Monday 31 December 2012

He's a jean-ius! Artist's amazing pictures of London life made from DENIM he finds in charity shops | Mail Online

He's a jean-ius! Artist's amazing pictures of London life made from DENIM he finds in charity shops | Mail Online: "He's a jean-ius! Artist's amazing pictures of London life made from DENIM he finds in charity shops"
Taking the art world by storm: Artist Ian Berry takes old denim jeans, cuts them up and glues them back together to depict London street scenes

Anna Friel in Uncle Vanya

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Sunday 30 December 2012

New Year's Eve 2012 Fireworks |

New Year's Eve 2012 Fireworks | "The Mayor is supporting free travel on all TfL services from 11:45pm on New Year’s Eve until 4:30am on New Year’s Day.

There will be significant changes to regular tube and train services and you may have to use different routes or station entrances with specific queuing arrangements. Please plan your journey both to and from the event and follow directions from stewards, police or rail and tube staff on the night."

New Year's Eve 2012 Fireworks |

New Year's Eve 2012 Fireworks | "The show

From 10pm, a live DJ will be playing hit tunes, party classics and new sounds in the run up to midnight.

As the clock strikes 12, Big Ben’s famous ’bongs' will be relayed across all viewing areas, before the UK’s biggest annual fireworks display launches from the EDF Energy London Eye to a specially created musical soundtrack.

Once the fireworks come to an end, join together with friends and strangers alike for a massed rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

The party will then carry on until 12:45am with a second live DJ set. Stay to the end and you’ll avoid the worst of the station queues too!"

New Year's Eve 2012 Fireworks |

New Year's Eve 2012 Fireworks | "New Year’s Eve in London is great - but it’s also really busy so plan ahead. Think about:

Travel plans before the fireworks
Where you want to be at midnight
Your journey home
No ordinary night

Each year around 250,000 people come and watch the Mayor’s midnight fireworks display on the banks of the Thames. The best viewing areas fill up about three hours in advance, and the areas around the river are always packed with people. Before deciding to head out you should consider how long you are prepared to stand around outside waiting for the display to start.

A great place to be

London is still one of the best places to be on New Year’s Eve. Pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs are open well into the night across the city. However, most pubs and clubs are ticketed entry on the night, so if you haven’t booked in advance you may find it difficult to find somewhere to enjoy a drink or eat both before and after the event."

New Year's Eve 2012 Fireworks |

New Year's Eve 2012 Fireworks | "All you need to help you plan your journey and get there and back safely.

New Year's Eve 2012 Fireworks 
Monday, 31 December, 2012 - 23:45 
Celebrate the end of London’s year like no other and welcome 2013 with a bang, watching the Mayor’s spectacular, free New Year’s Eve fireworks.


The night skies will be a blaze of light and colour on Monday 31 December 2012 with a display of stunning pyrotechnics by the London Eye on the famous South Bank.
"Our New Year's Eve fireworks will cap a triumphant year for London. As we welcomed the world to the magnificent celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the glorious success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, London was at its very best. From the thrilling sporting action to the breathtaking cultural celebrations, it has been an unforgettable year and I am immensely proud of the contribution that our Ambassadors made to that success. As we go into 2013 with a spectacular fireworks display I hope we can build on that energy and enthusiasm to make ours the best big city in the world."
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Thursday 27 December 2012


January Talks and Events

viral-research-v4.jpgTalk: Poppy Bowers on Collection Sandretto Re Rebaudengo: Viral Research
Thursday 3 January, 7pm - 8pm
Assistant Curator Poppy Bowers introduces the latest exhibition from the Turin based collection.
penone-v4.jpgBSL talk: The Bloomberg Commission: Giuseppe Penone With audio interpretation
Thursday 10 January, 7pm - 8pm
A talk on the role of the tree in the work of Italian artist Giuseppe Penone.
For deaf visitors, with audio interpretation.

gerard-byrne-v4.jpgDiscussion: Gerard Byrne
Thursday 17 January, 7pm - 8.30pm
Irish artist Gerard Byrne discusses his latest exhibition and the material that informs his wider practice. From popular magazines and late night TV interviews to academic text and theatre dialogue. With Curator Kirsty Ogg and Film Curator Gareth Evans.
art-writing-seminar-v4.jpgArt Writing Seminar
Tuesday 22 January, 11am - 4pm
Presenting and debating contemporary issues in art writing with staff and students from Goldsmiths MFA Art Writing course and invited guest speakers. This series is organised with Maria Fusco, Director of Art Writing, Goldsmiths. 

nancy-holt-v4.jpgTalk: Nancy Holt: To Make a Tree
Wednesday 23 January, 7pm - 8.30pm
Known for her role in the Land Art movement of the late 1960s, artist Nancy Holt recollects the sites that have influenced her work – from the desolate American wilderness to the ancient woodlands of England.
ute-meta-bauer-v4.jpgTalk: Ute Meta Bauer: Exhibition Histories
Thursday 24 January, 7pm - 8.30pm
Launching a new series recalling exhibitions through the personal accounts of curators, Ute Meta Bauer, Dean of the School of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, talks to Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick.
Co-organised with research and publishing organisation Afterall.

Cocktails and Sharing Platter £10

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Shakespeare’s Globe Tour

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Three-Course Italian Meal

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Jack The Ripper Walking Tour £10

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Monday 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Sunday 23 December 2012

Breakfast With Prosecco

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Saturday 22 December 2012

Mexican Meal With Wine

Mexican Meal With Wine: "Two-Course Mexican Meal For Two With Glass of Wine Each for £26 at High Chaparral (Up to 45% Off)"
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Chateaubriand and Wine

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Royal London Tour in a Mini

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Friday 21 December 2012

Christmas Festival Royal Albert Hall

  • The Glory of Christmas

    The Glory of Christmas

    Friday 21 December 2012 - 7:30 PM

    This concert of joyous seasonal and traditional music perfectly captures the true spirit of Christmas, featuring the triumphant Royal Albert Hall Grand Organ.
  • Christmas Carol Singalong | Royal Albert Hall

    Christmas Carol Singalong

    Saturday 22 December 2012 - 1:30 PM

    Irrepressible showman Jonathan Cohen leads you through another fun-filled jamboree of his most-loved carols and festive hits.
  • Christmas Carol Singalong | Royal Albert Hall

    Christmas Carol Singalong

    Saturday 22 December 2012 - 4:45 PM

    Irrepressible showman Jonathan Cohen leads you through another fun-filled jamboree of his most-loved carols and festive hits.
  • Carols by Candlelight | Royal Albert Hall

    Carols by Candlelight

    Saturday 22 December 2012 - 8:00 PM

    Herald the Christmas season with this exquisite concert of carols and seasonal classics performed by the UK’s most elegant orchestra, staged in full 18th century costume.
  • Christmas with Aled Jones | Royal Albert Hall

    Christmas with Aled Jones

    Sunday 23 December 2012 - 1:30 PM

    Join Aled Jones and a packed stage of superb artists for a wonderful afternoon of music and carols.

Three Madonnas Take Centre Stage at Madame Tussauds London

Three Madonnas Take Centre Stage at Madame Tussauds London: "No Christmas is complete without a brand new ‘gift’ and today we unwrapped not one, but three Madonnas.

Today we revealed a brand new wax figure inspired by the singer’s recent ‘MDNA’ tour, which will be joined – for THREE WEEKS only – by two more new figures of the legendary performer in ‘Sticky and Sweet’ style and ‘Like a Virgin’, before they take up residence at the new Madame Tussauds Tokyo in March 2013. "
New Madonna Figures at Madame Tussauds London MDNA Madonna Figure at Madame Tussauds London
Sticky & Sweet Madonna Figure at Madame Tussauds London Like A Virgin Madonna Figure at Madame Tussauds London

European Fare and Cocktails

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Museum of London Exhibit

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Afternoon Tea £19

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Christmas at the Science Museum

Uncover a host of festive activities at the Science Museum this Christmas. From 22 December to 6 January we've got plenty of special events and workshops for all the family.
Entry is free and most of the activities below are free to join. Not all activities are on every day, so plan your visit using the website or ring us for more information on            0870 870 4868      . Charges apply for the IMAX Cinema.

Snow and Tell

A child with a paper snowflake
Make it snow this Christmas! Join us to make and decorate your own snowflakes, and find out why no two are the same.

Festive Physics Christmas Show

How do crackers go bang? Could reindeers really fly? Explore the science of Christmas in our interactive show.

Santa vs. the Snowman 3D

Duck snowballs, elves and jet-propelled reindeers as Santa takes on a lonely snowman who wants to be the world's most loved festive character.

A Star is Born!

Join us on a journey of a lifetime - the lifetime of a star, from stellar nurseries to glittering galaxies, in this free storytelling suitable for ages 7 and under.

Science Museum Christmas Shop

Be inspired by a range of gift ideas for the aspiring scientists in your family, whatever their ages.

Christmas Q&A

Which Christmas song was first broadcast from space? How fast does Santa fly? Find out the answers to some festive scientific questions.

Thursday 20 December 2012

Mumm Champagne Afternoon Tea

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Chateaubriand and Wine

Chateaubriand and Wine: "Chateaubriand Steak Meal With Wine For Two for £39 at Rowley's (52% Off)"
Groupon from Rowley's London Special

Wednesday 19 December 2012

BBC Shows, Tours and Live Events
Shows, Tours & Events

BBC Singers: Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor and Tudor Motets

One of the great glories of the English choral repertory, the Mass in G Minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams was composed in 1921 for unaccompanied double choir and four soloists. The piece was pioneered, in liturgical performance, by the founding conductor of Westminster Cathedral choir, R R Terry, who also made it his life's work to revive the sacred repertoire of the Tudor period. This BBC Singers a cappella concert in St Paul's Knightsbridge places Vaughan Williams' mass alongside some of the Tudor choral works which Terry brought back to life and to which Vaughan Williams pays homage in his music. 


Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor
Byrd Ave Verum
Terry Cradle Song of the Infant Jesus
Philips Hodie beata Virgo Maria
Terry Richard de Castre's Prayer to Jesus
Tallis In Ienuinio
Terry Sweet was the song the Vergine sange
Taverner Mater Christi

Date: Monday 14 January
Venue: St Paul's, Knightsbridge
Doors open: 1.15pm

To apply for tickets, visit the BBC Tickets Website.

We look forward to seeing you in our audience very soon.

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Merry Christmas from all at Open Garden Squares Weekend

What an amazing year 2012 has been - a fantastic year to work from Duck Island Cottage, our HQ in St James's Park.  We were lucky enough to see rehearsals for the pageantry and splendour of the Diamond Jubilee.  We also saw some of the the build-up to the Olympics and Paralympics in St James’s Park and Horseguards Parade. Although we had to temporarily move out of our offices, we felt the the inspiring and (sometimes) jaw-dropping games were definitely worth the minor inconvenience.  And to top it all off, with your support, Open Garden Squares Weekend had its highest-ever number of visitors.

Next year

We are raring to go for 2013 and already working hard on securing some prestigious and exclusive gardens to open on 8 & 9 June. We'll be announcing new gardens in February and our e-zine readers will be some of the first to know.  For interesting snippets, tips and up-to-date information, don't forget to like us on Twitter and follow us on Facebook.

Know any gardens?

If you know of any gardens that might like to take part please do let us know.  We are looking for gardens that are not normally open to the general public but have a communal element.  Further information »
Thank you for your support in 2012 and we very much look forward to seeing you in 2013 - don't forget to put 8-9 June in your new diary!

Wishing you all a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

Open Garden Squares Weekend Organising Team