The Queen’s House in Greenwich

Any trip to Greenwich should include a stop at the Queen’s House. Admire the House’s classical design, which is one of England’s most prominent structures. When you go through the doors, you’ll be greeted with the magnificent Great Hall. The remarkable marble floor of this precisely proportioned cube was set in 1635 and has a black-and-white geometric pattern.

Why go to the Queen's House?

The beautiful art, the iconic portraits the 'haunted' mystery. All collections of art and history that you won't experience anywhere else.

Richard Wright, the Turner Prize-winning artist, has created a stunning new art commission. See Elizabeth I’s Armada Portrait.

Take a selfie with the Tulip Stairs, the world’s first geometric self-supporting spiral staircase.

Pre-book a guided tour that will transport you back in time as you learn about the House’s and Greenwich’s history through the artwork on display.

Visit the stunning Great Hall, the infamous Tulip Stairs, The Queen’s Presence Chamber, the iconic Armada Portrait of Elizabeth the 1st and the perculiar Mask of Youth.

For family fun, why not visit the Queen’s House Ice Rink? Perfect time for Christmas!

In 1966 a retired Canadian reverend and his wife visited the Queen’s House. The Rev and Mrs R W Hardy had heard about the famous Tulip staircase and took a photograph.

It was not until they developed it once they were back home, that they saw it had also captured the image of a shrouded figure. On closer inspection, the figure appears to be ascending the stairs in pursuit of a second and possibly a third figure.

The Rev and Mrs R W Hardy were adamant that the stairway was clear when they took the photograph, and a thorough investigation not long after it was taken could not give a definitive, rational explanation for what the picture shows. As the Rev Hardy said in a later letter, the mystery remained as deep as ever.

They didn’t realise it had taken the image of a cloaked man until they developed it after they got home. On closer observation, the figure looks to be pursuing a second and maybe a third person up the steps.

Whether or not it is true, you can visit the Queen’s House for exclusive sourse material, and devise your own conclusion.

 

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Summer by the River

8 - 21 August, 2022
It’s been a long hard winter, but better times are coming as Summer by the River returns to London Bridge City. Launching on 1 June 2022, it promises to revive weary workers, tourists and locals alike with three months of free entertainment set against stunning views of the capital. Running until 2 September, this year’s festival is bringing 1930s Miami vibes to the banks of the Thames over three locations – The Scoop, Hay’s Galleria and The Pier. At The Scoop, Art Deco inspired pop-up bar The Riverside Terrace will offer a little slice of South Beach complete with empanadas and piña coladas, while over at The Pier, Taqueria Garcia is bringing the heat with tacos and tequila. London’s largest free festival will celebrate Miami’s infamous party spirit across all locations, with an eclectic programme of events that will put smiles on faces of all ages. The programme is themed by day and includes Gospeloke (a karaoke night backed by a live Gospel Choir), Dabbers Bingo (the much-loved game injected with music and performers), Hip Hop Weekender (interactive workshops and dance battles between world-renowned artists), Tears of Jenny Greenteeth (the London debut of a Ballet Folk performance), Twelfth Night (a modern take on the Shakespeare classic – set on Love Island), BBC Introducing (showcasing emerging artists), Folk and Roots Stage (spotlighting grassroots acoustic music talent), Bunker (specially commissioned for the festival to bring to life WWII stories from local Southwark residents), Leah Weller (singer-songwriter with music in her veins!) and London Goes Tango (an Argentine-style Milonga). The opening week of the festival coincides with Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. London Bridge City is one of the official Beacon locations, with its ceremonial lighting on Thursday kicking off proceedings. Over four days, the big screen in The Scoop will air all the official celebrations. Set against a backdrop of historic royal buildings, with entertainment including the Tower Ravens Rapper Sword Dancers, Lewis-Merthr brass band and a Tea Dance led by Swing Patrol, Summer By The River is the perfect place to mark the milestone. Heading into July, the festival will embrace another British institution – Wimbledon – with the screen in The Scoop showing all the key matches.

The Show is Over

8 - 21 August, 2022
The Show is Over brings together sixteen international artists in a major group exhibition at the South London Gallery. The artists’ work proposes a refreshed language in the interpretation of political histories and personal experiences connected to the aftermath of historical violence, and its present iterations. The work shown in the exhibition underscores the various ways in which we relate to and grapple with notions of loss, threats to the environment, spirituality, labour and silenced histories. As the world begins to unevenly emerge from the pandemic, The Show is Over becomes a stage from which the performance and understandings of endings are constantly evolving and more present than ever before.

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Curious About St Paul's

8 - 21 August, 2022
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8 - 21 August, 2022
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8 - 11 August, 2022
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8 - 11 August, 2022
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8 - 11 August, 2022
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8 - 21 August, 2022
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