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Discover Art and Culture This Summer Season in London

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Art of London Season 2023: The Art of Entertainment

Experience an unmissable summer in London's West End! Discover our handpicked guide filled with the coolest things to do this season. From incredible theatre shows to mouthwatering dining spots and hidden gems, we've got you covered!

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July 24 - August 31


St. James's, London, UK

Pick up The Perfect Picnic From Fortnum & Mason

Experience the ultimate summer adventure with Fortnum and Mason's! Since 1707, Fortnum & Mason has been home to extraordinary hampers, delicious food, joy-giving gifts, and unforgettable experiences. They've perfected the art of outdoor indulgence for centuries, offering a delightful summer selection that's perfect for picnic season.

At Fortnum's, you'll discover a wide range of picnic essentials and delicious treats. They have everything you need to make your picnic truly special, from hampers to all the gear required. Don't forget to stay refreshed with their selection of cooling drinks for those sunny days.

Grab your Fortnums hamper basket and head to local parks like Green Park or St James's Park in London. Bask in the warm summer sun and savour the very best of the picnic season!

Art Reframed: Unveiled by Art of London and The National Portrait Gallery

Experience the mesmerising world of art in London with 'Art Reframed,' an awe-inspiring public art installation presented by Art of London in collaboration with the newly re-opened National Portrait Gallery.

Marvel at over 50 giant, colourful cubes adorning the skies of Leicester Square, creating a captivating spectacle for all to enjoy.

Actor and art enthusiast Russell Tovey unveiled this incredible installation, featuring the National Portrait Gallery's most renowned portraits. From literary giants like William Shakespeare to music icons like Elton John and Kate Bush, these larger-than-life figures will leave you enchanted.

Wander through Irving Street and Coventry Street from July to October, and immerse yourself in the artistic charm of London's vibrant entertainment district.

Don't miss the chance to explore Russell Tovey's portrait, displayed inside the National Portrait Gallery alongside these captivating masterpieces. Embrace the magic of art and culture as you stroll through the heart of London this summer.

Explore the National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery reopened in June after a remarkable building transformation. With an incredible collection of 250,000 photographs and negatives spanning from the 1840s to today, it's a must-see destination for all art lovers.

Must-See Exhibitions:

Paul McCartney Photographs 1963–64: Eyes of the Storm

Step into a time machine as you explore never-before-seen photos taken by Paul McCartney himself between December 1963 and February 1964. Witness the early days of The Beatles' rise to fame, from being a sensation in Britain to becoming a global phenomenon. Discover what it was like to be a 'Beatle' during the start of 'Beatlemania' and their journey from small UK stages to a historic performance on The Ed Sullivan Show for 73 million Americans.

Yevonde: Life and Colour

Get inspired by the fascinating story of a woman who found freedom through photography. Yevonde's portraits and still-life works spanning over sixty years will captivate you. This exhibition showcases the artist's experimental approach to photography and her trailblazing contribution to the world of portrait photography. Thanks to The CHANEL Culture Fund's support, this exhibition celebrates women in portraiture, enhancing their representation in the Gallery's Collection.

David Hockney Drawing from Life

Back by popular demand, the David Hockney: Drawing from Life exhibition returns after a temporary closure in March 2020 due to Covid. This five-star display features the work of the legendary artist David Hockney, known for his incredible drawing skills. Explore his intimate portraits of five different sitters, including his mother and himself, created using various mediums and styles like pencil, pen and ink, crayon, photographic collage, and even an iPad. Also, don't miss the debut of his latest portraits capturing friends and visitors to his studio in Normandy between 2020 and 2022.

Visit the National Portrait Gallery now and experience a whole new world of art and history!

Rana Begum's No.1273 Flag

Discover the No.1273 Flags by artist Rana Begum in Piccadilly, London! From 30th May to 20th August 2023, experience stunning flags adorned with intricate geometric patterns, celebrating the diverse cultures of our city. Inspired by 'The Art of Entertainment' theme, these mosaic designs symbolise unity and the uniqueness of London.

Rana Begum's mastery of minimalist abstraction captures the vibrant spirit of the West End. Now, her artwork spills onto the streets of Piccadilly, adding bursts of colour and life to this iconic area.

Immerse yourself in the piece, titled No.1273 Flag as you walk through Piccadilly. Let the vibrant colours and patterns surround you, offering a mesmerising display of art and culture. Whether you're an art enthusiast or simply love exploring London's cultural offerings, don't miss this inspiring public art installation.

Head to Piccadilly and let the flags take you on a journey of creativity and inspiration!

The Art of Entertainment at The Dilly

Discover the Terrace at The Dilly, a lively and sophisticated restaurant located on the second floor. It's the ideal place to enjoy a delightful summer dining experience under beautiful arches and a slanting glass ceiling that fills the room with natural light.

Whether you're starting your day with a lovely breakfast, meeting friends for lunch or afternoon tea, or having a special dinner, the Terrace at The Dilly offers it all. And guess what? It's the only place in London where you can savour your meal outdoors while taking in the stunning view of Piccadilly.

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly? Head to Downstairs at The Dilly - a cosy yet elegant piano bar located in central London. Whether you want a pre-night-out drink in the West End or a romantic date, this chic bar is the ideal setting for a sophisticated evening.

As you unwind, talented pianists and vocalists will provide live entertainment, filling the air with a mix of classic and modern tunes. Plus, you'll love their menu, offering drinks inspired by London and crafted with locally-sourced products, including the delightful Chapel Down English sparkling wine from Kent's vineyards.

For the ultimate Art of Entertainment experience in the heart of the city, make your way Downstairs at The Dilly - it's the place to be!

Sofitel London St James

Discover a delightful way to spend your summer Sundays at the beautiful Sofitel St James Hotel! This historical Grade II listed building combines British charm with French elegance, providing a five-star experience.

Throughout July and August, from 1-5 pm, the Rose Lounge comes alive with enchanting live music performances by talented musicians from the Royal Academy of Music. It's the perfect opportunity to unwind, immerse yourself in fantastic music, and bask in the lovely ambience.

At Sofitel London, you'll find 183 cosy bedrooms and a fantastic selection of places to eat. Enjoy delicious food all day long at Wild Honey St James café restaurant. You can treat yourself to a luxurious afternoon tea at the stunning Rose Lounge. And if you're in the mood for tasty cocktails, head to the stylish St James Bar.

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Fortnum & Mason


Since 1707, Fortnum & Mason has been home to extraordinary food, joy-giving things and unforgettable dining experiences. Situated on Piccadilly, it's the most luxurious department store in the world. Offering full range of luxury signature hampers and gift boxes, sweet and savoury treats, and gifts for every occasion.

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Set in the heart of London's West End, The Dilly complements the hotel's vibrant cultural and architectural surroundings. Seconds away from St James's, Piccadilly Circus, and Leicester Square, this luxury 5-star hotel boasts a stunning indoor swimming pool and spacious, elegant rooms for hotel guests. Plus, open to both guests and visitors, enjoy a superb meal in The Terrace restaurant overlooking Piccadilly, or a mouth-watering cocktail concoction in the Maskelyn & Cook bar.

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Sofitel London St James


A Grade II listed building, the five-star hotel, Sofitel London St James lies in the heart of the prestigious district of St James’s. Combining traditional British design and contemporary French elegance, the hotel boasts 183 bedrooms, and an all-day café restaurant, Wild Honey St James; an elegant Rose Lounge, ideal for afternoon tea, and the chic St James Bar complete the experience along with an award-winning spa. With 12 versatile function rooms, the luxury hotel is equally perfect for leisure and business guests.

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