Lucian Freud’s Auerbach collection displays at Tate

The most significant private collection of paintings and drawings by one of Britain’s greatest living artists, Frank Auerbach, goes on display at Tate Britain today. The works were collected by Lucian Freud throughout his life and hung in Freud’s house in London until his death in 2011. Lucian Freud collected...

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A Victorian Obsession: The Pérez Simon Collection at Leighton House Museum

From 14 November 2014, Leighton House Museum will be home to rarely seen masterpieces of Victorian art belonging to the Mexican collector Juan Antonio Pérez Simón. A Victorian Obsession: The Pérez Simón Collection at Leighton House Museum comprises 50 exceptional paintings from the largest Victorian private art collection outside Great...

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The Chelsea Theatre presents The Not Television Festival

For those either left still hungry for more after the end of the Fringe festival, (or for those who can’t just drop everything for a jaunt to Scotland) The Chelsea Theatre and Ben Walters are hosting a post-Edinburgh weekend of shows from Friday August 29 to Sunday August 31 with...

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Holland Park events see the kids through to the end of summer

Fun summer holiday events continue at the Holland Park Ecology Centre until Friday 29 August with a range of activities for youngsters aged from eight to 12. Sessions include making a plaster cast of animal tracks on Friday 22 from 11am to 3pm, creating a museum in a box on...

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National Army Museum launches new programme

The National Army Museum is set to launch a new programme of Lunchtime Lectures and Celebrity Speaker sessions for local residents. With the Museum currently undergoing a major redevelopment project, they will be hosted in the historic Army & Navy Club on Pall Mall. Many of the sessions are free...

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Chelsea Antiques Fair announces September dates

After two very successful Spring Chelsea Antiques Fairs, the Fair returns to its familiar September date in addition to the March date, however it will offer a wider variety of objects and have a new look to accommodate more exhibitors. The four-day Autumn Fair will be held from Thursday, 18th...

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Bricks and Brickbats

A Folly too far What was the Serpentine Gallery thinking of when it commissioned Chilean architect Smiljan Radic to design this summer’s pavilion? The ‘shock of the new’ has worked wonders for the Turner Prize over the years even if the poor artist whose name was hijacked to give it...

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Rotting Hill to Notting Hell: West London in books

In many ways London is defined by its literary heritage. The bookish tourist can follow literary footsteps from Chaucer’s Southwark, Dickens’ East End stews, the Fitzrovia of the Bloomsbury Set, to Monica Ali’s Brick Lane, the Metroland of Julian Barnes and the the pubs that Dylan Thomas frequented. While writers...

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V&A Museum adds Edwardian finish to country house

Forty pieces of furniture from the V&A’s collection will be shown at Sewerby Hall, a large country house in the East Riding of Yorkshire, on long-term loan as part of a major refurbishment. On 9 August Sewerby Hall will reopen to the public with newly presented interiors styled as they...

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BFI exploring the mystery of the missing Sherlock

The BFI is calling on ‘detectives’ around the world to see if they can help discover a copy of the world’s first feature film starring Sherlock Holmes. High on the list of the BFI’s Most Wanted films is A Study in Scarlet, that was released 100 years ago this autumn...

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