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London's reawakening

 
 

Rediscover these cultural institutions as they reopen their doors this summer. 

 

13th August 2020

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As London reawakens, begin exploring the best of what the capital has to offer.


Keep these attractions in mind for when you are planning your next staycation at The Rubens at the Palace or Hotel 41. Please check the attraction's website in regards to booking information and opening times. Our concierge teams are always happy to assist with bookings. 

Tower of London

Tower of London

Located on the banks of the Thames, a visit to the iconic Tower of London is perfect for children and adults alike. Explore the fortresses, the White Tower and hear the captivating stories from the Yeoman Warders. Don't forget to marvel at the Crown Jewels which are on display in the Jewel House, protected by her majesty's armed guards!

Date of reopening: Open now
Location: Tower of London, EC3N 4AB

Japan House

Japan House

Escape to Japan House this July, the home of Japanese culture in London. Discover a whole host of free exhibitions including the works of contemporary kimono designer Takahashi Hiroko who has contributed to the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Kimono: Kyoto to Catwal exhibition, and a sculpture installation by hip-hop artist Obata Taku.

Date of reopening: Open now 
Location: 101-111 Kensington High St, Kensington, W8 5SA

The National Gallery

The National Gallery

The National Gallery houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings, spanning centuries from the mid-13th to the 1900s. The Gallery’s latest exhibition Titian: Love, Desire, Death, explores the mythology surrounding ‘love, temptation, and punishment’ in the 1500s. 

Date of reopening: Open now 
Location: Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN

Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts 2019

Founded in 1768 by a collection of artists and architects, the Royal Academy's first President was acclaimed painter Sir Joshua Reynolds. The artists shared a goal of creating an independent organisation that would provide recognition for the leading artists and architects of the day. On your visit see Picasso and Paper, an exploration of Picasso’s limitless creativity with the medium. 

Date of reopening: Open now
Location: Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD

Queen's Gallery

Queen's Gallery

The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace is located just a short walk from Hotel 41 and Rubens at the Palace. Current exhibitions include, George IV: Art & Spectacle which will display the former monarch’s extensive portraiture collection.

Date of reopening: Open now
Location: Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA

The Royal Mews

Royal Mews london

Located directly opposite Hotel 41 and The Rubens at the Palace, The Royal Mews is a working stable where the horses that pull the royal carriages and coaches live. Perfect for families, meet the horses housed at the stables, see the magnificent carriages used for state occasions and discover the history behind this fascinating site.

Date of reopening: Open now
Location: Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA 

Tate Modern and Britain

Tate Modern

Home to the national collection of British art, encompassing 70,000 artworks, both sites offer free and paid exhibitions of contemporary and international art. At the Tate Britain, explore Steve McQueen’s Year 3, a collection of portraits taken of every year 3 cohort from across London’s schools. The pictures capture and celebrate the diversity of London. In the Tate Modern, explore their Andy Warhol exhibition, the first Warhol exhibition at the gallery for almost 20 years.

Date of reopening: Open now
Location: Bankside, SE1 9TG (Tate Modern) or Millbank, SW1P 4RG (Tate Britain)

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

The current home of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Kensington Palace is known for its stunning architecture, verdant gardens and compelling history. On your visit, explore private rooms of The King’s and Queen’s State Apartments and delve into the history of Queen Victoria’s childhood who was born and raised in the palace.

Date of reopening: Open now
Location: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX

Design Museum

Design Museum

The Design Museum is world leading with a focus on contemporary architecture and design. From 31st of July, immerse yourself in Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers, an exploration of electronic music’s impact on the world and Fountain of Hygiene which analyses the future of hygiene and its design in our ever-changing world. 

Date of reopening: Open now
Location: 224 - 238 Kensington High Street, W8 6AG

Serpentine Gallery

Serpentine Gallery

Located in Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine Gallery offers many free to access exhibitions and live events. Their current exhibition Cao Fei: Blueprints is an immersive exhibition which explores how virtual reality has changed our perception of self and how we understand reality itself. The Serpentine Sackler Gallery located in Hyde Park will open 29th September. 

Date of reopening: Open now
Location: Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA 

National History Museum

National History Museum

Both a research centre and a museum, The National History Museum is perfect for families with children fascinated in all things dinosaur related. Discover fossils from various mammals, reptiles, dinosaurs and fish in the museum's extensive galleries. Don't forget to look up at 'Hope' the blue whale hanging from the ceiling in Hintze Hall. 

Date of reopening: Open now
Location: Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, SW7 5BD 

Victoria & Albert Museum

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A world leading museum in art and design, housing a collection of over 2.3 million objects, the V&A hosts regular free exhibitions. Their latest exhibitions include, Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk and Filthy Lucre: Whistler's Peacock Room Reimagined. You can also explore their permanent collections on your next visit. 

Date of reopening: Open now
Location: Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, SW7 2RL

Museum of London

Museum of London

Learn all about the history of the Capital at the Museum of London. It's nine permanent galleries include exhibitions from Roman London to the 'World City', looking at how revolutions in technology, fashion and culture have transformed London into the city we are familiar with today. It's second location in the Docklands, examines London's presence as a major trading port.

Date of reopening: Open now
Location: 150 London Wall, Barbican, EC2Y 5HN (Museum of London) and 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, No, Hertsmere Rd,, E14 4AL (Museum of London Docklands)

Live performances and cinemas

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Whilst our beloved West End theatres will remain closed, live theatre and musical perfromances can be streamed online straight to your living room. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have been producing an array of content that you can watch from the comfort of your living room. Check out their RPO at home page for their latest performances. 

Similarly, you can catch exclusive National Theatre Live's performances on their YouTube channel. Every week a new performance is uploaded it can be streamed for a week, so you can watch when suits you best.

Regent's Park Open Air Cinema has now reopened, you can see Jesus Christ Superstar: The Comedy, running until 27th September. Regent's Park are also hosting MOREoutdoor comedy shows throughout August and September, featuring popular comedians. 

Everyman Cinemas have began to reopen their cinemas, with both blockbuster hits and cult classics available to watch. Odeon, Vue and Cineworld have reopened their cinemas with independent cinemas to follow suit as the year progresses. 

Retail

Burlington Arcade Mayfair

From the historic boutiques of Jermyn Street, Savile Row, Bond Street and the Burlington Arcade in Mayfair, to the world famous Harrods and Harvey Nichols, the shops you know and love are open and ready to welcome you back.

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