Merry Christmas from the Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall are thanking everyone – from audiences to performers – who contributed to making 2014 a record year, with 397 events in the main auditorium, 400 beyond the main stage and more than 1.7million visitors. With special thanks to Vocalize, the choir from Sedgehill School, Lewisham, for our Christmas...

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How to be a genius

Einstein maintained that “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”. He should know: he got off to a slow start and was known as ‘dopey’ at school. It was...

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Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and his Legacy 1860-1960

Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and his Legacy 1860-1960 National Portrait Gallery Until 11 January 2015 Tickets £14 www.npg.org.uk As with most exhibitions these days, exiting through the shop has become part of the overall visitor experience, not only so that everyone can have a ‘shopping opportunity’, but that the...

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Hogarth’s London

  Charles Lamb, the great English essayist, who was born in London a decade after Hogarth died in 1764, 250 years ago, said of him: ‘Other pictures we look at – his prints we read’. Hogarth, too, was a Londoner, and was one of the great chroniclers of the City,...

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Egon Schiele – The Radical Nude

Egon Schiele – The Radical Nude The Courtauld  Gallery Until 18 January 2015 Admission £8.50   At least Schiele bemoaned the fact that he, “certainly didn’t feel erotic,” whilst doing his raw, in-your-face drawings of spindly young girls with their legs apart and rouged nipples. There is a perfectly reliable...

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Moroni is a curious surprise at the Royal Academy

Just when one thought there were no surprises left in the art world, then along comes Moroni at the Royal Academy to blow your pantaloons off. I knew Portrait of a Tailor from the National Gallery, a moody portrait of a brooding but confident young man, but little else about...

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New book reveals a glimpse of Unseen London

All Londoners who join Peter Dazeley on his epic photographic journey of their great city will be surprised at the secrets which his book reveals. Unseen London was launched at the historic Freemasons’ Hall, in Great Queen Street, last month. Their exotic Indian Temple, featured on the dust jacket of...

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Cairo to Constantinople: Photographs of the Middle East

Cairo to Constantinople: Photographs of the Middle East

The first photographs ever taken of a Royal Tour are displayed in this exhibition. This medium had only been in existence for just over 20 years and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were very interested in it. In 1862 the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII), eldest son of...

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Open Art Surgery

Hospitals have been major investors in public art for a long time but now evidence is emerging that art really does have a positive effect on patients and staff. The charities which sit alongside some of the NHS Trusts in London are  keen to highlight that they have been working...

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Nour Festival of Arts 2014

The fifth annual Nour Festival of Arts, which showcases contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture in several venues across the Royal Borough, was launched in the Mayor’s Parlour last month. The Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Maighread Condon-Simmonds and Mr. Abdulla Ali Mohammed Al-Radhi, Ambassador of...

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