first children’s charity and its first public art gallery. From 1741 when the first baby was admitted to 1954 when the last pupil was placed in foster care, the Foundling Hospital cared and educated over 25,000 children, and the Hospital continues today as the children’s charity Coram.

Instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision in 1739 were the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel – major benefactors of the Hospital whose creative generosity paved the way for the arts community supporting philanthropy.

A museum of both art and social history, the dynamic programme of exhibitions and events celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children’s lives for over 275 years.

The Museum shows the Hospital’s remarkable art collection amongst furniture, fittings and interiors from the original eighteenth-century building. Hogarth donated the first painting to the Hospital in 1740 and then encouraged many of the leading artists of the day to do likewise, including Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds and Louis-Francois Roubiliac. Alongside the art, the Museum also houses the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, the world's largest private collection of Handel memorabilia. Visitors also get to see poignant objects and archival material that reveal life at the Hospital for the children, including the eighteenth-century ‘tokens’; everyday objects left by mothers with the babies they handed over to the Hospital’s care.

With its modern take on Indian cuisine fused together with traditional British ingredients, Benares has received a warm welcome in the capital. Named after the Holy City in India, Benares's decor features soothing hand-crafted furniture, water features, and an elegant, exotic interior, drawing inspiration its namesake to ensure a warm and welcoming dining experiences for its guests.

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Description

The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain’s first home for children who would otherwise have been abandoned – known in the eighteenth century as ‘foundlings’. The Hospital was both the UK’s first children’s charity and its first public art gallery. From 1741 when the first baby was admitted to 1954 when the last pupil was placed in foster care, the Foundling Hospital cared and educated over 25,000 children, and the Hospital continues today as the children’s charity Coram.

Instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision in 1739 were the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel – major benefactors of the Hospital whose creative generosity paved the way for the arts community supporting philanthropy.

A museum of both art and social history, the dynamic programme of exhibitions and events celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children’s lives for over 275 years.

The Museum shows the Hospital’s remarkable art collection amongst furniture, fittings and interiors from the original eighteenth-century building. Hogarth donated the first painting to the Hospital in 1740 and then encouraged many of the leading artists of the day to do likewise, including Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds and Louis-Francois Roubiliac. Alongside the art, the Museum also houses the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, the world's largest private collection of Handel memorabilia. Visitors also get to see poignant objects and archival material that reveal life at the Hospital for the children, including the eighteenth-century ‘tokens’; everyday objects left by mothers with the babies they handed over to the Hospital’s care.

With its modern take on Indian cuisine fused together with traditional British ingredients, Benares has received a warm welcome in the capital. Named after the Holy City in India, Benares's decor features soothing hand-crafted furniture, water features, and an elegant, exotic interior, drawing inspiration its namesake to ensure a warm and welcoming dining experiences for its guests.

Additional Information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue.

Opening Times This experience is available Tuesday to Saturday. The Foundling Museum is open 10am to 5pm; Benares is open for lunch 12pm to 2.30pm and for early dinner 5.30pm to 6.30pm

This experience is not available throughout December, as well as on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and Father's Day.

Schedule We recommend starting your tour around two and a half hours before your lunch booking. Please allow 30 to 40 minutes to walk from the Foundling Museum to Benares, or roughly 20 minutes to travel by tube.

Groups This experience is priced for two people. Up to 10 additional guests can be added by selecting “Add an extra guest”, and selecting the quantity of guests at checkout. Groups larger than 12 can be priced on request - contact TRULY for information.

Service charge Service charge (13.5%) is not included at Benares; this is left to the guests’ discretion on the day.

Drinks Drinks are not included with lunch. Any additional products or services consumed can simply be paid for on site.

Dietary Requirements The menu at Benares is subject to seasonal change. Please state any dietary requirements at the time of booking. Benares can accommodate most diets, excluding vegan.

Cancellation No cancellations are possible once booking is confirmed.

All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least 1 week in advance to guarantee the desired date and time.

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Art, Music & Social Revolution: Foundling Museum Private Tour & Lunch at Benares for Two

  • Add an extra guest +
    £47