Save the date: Christmas Lights Switch-On

Now the nights are longer and days a bit chillier, Christmas will very soon be at the forefront of our minds. Can you believe another year has flown by already?

With the speed in which winter plans are made and diaries are filled up in mind, make sure you save the date for the Chelsea Christmas Lights Switch-On on Saturday, 23 November 2019.

Returning with magical displays across Sloane Square, Sloane Street, Duke of York Square and Pavilion Road – and for the first time, new lights on the King’s Road celebrating its regal heritage.

The new displays will see decorative lights inspired by the crown of King Charles II, who the Road was originally built for as a private route to travel between palaces. He famously restored Christmas to the nation following Oliver Cromwell’s ban on festivities for over a decade.

From 2pm on 23 November, enjoy an unmissable array of entertainment across the neighbourhood, including carol singers and performers – perfect for the entire family. At 5pm, Father Christmas and his ‘special helper’, will turn on the Christmas Lights from the stage on Sloane Square, lighting up Duke of York Square, Pavilion Road, Sloane Street and the King’s Road marking the start of the Christmas season.

Check back soon for further information on the Christmas Shopping Event taking place on Saturday, 7 December. In the meantime, expect activities and offers across the area, complimentary horse and carriage rides, wreath-making classes, chestnut roasting and plenty of festive music!

 

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The Chelsea Awards – The Results!

The winners of the inaugural Chelsea Awards were announced at a ceremony at the Saatchi Gallery on 8 October. The judges; Susan Dolton, Mayor Will Pascall, Cllr Alison Jackson, Reverend Cannon David Reindorp, Jo Malone CBE, John Simpson and Hugh Seabon, whittled down hundreds of nomination to a shortlist showcasing the very best of the Chelsea community.

The winners, and shortlisted were:

Only in Chelsea – a business that brings something unique to the area.

Shortlist: Chelsea Physic Garden, Sloane Square News Vendor

Winner: John Sandoe Books. The judges said: “Home to more than 30,000 titles, Sandoe is much more than a bookshop but an event space for talks with authors and book launches – this row of 18th century shops is a real treasure.”

 

Community Hero – an organisation or person that has benefitted the community through their actions.

Shortlist: Anne Hopewell-Ash, Royal Hospital Chelsea

Winner: The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation. The judges said: “This independent charity works to help disadvantaged local people across the borough, ensuring donations go to grassroots concerns where they are need most.”

 

Cultural Champion – an organisation or person that has enriched Chelsea’s culture.

Shortlist: Cadogan Hall, Saatchi Gallery

Winner: The Royal Court Theatre. The judges said: “A champion of emerging talent with a programme supporting aspiring writers, more than 120,000 visitors watch at the Royal Court every year.”

 

In Good Taste – someone who has made Chelsea delicious

Shortlist: The Chelsea Fishmonger, The Sea, The Sea

Winner: Partridges: The judges said “Since 1972, Royal Warrant Holder Partridges has been much more than the local grocer, innovating and supporting the wider area. They also created the ever popular food market at DOYS each Saturday, a hub for 70 small, high quality producers.”

 

Community Collaboration – businesses who have joined forces for the greater good.

Shortlist: K&C Art Weekend, Local Ambassadors

Winner: Glass Door. The judges said: “Offers shelters and support to those affected by homelessness across SW London. Its Sleep Out in Duke of York Square each year sees the community forces to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds which funds shelters throughout the winter.”

 

Masters of Craft– an Artisan who elevates the everyday to the extraordinary

Shortlist: The Deck, Manolo Blahnik

Winner: David Mellor. The judges said: “Currently celebrating his 50th anniversary on Sloane Square, Sir Terence Conran has called him ‘Britain’s greatest post-war product designer’.”

 

Future Forward – a company innovating to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Shortlist: Blanc, Daniele de Montby

Winner: The Fashion School. The judges said: “teaches sustainable fashion through workshops sharing their wisdom of sewing, inspiring the next generation how to design ethically with zero waste.

 

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START Art Fair 2019

In its sixth year, START Art Fair will return to Duke of York Square‘s Saatchi Gallery from 26-29 September, to showcase emerging artists and young galleries from across the globe.

The fair will present over 50 rising artists from more than 25 countries to collectors, investors and art lovers at the gallery, which is at the height of the contemporary art scene.

Receive an exclusive 20% discount on ticket prices when you enter “Cadogan” at the checkout. Purchase tickets here.

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Strawberries & Screen 2019

Strawberries & Screen returns for another year, from 12 to 14 July 2019. Make sure you’re sat in front of the giant screen on the running track so you don’t miss a single swing of this year’s Wimbledon’s men’s semi-finals (12th), women’s finals (13th) and men’s finals (14th).

Catch the nail-biting action of this year’s tournament, whilst enjoying traditional tennis treats and refreshments from pop-ups by Partridges and The Pretty Little Tea Company. For the little ones channelling some Murray magic, there will also be complimentary tennis coaching. So pack up your picnic blanket or book your VIP seat on the front row, before they all go, and we shall see you there!

Please note, Duke of York Square don’t allow umbrellas in the VIP area and dogs won’t be allowed on the running track for hygiene purposes.

Book your VIP seats here.

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Chelsea Summer Fete 2019

Celebrate the start of summer with the return of the annual Chelsea Summer Fete on Saturday 22 June which takes place across Pavilion Road and Duke of York Square. From yoga classes to traditional fete games and wine bars and delicious food offerings, this is the perfect day for all the family and free to attend.

Duke of York Square will become the ultimate garden party; relax and enjoy the music by roaming musicians programmed by Cadogan Hall, or take part in sporting events and games. Start your morning with a yoga class hosted by KXU at 11am, then refuel with something delicious from the Fine Food Market. The running track will be open for picnics throughout the day as well host football skills sessions by Chelsea FC Foundation from 1pm-2.30pm as well as polo-swing practice, hosted by Westcroft Park.

For the very first time, the running track will become a racecourse of Austin J40 pedal cars that will compete for the prestigious Settrington Cup at the Goodwood Revival. Heats are to be held from 12pm in which children aged 5-10 years old will compete for the chance to take part at this year’s Goodwood Revival, the world’s foremost historic motorsport event (which will be held on 13-15 September).

Enjoy your favourite stories told by Peter Jones & Partners or visit the National Army Museum pop-up for an interactive army experience. The much-loved Chelsea Pensioners will be back by popular demand with a pottery stand, and the Chelsea Physic Garden Flower Crown Workshop will also taking place throughout the afternoon. And to top it all off, children’s entertainers Sharky & George will be hosting the ultimate children’s party.

A stone’s throw away from the Square, Pavilion Road’s artisan shops will open up their restaurant and shop doors to create a wonderful street party. Wander up and down to taste exceptional foodie offerings from Provenance Butcher’s BBQ, patisseries and pizza at the Bread Ahead stall, a seafood BBQ from ‘fishmonger by day, seafood bar by night’, The Sea, The Sea and refreshing ice cream and sorbet by Ice Cream Union. Or, relax with a glass of wine or cocktail at Pavilion Wine, accompanied by cheese at London Cheesemongers, or at Hans’ Bar & Grill’s cocktail stand. Roaming musicians, face painters and balloons will there throughout the day as well as Sharky & George keeping the little ones entertained.

The Summer Fete is complimentary to attend and will begin at 11am. Please note the Fine Food Market will open as usual at 10am. The full map of activity can be downloaded here soon.

See you there!

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Beyond the Road

This June, see the ground-breaking, fully immersive exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, BEYOND THE ROAD. Produced in collaboration with Beyond Projects, the exhibition merges the world of visual arts, music and film enable visitors to escape the everyday and lose themselves in a multi-sensory world led by sounds.

World-renowned and award-winning contemporary artists, filmmakers and photographers have collaborated to create a completely new and multi-disciplinary sound experience. This includes work by multi-Oscar winning director and producer, Alfonso Cuaron, perfume designer Azzi Glasser, contemporary artist and Turner prize nominee Nathan Coley, award-winning filmmaker Toby Dye and other incredible names.

Tickets can be booked here.

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KXU Spinathon

For the spinaholics out there, this is one for you.

Think you can handle a 90 minute U-Cycle spinathon? After the success of last year, KXU will be taking over the Duke of York Square on Saturday 1 June, 11.00-12.30.

Expert trainers Anthony Garcia will be coaching you, along with Keiser Master Trainer, Darren Lee, as you raise money for the K&C Foundation.

Tickets are £35 will all proceeds going this fantastic charity. Spaces are limited so book via the KXU app.

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DRAW Art Fair

The Saatchi Gallery welcomes DRAW, the UK’s first art fair dedicated to modern and contemporary from 17-19 May and is offering InChelsea readers 50% off tickets.

The Fair is designed to confirm drawing’s place at the core of the creative process and demonstrate the extraordinary range with works in every medium; from charcoal stick to video to live performance. All facets of drawing will be presented as a fundamental practice and create a platform where rare works by modern masters and recent works from the 20th Century can sit side by side.

Up to 60 galleries and exhibitors from around the world will fill three floors where they will curate individual exhibitions of artists’ drawings or groups of drawings in a museum-style context.

Purchase your ticket here and enter the code ‘CADES’ to receive your 50% discount (T&Cs apply).

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Easter Chocolate Market

Make sure you mark Saturday 13 April in your diaries – the day Duke of York Square becomes a complete haven for chocoholics!

The weekly fine food market will see London’s finest chocolatiers descend on the Square, overseen by the statue of Sir Hans Sloane – who notably introduced milk chocolate to Europe!

The market will be open from 10am – 4pm with a selection of special artisan chocolate market stalls –

  • Sir Hans Sloane Chocolate
  • Susie Keane
  • Diana David
  • Peacoc
  • Lavolio
  • Baci from Speciality Foods (offering iconic Italian Chocolate)
  • Bad Brownies
  • London Chocolate

In addition to these delicious additions, a number of the much-loved regulars will be offering exclusive innovation chocolate decision. An extensive array of mouth-watering treats for sugar-fiends will be available including chocolate sushi from Aki Maki, chocolate flavoured Vietnamese spring rolls from Rao Deli, 10 different flavours of chocolate fudge from Cookies and Creams, as well as chocolate Guiness cake from Nick Fu – just to name a few!

Head into Partridges to carry on your chocolate travels where four Royal Warrant holders will showcase some of their finest cocoa offerings; include Prestat, Bedicks, Charbonnel and Walker, alongside freshly made chocolate flavoured Chelsea Buns.

See you there!

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It’s the Surreal Thing

From 15 March – 14 April, visit Saatchi to see an exhibition of new works by the artist, Sr. X in the Prints & Originals Gallery.

These works are striking and unforgettable, created both in the streets and in the studio. He employs retro imagery, pop culture icons, surrealist twists and dada mischief to produce his works of satirical brilliance. Sr. X subverts the constant advertising that we are exposed to and the images of aspirational perfection that are directed at us all.

These works on display were created in the last six month and reveal Sr. X’s staggering imagination. He uses creativity as a weapon against conformism and the sugary sweet diet of contemporary consumerism. Familiar elements remain such as pulp magazine portraits, cartoon figures and advertising slogans.

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