Kensington & Chelsea Art Week 2020

The Kensington & Chelsea Art Week returns this year spanning a full 11 days, from 1-10 October 2020. World-class institutions and cultural practitioners have come together with a programme of events and installations taking place across the neighbourhood for a week-long celebration of the cultural heritage of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. A colourful series of public art trails, exhibitions and installations will feature over 150 local galleries and cultural venues in what promises ot be the most exciting edition of the festival yet.

Follow the public art trail across the borough and discover large-scale pieces of art on display for all to enjoy. ‘In Bloom’, a majestic large-scale geometric sculpture and light installation will sit on Sloane Square with the title evoking memories of Chelsea in Bloom, the neighbourhood’s most loved floral exhibition, an extension of the Chelsea Flower Show that takes place each May.

At Duke of York Square you’ll be able to find “Through”, an interactive walk-through glass isntallation by Liz West. The multicoloured sculpture exudes positivity through the rainbow colours that have become synonymous with hope in recent months.

It doesn’t stop there either; further down the King’s Road, shops have partnered with artists connected to the area to animate their store windows.

Plus, this year’s event also sees the return of the acclaimed photography competition by Alison Jackson, ‘A Day in Your Life’. The open air community minded photography exhibition invited aspiring photographers over the age of 9-years old within the borough to submit a photograph which best expressed a day in their life during the extraordinary lockdown period. The winning photographs will be exhibited on the Duke of York Square running track on 3rd and 10th October from 10am-4pm, alongside the Saturday Fine Food Market, and thereafter on 5th October in the Chelsea Theatre picture space.

Kensington & Chelsea Art Week is set to be a jam-packed programme of activity. All events are free to attend and will be held outside to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

Find out more here.

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London Craft Week

Artisan Chelsea returns as part of this year’s London Craft Week from 30 September to 8 October 2020.

Showcasing the artisan skills of our neighbourhood, London Craft Week is back! Join master craftspeople and makers for a series of events, demonstrations, workshops, experiences and talks (both in person and virtual) and discover the best of Chelsea’s boutique independent stores, global flagship brands as well as tucked away eateries.

A vibrant programme of activity will be bookable from Anthropologie, Anya Hindmarch, Belmond Cadogan Hotel, Cassandra Goad, Smythson, Bentley’s, Tanner Krolle, The Fashion School, Natoora and de Gourney.

Find out more and book your places here.

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Chelsea History Festival 2020

From its fashion mavericks to iconic rock-star residents, Chelsea’s heritage is worth celebrating. From 17-27 September 2020, the festival returns for its second year showcasing Chelsea’s illustrious past with a programme of over 50 events featuring world-class speakers, authors and historians on a virtual and physical stage.

This year’s festival will take place both virtually and physically with an exciting programme of talks, tours and events presented by three iconic institutions; the National Army Museum; the Royal Hospital Chelsea and Chelsea Physic Garden covering a broad range of content to suit every interest, from military to art history and social to natural history.

All virtual events will be free to attend, however must be booked in advance. Tickets for physical events are priced up to £15, with a 25% discount when booking three or more. To ensure you don’t miss out, make sure you book your places as early as possible; bookings can be made here.

Highlights from the programme include;

  • Philippe Sands, one of the UK’s most prominent human rights barristers, in conversation with James Holland discussing his most recent book, ‘The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive’
  • An evening with Bletchley Park; spotlighting its role in the Second World War
  • Ben Macintyre, one of Britain’s most acclaimed historians, tells the incredible story of Ursula Kuczynski. Codenamed ‘Sonya’, she conducted some of the most dangerous espionage operations of the 20th Century, including planning an assassination attempt on Hitler and helping the Soviet Union build the atom bomb
  • Sir Michael Morpurgo will talk about how he turns the subject of war into fiction
  • Award-winning war reporter, Christina Lamb has worked in combat zones for over 30 years. Her new book, ‘Our bodies, their battlefield’, gives voice to the women of conflicts. She will be in conversation with world-renowned human rights lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy, who has worked internationally with women in conflict zones
  • Martin Brown, illustrator of ‘Horrible Histories’, will take families on a journey from the bloody Battle of Waterloo to the frightful First World War and will get them drawing in a quick fire workshop
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The King’s Man Experience

“Refined but brutal. Civilised by merciless.”

Immerse yourself in the world of ‘The King’s Man’ and be taken on a journey exploring the history, legends, politics and people depicted in Disney’s forthcoming release.

The latest film, the third in the series, uncovers the origins of the fictional Kingsman organisation and this unmissable exhibition is an entirely immersive display featuring costumes, props and behind-the-scenes material. The King’s Man experience will bring to life the film, set against a backdrop of the First World War which saw the Army expand to its greatest ever size. Set within the National Army Museum, there is no better location to discover the sets, props and costumes that so brilliantly bring to life the concepts of war, espionage, bravery and sacrifice.

Entry to The King’s Man Experience is free, however pre-booking is required for your safety. Book here.

 

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Patron Picturehouse

The much-loved Bluebird cinema is back and better than ever before. Join them this November and December for the ultimate feelgood series of Patron Picturehouse, in collaboration with Patron Tequila.

Films will start at 7pm but to get yourself comfortable, it’s suggested you arrive 30 minutes prior.

Worry not about rumbling tummys disturbing the film, tuck into either of these:

  • Bluebird hotdog, spiced pork, pickled cabbage and chilli mayo
  • Bluebird vegan burger, red quinoa, spiced vegan mayo, broccoli, garden pea, kale, avo and vegan cheese

All the more to be enjoyed whilst sipping on your welcome drink, Patron Hero, Patron Silver, basil, rosemary, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white.

Film dates:

12 November – Bridget Jones’ Diary

19 November – Pretty Woman

26 November – Notting Hill

3 December – Love Actually

10 December – The Holiday

Tickets are £25. Additional food and drink can be purchased on the night. Book yours here.

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