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Frieze London and Frieze Sculptures

As Frieze fever hits London, get ready for the ultimate cultural caper

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Filled with fine-dining, flagship shopping, plus plenty of art to explore, discover must-try accompaniments to this year’s annual art extravaganza.

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Close to Green Park, Piccadilly Circus, Bond Street, Oxford Street, St James's Park tube stations. Nearby bus routes include 6, 9, 14, 19, 22, 38, N9, N19, N22, N38, N94. Nearby Santander bicycles and bicycle parking available.

Looking to make the most of your visit to Frieze London?

Whether you’re an art aficionado or just looking to explore London while the streets are a little quieter, Frieze is the mother-of-all art festivals and the ultimate excuse to rediscover London’s cultural scene.

Offering outdoor displays of works by internationally acclaimed artists including Lubaina Himid, Richard Long, Sarah Lucas and Rebecca Warren, Frieze Sculptures is on at Regent’s Park from 5th - 18th October 2020.

Plus, for those looking to immerse yourselves in live art, Frieze LIVE is a must-visit. Curated by Victor Wang, Artistic Director and Chief Curator of M WOODS Museum in Beijing, the showcase for LIVE art will, for the first time, take place at 9 Cork Street.

What’s more, why not make the most of your visit to London?

The West End is brimming with art-inspired activities to compliment your cultural capers. From exploring famous female artists at the National Gallery, refuelling with a bite to eat at Franco’s, or immersing yourself in even more art at the Royal Academy of Arts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the heart of London’s original cultural district.

Here’s our top picks so you can find the perfect accompaniment to this year’s annual art extravaganza.

Great women artists at the National Gallery

This year’s Frieze Art Fair Sculpture Trails in Regents Park shows-off some of the finest of female artistic talent, with the likes of Lubaina Himid, Sarah Lucas, and Rebecca Warren, all taking centre stage.

So, why not continue the trail of strong female artists?

Discover Artemisia’s exhibition at the National Gallery, running from 3rd October 2020 – 24th January 2021.

Artemisia (1593 - 1654 or later) specialised in painting strong mythic or biblical women; transforming meek maidservants into courageous conspirators, and victims into survivors.

She was an exceptional female artist from a time when women were not easily accepted, but challenged conventions and became one of the greatest storytellers of her time. She spent a short time at the court of Charles I in London, before leaving the country around the time of the Civil War.

Tickets cost £20 per person, with concession prices available too.

Learn more about the exhibition here. Or, call or email to book your tickets using the following details:

T: +44 (0)20 7747 2885

E: information@ng-london.org.uk

Afternoon tea treats at The Dilly

Looking to continue your journey of inspiring female creatives?

Tuck-in to the award-winning Peter Rabbit™ Afternoon Tea celebrating beloved childhood tales at the Terrace restaurant inside The Dilly hotel on Piccadilly.

Offering a magical wonderland of Peter's favourite treats inspired by the classic Beatrix Potter tales, fill-up on tasty treats such as the Caught In A Twist sandwich and the Every Bunny's Favourite carrot cake, perfect for little ones and adults alike.

From Mr McGregor's Garden, a delectable baguettini filled with fresh vegetables and hummus, to the Flower-Pot Hideout, an edible chocolate pot filled with chamomile mousse and blackberries, harking back to Peter's adventurous day. Not forgetting warm fluffy scones, served with jam and clotted cream in adorable plant pots.

Served in the Victorian glass atrium with floor to ceiling windows and balcony overlooking Piccadilly, only moments away from Piccadilly Circus, and decked out with an array of foliage, the setting perfectly matches Peter's tale.

Make a reservation online here. Or, call or email using the following details:

T: +44 020 7734 8000

E: info@thedillylondon.com

Luxurious flagship shopping at Fortnum & Mason

Perhaps your looking to stock-up on stationary?

Whether your passion is for paper and pens or you prefer letterpress to leather-bound, Fortnum & Mason offer a range of delightful stationery sets and greetings cards.

Original and beautifully designed, pick-up a note-pad, gift, or gaming treat from £15.

Whilst it’s not considered the cheapest of staples, it’s worthy to inspire your creative juices. After all, shopping for stationery is truly one of life’s more pleasurable tasks.

Pop-in to the Piccadilly flagship department store, only moments away from Green Park or Piccadilly Circus tube stations.

Fine dining at Franco’s

Visiting Frieze LIVE at Cork Street’s art galleries?

Refuel at Franco’s restaurant only moments away on Jermyn Street.

Serving continental and English breakfasts, followed by Italian-inspired lunch and dinner menus, there’s something to make everyone’s taste buds dance with delight.

What’s more, to celebrate the restaurants 75th anniversary, discover the new range of Franco’s Exclusive house wines. Offering the likes of Pellengo, Camusso & Gasca and Barbera DOC, and Camusso & Gasca, with grapes grown from the north-west Piedmont region in Italy.

Franco’s strives to deliver an exceptional standard of service, maintaining the highest food handling and hygiene standards. The ongoing pandemic has only reinforced their approach to ensuring your dining experience is a pleasurable as possible, so guests can rest assured it’s safe to rediscover this hidden gem.

Whatever you decide, Franco’s is a must-visit sitting seconds away from Mayfair and Piccadilly.

Make a reservation online here. Or, call or email using the following details:

T: +44 (020) 7499 2211

E: reserve@francoslondon.com

Summer (Not Summer) Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts

From the reclaimed wooden doors of Lumaina Himid’s work in the Frieze Fair Sculpture trail in Regent’s Park, to a striking depiction of Elton John’s living room at this year’s Summer Exhibition, a visit to the Royal Academy of Arts is the ultimate accompaniment to this year’s Frieze festival.

Unhindered by war and for the first time in its 252 year history, the Royal Academy's winter edition of the Summer Exhibition is a must-see.

Running from 6th October 2020 - 3rd January 2021, explore a myriad of works by household names and emerging artists inside London’s most joyous festival of art.

Get tickets from just £18 per adult and free for under 16s, to explore everything that’s happening in the contemporary art world right now. Themes this year reflect upon identity, immigration, contested borders, ecological threat, climate change, pro-democracy protest and landscape, in the form of installation, painting, film, photography and sculpture.

Coordinated by artist duo Jane and Louise Wilson RA, alongside the Summer Exhibition Committee, the curation seeks to challenge the definition of what community us and what form collective communities can begin to take.

Whether you’re looking to spot new talent hanging out alongside art world megastars, or add a splash of colour to your walls at home, the winter edition of the RA Summer Exhibition is a must-visit.

Learn more about the event here.

Book your tickets online here. Or, call +44 (0)20 7300 8090.

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For over 75 years Franco’s has consistently provided a friendly, warm, welcoming sanctuary for everybody living, working and visiting St. James’s and Jermyn Street. The quality of food, hospitality and service has meant that Franco’s has remained a firm favourite with so many who return time and time again.

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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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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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