SUMMER 2018 PROGRAMME
We would like to remind our members that all external events need to be booked in advance by using the booking form in the centre page of London Lady. Confirmation and details of the event will be sent to you once we have received payment. Member’s spouses and partners are always very welcome to join us. Members may bring one guest at member’s price to any External Event provided they register their guest’s name and pay for them at the time of booking. Later bookings will be charged at non members price. Refund of cancelled external events is dependent on the cancellation policy of the companies with whom we work.
Wednesday 9th May : The Fine Art Society
The Fine Art Society have occupied their premises in New Bond Street, Mayfair, since 14th February 1876. The gallery has for many years largely concentrated on British Art and Design from 1800 to the present day. It is London's oldest commercial Art gallery still operating out of their original premises. James McNeill Whistler, Walter Sickert, and Leon Bakst exhibited there during their lifetimes, and work by these artists and their contemporaries are stilll exhibited today, alongside modern and contemporary Art and decorative Art and Design. For the first time in their 142 year history, all of the gallery's directors and the majority of the staff are women. Join us for a glass of bubbly and guided tour of their current exhibition of British Art and tour this magnificent building. 5pm to 6pm. Members £25 - Non members £35
Wednesday 23rd May : The Gardens of Belgravia - This event is for Members only.
Starting at the Landscape offices of the Grosvenor Estate in Ebury Street and under the expert guidance of Timothy Jones, Associate Director of Grosvenor’s London Estate, we will meander through Belgravia with exclusive access to the magnificent garden Squares of Belgrave Square, Eaton Square and Chester Square looking out at some of the more interesting buildings on our way. Our walk will conclude with a light lunch at the Thomas Cubitt in Elizabeth Street. This is a members only event and includes a Charitable Donation. Meet at 10.30am. Members £ 42
Monday 4th June : Fishbourne Roman Palace
Discover the unique story of the largest Roman home in Britain and explore Britain’s greatest collection of Roman mosaics in situ, as they were laid 2,000 years ago. During our private guided visit, you will see the Palace reconstructed to its former glory in the introductory film and follow in the footsteps of our Roman ancestors as you wander around Britain’s first garden, the lavish centrepiece of the Palace. There is also a chance to glimpse behind the scenes of the museum and see how conservators and curators care for the many treasures from the site. A light lunch will be served in the cafe after our visit. We will travel to West Sussex from Sloane Square and back by private coach leaving at 9.00am returning around 5 pm traffic conditions permitting. Meet at 8.45 am. Members £60 - Non members £80
Tuesday 19th June : The Fulham Palace
Discover the rich history of Fulham Palace, its architecture, gardens, the Bishops of London and their families. Our private guided tour will include the Palace and chart the long history of the Fulham Palace site, from Prehistoric times to the present day. After our tour, we will have a light lunch in the restored Georgian Drawing Room Café overlooking the magnificent Fulham Palace Gardens, if the weather permits, lunch will served on the terrace of the Palace. Meet at 11am for a 11.15am start. Members £35 - Non Members £50
Monday 16th July : The Old Bailey
Known as the Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales is the country’s leading criminal Court. Now a Crown Court centre, it hears cases from the City of London and the Greater London area, and those remitted to it from England and Wales. It is also the site of the old Newgate Prison. Join us for an exclusive personal tour led by Aldermanic Sheriff Tim Hailes JP and hear about the fascinating history of the Court and some of the most interesting trials which include those of Oscar Wilde, the Krays and Peter Sutcliffe, the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’. Our tour will be followed by supper nearby. Meet at 6.30pm. Members £42 - Non members £55 - SOLD OUT
PREVIEW OF THE AUTUMN/WINTER 2018 PROGRAMME
Wednesday 3rd October
Florian Leonhard Fine Violins
An exceptional opportunity to visit the actual workshop of Florian Leonhard, as described in the Telegraph as ‘The world’s leading expert’ in fine violins Florian Leonhard has dedicated his life to studying, restoring and making violins. Today he leads his own 12-strong team of restorers in London and runs offices out of London and New York. He is recognised as a leading authority on Cremonese and Italian violin making, and in this capacity, he has consulted and obtained instruments for many of the world’s leading soloists. After 34 years of continuous research and experimentation, Florian finally launched his own ‘True Copy’ instruments, which are now played in concert halls around the world. As a regular contributor to the ongoing research into violin making history, he recently published The Makers of Central Italy and is working on his next publication, focusing on the Tuscan Makers. Our visit will include a talk by Florian, a short recital by a student violinist comparing the difference between instruments and a visit to the fascinating workshops to see the work of restoration. A donation to a music charity is included. . A glass of wine will be served during the visit. 3pm to 4.45pm. Members £28 - Non Members £ 38
Monday 15th October
Founded in 1744, Sotheby’s is the oldest and largest internationally recognised firm of fine Art auctioneers in the world. It has a global network of 80 offices and the company’s annual worldwide sales turnover is currently in excess of $4 billion. We are delighted to have been invited to a private viewing of Sotheby’s Diamond Salon. We will be introduced to the Diamond Salon by the Director of Sotheby's Diamonds, Alessandro Borruso who will talk about the World of Diamonds and explain why Diamonds are nowadays Boy’s and Girl’s best friend. The salon, which is located just inside the entrance at Sotheby's New Bond Street, presents High Jewellery, unique and exceptional creations. The underlying inspiration of Art in the jewellery designs is symbolised by the continuous presence of an original artwork in the salon. We will then go on to see the current exhibition where a specialist from the department will give a short tour of the exhibition and highlight the outstanding exhibits. The tour will be followed by tea in Sotheby’s own restaurant. Meet at 2.15 pm. Members £30 - Non Members £45 Members who were on the waiting list for the previous visit will have priority as numbers are restricted.
Wednesday 14th November
MOTOWN the Musical
Join us at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre to discover the story behind the sound that moved the world. With just $800 borrowed from his family, Berry Gordy founded Motown records and launched the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and many more. Featuring fifty classic Motown hits including “My Girl”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the West End sensation that has audiences “Dancing In The Street”. We are thrilled to be able to offer our members excellent seats in the stalls and a glass of champagne in the interval. The perfect way to start the Festive Season. Meet at 7.00 pm. Performance ends at 10.15pm. Members £50 - Non Members £65
Tuesday 27th November
The British Galleries and Period Rooms at the V & A
We have arranged a private specialist guided tour of the critically acclaimed V & A's stunning British Galleries which house the most comprehensive collection of British design and artworks in the world as well as period furnished rooms. The British Galleries display the changes in design and lifestyle over 300 years from the Tudor monarchs to the end of Victoria's reign. We will meet for coffee before our tour. Meet 10.30am. Members £28 - Non members £35
Tuesday 4th December
We are excited to be holding our Christmas lunch at Ella Canta (meaning: She sings) internationally-acclaimed Chef Martha Ortiz‘s new restaurant located at the InterContinental London Park Lane. Brought to life by the global interior architecture practice David Collins Studio, the stunning restaurant features references to Mexican design and culture. Martha Ortiz is one of South America’s luminary chefs and her award winning Mexico City restaurant is listed in the 50 top restaurants in South America. Join us for a pre lunch drink followed by an exciting two course lunch with turkey followed by pudding , coffee and petits fours. Meet at 12.30pm for a 1pm start. Members £52 - Non members £60
We would like to remind our members that all external events need to be booked in advance by using the booking form in the centre page of London Lady. Confirmation and details of the event will be sent to you once we have received payment.