A history of water in the Middle East by Sabrina Mahfouz

British Egyptian Sabrina Fahfouz grew up with ambitions of being a spy. She has two passports, speaks two languages and has a cultural understanding of two very different countries. But it when it came to applying for MI6, it turned out she wasn’t quite British enough.

So now she’s on her own intelligence mission – to explore who really holds the power in and over the Middle East. In a world long obsessed with access to oil, will water soon become the natural resource that dictates control, or has it been all along?

Directed by Stef O’Driscoll, the production journeys across twelve different countries using theatre, poetry and music to share stories of women across the region. From the British imperialist ownership of natural resources, to the environmental urgency of the present, water has shaped lives, policies and fortunes – and it will shape all our futures.

On show at the Royal Court Theatre from 10 October to 16 November. Tickets from £15-£25. Book yours here.

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Chelsea History Festival

For history-buffs and budding-historians, the Chelsea History Festival will launch this October to bring the past to life through a programme of world-class speakers, historians and performers. The inaugural festival will take place from 9-13 October 2019 along the Royal Hospital Road at founder venues, the National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Chelsea and Chelsea Physic Garden. In it’s first year, the Festival will host a programme of more than 35 free and ticketed events which include talks, concerts and family activities making history more accessible.

Headline Events

Wednesday – the event launches on Wednesday 9 October, on the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, one of the most daring campaigns of WW2. Celebrated Arnhem veteran, Victor Gregg will be in conversation with bestselling historian Rick Stroud, followed by a lecture from Antony Beevor on the famous ‘battle for the bridges’.

Thursday – join an evening performance of The Lark Ascending, featuring one of the world’s leading lyric baritones, Roderick Williams, taking place in the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s Wren Chapel.

Friday – Max Hastings headlines with a talk on his new book Chastised: The Dambusters Story, 1943 which will be published in September.

Saturday – the principal day of the Festival with over 20 scheduled events including the formidable Sonia Purnell with her New York Times bestseller A Woman of No Importance, history walks around the neighbourhood and David Nott sharing his experiences as a surgeon in Aleppo.

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Moniker Art Fair, 2-6 October 2019

Moniker Art Fair has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting contemporary art fairs with its roots embedded in urban culture.

This October, we are delighted to welcome Moniker to Chelsea to celebrate the fair’s 10th birthday. The International Art Fair, famed for attracting contemporary art collectors in their thousands to East London, will move from Shoreditch to Chelsea to spread the narrative of urban art and its role on the London art scene.

The five day arts festival, from 2-6 October at the Chelsea Sorting Office, will include an exciting programme hosted by The Art Conference, live DJs, art workshops, immersive experiences and a selection of food and beverages.

Opening times:

VIP & Collectors Opening: Wednesday 2 October, 3pm – 10pm

Public Preview: Thursday 3 October, 3pm – 10pm (hosted by Creative Debuts)

Public Fair Days: Friday 4 October 1pm-9pm, Saturday 5 October 11am-8pm, Sunday 6 October 11am-6pm

Book your tickets here and receive an extra 50% your ticket price by entering ‘CADOGAN50’ at the checkout.

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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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Tim Walker: Wonderful Things

Book your tickets to see one of autumn’s most hotly anticipated exhibitions; Tim Walker: Wonderful Things opening on 21 September at the V&A. Experience the extraordinary process of one of the world’s most inventive photographers through his pictures, films, photographic sets and special installations.

The show will display 150 pieces of work with examples spanning his impressive 25 year career, as well as ten brand new photographic objects inspired by the V&A’s collection. Tim Walker worked with the V&A for three years, after spending time in the museums 145 public galleries and speaking to curators, conservators and technicians behind the world; the inspiration behind these new pieces. His phenomenal images will include the stars of the 20th and 21st Century; Edie Campbell, Stella Tenant and Lily Cole, David Attenborough, Cate Blanchett and David Hockney as well as his muses, Kate Moss, Grayson Perry and Tilda Swinton.

Don’t miss out and book your tickets to Tim Walker: Wonderful Things here.

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Boxers and Rockers

The first European solo exhibition by photographer Michael Brennan is not to be missed. The award winning photographer will showcase a mix of powerful images in ‘Boxers and Rockers’ from the two worlds he knows best; boxing and rock & roll at Chelsea’s Iconic Images gallery from 18 September.

From the famous striking images taken of Mohammad Ali, both in the ring and out, to his presence at one of the most shocking sporting moments; Mike Tyson surrounded by the Police as he was stopped mid-fight during the now infamous ‘biting’ incident during Tyson v Holyfield. When he was not in the ring, he was aiming his camera at the stars of rock & roll capturing the brilliant performances from Mick Jagger and Freddie Mercury.

His extensive archive includes Led Zeppelin, Mick Jagger, Princess Diana, John Lennon, George Best and Mike Tyson to name a few so Boxers and Rockers is an fantastic opportunity to gain an enormous insight to his phenomenal career.

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London Design Festival 2019

Chelsea has an extraordinary design heritage and renowned for its bohemian free thinkers and creative throughout the centuries and for the very first time, will be participating in this year’s London Design Festival 2019 with the creation of the Chelsea Design District. From 14-22 September, celebrate the neighbourhood which is rich in artistry and artisan making with a series of events, experiences and talks.

Highlights include:

  • Collaboration with Caroline Issa, Monica Vinader – a series of events across London Design Festival to celebrate the collaboration, colour and distinctive design.
  • Timothy Oulton Flagship store launch at Bluebird – the daring furniture and interiors brand is launching its new worldwide flagship gallery at Bluebird, featuring its most iconic designs alongside rare vintage collectibles and one-offs, including a custom-designed spaceship.
  • I-Made at Saatchi, 19-22 September – Saatchi hosts the inaugural I-Made, London’s first exhibition solely dedicated to Italian design and manufacture along with talks and workshops that capture the country’s passion, innovation and craftsmanship.
  • The Art of Persuasion, the National Army Museum – major exhibition exploring the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, focusing on his time as ‘Official War Poster Artist’ during the Second World War.
  • Peter Jones & Partners presents a story of their building – Chelsea stalwart Peter Jones presents the fascinating story of its Grade II listed building, with a pop-up exhibition exploring how the shop has changed from 1877 to today, as the store prepares to renovate its iconic façade.
  • ‘The World of Kaffe Fasset’, Anthropologie – an exhibition to include new and exclusive pieces as well as treasures from the past.
  • Collaboration with Winch Design, The Rug Company – a unique exhibition celebrating the collaboration between The Rug Company and Winch Design
  • Waste No More, Eileen Fisher – zero-waste initiative that brings together creativity and innovation. Learn about how Eileen Fisher is changing the way clothes are made from sustainable sourcing to her innovative take-back initiative. Thursday 14 September, 6-8pm
  • Hidden Reef collection launch, Annoushka – discover the new Hidden Reef collection, inspired by the abundant textures and colours of the organic life found below the sea, and learn more about the craftsmanship behind Annoushka’s designs.
  • Series of ‘how to’ masterclasses, Little Greene – To celebrate the introduction of three new finishes for September, they will be hosting a series of ‘how to’ masterclasses at their Chelsea Showroom.
  • Drawing attention: The Digital Culture of Contemporary Architectural Drawings, Roca London – an exhibition curated by the professors at Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard and Carnegie Mellon Universities which reveals the promise and the speculative future of drawing: its capacity to structure, imagine, realise, speculate, transform, politicise and activate the design imagination.
  • ARTEFACT FOOTWEAR PATTERNS FUTURES, London College of Fashion – Challenging the notion of how products change and influence the world we live in, ARTEFACT FOOTWEAR PATTERNS FUTURES exhibits selected work from London College of Fashion, UAL’s MA Artefact, Footwear, Pattern and Garment Technology and Fashion Future’s graduates. Private views: Thursday 19th 6-8.30pm, Friday 20th 11am-6pm, Saturday 21st 11am-6pm
  • Exclusive new Barnaby Gates tile collection, Parkside – Parkside has announced its collaborated with Barnaby Gates. Drop by their Chelsea Design Studio to be one of the first to see the new collection. Open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Peloton – your chance to experience Peloton, book an appointment at the King’s Road showroom, to try the Bike, get a personalised tutorial and learn about their Digital offering.
  • Farrow & Ball, 19 September– hands-on creative demonstrations and imaginative installations, and get bespoke advice from colour experts.
  • Lema – Presenting the highly customisable LT40 modular storage system by David Lopez Quincoces, resulting from a long conceptual study and an attentive industrial development. Visit Lema’s King’s Road Flagship Store to discover this and other new, iconic designs. Lema X LDF Cocktail Reception: Thursday 19 September – 6.30-8.30pm
  • The Ilse Crawford’s pop-up, George Smith – a pop-up exhibition space showcasing new pieces from Ilse Crawford’s collaboration with George Smith and other brands.

Pick up a copy of the London Design Festival to enjoy the area even more, popping into restaurants and bars to receive exclusive discounts in celebration of the festival. Show your guide whilst dining and indulge even more with these offers:

  • Rabbit, SW3 4UP – Receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine from their vineyard in West Sussex and famous collection of ‘mouthfuls’ on arrival. Please show your guide on arrival and note the offer is only available at lunchtimes.
  • Manicomio, SW3 4LY – Renowned Italian is offering 15% off a la carte during the festival. Quote ‘LDF’ when booking.
  • Gallery Mess, SW3 4LY – arty and historic Gallery Mess is offering a 20% discount on food and drinks when you present your guide.
  • Sticks N Sushi, SW3 4NY – Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling Sake whilst dining.
  • Hans’ Bar & Grill, SW1X 0AW – Receive 15% off the total bill when dining at Hans’ Bar & Grill. It’s popular, so we recommend booking. Use quote ‘LDF2019’.
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Holy Trinity Arts & Crafts Festival 2019

The annual Arts and Crafts Festival returns to Holy Trinity Church on Sloane Street, described as the ‘cathedral of the Arts & Crafts’ by Sir John Betjeman, from 19-22 September.

The Festival aims to highlight the exquisite craftsmanship in a wide range of creative disciples, understand the symbolic relationship with the revival of Catholicism in the Church of England, and provide an urgent voice that speaks to the contemporary and relevant social context of the social Movement.

Book your tickets for an exciting programme of events here.

Programme:

Thursday 19 September 

Personality, Philosophy & Practice, John Ruskin in 2019

The bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth. The gala opening will explore the personality, philosophy and practice of Ruskin with a Discussion and Q&A. Contributors will include Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper, Andrew Hill and Sarah Woods, whilst moderated by Gerard Brown.

Tickets: £10, drinks reception and book signing

Friday 20 September

Schools workshop: Image & the imagination: Exploring Stained Glass, 10am – 3pm

Hosted by Genista Dunham, a stained glass artist trained in the traditional method and influenced by Medieval Art.

Discussion: Fabric of Society, 7.30-9pm

Explore the powerful relationship between textiles and the role they have and continue to play in global trade and society. Discussion between Jonathon Hope, Katy Emck CBE and Nigel Atkinson, hosted by Sanjeev Davidson.

Tickets: £10, drinks reception and opportunity to view, discuss and purchase the contributors’ work

Saturday 21 September

Exhibition: Thomasina Beck

Embroidered waterclour on gesso flower paintings. Free admission.

Demonstration: Paul Jewby – master craftsman and wood sculptor

Throughout the day, free admission.

Guided Tours

12pm, 2pm, 4pm by Open House and Holy Trinity guides

Talk: Christopher Whall’s Stained Glass, 11am

Talk by Peter Cormack, leading authority on the stained glass windows by Christopher Whall in Holy Trinity followed by guided tours. Free admission.

Illustrated Talk: The Alchemy of Stained Glass, 2.30

Festival artist in residence, Genista Dunham. Talk, followed by public stained glass workshop.

Talk: free admission. Workshop tickets: £10

Performance Premiere: Mass Movement, 7.30pm

A programme of music and dance that celebrates art is the expression of man’s pleasure in labour, also includes the premier of two new contemporary dance pieces.

Tickets: £15 (concessions £10), includes post-performance informal discussion and drinks

Sunday 22 September

Sung Eucharist: Apprentice’s Service, 11am

Sunday Eucharist dedicated a celebration of image and imagination with guest Preacher Reverend Richard Lloyd Morgan

Illustrated talk: Exploring Stained Glass: ‘The light and the dark’ Thomas Denny, 2pm

Leading British contemporary stained glass artist and landscape painter. Free admission.

Workshop: Image & Imagination, 3.30 

Led by Genista Dunham. Tickets: £10

Performance: Ayodeji Malcom Guite, 5pm

Poet Malcom Guite performs a selection of his work. Free admission.

Workshop: Choral Evensong and Benediction, 6pm 

Beautiful evening service led by professional choir of Holy Trinity.

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Captain Fantastic, Feeling Fantastic

Keep the little ones occupied throughout the summer holidays can be tiring work. Bluebird are here to help you out and introduce you to their playtime partners in crime, Captain Fantastic.

On 18 August, join them to celebrate the launch of their brilliant new mental health programme for little ones – reminding you of the importance of mindfulness in and amongst all the mania.

Order of events: 

1:30-2:00pm – Arrive and mingle

2:00-2:15pm – Wellbeing talk with company owners

2.15-3:00pm – Mindfulness and wellbeing magic party

3:00-3:30pm – Disco for the children and activities for adults

3:30-4:00pm – Mingle and goodie bags

Tickets are £15 per child (including delicious food, a drink and party bag), as well as a bar and refreshments for parents on the day. 10% of ticket sales will be donated to Rays of Sunshine partner charity.

Book yours here.

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The Mini turns 60!

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic Mini Cooper with a parade followed by exhibition of classic Minis on 17 August 2019 on the King’s Road.

The King’s Road has a long association with innovative vehicle designs; from the elaborate carriages of King Charles II with his virtually exclusive use of the road to becoming a centre for carriage building as former stables and small factories in the 20th Century were converted into workshops for luxury coach builders, Hooper & Co and Gurney Nutting.

The Morris Mini Minor launched on 18 August 1959 as a vehicle designed to compete against three-wheeled cars; created by Alec Issigonis for the British Motor Cooperation. During the 1960s it became the vehicle of choice for celebrities that regularly trod the pavements of the King’s Road including Lord Snowdon, Peter Sellers and the iconic Mary Quant.

Racing driver Paddy Hopkirk’s winning success at the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally in a race-tuned Mini Cooper began a period of racing dominance placing the Mini firmly on international stage as a British design iconic.

Celebrate the much-loved classic mini with a parade along the King’s Road at 11am, followed by an exhibition at 381 King’s Road from 12-5pm.

Book your complimentary place here

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