Spring is here and there’s no better time to enjoy a spot of culture in one of the greatest cities on earth! See performances at the Royal Albert Hall, admire the latest exhibitions, visit the Serpentine Gallery at Hyde Park or be whisked away to the lights and sounds of Broadway with one of the new musicals coming to the West End! 1.Royal Albert Hall
Disappear into a world of magic and muggles in the majestic surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall. Harry Potter fans should not miss the opportunity to see the first film in the wizarding series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, screened to a live music accompaniment by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at shows from 11 – 14 May.
Top tip: Stay at Jumeirah Carlton Tower and take advantage of their complimentary Knightsbridge drop-off service for guests. Arrive at the Royal Albert Hall in style in the hotel’s branded Mini Clubman (complete with Union Jack wing mirrors!).
2. Tate Britain
Lose yourself in the landscape of Yorkshire and the glamorous lifestyle of Los Angeles in Tate Britain’s major retrospective of the work of British artist David Hockney. Open until 29 May 2017, this exhibition at the home of British art brings together an extensive selection of David Hockney’s most famous works celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades.
Top tip: On Friday evenings, the David Hockney exhibition stays open until 10pm (last entry at 9pm). There are also guided tours of the exhibition every Wednesday-Saturday until 20 May 2017.
3.Museum in Mayfair
Delve into the worlds of not one, but two, music legends at the extraordinary Handel & Hendrix museum in Mayfair. Incredibly, the building in London’s Brook Street which now houses the museum was both the home of composer George Frideric Handel for 36 years from 1723 to 1759 and later, guitar genius Jimi Hendrix in 1968 and 1969. The different areas of the building have been carefully restored and furnished to bring to life the London lives of Handel and Hendrix, showcasing two very different eras. Spring sees the museum hosting a number of recitals for visitors.
The Handel & Hendrix museum is a 10-minute walk from Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living.
Top tip: Why not combine your cultural outing with some retail therapy? The Handel & Hendrix museum is just off New Bond Street which is home to some of London’s most exclusive designer stores, including Dolce & Gabbana, Mulberry and Miu Miu.
4.Art in Hyde Park
See contemporary art in the leafy surroundings of Hyde Park at the Serpentine Gallery. Until 21 May 2017, the free gallery is showcasing the work of British conceptual artist John Latham, including sculpture, installation, painting, film, land art, engineering and performance.
Top tip: Stay at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel and ride to the gallery on two wheels with one of their bespoke Belgravia Bikes. Complimentary for all guests to borrow through the concierge team, you can also pick up a free ‘Belgravia and Beyond By Bicycle’ map and guide to lead you through Hyde Park and straight to the Serpentine Galley (with the odd refreshment stop en route!).
Be whisked away to the lights and sounds of Broadway with one of the new musicals coming to the West End this spring. An American in Paris arrived at London’s Dominion Theatre on 4 March following huge success in New York and Paris. Featuring the music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin and choreography from Christopher Weeldon, Artistic Associate of London’s Royal Ballet, the Tony Award-winning show stars New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Robert Fairchild and former Royal Ballet First Artist Leanne Cope.
Hot on its heels, 42nd Street opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 20 March. Starring Grammy Award-winner Sheena Easton, the all-singing, all-dancing show follows the tale of young Peggy Sawyer (Clare Halse) as she tries to make it on Broadway.
Top tip: As London’s West End shows start too early for dinner, treat yourself to a traditional British Afternoon Tea instead. Both Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Grosvenor House Suites serve afternoon tea daily in their Chinoiserie and Atrium lounges.