What's On in London 2014
Rembrandt: The Final Years
National Gallery, 15 October 2014 - 18 January 2015
The exhibition, in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, is the first ever in-depth, focused exploration of Rembrandt’s late works across all media. Rembrandt: The Final Years will bring together approximately 40 paintings, 20 drawings and 30 prints by the master, to offer visitors a once in lifetime opportunity to experience the passion and innovation of Rembrandt’s late works. The exhibition will highlight the formal and iconographic concerns that occupied Rembrandt during the later years and inspired unprecedented creativity that defines our image of Rembrandt. The display will include key works lent by European and American museums.
Sherlock Holmes Under the Microscope
Museum of London, 17 October 2014 - 12 April 2015
The Museum of London studies the world’s greatest detective with Sherlock Holmes Under the Microscope. The exhibition delves into the mind of the genius sleuth, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. With a particular emphasis on Holmes' relationship with London, visitors can dissect the traits that define the detective and learn more about his literary beginnings more than 125 years ago. The first major exhibition devoted to Holmes in more than 60 years, this is a chance to look beyond the familiar deerstalker, pipe and cape and discover the complex character beneath.
Women Fashion Power
Design Museum, 29 October 2014 - May 2015
A major exhibition exploring the politics of dressing for power and success. The show presents exceptional women on the world stage and their wardrobes, to show how fashion can be used as a powerful tool to build reputation, enhance careers and express modernity. Women that see clothes not as a frivolous indulgence, but as an important way to attract attention, announce presence, assert authority and guarantee notoriety. The exhibition will feature contemporary women working in politics, business, the creative arts and fashion from around the world, as well as looking back at influential women throughout history. Archive footage, interviews and photographs reveal each woman’s love of fashion, their favourite designers and stand out fashion moments.
Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, 31 October 2014 - 22 February 2015
In 1862, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) was sent on an educational tour of the Middle East, accompanied by the British photographer Francis Bedford. This exhibition documents the journey through the work of Bedford, the first photographer to join a royal tour, and explores the cultural and political significance Victorian Britain attached to the region. The display includes archaeological material brought back to Britain by the Prince, including an Egyptian papyrus inscribed with the Amduat, a memorial text which describes the journey through the Underworld of Re, the Egyptian sun god.
The Design Museum looks at one of the most influential architects of the 20th Century.
Despite having died penniless and having built relatively little in his lifetime, Louis Kahn (1901-1974) remains one of the most influential architects of the 20th Century. His modernist philosophies and monumental buildings still inspire new generations of architects today, and works such as the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California (1959-65) and the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1962-83) are considered among the most important works of the last century. ThisDesign Museum exhibition is a comprehensive look at Kahn's work, featuring architectural models, drawings, travel sketches, photographs and film footage shot by Kahn's son Nathanial, whose 2003 film 'My Architect' is an attempt to understand his father. A four-metre-tall replica of the City Tower in Philadelphia (1952-57) is also being constructed on site. Louis Kahn remains the architect's architect and the exhibition is accompanied by tributes from international stars including Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Peter Zumthor and Sou Fujimoto.
Dates: 9th July to 12th October 2014
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
A highlight of Opera Holland Park in 2013, the specially commissioned family opera based on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, with music by Will Todd, is revived this year. After the huge success of The Fantastic Mr Fox - staged as part of the opera festival for three consecutive years - this summer sees the return of the hour-long family opera, a site-specific production directed by Martin Duncan, designed by Leslie Travers and conducted by Stuart Stratford. Let's hope last year's strong cast, led by Fflur Wyn as Alice, returns.
Dates: 19th July to 2nd August 2014
Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War
The first major retrospective of British First World War art for almost 100 years, featuring 110 paintings, sculptures and drawings by artists such as Paul Nash, Eric Kennington and CRW Nevinson - some of Britain's most important artists of the twentieth century. Key commissioned paintings, such as Wyndham Lewis's A Battery Shelled, will be displayed alongside important sculptural works like Jacob Epstein's The Tin Hat and Eric Kennington's studies for his Soissons Memorial to the Missing. This exhibition, titled Truth and Memory at the Imperial War Museum, will be part of the First World War cetenary commemorations.
Dates: 19th July 2014 to 8th March 2015
Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
Every summer inquisitive visitors get the chance to look round the Buckingham Palace and admire the interiors of the principal royal residence. Visitors for the Summer Opening tour are permitted access to the nineteen State Rooms which are still used by the Royal Family to receive and entertain guests on state and ceremonial occasions. Decorated in lavish fashion, they include paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto, Sevres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. There are also some exquisite royal gifts, including Faberge Eggs, on display. This is a fascinating opportunity to admire the taste - often wonderful, sometimes comically bad - of Britain's monarchy.
Dates: 26th July to 28th September 2014
London Restaurant Festival
Across London, 8 - 27 October 2014
If you love food, don't miss the London Restaurant Festival, three weeks of fabulous foodie events and special menus at London restaurants. Now in its sixth year, the London Restaurant Festival is a city-wide celebration of London restaurants and chefs. There's something for every taste and budget, from great-value festival restaurant-hopping menus to amazing one-off chef-led events. Some of the best restaurants in London will create special fixed-priced taster menus as a way for food lovers to sample their dishes. There will also be a range of tours gathered by culinary theme as well as food-focused activities running throughout the festival.
Frieze Art Fair 2014
Regent’s Park, 16 - 19 October 2014
Frieze Art Fair is one of the world's most influential contemporary art fairs. Set in the beautiful surroundings of Regent's Park, Frieze Art Fair attracts more than 150 of the most exciting contemporary art galleries in the world. After browsing the stalls, you can enjoy guided tours, talks, films and performances. This year sees the introduction of two new features: Live and Focus. Live aims to involve visitors with participatory works; while Focus looks into works from solo and communities of artists, with new art from first-time exhibitors and significant contributions from familiar faces.
Diwali in London 2014
23 October 2014
Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is celebrated by many communities across London. Every year, Trafalgar Square hosts a Diwali celebration that attracts thousands of people to central London. This year's packed programme of free entertainment includes music and dance from community groups and professional artists, food stalls and a range of activities for children. You'll also find smaller festivals and family events across London, as well as special menus in some London restaurants.
Halloween in London 2014
31 October 2014
There are loads of horrifying Halloween events, spooky venues and restaurants, Halloween parties, scary attractions and opportunities to don your most chilling fancy dress costumes during Halloween in London on and around 31 October.
Lord Mayor’s Show
Between Mansion House and the Royal Courts of Justice, 8 November 2014
The Lord Mayor’s Show is the one of the world’s oldest and best-loved pageants. Having survived eight centuries, the procession fills the streets from Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice in Aldwych. In 2014 the show will be celebrating the 800th year of the Mayoral Charter and Magna Carta.
Remembrance in London 2014
Across London, 9 - 11 November 2014
Each year in November, the United Kingdom remembers the men and women who gave their lives in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts. 11 November is known as Armistice Day, Remembrance Day or Poppy Day. During the First World War, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. In many parts of the world, people observe a two-minute of silence at 11am on 11 November. Remembrance Sunday takes place on 9 November in 2014 and sees special events and services relating to remembrance. This year will be extra special as 2014 marks the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, and there will be a whole programme of cultural events taking place across the capital.