Friday, 20 May 2016

City breaks

With exhibitions opening across the country, enjoy a city break and feed your artistic side

Written by Wendy Gomersall
Capital ideas
Portrait Of The Artist at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace (4 November 2016 to 23 April 2017), will be the first-ever exhibition to focus on images of artists in the Royal Collection. It will feature self-portraits by worldrenowned painters including Lucian Freud and David Hockney, as well as representations by their friends and pupils. Spanning the 15th to the 21st centuries, it will also examine the role of monarchs in commissioning, collecting and displaying portraits of artists.

www.royalcollection.org.uk

Where to stay
The Amba Hotel Marble Arch is well positioned for all London sightseeing and shopping. The hotel has undergone a multimillionpound refurbishment and now has some of the largest bedrooms in the West End, free Wi-Fi and a smart TV and tablet in every room. Rooms from £179 per night.

0871-376 9027, www.amba-hotel.com

Vintage fashion
The Fashion On The Ration exhibition at the Imperial War Museum North, The Quays, Greater Manchester, from 27 May to 1 May next year, explores how fashion survived under rationing during the Second World War – for example, women made jewellery from airplane parts and mascara from boot polish, and used gas-mask holders as handbags. This great museum tells personal stories, through artefacts, film footage and mementoes, of those who have been affected by conflict.

0161-836 4000, www.iwm.org.uk

Where to stay
Copthorne Hotel Manchester, Clippers Quay, is an easy walk, or short taxi ride away from the IWM North and other attractions at The Quays, including The Lowry Theatre and Lowry Gallery. Rooms from £98 per night.

0161-873 7321, www.millenniumhotels.co.uk

Fossil finds
The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, is the venue for the Fossil Hunters: Unearthing The Mystery Of Life On Land exhibition until 14 August. It examines how life on Earth moved from water onto land 360-345 million years ago through groundbreaking discoveries made in Scotland. See fossils unearthed as recently as summer 2015, meet the people who uncovered these remarkable finds, discover the scientific techniques used to extract and identify them, and glimpse what life was like before dinosaurs.

0300-123 6789, www.nms.ac.uk

Where to stay
A restaurant with rooms, 21212, in the heart of Georgian Edinburgh, has four opulent suites and a restaurant that’s making a name for itself. Rooms from £100 per night. 

0117-946 7072, www.i-escape.com

Shoe stories
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co Durham, houses a wonderful collection of art – paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and silver objets d’art – in a beautiful purposebuilt building constructed in the 1800s. From 11 June to 9 October, it will stage the V&A’s Shoes: Pleasure & Pain, featuring more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary designer shoes and their famous wearers, from Queen Victoria to David Beckham.

01833-690606, www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk

Where to stay
Elegant Seaham Hall is built on a clifftop and set in 37 acres of land, just 13 miles from Durham city centre. It has a great spa and a choice of restaurants. One night in a Junior Suite costs £195 (two sharing), including breakfast and use of the spa.

0800-089 3929, www.prideofbritainhotels.com

Contact Wendy at wendy.gomersall@lady.co.uk
Prices correct at time of going to press.



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