Sunday, 30 November 2014

Christmas at Burgh House

Christmas is just around the corner!

The tree is ordered, the halls are being decked, and the House is looking fantastic. Burgh House is the perfect place for all the family this Festive Season, so check out what we have in store.


Peter Rayner: Cello Recital
Thursday 4th December, 7:30pm

The acclaimed cellist Peter Rayner returns to Burgh House for one of his popular recitals, performing the Bach Cello Suites: no 1 in G, no 2 in D minor and no 3 in C. Tickets £10 (£8 conc) For more information please contact 07790528497

Klio Blonz and Siobhan Swider: Amalthea Flute & Harp Fantasia
Sunday 7th December, 2:30pm

A beautiful blend of sounds, with music by Piazolla, Shankar, Ravel and Faure among others. Tickets £10 on the door, or in advance from 07855651080.

Baluji Shrivastav: Shadow of the Lotus
Sunday 7th December, 7:00pm

A sublime evening with Indian maestro Baluji Shrivastav  performing classical sitar and surbahar, accompanied by upcoming young tabla player Iliyas Khan. Tickets £20

The Gluhwein Ensemble & the Well-Mulled Carollers:
An 18th -Century Christmas Carol Concert
Wednesday 10th December, 7 for 7:30pm

A thrilling programme of carols which would have been sung in the House in its early years - and with much audience participation encouraged! Last year completely sold out, so be sure to book your tickets early. In aid of Burgh House. Tickets £12/£10 FoBH, including mince pies and mulled wine. get your tickets here-

The Bach Players: A Christmas Present
Friday 12th December, 7:30pm

The Bach Players perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Musical Offering (BWV 1079) and festive music by Buxtehude and Telemann.
£14.50. More information and tickets

Johan de Cock: A Christmas Piano Recital Sunday
14th December, 3:30pm

South African pianist Johan de Cock returns with a recital of Christmas piano music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Tchaikovsky and Bartók, as well as new, original Christmas works from around the world. The recital will last about an hour and is suitable for the whole family.  Tickets £10/£8 concessions. Available on the door or online at

The Hampstead Consort:Family Carol Concerts
Sunday 21st December, 1:00 & 3:00pm

The Hampstead Consort are back with
their ever-popular family carol concerts,
including plenty of tunes to join in with!
These concerts will sell out fast, but there are two times to choose from (see above).
Tickets: adults £12; children £

Art Exhibitions

Influence and Interplay
Wed 2nd -  Sun 7th December

An exhibition by eight London artists who meet at the Mary Ward Centre and make art together. This show traces their artistic

Peter M Steedman: Photographs
Wed 9th - Sun 14th December

Local photographer Peter M Steedman is holding his first exhibition at Burgh House. There will be a range of styles, including abstract and landscape, and although slightly retrospective, there will also be a few new works.

Anthea Ryan: The Magic of Things
Wed 17th - Sun 21st December

A beautiful exhibition of still- life paintings by Hampstead based studio-potter, artist and Burgh House supporter Anthea Ryan.

Burgh House Christmas Art and Craft Fair

Sun 30th November

Get into the festive spirit and start the Christmas season with a bang with our annual Burgh House Christmas Fair.  Fantastic arts and crafts stalls from London makers and designers, plus carol singing, kids’ lucky dip, mulled wine, mince pies and a whole lot of jollity.

Christmas Shopping

We have stunning array of handmade and vintage card designs from Hampstead company Pearl and Black, as well as local photographer Hugh Dehn (we just love his ladies swimming in the snowy ponds), not to mention scrumptious Damson Tree Christmas goodies, natural cosmetics and an extensive book collection. The shop at Burgh House has got original Christmas gifts covered.

Christmas Opening Times

We are open Wednesday - Friday and Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm up to and including 21st December. We will reopen on Wednesday 7th January 2015.

Fellowship & Sacrifice: Hampstead and the First World War
To mark the First World War Centenary, this exhibition at Burgh House and Hampstead Museum will look at the effects of the war on Hampstead Village and Heath. It will touch on the work of official war artists from the area and soldiers from Hampstead who fought at the Front. The exhibition will also examine the important role played by local military hospitals and residents.
Closes 14th December

Camden History Society: The West End in the 1800s: emerging pleasure district
Thursday 11th December, 7:30pm

Dr Rohan McWilliam, professor of modern British history at Anglia Ruskin University and president of the British Association of Victorian Studies, is currently engaged with the social and cultural history of London's West End and its development as a pleasure district and entertainment welcome; £1 at the door.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Victoria and Albert Museum - December at the V&A


Until 4 January 2015

“Thanks @V_and_A for putting on an incredible #Horst exhibition. So good I even bought a poster"  @empointer

Don't miss this definitive retrospective exhibition on one of the leading photographers of the 20th century. Discover Horst's most iconic fashion images for Vogue, alongside his less well-know work including unpublished and rarely exhibited vintage prints, nature studies and travel photography.

Travel partner American Airlines; with thanks to Bicester Village, London, and Kildare Village, Dublin; supported by the American Friends of the V&A

Supported by the Friends of the V&A;
with thanks to Winsor & Newton
Until 11 January 2015

Re-exam the work of Britian's best-loved artist and get up close to exquisite exhibition paintings, oil sketches, drawings, watercolours and engravings, and works from his personal collection.

We've teamed up with Cass Art to offer an amazing prize package. Enter here for your chance to win.

Travel partner Kuoni; supported by
Monsoon Bridal and Waterford Crystal

Until 15 March 2015


See the 270,000 sequins on Kate Moss's John Galliano wedding dress or marvel at the vivid colour of Dita Von Teese's Vivienne Westwood gown. This exhibition includes many objects from famous brides, crafted by well-known designers - giving you a priviledged insight into some of the most celebrated weddings.

Until 1 February 2015

Admission free

Ever wondered how to make a Flone? Download one of our PDFhow-to-guides to make your own version of some of the disobedient objects found in the exhibition.

Supported by Cockayne - Grants for the Arts, a donor-advised fund of The London Community.


V&A Museum of Childhood
13 December 2014 -
6 September 2015

Small Stories will reveal the fascinating stories behind some of the UK's best-loved dolls houses. Meet the residents of a country mansion, a Victorian town house, a suburban semi and a high-rise apartment, in a journey through the history of the home.
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With different Memberships to suit everyone, V&A Membership really is the perfect Christmas present. V&A Members enjoy a wealth of benefits, including unlimited free entry to all V&A exhibitions, Members-only previews, exciting events and much more. Order by 15 December to guarantee Christmas delivery.
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Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Conde Nast Years 1923-1937
Until 18 January 2015

Receiving its UK premiere at The Photographers' Gallery, In High Fashion presents over 200 vintage prints, many on public display for the first time since the 1930s and marking the period when Steichen was working onVogue and Vanity Fair

*Special London Photography Fashion offer*
Present your Horst: Photographer of Style ticket at TPG to get a full price ticket at the concessionary rate to this exhibition. Offer valid 1-31 December, subject to availability.
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KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood
Until 18 January 2015

With an exciting combination of famous names and visually stunning pieces, this exhibition charts the influence of art movements including Pop, Punk and Deconstruction alongside new knitwear technologies and design innovation. Book now

We are delighted to announce the re-opening of Gallery 46b. Renovation has involved reinstating aspects of the original Victorian decoration and replacing the glazed roofing. As part of our FuturePlanthe refurbishment will bring the Cast Courts up to the standards of the 21st Century whilst retaining its Victorian charm. Read more

Friday 5 December

Vivien Leigh  took a keen interest in the way she was dressed for her films and collaborated with many major film costume designers. V&A curator Keith Lodwick discusses the important relationship between the actress, designer and character.
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In collaboration with Fashion and Cinema

Friday 5 December

ONE DAY DIGITAL WORKSHOP: Learn how to create simple and beautiful illustrated greeting cards inspired by patterns and motifs in the V&A collections. 
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Wednesday 3 December

In this lunchtime lecture, V&A curator Heike Zech will explore the imagery of the sleeping dog against the backdrop of the long-standing symbolism of dogs in decorative and fine arts in early modern times
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How does the V&A inspire you to curate Christmas? Share your installations, decorations and celebrations by simply uploading your photo to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #CuratingXmas. One lucky person will win a fantastic prize, including an overnight stay at The Kensington Hotel, £200 V&A Shop voucher and a year's V&A Membership for you and a guest. Read more 

Follow us on social media to find out how we will be curating Christmas in the Museum.