What is there for a culture lover in Knightsbridge? Here is a quick guide to the best cultural venues in Knightsbridge.
As a district in Central London, Knightsbridge is better known for its fine residential buildings and high-end retail emporiums than it is for its cultural venues. But look beyond the fashion houses, and you'll find a wealth of galleries to explore. Here's our list of recommendations for culture lovers.
Live at The Wellesley
Are you partial to live jazz? The Wellesley boutique hotel hosts live music nights in the intimate confines of the Jazz Lounge, where guests can dine on the finest Italian cuisine while sampling the magic of live music. This setting has long associations with the jazz world. It is the former home of Pizza on the Park, at Hyde Park Corner, which closed in 2010 after three decades of performances from a long line of jazz and cabaret luminaries. Live performances are now held at the Jazz Lounge on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30pm to 11:30pm.
Walton Fine Arts
Are you a contemporary art enthusiast? Situated on Walton Street, this contemporary art gallery showcases an expansive range of sculpture, lithographs, fine art prints, and paintings. Specialising in pop, street and contemporary art, the gallery contains artworks by some of the world's most renowned artists, including Marc Chagall, Picasso, and Andy Warhol. As well as selling art and sculpture, the gallery offers advice to customers on building up their art collections, and assists in the sourcing of art, while offering a professional framing service.
Gladwell & Patterson
This Beauchamp Place institution specialises in 19th and 20th century watercolours and oil paintings in addition to stocking both landscapes and portraits by some of today's most exciting artistic talents. It is a family enterprise, and its founding principles are still followed today. If you want to start collecting art or would like to add another work to your collection, this is the place to come. The gallery also offers an antique framing service, and a cleaning and restoration service.
Crane Kalman Gallery
If you're a fan of British modern art, this is the place for you. This gallery has been at its current location on the Brompton Road since 1957, and showcase works by the likes of L.S. Lowry, Barbara Hepworth, Eugene Boudin, Sonia Delaunay, Graham Sutherland, and Edmund de Waal, among many others. A visitor to this gallery will also find 20th century American and European sculpture and paintings.
If Oriental artworks are what you'd like to display in your Knightsbridge home, journey down to the Mathaf Gallery, where you will find a large collection of 19th century paintings of Arabia. The selection includes prints, oils, and watercolours, as well as an extensive range of First Edition David Roberts lithographs.
We didn't feel the need to mention the world-renowned Victoria and Albert Museum, which falls within the Knightsbridge boundary, or the other celebrated institutions – namely, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum – which fall just outside it. Or indeed the Royal Albert Hall, just because they are probably already on your radar. Suffice it to say, for those in search of cultural venues and activities, Knightsbridge won't disappoint.
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