June and July are exciting months in London for sports lovers as there is so much to see including the World Cup beginning on 12th June, as well as Royal Ascot, Wimbledon and qualifying for the Henley Royal Regatta.
To celebrate this great summer of sport, The Beaufort is offering hotel guests one additional night free for every three nights booked plus the chance to win a second night free! Read on to see how you can claim this offer and participate in a bonanza of free summer nights at our luxury boutique hotel…
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Although Rubens was a Flemish artist, he spent a fair bit of his time in London, working for Charles I; he even appears to have offered his own views on foreign policy to try to bring England and Spain together (it didn’t work, though both countries gave him knighthoods). It’s not surprising then that if you want to see Rubens’s work, you don’t have to go to Brussels, Antwerp or Mechelen – nor to the Prado – because a lot of it was commissioned by British buyers, and ended up in British collections.
Here are my top ten Rubens pictures in London. There’s a bit of legwork (and a few admissions fees) involved in finding them all – but if you want a whirlwind tour of Rubens, Room 29 of the National Gallery will net you a superb haul in one fell swoop.
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Got an unusual hobby? It’s odds on that if you do, you’ll find a shop in London devoted to it.
Love fast cars? You can’t buy a full size racing car – but St Martin’s Models, in Cecil Court, has thousands of diecast replicas of supercars, F1 and rally racers. The slowly revolving glass shelves in the window are mesmerising and inside, there are some interesting memorabilia including an old Shell petrol pump with an illuminated shell motif on top.
Or if you fancy yourself as George Formby (or possibly Jake Shimabukuro, the Jimi Hendrix of the Uke), you’ll be happy as a sandboy at Duke of Uke in Cheshire Street (near Shoreditch High Street station). This shop does also have a good stock of banjos, guitars and basses, but it’s really focused on ukes – from a £35 learner model to a several hundred pound handmade baritone ukulele in precious woods. It even offers lessons and courses, and you can buy tutorial DVDs and sheet music, too.
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Now it’s spring, it’s time to think about gardens in Kensington. Of course the obvious place to go is Kensington Gardens – though personally I find it’s a park that looks better in summer and autumn than in early spring – but Kensington and Chelsea are full of smaller and less well known gardens which are worth discovering.
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