If you’re looking for a little something to brighten up your winter and blow away the post-Christmas blues, you couldn’t do much wrong with a trip to London’s top art-hotel, then a tour of all the major London art institutions with a National Art Pass. All that is now possible as The Beaumont and NAP have teamed up to provide a new package that helps you achieve all of that, and in style. To celebrate, Candid rounds up the best art to see this January and February.
Starting off at the Beaumont – possibly Mayfair’s most understated hotel which is reserved for those of only the finest of tastes. Its Art Deco credentials stem from its original 1926 golden era building, juxtaposed with the modern extension that was created by none other than the prolific British sculptor Sir Antony Gormley himself. Inside, the hotel is decked out in original art and antiques handpicked by a team of curators commissioned by the hotel’s owners Jeremy King and Chris Corbin (the duo behind The Wolseley, The Delaunay and The Colony).
The hotel contains an astonishing array of objets d’art including consoles, lights, posters, paintings, card tables and more all from the finest craftsmen, artisans and artists from the 1920’s – it’s enough to make you think you’ve stepped in to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Gormley ‘ROOM’ is a monumental crouching cuboid figure based on the artist’s body that contains the hotel’s signature suite – it is just as impressive from the outside as it is from the inside. Between creating work for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square 2009, winning the Turner Prize in 1994 and being knighted in 2014, Gormley’s art credentials are about as top notch as you can get.
The hotel also contains a vast array of original paintings of both anonymous individuals and significant figures from the era by 20th century artists including Glyn Philpot, Mario Grixoni, Georges Goursat, Harrington Mann, Julian Lamar, G H B Holland, Luke Fildes, Bruno Capacci, Robert Knight Ryland and Paul Audfray. The bar houses an impressive photography collection that can be admired over one of the best martinis in town.
And once you’re done inside, the package takes you out in to London’s art heartland of Mayfair, St James and beyond. It includes a 12 month National Art Pass, providing a year of free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic houses throughout the UK, as well as 50% off major exhibitions. The National Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Royal Academy and Victoria and Albert could keep you going all weekend as a starting point. Here is Candid’s top picks of what to see with your National Art Pass in London this winter:
The National Gallery – Beyond Caravaggio, until 15 Jan
Photographers Gallery – When Frost Was Spectre-Grey, until 15 Jan
Barbican Art Gallery – The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined, until 5 Feb
Victoria & Albert Museum – Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear, until 12 March
Tate Modern – Robert Rauschenburg, until 2 April
Tate Britain – David Hockney, 9 Feb until 29 May
Royal Academy of Arts – Revolution:Russian Art 1917-1932, 11 Feb until 27 April
With so art much going on this winter in London, there has never been a better excuse to brave the cold and enjoy a surprisingly colourful array of exhibitions in the capital and beyond. From then on its only a few more months until the sculpture parks begin to open…
The Beaumont Winter Art Break, between 2 January and 12 February from £495 for a classic room for two including breakfast and a 12 month National Art Pass for two.The Beaumont, Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair, London W1K 6TF.