The Mind Coach x Yeotown Kitchen, Marylebone

On Sunday 29th April, Yeotown Kitchen, Marylebone will be hosting the second event, ‘Stress Less’ in their series, ‘Set Yourself Up Sunday’ featuring specially selected guests from within the wellness industry. Driven by the mantra strong in body, clear in mind, the event (11am – 1pm) will be themed around Stress Awareness Month and held in collaboration with The Mind Coach: Natalie Pennicotte-Collier. 

Natalie works with TeamGB athletes and has built up a reputation as a guru for performance wellbeing and sleep expertise with her award-winning practice on London’s Bond Street, Mindtonictherapy.com. She is leading the way in 360 Wellbeing, sharing her coaching and therapy method globally with clients, brands and in the workplace. Using modern clinical hypnotherapy and mindfulness techniques, Natalie transforms the sleep and wellbeing performance of her clients, unlocking their potential. 

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Natalie will lead a discussion, providing useful tips and techniques on how to manage stress. For £44 attendees of the event will also be treated to a specially curated three-course brunch prepared by the Yeotown Kitchen team. 

In addition, ‘Stress Less’ will give attendees the opportunity to experience the Meditation Station found on the lower level of Yeotown Kitchen. The comfortable egg-shaped, cushion lined pods offer guided meditation with a selection of programs to choose from, including The Brain Break to help soothe anxiety and build clarity and perspective. 

The clean-lined and bright space that makes up Yeotown Kitchen has been designed by the award-winning Dubai based Brand Creative, featuring oak wood panels, cork leather banquettes, window-side bench seating and bright yellow alfresco tables. Elements of positive psychology are infused throughout every aspect of the ambience and décor of the space making it the perfect environment for the ‘Set Yourself Up Sunday’ series. 

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Event information & tickets here

Next event in the supper club series, ‘Set Yourself Up Sunday with Eve Kalinik’ – event information & tickets here

January Workshops At Forest - An Alternative Christmas Gift!

Forest are pleased to announce that they have a great line up for you in the new year too! The ideal Christmas gift for the maker in your life, or a treat for yourself if you want to learn something new this January.

Forest hold regular flower arranging classes, suitable for all and a great opportunity to get creative and learn the tricks of the trade.

Flower workshops cost £90 per head, aside from floral crown classes which are £25, and include light refreshments and all your flowers to take home. Classes start 7:30pm and last approx 2 hours. They are suitable for all levels, including beginners.

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Macrame Plant Hangers - Join Brooke at Forest Deptford to learn how to make your own macrame plant hanger. Brooke will show you how to create a hanger out of cotton rope tied into simple square knots and half square knots. Ideal for styling your plants at home or as gifts for friends and family. All materials are included.

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Floral Painting & Collage - Join surface pattern designer Charlotte Beevor for a creative and relaxing evening where you will make a series of abstract floral artworks/collages inspired by the plants at Forest.  At the end of the workshop you will choose your favourite piece, and Charlotte will create a blank greeting card out of it that which you will receive at a later date to be framed in your home or to give as gift!

Candle Making - join milkwood candles to explore the world of natural scent, making your bespoke blend and hand pouring your own candle to take home. The ticket price also includes a drink, specially designed to compliment the scents created in the workshop.

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The classes are held at: Forest, Arch 133 Deptford Market Yard, Deptford, SE8 4NS

For more info on the classes click here!

30 Still Lives by Rose Arbuthnott

Born in Cheltenham, Rose began painting at the age of 12 when her art teacher gave her a box of oil paints and she decided to copy Monet. Rose went on to study art at Edinburgh University before receiving a scholarship to attend the Prince’s Drawing School in London where she was awarded a prize for drawing.

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Still Life with Pomegranate’ is a group of works that Rose  started in October. After a break from painting, she was inspired by Matisse's still lives (which she saw in the summer at the RA in London) and set up a painting base in her kitchen. For Rose, the still life offers unending fascination and, as autumn turned to winter, she worked her way through panel after panel. Some were ‘there’ immediately, whilst others needed going back to again and again.  Rose felt she always had questions of colour to pose to the world and simply needed a composition to bring this out of her: She deliberately used a charcoal colour to construct the compositions as to her it was a means of juggling to bring life forwards. 

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'I really hope you can enjoy them and derive as much pleasure from them as I do'. Rose Arbuthnott.

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Rose continues to produce work at her studio in Gloucestershire. Her classical training and knowledge of art history informs her practice, but the influence of folk culture and an interest in the subconscious is evident in both her abstract and figurative work.

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30 Still Lives by Rose Arbuthnott, Exhibited in Vanessa Arbuthnott’s Showroom, 12 Ashcroft Road, Cirencester GL7 5ET.

In The Diary: Christmas At The V&A

The V&A is staging a month-long musical celebration of Christmas across its South Kensington and V&A Museum of Childhood sites. Featuring choirs, candlelit concerts, pop-up performances, film screenings, a spectacular Christmas tree, decoration making workshops and more, the festive period will be celebrated through music from opera to Christmas number ones. This year’s theme is inspired by the current major V&A exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

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‘The Singing Tree’ designed by Es Devlin 

This year’s Christmas tree in the grand entrance will take the form of a cloud of floating words, contributed by our visitors. It has been conceived by Es Devlin, stage designer for leading performers including Kanye West and Beyonce as well as the Royal Opera House and National Theatre. This spectacular and innovative tree will feature digital word projections that create a poem. Accompanying the tree is a layered polyphonic soundscape of human and machine generated voices. Over the next two weeks in the lead up to installation of the tree and throughout the Christmas season, visitors will be invited to contribute a festive word as they enter the V&A and online. These will be combined and processed through text and sound algorithms to create this polyphonic poem sculpture. The tree will be created in collaboration with video designer Luke Halls, creative technologist Ross Goodwin, creative agency Sunshine and music and sound collective Res.Lab. Displays Special seasonal installions and Christmas displays highlight key objects relating to the music of Christmas from the collection. At South Kensington, a display celebrating the UK Christmas Number One will explore this yearly tradition through LPs, record sleeves and sheet music, with songs from Bing Crosby to Band Aid. Compilations of Christmas pantomime performances from the 

National Video Archive of Performane (NVAP) will be on show in the Theatre and Performance Gallery. To coincide with Sounds like Christmas at the V&A, Gold Fir have created three commissioned soundscapes that draw on the history, objects, architecture and heritage of three galleries in the Museum. At the Museum of Childhood visitors are invited to enjoy a display and audio trail exploring the changing sounds of Christmas with specially commissioned pieces by the acclaimed sound artist Neil Luck. 

Activities and performances 

At South Kensington, there will be daily carol concerts and weekly candlelit concerts, including a singalong of Christmas Number Ones led by Musical Director Sam Coates; a performance from the Monteverdi Choir, returning after Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s first performance at the Musuem in 1967; a performance from the Royal College of Music of Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, a comic opera about a clever fox. There will also be a Christmas wreath workshop, the chance for visitors to make and play their own instruments and a festive family rave with Big Fish Little Fish. A wide range of activities will be staged to entertain families at the Museum of Childhood including a Christmas designer market, Sing-A-Long Saturdays and a 3-day ‘Make Some Noise’ celebration of music. 

V&A Christmas Gifts Our Christmas shop has an eclectic range of gifts that surprise and charm. Culture enthusiasts will be thrilled with a V&A Membership which grants them a whole year of unlimited free entry to all our exhibitions, access to the new Members’ Room and a host of other exclusive benefits, including 10% off in the shop and online. Design connoisseurs will also find a specialist collection of books on all aspects of the designed world including photography, architecture, fashion, graphics, jewellery, sculpture, textiles and more. The V&A also has its own publishing range, which features 150 fabulously illustrated books on the V&A’s exhibitions, collections and research. 

SOUNDS LIKE CHRISTMAS AT THE V&A 27 November 2017 – 6 January 2018, Full programme available at vam.ac.uk/Christmas. 

In The Diary: The Eat and Drink Festival 2017

The Eat and Drink Festival 2017 comes to London Olympia from 22 to 26 November, celebrating the very best in festive fare as Britain heads towards the December merriments. 

While 76% of UK households tuck into a large meal of turkey with all the trimmings* on 25 December, Britain’s multi-cultural community celebrates both Christmas and the holiday season with different meats, dishes and delicacies from across the globe. 

At the Eat and Drink Festival, Norwegian-chef Martina Schoning cooks up a homeland delicacy of roasted reindeer, but reindeer is not the only meat on the Christmas table in Norway, as families often enjoy options such as pork chops, sausages and lamb. Those located in the coastal regions tend to opt for fish dishes such as cod or haddock.

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A Swedish Christmas dinner is usually presented as a julbord: a festive version of the much-loved Swedish dinner option, Smörgåsbord. The buffet-style feast frequently includes breads, broth, a variety of fish such as salmon, eel and herring, meatballs, pork ribs, baked ham, sausages, potatoes, cheeses and salad. 

While Germans tend to opt for wild boar or venison as the centrepiece for their festive meal, a traditional Jamaican Christmas includes a recipe of rice, gugno peas, chicken, ox tail and curried goat.

When celebrating the festive season in the Czech Republic, most enjoy a dinner of fish soup, salads, eggs and carp. Many believe in the superstition that the number of people around the table must be even, as it’s believed the odd one out will die next year!

The traditional Polish holiday supper consists of 12 non-meat dishes, one for each month of the year. Among the dishes, fish such as pike, herring and carp tend to feature. Other typical Polish dishes include fish soup, sauerkraut with wild mushrooms or peas, and Polish dumplings with numerous fillings.

Many Ukrainian families feast on the traditional supper, Sviata Vechera, which consists of 12 dishes, each representing the 12 apostles. The meatless meal consists primarily of fish, as meat, animal fat, milk and milk products are forbidden. 

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Known for their good food, Italian Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve often lasts for more than four hours with families traditionally enjoying a meal of seven or more courses. These include antipasti, pasta and a roast meal, followed by two salads, two sweet puddings, cheese, fruit, brandy and chocolate.

Bringing together an array of celebrities, the festival’s impressive line-up sees names from a variety of international backgrounds such as Italian-chef Gino D’Acampo, the UK’s own Gregg Wallace, Norwegian-chef Martina Schoning and Australian-native Bonny Porter take to the stage to share more about their traditional Christmas feasts.

Visitors can enjoy a taste of Christmas from around the world as well as sample and shop for fresh produce and handmade products such as from balsamic vinegars, oils and pastries and stock up on festive treats including brownies, cakes and puddings.

Tickets also give access to the Ideal Home Show at Christmas, which runs alongside the foodie event as it returns to Olympia for its seventh consecutive year. 

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Tickets are available now from https://www.eatanddrinkchristmaslondon.com/ or by phone on 0844 209 7330.

In The Diary: Handmade At Kew Returns

Following on from last year’s success, Handmade in Britain is returning to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for the third edition of the four - day international craft spectacular, Handmade at Kew from Thursday 12 - Sunday 15 October 2017.

  Ellul Ceramics, Laura Hutchinson Photography

Ellul Ceramics, Laura Hutchinson Photography

Once again, Kew Gardens will play host to Handmade at Kew, the innovative, global craft fair where 150+ highly skilled international makers and galleries will showcase their ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, metalwork and jewellery. Taking centre stage in the heart of the botanical gardens, this four day selling event, housed in an elegant pavilion next to Kew Palace, will offer visitors the unique opportunity to meet and buy one-off pieces directly from artists, makers and craftspeople and learn about the ideas and processes that shape their work.

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Harriet Elkerton

Handmade at Kew takes place amongst Decimus Burton’s glasshouses, a feat of Victorian engineering and British craftsmanship. Your ticket will not only give you access to the event but also to the whole of Kew Gardens, allowing you to soak up the delights of the world’s most famous botanic garden with its fine glasshouses and rare blooms, while browsing, buying or commissioning work directly from internationally renowned craftspeople and artisans.

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Vanessa Hogge

A fabulous day out for the whole family and rare opportunity to indulge in heritage, horticulture and shopping.

V&A Museum of Childhood - Sister Brother

25 November 2017 – 20 May 2018

Many studies have been made about parental influences in our lives but what influence do our siblings have on our identity? This new display of work by Madeleine Waller, which opens on Saturday 25 November at the V&A Museum of Childhood, aims to explore sibling relationships and how they affect our sense of identity. 

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The roles we are given within the family group are embedded from an early age and become defining elements of who we are. We often describe ourselves in relation to our sister or brother and compare similarities and differences. Who we are and what we might become in the future is very much tied up with how similar or different we are to our family group. Our sense of sibling identity is constructed through the telling and retelling of family stories. 

This set of double, triple and quadruple portraits was inspired by sociologist Katherine Davies paper "Siblings, Stories and the Self". Being the youngest of four children and having three children herself, Madeleine was keen to explore the inter sibling relationships and the influence of our sisters and brothers on our identity. 

The portraits were taken between 2016 and 2017 and are mostly of children from the East London area. 

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Madeleine Waller

Madeleine Waller is originally from Australia, she moved to London in 1987, and now lives in Hackney, East London. 

After completing a photo-journalism course at London College of Printing Waller started her career working for newspapers and magazines on a broad range of assignments from reportage to features, she chose to concentrate mainly on portraiture. Her portrait projects include: Stockwell Bus Garage, Swimmers, Mothers and Teenage Daughters. 

A selection of Madeleine Waller’s Portraits of Poets has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and are included in their permanent collection. She has had two books published, East London Swimmers, published by Hoxton Mini Press, and Portraits as part of a year long Residency at the Swedenborg Society in London. 

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Madeleine Waller is currently Photographer in Residence at Harrow School and she is also working on a Project in Northumberland, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, using Photography to try and improve children’s creative writing skills.

Sister Brother, 25 November 2017 – 20 May 2018

Highlights From The London Design Fair 2017

Located in Shoreditch, the creative heart of London, the London Design Fair is a four-day industry event that brings together 500 exhibitors from 28 countries, including: independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions, features and exhibitions.

  Slash Objects Guest Country USA.

Slash Objects Guest Country USA.

Launched in 2007, the London Design Fair has earned itself the reputation as the go-to trade show during the annual London Design Festival, hosting the single largest collection of international exhibitions, designers, brands, country pavilions, features and galleries throughout the festival. Each year, over 27,000 influential retail buyers, producers, architects, designers, interior designers, press and design-savvy public, will attend to see the very latest in furniture, lighting, textiles, materials and conceptual installations, from all around the world.

  Ariane Prin Material of the Year.

Ariane Prin Material of the Year.

Building on its prodigious reputation, visitors to the 2017 London Design Fair can expect a first-rate design exhibition. This year, the London Design Fair will launch its Material of the Year—Jesmonite—as well as its inaugural show theme—botany. The British Craft Pavilion will make a welcome return to the fair, and after the success of ‘This is India’ in 2016, the Guest Country spotlight in 2017 falls on the USA in Sight Unseen’s curated gallery ‘Assembly’. 

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Dutch Invertuals Netherlands Dutch Stuff.

Other highlights include Dutch Stuff,  the Netherlands’ long-awaited design debut at London Design Fair. This showcase presents a curated selection of over seventy designers, studios and products in a gallery-style. The Inspiring Portugal pavilion will return to the Fair. Curated by renowned designer Marco Sousa Santos, it will showcase Portugal’s best emerging and established brands. South Korea’s leading player in the field of design since 2002, Seoul Design Festival is a theme oriented exhibition where designers express their creativity through experimental ideas.

  Forest + Found British Craft Pavilion.

Forest + Found British Craft Pavilion.

Date: 21-24 September 2017

Trade free in advance or £15 on the door.

Consumer ticket £10 in advance or £15 on the door.

Location: Old Truman Brewery, 26 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR, UK

In The Diary: Decorex

Don’t forget to register for Decorex International, the must-see show for interior design professionals, part of the 2017 London Design Festival. In its 40th year, 2017 is not to be missed as Decorex celebrates collaborations, both past and present, during the course of four days.

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Bert Frank Revolve Rise and Fall Brass and Black Insitu

Highlights this year include:

The Champagne Bar, designed by Interior Designer, Shalini Misra. Taking inspiration from the Great Exhibition of 1851, the design studio will “create a contemporary interpretation of a glasshouse infused with graphic pattern, luxe detailing and curiosities”.

An extensive programme of talks is scheduled exploring current trends, projects and predictions for this year’s seminar programme. Bringing together the industry’s leading experts, highlights include a discussion of the Future of design by acclaimed stylist Emilio Pimentel Reid, Francis Sultana and Kirstie Carey from Cole & Son and an analysis into colour trends with Hannah Malein from ColourHive.

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Decorex’s acclaimed feature, Future Heritage, curated by applied arts and design critic, Corinne Julius, showcases works by the names to  commission and collect in British contemporary craft. Makers involved this year include: David Marques, Helen Carnac & David Gates, Lauren Nauman, Matt Davis, Merel Karhof & Marc Trotereau, Ilona Broeseliske, Naomi Mcintosh, Pia Wüstenberg, Richard Lowry, Simon Hasan and Zac Eastwood-Bloom. The VIP Lounge, in association with House & Garden magazine, this year designed by leading Interior Design company, Turner Pocock. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Pocock will be collaborating with anumber of designers to create a tropical inspired space, with pattern and colour taking centre stage.

  Ptolemy Mann Jodhpur Blue Flatweave.

Ptolemy Mann Jodhpur Blue Flatweave.

Over 400 exhibitors, with more than 30% new to the show, including: Jonathan Rogers, Fanny Shorter, House of Hackney and Annie Sloan.

If you haven’t already, please register for your ticket using the link below and collect your badge on arrival: decorex.com/uk/take-your-seat

Alternative Friday Lates At Dulwich Picture Gallery This Autumn

Dulwich Picture Gallery will host a new season of themed Lates on the first Friday of the month throughout Autumn. Following a string of sold-out summer Lates in the Gallery's Pavilion, this new and ambitious series will bring visitors up close and personal with the Permanent Collection through immersive activities, talks and workshops and feature exciting collaborations with creatives and performers, including AVM Curiosities and Wild Life Drawing

The Female of the Species

1 September, 6-10pm

The series kicks off with a night celebrating deadly females, dangerous women and queen bees. Taking inspiration from Cristofano Allori’s powerful portrait, Judith, visitors can discover the unsung ‘sheroes’ of time gone by with feminist art project, Herstory and draw Mother Nature’s matriarchs with live animal drawing from Wild Life Drawing.

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Female of the Species, Judith

Feast

6 October, 6-10pm

A multi-sensory evening inspired by Antonio de Pereda’s Two Figures at a Kitchen Table, a 17th century masterpiece filled with exquisite details. Visitors can make their own edible masterpiece, interact with a feasting-inspired installation and take part in a smelling and tasting tour of the collection with AVM Curiosities.

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Feast Pereda

Death: A Portrait

3 November, 6-10pm

The ultimate Halloween Late which will explore our complex and contradictory attitudes to death through the paintings in Dulwich Picture Gallery's collection and its mausoleum where the Gallery's founders are buried. The line-up will include talks and tours, death cafés, memento mori workshops and macabre salons.

Heal's Celebrates British Designers With Top Styling Talent

Iconic British brand Heal’s has partnered with two very different interiors experts to produce two unique window installations at their Westbourne Grove store. Using only pieces from Heals’ roster of past, present and future UK design icons, their creative partners have re-created their ideal ‘home from home’ within the Heal’s store. 

Both installations, created by interiors journalist and writer Kate Watson-Smyth and interiors stylist Tiffany Grant-Riley, showcase two very different styles in two very different rooms. For Kate, a self-confessed ‘monochrome maximalist’, it was all about creating a relaxed living space complete with opulent fabrics, while Tiffany re-made her personal workspace in imitable Scandi style. 

Both women were passionate that their installations should reflect both the breadth of twentieth century British design, and the actual interior of a working home. ‘There’s definitely a correlation between what’s happening in the world and trends,’ says Kate. ‘I think we’ll continue to see that urge to nest – lots of cosy textures and warm colours. So it was important to be honest about my space, who might live in it and who was going to use it. I wanted there to be the sense that you could come up and sit in the window at Heal’s, or as if whoever lived there had just got up for a second to go into another room.’ 

Tiffany agrees: ‘I think British design is all about being inventive and a bit rebellious. The British are great at adjusting but also keeping one eye on tradition – it’s not afraid to make a point, but also about creating a safe space, making it the perfect foil for today’s world. Minimalism is becoming more of a lifestyle choice for Brits, rather than a colour palette. We’ll be seeing more colour and more storage – reducing the clutter to give you more physical and mental space to cope!’ 

The installations were styled live on 27th August, with selected media contacts and friends of Heal’s coming to watch the rooms take shape before their eyes, while the public could also come along and ‘try out’ the room sets as part of Heal’s’ new campaign launch, British Designers at Heal’s. 

The #HealsBritishDesigners window installations will be live in Westbourne Grove until August 31st. They are free to experience, and more information can be found at here.

New V&A Exhibition - Ocean Liners: Speed & Style

In February 2018, the V&A will re-imagine the golden age of ocean travel with the major new exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed & Style, sponsored by Viking Cruises. Co-organised by the V&A in London and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, it is the first ever exhibition to explore the design and cultural impact of the ocean liner on an international scale. It will explore all aspects of ship design from ground-breaking engineering, architecture and interiors to the fashion and lifestyle aboard.

  Empress of Britain colour lithograph poster for Canadian Pacific Railways, J.R. Tooby, London, 1920 – 31 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Empress of Britain colour lithograph poster for Canadian Pacific Railways, J.R. Tooby, London, 1920 – 31 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Ocean Liners: Speed & Style will showcase over 250 objects, including paintings, sculpture, and ship models, alongside objects from shipyards, wall panels, furniture, fashion, textiles, photographs, posters and film. It will display objects never-before-seen in Europe, and reunite objects not seen together since on-board these spectacular vessels, which revolutionised ocean travel from the mid-19th century to the late 20th century.

  Normandie in New York, 1935-39 © Collection French Lines

Normandie in New York, 1935-39 © Collection French Lines

Highlights include a precious Cartier tiara recovered from the sinking Lusitania in 1915, as well as a panel fragment from the Titanic’s first class lounge, returning to the UK for the first time since its doomed maiden voyage in 1912. Others include a stunning interior panel from the Smoking Room of the French liner, Normandie, created by leading Art Deco lacquer artist Jean Dunand, and Stanley Spencer’s painting ‘The Riveters’ from the 1941 series Shipbuilding on the Clyde. The Duke of Windsor’s sumptuous 1940s Goyard luggage will also feature, on display in Europe for the first time since leaving the Windsor Estate. As the largest machines of their age, ocean liners became powerful symbols of progress and 20th century modernity. The exhibition will also feature ground-breaking works by Modernist artists, designers and architects inspired by liners, including Le Corbusier, Albert Gleizes, Charles Demuth and Eileen Gray.

  Paquebot ‘Paris’, Charles Demuth, United States, 1921 -22. Gift of Ferdinand Howald © Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio

Paquebot ‘Paris’, Charles Demuth, United States, 1921 -22. Gift of Ferdinand Howald © Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio

Beginning with Brunel’s steamship, the Great Eastern of 1859, the exhibition will trace the design stories behind some of the world’s most luxurious liners, from the Beaux-Arts interiors of Kronprinz Wilhelm, Titanic and its sister ship, Olympic, to the floating Art Deco palaces of Queen Mary and Normandie, and the streamlined Modernism of SS United States and QE2. It will throw light on the famous passengers and the great couturiers who looked to ocean travel to promote their designs. On display will be the Christian Dior suit worn by Marlene Dietrich as she arrived in New York aboard the Queen Mary in 1950, and a striking Lucien Lelong couture gown worn for the maiden voyage of Normandie in 1935. The exhibition will also showcase one of the most important flapper dresses in the V&A’s collection – Jeanne Lanvin’s ‘Salambo’ dress – a version of which was displayed at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris in 1925. The dress belonged to Emilie Grigsby, a renowned wealthy American beauty, who regularly travelled between the UK and New York aboard the Aquitania, Olympic and Lusitania throughout the 1910s and 1920s.

  Titanic in dry dock, c. 1911 © Getty Images

Titanic in dry dock, c. 1911 © Getty Images

Ghislaine Wood, exhibition curator, said: “The great age of ocean liners has long passed but no form of transport has been so romantic or so remarkable. Three years in the making, this exhibition will show how liners have shaped the modern world in many ways.”

  Duke and Duchess of Windsor's Luggage, Goyard, about 1950 © Miottel Museum, Berkeley, California. Photograph courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

Duke and Duchess of Windsor's Luggage, Goyard, about 1950 © Miottel Museum, Berkeley, California. Photograph courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

Ocean Liners: Speed & Style will reveal the largely forgotten history of leading artists and designers who contributed to their design, such as William De Morgan, Richard Riemerschmid, Jean Dunand, Edward Bawden and Edward Ardizzone. It will also highlight the political shifts and the international rivalry that developed over 100 years, as liners became floating showcases of national ingenuity. The exhibition will consider the sociology of ships and shifting class structures on-board, as well as the democratisation of travel and development of leisure activities in the 20th century. It will also investigate the shrewd promotional strategies used by shipping companies to reposition the on-board experience, as emigration gave way to aspirational travel. The ocean liner has been appropriated into pop-culture, literature and films, including Ronald Neame’s dystopian The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and James Cameron’s Titanic (1997), which remains one of the most successful films ever made. This, and the phenomenon of the modern cruise liner will also be explored, demonstrating how nostalgia for the great ‘floating palaces’ of the past can still be felt today.  

  Panel from The Rape of Europa for the first-class grand salon on-board Normandie, Jean Dupas, France, 1934 © Miottel Museum. Photograph courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

Panel from The Rape of Europa for the first-class grand salon on-board Normandie, Jean Dupas, France, 1934 © Miottel Museum. Photograph courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

Ocean Liners: Speed & Style, Sponsored by Viking Cruises - Room 39 and the North Court - 3 February – 10 June 2018.

London Artist Announces One-Off Exhibition In Support Of Blood Cancer Charity

Artist Sam Gare, from Morden London, has announced an exhibition of her work at the renowned Curious Duke Gallery near Old Street, launching on Tuesday 4 July for a limited time only. The exhibition, titled ‘Might’, will raise money for blood cancer research charity Bloodwise, after Sam was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia earlier this year.

Sam, 34, has teamed up with her friend Eleni Duke, 27 - who became the capital’s youngest gallerist when she opened the Curious Duke Gallery on Whitecross Street in 2011 – to host the exhibition running from 4 to 8 July 2017 and solely featuring Sam’s impressive and striking work.

The exhibition is a way for Sam to combine her passion for art with her determination to raise money to fund research that is helping to find more targeted treatments for patients with blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

“Unfortunately there are so many types of blood cancer still affecting and taking many lives, and it is charities like Bloodwise that have helped fund the research for treatments like mine. The exhibition will reflect the strength and power of both mountains and those fighting cancer and will display my artwork from the last few years, with 50% of all sales going directly to the charity.

Eleni Duke, adds: “we are honoured to be hosting this exhibition for Samantha Gare by raising awareness for blood cancer and showing support to Samantha’s emerging artistic career. We delighted to be able support this event as the chosen venue as well as to inspire viewers with the beauty of Samantha’s art work.”

Curious Duke Gallery will be hosting the opening night on the 4th July 6-9 exhibiting 15 pieces of Sam Gare’s Art work.

What's On At The V&A In August 2017

Here is a list of exhibitions at the V&A in August 2017 so you can save the date and pop them in the diary.

PLYWOOD: MATERIAL OF THE MODERN WORLD  15 July – 12 November 2017  (Sponsored by MADE.COM ) Supported by the American Friends of the V&A

Light, strong, affordable and versatile, plywood is the unlikely material behind an eclectic array of ground-breaking designs celebrated in a world-first exhibition at the V&A this summer. From the fastest and highest-flying aeroplane of WWII, the de Havilland Mosquito, to the downloadable self-assembly WikiHouse, more than 120 objects are brought to explore how the often-overlooked product has helped create the modern world. 

Admission Free #Plywood 

  ‘Edie Stool’, birch plywood, designed by David and Joni Steiner for Open Desk, London, 2013. Photograph © Rory Gardi

‘Edie Stool’, birch plywood, designed by David and Joni Steiner for Open Desk, London, 2013. Photograph © Rory Gardi

THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION: THEIR MORTAL REMAINS  13 May – 1 October 2017

Presented by the V&A, Pink Floyd and Iconic Entertainment Studios Sound Experience by Sennheiser 

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is the first international retrospective of Pink Floyd, one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands. This multi-sensory exhibition, featuring over 350 objects, examines Pink Floyd’s extraordinary worlds; chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut in the 60s through to the present day. The exhibition has been produced in close consultation with the three surviving band members and has been curated by Aubrey Powell, the Creative Director of Pink Floyd, with a V&A team led by Senior Curator Victoria Broackes. 

Admission from £20 (concessions available) #TheirMortalRemains 

  Dark Side of the Moon

Dark Side of the Moon

BALENCIAGA: SHAPING FASHION  27 May 2017 – 18 February 2018  (Sponsored by American Express). 

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion is the first ever UK exhibition to explore the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga, one of the most influential and revered designers of the 20th century. Balenciaga’s unique and forward-thinking vision of female beauty, innovative use of textiles and ingenious pattern-cutting shaped the modernity of 1960s fashion and continues to influence fashion today. This exhibition is the first of its kind to examine Balenciaga’s unique approach to making and showcases pieces by his protégés and contemporary designers working in similarly innovative ways. The exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San Sebastian and the 80th anniversary of the opening of his famous fashion house in Paris. 

Admission £12 (concessions available) #Balenciaga 

  Alberta Tiburzi in 'envelope' dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Harper's Bazaar, June 1967 © Hiro 1967

Alberta Tiburzi in 'envelope' dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Harper's Bazaar, June 1967 © Hiro 1967

DISPLAYS

THE EPHEMERA EFFECT: HOKUSAI’S GREAT WAVE  25 May – 1 October 2017

Japan, Room 45 

The global fame of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) owes much to his 1831 ‘Under the Wave off Kanagawa’, better known as ‘The Great Wave’. This display draws on ephemera collected by Christine Guth while researching her recent publication Hokusai's Great Wave: The Biography of a Global Icon (2015) to show some of the myriad and sometimes unexpected ways in which this iconic image has been recycled or appropriated. It includes an original example of ‘The Great Wave’ from the V&A’s collection. 

Admission Free 

DESIGNING THE V&A  6 May 2017 – 7 January 2018

Architecture, Room 128a 

Through original drawings and photographs, this display highlights the artists, designers and engineers who created the V&A, charting the building's transformation from the 1850s to today, culminating with the opening of the Exhibition Road Quarter the V&A’s largest architectural intervention in 100 years. 

Admission Free 

  Design for a tower and museum extension on Exhibition Road after Henry Cole, 1868. Museum no. E.2034-1921. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Design for a tower and museum extension on Exhibition Road after Henry Cole, 1868. Museum no. E.2034-1921. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

V&A ILLUSTRATION AWARDS 2017  16 May – 20 August 

Library Landing, Room 85 

The V&A Illustration Awards are held annually to recognise the very best of book, editorial and student illustration in the UK. This year’s winners were A. Richard Allen, JARVIS, Aino-Maija Metsola and Beatriz Lostalé Seijo. Past winners include Ralph Steadman, Posy Simmonds, Michael Forman and Sara Fanelli. With generous financial support from the Enid Linder Foundation, this display of winning entries demonstrates the vitality and scope of contemporary illustration and its enduring power to shape our reception of the written word. 

Admission Free 

CONTEMPORARY KOREAN CERAMICS  19 May 2017 – 11 February 2018

Ceramics Gallery

By bringing together the work of 15 emerging and established artists from Korea, this display offers an insight into the richness of contemporary Korean studio ceramic practice. A number of the featured artists are inspired by historical Korean ceramics such as inlaid celadons from the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) and buncheong ware and white porcelains of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). Others experiment with new technologies and alternative materials, or use ceramics as a medium to engage with contemporary issues ranging from mass-consumption and pop culture to the destruction of Korea's architectural heritage. 

Admission Free 

RACHEL KNEEBONE AT THE V&A 1 April 2017 – 14 January 2018

Gallery 50a and Gallery 21 

Porcelain sculptures by contemporary British artist Rachel Kneebone are on display amongst masterpieces of the V&A’s sculpture collection. 399 Days, the largest and most ambitious sculpture the artist has ever produced can be seen in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries (Gallery 50a). A 5m high porcelain tower featuring intricately modelled and detailed figurative scenarios, the sculpture combines minute detail and towering scale. Until 6th August, three of the artist’s sculptures can be viewed in the Hintze Sculpture Galleries (Gallery 21) amongst Auguste Rodin's bronzes. Placed alongside these sculptures on the centenary of Rodin's death, this display highlights the artists’ shared interest in capturing emotive states – hope, longing, loss and suffering – while also offering a comparison between their choice of materials and techniques. 

Admission Free 

  Bernard F Eilers, Reguliersbreestraat, Amsterdam, about 1934, Foto-chroma Eilers © Bernard Eilers; Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Bernard F Eilers, Reguliersbreestraat, Amsterdam, about 1934, Foto-chroma Eilers © Bernard Eilers; Victoria and Albert Museum, London

STUDY DAYS SALT PRINT PHOTOGRAPHY Saturday 19 August, 10.30 – 17.00

This Study Day allows visitors to discover how to use digital negatives to create salt print photographs and explore one of the earliest historical photographic processes. The hands on workshop will begin by making a digital negative inspired by the museum environment, and will then take visitors step-by-step through the process of coating papers, making an exposure and fixing their own salt print image. 

£100, £80 concessions 

Dulwich Pavilion: Free Friday Lates

Dulwich Picture Gallery will celebrate 200 years since it first opened to the public with a summer of free Friday Lates centred around its new pavilion. The themed evenings will include performance, talks, and music, bringing together a variety of experts from across the art and design world.  Visitors can also relax and unwind in the pavilion bar with food and drink provided by The Camberwell Arms.

To mark the bicentenary of the Gallery, which was the first in the UK designed for public access to art, visitors can also enjoy free entry to the Permanent Collection every Friday from 6 – 10pm.

The Dulwich Pavilion, designed by emerging South London-based architects, IF_DO, features a series of mirrored screens, reflecting the Gallery’s iconic architecture and surrounding gardens. It will be free for all to explore throughout the summer and will open late on Fridays throughout June and July with a different line-up of cultural activities each week.

The pavilion bar, which will be open throughout the weekend, will offer a special drinks menu including classic cocktails with a twist. It will also serve a variety of small plates devised by Mike Davies, Head Chef at The Camberwell Arms.

Jenna Mason, Public Programme Producer, said:

“The Dulwich Pavilion is the ideal setting to get your culture and cocktail fix this summer – and we’re opening after hours on Fridays to provide the perfect start the weekend. The Pavilion’s moveable panels have allowed us to programme a range of immersive activities and thought-provoking debate from experts in the field of art and design.  We’ll also be bringing events into the inspiring setting of the Permanent Collection where visitors will see the old masters in a whole new way – and hopefully leave with their curiosity fed!”

The Dulwich Pavilion has been developed in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture and Almacantar with additional support from Arts Council England. 

The Lates programme is generously supported by Ingrid Beazley

Valentine's Afternoon Tea & Treats At Bea's Of Bloomsbury

Bea’s of Bloomsbury are delighted to announce the return of their famous Valentine’s Afternoon Tea and treats. What makes this year extra special is the addition of brand new homemade treats from Bea’s onsite kitchens. 

Founded in 2008, Bea's of Bloomsbury are a modern bakery, serving inspired treats, afternoon teas, traditional breakfasts and lunches, with a twist, together with a fine array of beverages, using only the finest ingredients, at great locations, around London.

For their many fans, Bea’s famous Valentine’s Afternoon Tea is back for one day only on 14th February.

Included in the afternoon tea will be amazing new Heart Macaroons with raspberry & rose filling and Bea’s brilliant Brownies, made into a heart shapes, just for the occasion. The Marylebone, St Paul’s, and Bloomsbury locations will all be open until 9pm, and priced at just £50 for 2 people, It’s the perfect way to treat your special someone to a really enjoyable experience, complimented by great service.

Bea’s offer a take away service at all locations, and if you would rather enjoy your Valentine treats at home, this year there are boxes of 6 romance inspired cupcakes, and Triple Chocolate Cake, for serious chocolate lovers – perfect for sharing. Starting from £1.85, Valentine’s with Bea’s is truly an affordable luxury.

Valentine’s treats start from just £1.80 and the afternoon tea is £50 for two.

In The Diary: Balenciaga Shaping Fashion At The V&A

‘Haute Couture is like an orchestra whose conductor is Balenciaga. We other couturiers are the musicians and we follow the direction he gives.’ Christian Dior.

This May, the V&A will open the first ever UK exhibition exploring the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga and his continuing influence on modern fashion. It will be the first of its kind to look at his unique approach to making and will showcase pieces by his protégés and contemporary designers working in the same innovative way today. The exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San Sebastian and the 80th anniversary of the opening of his famous fashion house in Paris.

  Alberta Tiburzi in 'envelope' dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Harper's Bazaar, June 1967 © Hiro 1967

Alberta Tiburzi in 'envelope' dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Harper's Bazaar, June 1967 © Hiro 1967

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will focus on the latter part of Balenciaga’s long career in the 1950s and 1960s, arguably one of his most creative periods. It was during these years that he not only dressed some of the most renowned women of the time, but also introduced revolutionary shapes including the tunic, the sack, ‘baby doll’ and shift dress – all of which remain style staples today. Highlights will include ensembles made by Balenciaga for Hollywood actress Ava Gardner, dresses and hats belonging to socialite and 1960s fashion icon Gloria Guinness, and pieces worn by one of the world’s wealthiest women, Mona von Bismarck, who commissioned everything from ball-gowns to gardening shorts from the couturier. 

On display will be over 100 garments and 20 hats, many of which have never been on public display before. These will be accompanied by archive sketches, patterns, photographs, fabric samples and catwalk footage revealing Balenciaga’s uncompromising creativity. In addition x-rays, animated patterns and short films on couture-making processes will uncover the hidden details that made his work so exceptional. The exhibition will draw mostly on the V&A’s fashion holdings – the largest collection of Balenciaga in the UK. The collection was initiated for the Museum by Cecil Beaton in the 1970s.

  Dovima with Sacha, cloche and suit by Balenciaga, Café des Deux Magots, Paris, 1955. Photograph by Richard Avedon © The Richard Avedon Foundation

Dovima with Sacha, cloche and suit by Balenciaga, Café des Deux Magots, Paris, 1955. Photograph by Richard Avedon © The Richard Avedon Foundation

Cassie Davies-Strodder, V&A exhibition curator, said: “Cristóbal Balenciaga was one of the most influential fashion designers of the 20th century. Revered by his contemporaries, including Coco Chanel and Hubert de Givenchy, his exquisite craftsmanship, pioneering use of fabric and innovative cutting set the tone for the modernity of the late 20th century fashion. The exhibition will show his lasting impact on fashion through the work of those who trained with him and through recent garments by designers including Molly Goddard, Demna Gvasalia and J.W. Anderson who reflect the legacy of his vision today.”

  Elise Daniels with street performers, suit by Balenciaga, Le Marais, Paris, 1948. Photograph by Richard Avedon © The Richard Avedon Foundation

Elise Daniels with street performers, suit by Balenciaga, Le Marais, Paris, 1948. Photograph by Richard Avedon © The Richard Avedon Foundation

For the first time the V&A has used x-ray technology to take a forensic look at the hidden details inside Cristóbal Balenciaga’s garments. These images, made with x-ray artist Nick Veasey, show structures invisible to the naked eye, including dress weights strategically placed to determine the exact hang of the skirt in one of Balenciaga’s most minimal designs, and boning in dress bodices, dispelling the myth that he did not use such structures. In partnership with the London College of Fashion, pattern cutting students have taken patterns from some of the most iconic Balenciaga garments in the V&A’s collection. These have been digitised and animated to show how these building blocks come together to form the finished piece. In a number of cases, the patterns reveal that the main body of the garment has been crafted from one single piece of fabric, demonstrating Balenciaga’s mastery of materials. Three of these animations will be displayed alongside Balenciaga’s original garments to give a deeper understanding of each. 

  Cristóbal Balenciaga at work, Paris, 1968. Photograph Henri Cartier-Bresson © Henri Cartier-Bresson, Magnum Photos

Cristóbal Balenciaga at work, Paris, 1968. Photograph Henri Cartier-Bresson © Henri Cartier-Bresson, Magnum Photos

The exhibition will be organised around three main sections: ‘Front of House’, including Balenciaga’s salons, behind the scenes in Balenciaga’s ‘Workrooms’ and the lasting impact of ‘Balenciaga’s Legacy’. The Balenciaga brand still references its founder today, yet his influence spreads far wider. The ‘Legacy’ section will feature the work of over 30 designers of the last 50 years tracing the influence of this most revered figure in fashion right up to the present day. Themes include an exploration of his minimalist aesthetic reflected in the work of his former apprentices André Courrèges and Emanuel Ungaro, and more recently revived by designers such as Phoebe Philo for Celine and in the strong lines of J.W. Anderson. Balenciaga’s perfectionism and attention to detail are reflected in the work of Hubert de Givenchy and Erdem. His pattern cutting and explorations of volume can be seen in the work of Molly Goddard and Demna Gvasalia, while his creative use of new materials is referenced in the work of former Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquière.

  Evening dress, silk taffeta, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1955 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Evening dress, silk taffeta, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1955 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion opens on 27 May 2017 and will be accompanied by a new V&A publication and a series of related events, courses and creative workshops.

Social Wine & Tapas Launches Spanish-Inspired Saturday Brunch

This January, Social Wine & Tapas has joined London’s burgeoning brunch scene with the introduction of a flavourful, Spanish-inspired brunch menu designed for sharing. Developed by Executive Head Chef, Frankie Van Loo, the menu spans carefully curated plates of modern tapas-style dishes made using the best of British produce. The brunch is available every Saturday from 12:00pm until 15.30pm. 

Offering dishes far more exciting than the usual eggs benedict and avocado on toast, the innovative menu is split into six sections ranging from small ‘para picar’ plates such as jamón and manchego toastie with quail’s egg to larger plates of egg, vegetable, fish and meat options. A re-imagined version of Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social signature dish the full English breakfast makes a return, combining tomato fondue, mushroom ketchup, slow cooked egg, potato foam, smoked pancetta, and black pudding. With additional standout dishes including pan fried hens egg, chorizo jam and avocado on brioche, roast suckling pig with morcilla croquette and apple-cider caramel and honey truffle burrata, Brogdale apples, pear and chestnut.

To complete the experience in true Spanish style, delicious cinnamon dusted churros with thick hot chocolate for dipping will be amongst the dessert options.

Guests can order a selection of dishes from the brunch menu or opt for the ‘Feed Me Brunch’ offer for £20 per person. A surprise selection of Frankie’s favourite brunch plates, including off-menu specials, will be served to share. 

Bookings can be made by emailing reservations@socialwineandtapas.com

In The Diary: A Festival of Peace, Love and Music At The V&A

The Revolutions Weekender: A Festival of Peace, Love and Music will see the V&A host free events and activities including live music, theatrical performances, talks and film screenings from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 November. Highlights will include a new stage adaptation of John Lennon’s first book and poetry and song from legendary poet Michael Horovitz and visual artist Vanessa Vie. Plus the culmination of the Levi’s® Music project, with 12 young people mentored by grime artist Skepta as part of a partnership with Levi’s® to establish a community youth music space giving a special performance (tickets are available to win this week via the V&A’s social media channels). 

  Afro-American Solidarity poster by Emory Douglas, 1969, Photo (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Afro-American Solidarity poster by Emory Douglas, 1969, Photo (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Across the weekend the diverse programme of events take inspiration from the current exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966- 70, exploring the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s upon life today: 1960s inspired DJ sets; discussions ranging from contemporary political activism to 1960s fashion and psychedelia; intimate live gigs from the Royal College of Music and Beatie Wolfe, and screenings and readings of revolutionary film and literature.  

  'White Rabbit' poster, 1960s, designed by East Totem West, Photo (c) V&A

'White Rabbit' poster, 1960s, designed by East Totem West, Photo (c) V&A

  Jean Shrimpton, King's Road in Chelsea, London, 1963 (c) Iconic Images Terry O'Neill

Jean Shrimpton, King's Road in Chelsea, London, 1963 (c) Iconic Images Terry O'Neill

  The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, ‘Revolution’ 1968 by Alan Aldridge © Iconic Images, Alan Aldridge

The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, ‘Revolution’ 1968 by Alan Aldridge © Iconic Images, Alan Aldridge

You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 1970 investigates the upheaval, the explosive sense of freedom, and the legal changes that took place resulting in a fundamental shift in the mindset of the Western world. Tickets £16 (concessions available). V&A Members go free. 

Friday 4 – Sunday 6 November 2016 vam.ac.uk/revolution 

Bea's of Bloomsbury Halloween Celebration

Following the continuation of their yearly Halloween success, Bea’s of Bloomsbury are delighted to announce the return of their most ghoulish delicacies yet, complete with vegan and gluten free options. Handcrafted creations include an American style baked pumpkin cheesecake, Halloween themed spiced pumpkin macaroons, apple tart, assorted bewitching cupcakes, hauntingly sweet meringues, scrumptious headless gingerbread men, and a decadent chocolate and pumpkin sponge cake lavished with cinnamon cream frosting. 

Whichever way you decide to throw yourself into the spooky festivities, be sure to take advantage of the memorable themed cakes that Bea’s innovatively design year after year. Whether you are hosting a scary movie night and plump for a gift box of creepily decorated cupcakes, or are holding a party where you wish to impress (read: terrify) your guests with ghostly meringues and killer brownies, Bea’s are on hand to fulfil your decorating requests.

Pop in for a light bite with their “ghouls” or, if you dare, join them for a Halloween Afternoon Tea, where the “monster” in the best Halloween costume at each of their 3 cafes will win a £50 gift voucher! With five London boutique locations, including the excitingly anticipated Marylebone opening, Bea’s has unveiled new interiors with the signature colour of blue changed for exquisite pastel shades of pinks, caramels, and creams. They are open seven days a week and are proud to serve London’s finest cakes and afternoon teas.

The special one-off afternoon tea is £26.50 a head, includes a glass of fizz and the aforementioned creepy treats and will be available on the 31st at the Marylebone, St Pauls, and Bloomsbury locations. However, the Halloween treats will be available across all the venues.