London’s in bloom
Spring has arrived in London. With its unique blend of history and culture, the city is constantly changing with new landmarks, exhibitions and West End shows opening all the time.
To make the most of your next visit to the capital, discover our London Spring Guide, a curated list of highlights for the best of the city’s art, fashion, food and culture.
Jin-Woo Prensena – ELEMENTS
Jin-Woo Presena is a daredevil. His photography pushes the boundaries both artistically – with his signature large prints that are both bold and unobtrusive – and physically, as the audacious LA-based photographer hangs out of helicopters or floats with great white sharks to achieve his breathtaking images. Jin-Woo’s ELEMENTS exhibition in the Lobby Lounge and BAR 45 at 45 Park Lane features 29 prints, most never publicly shown before.
From April 4 – June 5, 2017
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
Visit the world-famous V&A for its newest exhibit – Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. Marking the 100th anniversary of the opening of the revered Spanish designer’s first fashion house, it’s the first ever exhibition of Cristóbal Balenciaga in the UK. This must-see event will showcase the designer’s unique vision of female beauty and take an in-depth look at the craftsmanship that has influenced many of today’s biggest designers.
From May 27, 2017
Diana: Her Fashion Story
Celebrate the fashion life of Diana, Princess of Wales in this major new dress exhibition at Kensington Palace. Diana: Her Fashion Story traces the evolution of the princess’s style from the more understated pieces of her first public appearances to the confident glamour and elegance of her later life. Open up her wardrobe and browse a stunning collection of dresses and outfits, including the iconic velvet gown the princess wore when she danced with John Travolta at the White House.
Masterclasses at The Dorchester with Henry Brosi
The Dorchester’s legendary executive chef Henry Brosi invites you to an exclusive cooking masterclass at the Chef’s Table. Each masterclass features a particular meal or theme, such as Traditional Afternoon Tea (Saturday, June 3) or White Truffles, and allows you to experience first-hand the passion and skill required to create gastronomic masterpieces in the one of the world’s finest hotels. This is truly a cooking class experience like no other.
Available dates: June 3, September 16, October 14 and November 18, 2017
Chelsea Flower Show Afternoon Tea
Enjoy your own patisserie tribute to this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 22 – May 27, 2017) with our flower show-inspired champagne afternoon tea at The Promenade at The Dorchester. Sit down to a sumptuous afternoon tea of signature ‘floral’ pastries, sandwiches and scones surrounded by stunning floral decorations created by designer florist, Philip Hammond. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the flower show from the comfort of the hotel. Reserve a table online, or call: +44 (0)20 7629 8888
Available May 22 – May 27 (limited availability)
An American in Paris
Very few West End shows have generated as much buzz (or five-star reviews) as An American in Paris. This irresistible all-singing-all-dancing Broadway musical about love, hope and living your dreams is already packing them in at London’s stunningly restored Dominion Theatre. Christopher Wheeldon’s superb show is a riot of colour and movement and shouldn’t be missed on any upcoming trip to London.
For more highlights of the best happenings in and around London view our complete Spring Guide here