FOR ART LOVERS
John Constable was so inspired by London that both Hampstead Heath and the opening of Waterloo Bridge were immortalised in his works. Nearly two centuries later, the city continues to inspire new generations of artists and delight those with an appreciation for their talents. As the largest open submission showcase of contemporary art in the world, the royal academy of art’s summer exhibition aptly demonstrates this fact and, coupled with blockbuster exhibitions at the city’s major galleries, has established London as a key destination for world-class art. Master Paintings Week and Master Drawings London provide a fantastic introduction to some of London’s top commercial galleries and dealers, with special exhibitions of mainly European paintings dating from the 15th to 19th centuries the Halcyon Gallery in Mayfair meanwhile is our pick for anyone looking to build a private collection.
You only have to take a stroll along Bond street to witness London’s prowess as a style capital. All the major fashion houses are located here and, with a burgeoning collection of independent boutiques to explore, rummaging through the racks for the season’s must-haves has never been so pleasurable. The ultimate luxury, of course, is having someone do the hard work of outfit selection for you and personal style gurus such as Alex Longmore and Cheryl Konteh are among London’s nest advisers. Also worthy of note is Harrods’ stunning new personal shopping suite – the Penthouse. Part of Harrods’ exclusive By Appointment personal shopping service, this glamorous oasis of calm offers access to Harrods’ specialist team of experts in an area that houses adaptable private suites, a central lounge, private dining and an outdoor roof terrace.Plus, with the addition of the By Appointment Beyond service, tailor-made travel, property searches and personal consultations with renowned experts are all within easy reach.