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Friday, 29 July 2016

Unlimited Vintage Afternoon Tea for Two or Four at My Secret Tea Room (Up to 26% Off)

Unlimited Afternoon Tea, Kensal Rise

My Secret Tea Room

Serving up vintage afternoon tea that would impress even the Queen! Scones, cake and sandwiches come with loose leaf tea or coffee at this hidden venue which prides itself in using great ingredients that are fair and local wherever possible .

Choose Between Two Options

Afternoon tea includes: finger sandwiches | scones with clotted cream and jam | cake | refills of tea and coffee

London: 1 to 3 Nights for Two with Breakfast and Glass of Wine at Best Western Burns Hotel Kensington


The Hotel

Set in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Best Western Burns Hotel Kensington beckons with proximity to the High Street Kensington, Holland Park, Westfield Shepherd’s Bush and Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park.
  • Rooms fitted with hairdryer, writing desk, trouser press, tea & coffee making facilities and complimentary toiletries
  • On-site bar serving light bites
  • Check-in from 2pm; check-out by 11am
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi; pets not all allowed


Centrally located hotel offering elegant accommodation close to London’s major attractions

What You Get

Included in all options: Stay for two in a double room with breakfast and glass of wine on arrival between 1 Aug-31 Oct 2016

London: Stay For 2 With Welcome Drink, Cake, Champagne and Canapes; With Option For Afternoon Tea at 4* Cranley Hotel

4* London Boutique Hotel Stay


4-star boutique hotel nestled in South Kensington, within easy reach of museums and Hyde Park

What You Get

Included in all options: Stay for two in a superior double room with continental breakfast, welcome drink, homemade cake in the afternoon and a glass of Champagne plus canapes served every night between 7pm - 8pm in the lobby, valid Jun-Sep 2016
Included in dedicated options:Bottle of house wine, traditional afternoon tea, fruit platter on arrival
See the options list at the end of ‘Getaways Report’ tab.


  • Just two miles away from Victoria and Paddington stations
  • Restaurant and bar with lobby and terrace
  • Check-in from 2pm; check-out by midday
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Pets not allowed

The Hotel

Sitting pretty on a tranquil South Kensington street, the four star Cranley Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel boasting antique furnishings, embroidered bedheads and traditional English charm. Its suitable central London locations makes this hotel a perfect base for exploring the English capital’s attractions, including a plethora of museums, shops and restaurants.
The bedrooms are individually decorated in distinctive regency colour schemes and are fitted with handmade beds, flat screen TVs, and en suite bathrooms featuring toiletries, slippers and robes.
Leisure moments can be spent sipping a traditional afternoon tea in the lounge or on the summer terrace, while for a night out, the area abounds in restaurants, bars and cafes.


£40 Toward Chinese Food with an Optional Bottle of House Wine at New China (Up to 54% Off)

£40 to spend at New China

New China

Located in close proximity to Leicester Square tube station, New China invites for a pan-Asian dining experience. Guests can lounge within Chinese interior surroundings and indulge in a selection of Cantonese dishes, featuring dumplings, diced meat and various types of rice. The venue provides a private dining room with karaoke facilities and can take reservations for bespoke parties.

Choose Between Two Options

Selection of set meals may include: chicken and sweet corn soup, stir-fried mixed vegetables, sweet and sour pork, diced chicken with cashew nuts, egg-fried rice | crab meat and sweet corn soup, stir-fried mixed vegetables, sweet and sour chicken, beef in black bean sauce, king prawn with cashew nuts, egg-fried rice
Selection of a la carte items may include: shrimp cakes | spinach dumplings | steamed omasum | Peking dumplings
Selection of wines may include: le chene blanc | le chene rouge
See the full menu.

Choice of Sharing Platter with a Bottle of Prosecco For Two at The Attic in Canary Wharf (Up to 61% Off)

The Attic

The Attic is a cocktail and champagne bar located on the 48th floor of the Pan Peninsula. It boasts a 360-degree panoramic view of Canary Wharf and the Thames. Indian Tigers eye stones, along with a black granite bar complement the elegant and refined interior. The experienced staff serve an array of beverages which can be coupled with sharing platters of snacks. The Attic also hosts themed nights and parties, and is available for private hire.

The Deal

Elizabeth I Armada portrait saved with help of 8,000 donors

The Armada portrait of Elizabeth IImage copyrightART FUND
Image captionThe portrait was originally owned and possibly commissioned by Sir Francis Drake
A portrait of Elizabeth I has become public property, after an appeal helped raise £10.3m to buy it.
The Armada portrait, thought to have been painted in 1590, was being sold by descendants of Sir Francis Drake.
An Art Fund appeal generated £1.5m from 8,000 donations. The Heritage Lottery Fund gave £7.4m; the Art Fund and Royal Museums Greenwich were major donors.
The picture will go on show at the Queen's House in Greenwich, near the site of Elizabeth's birth, in October.

'Inspiring female leadership'

The painting, considered to be a masterpiece of the English Renaissance, commemorates one of the most famous moments of Elizabeth's reign, the failed invasion of England by the Spanish Armada in 1588.
Sir Francis was the vice admiral of the English fleet at the time and it is believed he may even have commissioned the painting, which is unusual for its large size - 3ft 7ins by 4ft 1in (1.1m by 1.25m) - and horizontal format.
The Art Fund donated £1m to the cost of the painting, while Royal Museums Greenwich supplied £400,000.
The remaining funds came from the Linbury Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Headley Trust.
The Queen's House in GreenwichImage copyrightNMM
Image captionThe painting will be hung at The Queen's House in Greenwich in October
Stephen Deuchar, director of The Art Fund, said the campaign to save the painting had been "a triumph of popular will".
"Record numbers of donors, large and small, stepped forward with determination and generosity, creating an irresistible momentum that has brought this great work into public ownership at last," he said.
HLF chairman Sir Peter Luff said the painting was "a compelling historic icon, illustrating as it does a decisive conflict, inspiring female leadership, maritime power and the emergence of the Elizabethan 'Golden Age'".
"This image has shaped our understanding of the Virgin Queen for over 400 years and I am delighted that it will now have such an appropriate permanent home in Greenwich," he added.
The painting will be the centrepiece for the reopening of the Queen's House on 11 October.
It will then undergo a conservation process to "restore its fragile painted surfaces" before becoming part of an exhibition and outreach programme, an Art Fund spokeswoman said.
Elizabeth I cupcake and letterImage copyrightART FUND
Image captionThe Elizabeth I cupcakes came complete with a letter explaining why the painting was important
Among those who donated to the appeal were a seven-year-old Wakefield girl, who sold Elizabeth I cupcakes whilst dressed in a costume inspired by the painting, and pupils at St Paul's Girl School in London, who held a bake sale to raise funds.
St Paul's history teacher Blanche Girouard said the girls "study the portrait when we teach Elizabeth I and the Armada, so [they were] very keen to help save it for the nation".

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Wellcome Collection - What's On in August

Wellcome Collection, A Free Destination for the incurably curious. What's On
Booking for events opens at 11.00 on Friday 29 July.
You can book online by following the links below, or you can call us on 020 7611 2222.
This August, Wellcome Café and the Reading Room are hosting artist Dora García's project 'The Hearing Voices Café', a meeting place for voice-hearers, their friends and coincidental guests.

From Socrates and Saint Teresa of Avila to avant-garde writer Hannah Weiner, philosophers, believers and artists have long regarded voice-hearing as a special gift. Others, such as Virginia Woolf, have had less positive experiences. Either way, voice-hearing has played a significant role in human experience historically and continues to do so today - as highlighted by the International Hearing Voices Movement, a social movement challenging narrow understandings of voice-hearing.

Join us at the café for drop-in discussions and events produced in collaboration with different communities related to voice-hearing, to share, explore and learn about diverse perspectives and experiences.

Event timings and details will be available online from 1 August.

› The Hearing Voice Cafe - find out more
This exhibition explores how the unique grain of our voice locates us socially, geographically and psychologically and how the voice is utterly flexible and can be altered with treatment and training.
Designed as an acoustic journey, the spotlight is cast on the meaning and emotions conveyed through the patterns of rhythm, stress and intonation.
Non-verbal forms of communication are emphasised, revealing the power of the voice before and beyond words.

All our exhibitions are free. Find out about entry at busy times.

Exploring phenomena such as somnambulism, synaesthesia, and disorders of memory and consciousness, the exhibition examines ideas around the nature of consciousness, and in particular what can happen when our typical conscious experience is interrupted, damaged or undermined.
'States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness' will feature a series of changing installations.The final one is 'Time Present' by Shona Illingsworth, from 19 July until 16 October. Find out more about this installation.
The exhibition also features work by artists Carla MacKinnon, Louise K Wilson, A R Hopwood, Mary Kelly and Aya Ben Ron.
All our exhibitions are free. Find out about entry at busy times.

19 AUG 2016 - 8 JAN 2017
'Skeletons: Our Buried Bones' is going on tour across the country, with a first stop in Glasgow. Based on a show originally at Wellcome Collection in 2008, the exhibition is a collaboration with the Museum of London, touring to the Hunterian Art Gallery, M Shed in Bristol and Leeds City Museum over 2016-18.

SATURDAYS, 11.00-14.45

'The Quiet Volume' is a whispered, self-generated and ‘automatic’ performance for two visitors at a time, exploiting the particular tension common to any library: the combination of silence and concentration within which different people’s experiences of reading and listening unfold.
You are invited to participate in pairs, sitting side by side in the Wellcome Library. Taking cues from both written and whispered sources, you will find yourselves burrowing an unlikely path through a pile of books.
SATURDAY 5 NOV, 19.00-21.00
Head to Bethlem Gallery and Museum of the Mind in Beckenham to explore the site of this world-famous hospital through historical and contemporary artistic perspectives. This is a collaboration between Wellcome Collection and Bethlem Gallery in celebration of our 'Bedlam' exhibition and Bethlem’s 'Reclaiming Asylum' exhibition.
RRP £14.99
A practical toolkit of 99 step-by-step vocal exercises devised by renowned vocal coaches to help speakers and singers of all abilities transform the quality of their voice. Bursting with advice – and with a foreword by Cerys Matthews – it covers everything from warm-ups, breathing, pacing and projection to techniques for speaking with confidence and singing jazz, pop, opera and even beatboxing with style. 'This is a Voice' will ensure that you make yourself heard.

RRP £9.99
Understanding the nature of consciousness continues to challenge even the leading experts in the field. This collection of literature, science and art delves into the mysteries of consciousness and features an introduction by Mark Haddon.

RRP £16.99
We all hear voices. In this book, Charles Fernyhough takes a wide-ranging look at the voices in our heads, examining how we think and what it means for our lives and sense of self. Published to coincide with Wellcome Collection’s 'This is a Voice’ exhibition.

RRP £14.99
The story of the Indian people, in sickness and in health; a unique perspective on the most diverse and fascinating country in the world.Written by Aarath Prasad and inspired by Wellcome Collection’s 2016 Mumbai exhibition.

15 SEP 2016 - 15 JAN 2017
Opening this September, ‘Bedlam: the asylum and beyond’ traces the rise and fall of the mental asylum and the present-day landscape that has succeeded it, through the lens of one such institution, Bethlem Royal Hospital in London, known in popular slang as Bedlam. 
The exhibition focuses on the diverse perspectives and lived experiences of individuals that inhabited the asylum or created alternatives to it – their voices have shaped the meaning of mental illness and the current landscape of mental health care.

Young people from our ‘Minds in Motion’ Hip Hop dance project will be performing their newly choreographed work, inspired by our ‘States of Mind’ exhibition. This project has been led by dancers from ZooNation Dance Company and  was organised in partnership with Camden Summer University.

Image: ZooNation Dance Company


Prolific and accomplished British electronic musician Matthew Herbert is renowned for manipulating everyday sounds and bodily experiences to produce electronic music. Chorusasks visitors to sing a single note within a professional recording booth in the This is a Voice exhibition, following a set of instructions. The visitors’ voices are then automatically added to a chorus of voices, including performers and staff from the Royal Opera House.

Seven young voice hearers collaborated with artist Hannah Hull to create a significant body of artwork that aims to evoke and challenge the viewer’s expectations of a voice hearer. Hannah tells us more about it and considers the ethics of such an artwork inHearing Voices: On Curiosity.

Producing trailers for Wellcome Collection often involves hunting around for that perfect music track to convey the mood of the show. Find out how we created the soundtrack for the 'THIS IS A VOICE' trailer.

We invited artists to programme or perform live vocalisations in the ‘THIS IS A VOICE‘ gallery space. These daily events offered an intimate, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the mechanics of voice production and vocal exercises. We reflect on this unorthodox programme of events,Voicings.
3 AUG - 29 AUG
Outside In and Unlimited presents three Japanese visual artists showing their work in UK for the first time: intuitive musical scores, ‘Makoot’ dolls and colourful drawings, including some that challenge gender representation, will all be exhibited.

Submit your images now for the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards for your chance to win up to £5,000. Winning images will be displayed in galleries and science centres across the UK and around the world.

› Wellcome Image Awards – find out more
17 JUN - 21 AUG
The Museum of Brands is exhibiting the spectacular dresses from fashion designer and Kumiko Tani’s ‘Re-cycle Style’ collection exploring consumer culture and fashion.

10 JUN - 4 SEP
Curated by Pablo León de la Barra this exhibition brings together highlights from the Guggenheim’s collection of recently acquired Latin American works, spanning installation, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, and video.

› Under the Same Sun:Art from Latin America Today – find out more