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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Global Champions Tour – 2-4 August

Global Champions Tour, one of Chelsea’s sporting highlights of the summer returns to the Royal Hospital over the weekend of 2-4 August. The London leg of the world-class showjumping championships will take place at the iconic Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Number 14 out of 20 on the circuit, the competition will be at it’s peak and will give you the opportunity to see the world’s best show jumpers, including Olympic, World and Continental champions, battle it out.

To receive an exclusive 15% off your Grandstand ticket price, enter “GCTCADOGAN” when purchasing online.

Find out more here.

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Central London’s First Edible Trail

Find yourself along Chelsea’s hidden gem, Pavilion Road, and you’ll stumble upon Pavilion Road’s Edible Trail, the first of its kind in central London.

From bananas and pomegranates, to apple and blackberry crumble ingredients, as well as flavoured teas – you can embark on a delicious tour for the taste-buds. Simply scan the QR codes which will take you through to some edible inspiration; recipes, foraging tips and highlights from the trail.

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Masterpiece

The worlds leading cross-collecting fair, Masterpiece, returns to its iconic setting of the historic Royal Hospital Chelsea this summer, 27 June – 5 July.

A highlight in the summer calendar for artists, art-lovers and art collectors, Masterpiece provides an unparalleled opportunity to discover exceptional works for sale from over 150 international artists. It is unquestionably a unique, international stage to enjoy an extraordinary breadth of cultural experiences.

Exhibitors span all eras and disciplines. Entry though scrupulous vetting, from 27 individual vetting committees, and thoughtful juxtaposition allow visitors to encounter beautiful works of art and be comforted in their decisions by the expert art dealers.

Enhancing the experience, guests can dine in pop-ups from London favourites, Le Caprice, Scott’s Seafood & Champagne Bar, The Ivy Chelsea Brasserie and The Sloane Street Deli. Toast with friends on the Perrier-Jouet Champagne Terrace, exquisite champagnes to be savoured alongside stunning views of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Reservations can be made here.

An exciting programme of talks will also run through the week; some drop in, others pre-booked. The full list can be found here, but here is a selection of highlights to whet your appetite.

  • Architectural Digest: The Omnivorous Eye (Pre-booked); Mitchell Owens, the Decorative Arts Editor of Architectural Digest (US), in conversation with interior designers Rita Konig and Ben Pentreath on collecting widely and decorating with depth – Friday 28th, Lecture Theatre
  • Carl Faberge: A Restless Imagination – Friday 28th, Wartski, stand C1
  • Alfred Munnings: 1919 A Fresh start – Friday 28th, Richard Green, stand D21
  • An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at The Wallace Collection (Pre-booked), Saturday 29th, 4pm, Lecture Theatre

Purchase your Masterpiece 2019 tickets here.

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