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30 Sep 2009

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

More than 100 dealers sell traditional and decorative antiques, accessories and twentieth-century design. A foyer display of Georgian cabinet making, artisan country furniture and Festival of Britain-influenced design from Robin and Lucienne Day and Terence Conran celebrates the 'Best of British'.

29 September - 4 October 2009

The Decorative Fair is a thrice-yearly specialist event for the discerning decorator looking to source unusual English and European antiques, original 20th century designs and works of art from all periods to the present day. From opulent show-stoppers to useful furniture, around 140 exhibitors offer a broad range of both fine quality and affordable pieces for inspired interiors, in the relaxed surroundings of The Marquee in leafy Battersea Park – just over the River Thames from Sloane Square and Knightsbridge. The Fair is fun, fashionable and particularly well-known as an excellent source of painted furniture, Gustavian & Swedish design, 20th century design, lighting, accessories and named-design furniture, and excellent mirrors. It’s worldwide reputation, established over 25 years, entices international trade and retail buyers, interior designers, and private customers seeking unique and unusual furnishings and quirky accessories for decorating schemes.

28 Sep 2009

Diwali At Trafalgar Square

The annual celebration of Diwali, 'the festival of light', will again take place in Trafalgar Square between 2 and 7pm. Diwali has religious significance for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains and is celebrated by many communities throughout the capital. This free event will present a colourful programme of entertainment, including music and dance, for all Londoners to enjoy.

Read more about Diwali on the Square.

ANISH KAPOOR at the Royal Academy of the Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts presents a major solo exhibition of the internationally acclaimed artist and 1991 Turner Prize winner Anish Kapoor.

Kapoor is regarded as one of the most influential and pioneering sculptors of his generation and is celebrated for works which enter into a profound spiritual engagement with the viewer such as the early pigment sculptures;
1000 Names (1979-80), Marsyas (2002) part of the Unilever Series at the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, and Sky Mirror, installed at the Rockefeller Centre, New York in 2006.

Born in Bombay, Anish lives and has worked in London since the 1970s. Kapoor's pieces are frequently simple, curved forms, usually monochromatic and brightly coloured. Most often, the intention is to engage the viewer, evoking mystery through the works' dark cavities, awe through their size and simple beauty, tactility through their inviting surfaces and fascination through their reflective facades.

The exhibitions runs from 26 September to 11th December at the Royal Academy of the Arts.

25 Sep 2009

The Grand Plaza Serviced Apartments, Bayswater From £69.75

Introducing the newest addition to our portfolio of Bayswater serviced apartments Grand Plaza Apartments from £69.75 for a minimum stay of 1 night.

Grand Plaza Apartments is located in the vibrant area of Bayswater, close to Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens and Notting Hill with a selection of spacious apartments available, from studios to three bedrooms all designed with stylish and modern interiors. Set in a beautiful Victorian property which has been renovated to a high standard, these apartments are an ideal base for any trip to London whether short stay or long stay. Each apartment is equipped with all the comforts of home including satellite television, dishwashers, and complimentary broadband internet access to ensure an enjoyable and comfortable stay. Maid service is offered everyday for stays of 1 to 6 nights, twice weekly for stays of 7 to 29 nights, and weekly for stays of 30 nights or greater. Business facilities are available at reception for photocopying and faxing.

A choice of English or Continental breakfast buffet is available at Grand Plaza Apartments for an extra charge. This cost is reduced if your breakfast is pre-booked.

Guests at Grand Plaza Apartments can enjoy an enviable tourist location with Whiteleys Shopping Centre, supermarkets and multi-cuisine restaurants as well as world famous Portabello Market a short distance away.

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23 Sep 2009

The Regent Street Festival 2009

The annual Regent Street Festival will this year see Regent Street and Absolute Radio host a joint birthday party with Madness performing an exclusive concert for the radio station on the mile of style, supported by none other than the acoustic sounds of Newton Faulkner, plus singer/songwriter/guitarist Jersey Budd and musical duo the Yeah You's.

2009 sees the Regent Street Festival celebrate its tenth year and Absolute Radio’s 1st birthday on September 27 between 12 noon and 8pm. If you are attending for the festival, our West End & Oxford Street apartments are an ideal choice for your stay.

This year the Regent Street Festival has opted for the rather appropriate theme ‘Birthdays’. Traffic free for the day, together Regent Street and Absolute Radio will provide a fun-packed day in London’s favourite shopping street, with the national radio station bringing one of London’s most loved bands, Madness, to perform an exclusive gig for listeners on Regent Street.

The most anticipated annual free outdoor extravaganza of the year, the Regent Street Festival, as usual, will offer exciting events, activities and in store offers for all the family throughout the day. All this of course, will be topped by the rock ‘n’ roll birthday bash hosted by Absolute Radio Breakfast Show DJ Christian O’Connell & Hometime DJ Geoff Lloyd.

This special day will also raise money to support Cancer Research UK’s vital study into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. With this in mind, Absolute Radio and the Regent Street Festival will be encouraging festival goers and retailers to dig deep on the day.

The September 27 birthday party will also see Regent Street celebrate 180 years of shopping history, with many of the stores celebrating birthdays, such as Jaeger – 125, Gap – 40, Hamleys – 250, Quiksilver – 40 and Desigual & Uniqlo each hitting the 25 year mark.

There will be celebrations all day long, including live performances on the main stage and two giant Birthday cakes made of thousands of little cup cakes to be served at 3pm. Outside of Hamleys there will be a children’s lawn which will be home to face painters, animal characters, a birthday tea party, balloon artists and magicians.

And it doesn’t stop there… with a fashion show, stiltwalkers, roaming musicians, a ferris wheel, a carousel, children’s rides and street performers on hand to keep partygoers entertained throughout the day. What’s more, if you fancy a nibble or a soothing cocktail, the food quarter (comprising of Heddon Street and Swallow Street) will also be adopting the birthday theme of the day. Expect special parties, children’s menus and of course, a vast selection of those aforementioned cocktails…

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16 Sep 2009

The Royal Opera House

Covent Garden is one of London's busiest and central neighbourhoods, bustling with shops, eateries, open-air entertainment and popular attractions. It is also a very desirable address for short stays in London and our Covent Garden serviced apartments would be an ideal base for exploring the area further. But one of its highly visited gems is the Royal Opera House which not only happens to be a stunning building but also plays host to numerous ballet and opera performances throughout the year.

London's Royal Opera House is the home of the Royal Ballet who have performed much-loved classics like 'The Sleeping Beauty', 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Hansel and Gretel'. Many other famous productions including 'Swan Lake' and 'The Nutcracker' also make regular appearances and attract thousands of people from around the world. Set up by the choreographer and dancer, Dame Ninette de Valois in 1931, the Royal Ballet was granted 'royal' status by the Royal Charter in 1956 on it's 25th anniversary.

When the Royal Opera House reopened after the Second World War, 'The Sleeping Beauty' by the Royal Ballet was the first performance and it was also performed by the Royal Ballet on its very first tour of America.

In addition to many stunning ballet performances by the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera House also plays host to many spine-tingling opera performances. Classics such as Carmen, Manon and Giselle are performed regularly. If you want a more sophisticated cultural experience on your trip to London, the the Royal Opera House is the place to go. See the website for details on bookings and tickets.

Venue: Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD

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London Design Festival

The London Design Festival takes place this September and plays host to hundreds of events across the city to showcase around 20 design disciplines, from ceramics and graphics to architecture and interiors. Highlights include the 100% Design shows at Earl's Court (Sep 24-27), open days at artists' studios, exhibitions, talks and tours. If you are attending the event in London, our Kensington serviced apartments would be an ideal base for your stay.

The London Design Festival provides a platform for the creative talent at work in the capital and all over the U.K. and creates a unique opportunity to visit over 200 specific events and activities reflecting the diversity of world-class design talent in London.

The London Design Festival is the UK’s biggest annual celebration of design and reflects London’s status as the world creative hub of design and the gateway to the international creative community. It is made up of the widest possible range of design disciplines, all of which prosper in the city. These new ideas and activities make each festival dynamic, different and uniquely London. Supported by government, the design sector, and leading businesses, the festival offers a platform for the best new design talent in London and the U.K.

The festival inspires and engages the thousands of visitors that attend the events and exhibitions each year. In particular, it supports emerging talent that reflects London’s diverse influences. Acting as an platform brand, the festival works with national museums, retailers, universities, trade shows, magazines, international design businesses and of course individual designers, all of who contribute excellence to the festival programme.

The festival works year round with London locations and attractions such as Trafalgar Square, Southbank Centre, the V&A and Somerset House to programme engaging design-related content that reflects London’s diverse design story, and makes it a global destination for new ideas and talent.

Location: Various - check the website for details.
Time: Check the website for details

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6 Sep 2009

The Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising

Do you have an affection for retro packaging and ad campaigns? The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is a mecca of consumer culture and details the history of consumerism, consumer products and branding in a very engaging and informative way. The walls are covered in both familiar ad campaigns and some that you may never have seen before and there are also numerous vintage toys displayed. You may even recognise some from your own childhood! The collection is that of consumer historian Robert Opie who has been collecting for over a half a century. He wanted to unravel the story of consumer products since Victorian times and he began with an exhibition in the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1975 and continued from there to open his first museum in Gloucester in 1984.

Their current exhibition celebrates the 250th anniversary of the Guinness brand by looking at their advertising over the years. Everything from posters and TV commercials to drinks trays and beer mats are displayed in the exhibition and it really is a detailed look at how a brand such as Guinness became the consumer favourite that it is today. M.H. Bateman and Edward Ardizzone are among the most well-known artists and designers commissioned by Guinness. Perhaps the most memorable images, however, are the menagerie of zoo animals devised by John Gilroy, who also came up with the iconic slogan of 'My Goodness, My Guinness'.

Location: Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising, 2 Colville Mews, Lonsdale Rd, London, W11 2AR
Nearest tube station: Notting Hill Gate
Times: 10am-6pm Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm Sun (last adm 45mins before closing); closed Mons except bank holidays
Prices: £5.80, £3.50 concs, £2 children (7-16), £14 family (2 adults + up to 4 children)

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3 Sep 2009

London Events: Pestival

London always has a variety of shows and events on throughout the year and what's amazing about this city is that there is something for everyone no matter what your interest may be.

Among the many interesting events taking place around the city, this rather unusual one caught our eye. PESTIVAL is a Festival of performance, talks and visual art celebrating 'insects in art and the art of being an insect'. The whole idea behind Pestival is to promote awareness of insects and the good deeds that they do for the environment which a lot of people ignore because of their squemishness! Changing the public's view of insects is a difficult one but this unique festival manages to do just that. With over 50 interactive exhibits and events, this festival is ideal for a family day out and the kids (and adults) would find it fascinating. For those thinking of staying in the area, our Waterloo serviced apartments are ideally located for this event.

There are events for adults and children, most of which are free, including visual art from the likes of Bob and Roberta Smith, the chance to walk through a structure called the Termite Pavilion in Southbank Centre Square, or step into the BeeCab, a London cab in yellow and black showing a film about the life of a bee.

You can also meet beekepers, find out how to plant an urban garden that will attract insects, and buy food created by useful pollinators at the Slow Food Market.

Paid-for evening performances include Robin Ince's night of insect comedy with guests including Garth Merenghi, Robyn Hitchcock and friends playing insect-themed songs and Chris Watson's 'The Bee Symphony'.

Dates: Sep 4-6
Location: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XX

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