The controversial exhibition of Russian art has opened at the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly. The show was threatened after Russian authorities said they wouldn’t allow the art to come to the UK in case there were any legal challenges to its ownership, but new laws rushed through by the Government provided the assurances sought.
“From Russia: French and Russian Master Paintings 1870Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1925 from Moscow and St Petersburg ” will run from today until 18th April 2008 at the Royal Academy, and presents modern masterpieces drawn from RussiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s principal collections: the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art and the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and the State Hermitage Museum and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.
Interesting video about the May Fair Hotel in London, with comments from Head of Design Michael Attenborough.
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Design Week has reported that Mayfair restaurant Mirabelle is to close for six months to allow a major refurbishment and 1930s makeover to take place.
Mirabelle was purchased from Marco Pierre White by Joseph Ettedgui Stephen Schaffer last November, having previously also bought Quo Vadis and Drones from the renowned chef.
The work on Mirabelle in Curzon Street should be completed by the summer.
A new exhibition of the work of Linda McCartney is being opened by Sir Paul McCartney at a Mayfair gallery. The show will feature photographs taken from the start of her career in the early 60s to just before her death in 1998. The subjects of the photographs include the Beatles, Janis Joplin, Paul Simon and Sir Mick Jagger.
The exhibition will open at the James Hyman Gallery in Savile Row on April 24th.
Find out more by visiting the website of the James Hyman Gallery.
The Chesterfield Hotel in Mayfair has come ninth in a list of the world’s most luxurious hotels, as voted for by Trip Advisor‘s Travellers Choice Awards for 2008. The Chesterfield was the only London hotel to make the top ten, with the number one position going to Los Altos De Eros in Costa Rica.
The Chesterfield Mayfair was described by TripAdvisor travellers as “exquisite”, “beyond expectations”, “spotless”, “great value”, and a “peaceful retreat” in a “perfect location” with “first class service”.
Mayfair seafood restaurant Scott’s has received top marks in Tatler‘s restaurant guide for 2008, being described as the “top of the A-list”. The praise for the Mount Street restaurant follows on from it being named as London’s coolest restaurant by Harper’s Bazaar in November.
Tatler didn’t have such good news for Gordon Ramsay. It praised the food in his Claridge’s restaurant, but described the service as “duff”.
The exhibition of works from Russia which was due to take place at the Royal Academy of Art will now proceed following a rushed through change in UK law which has provided the safe guards required by the Russians.
From Russia: French and Russian Master Paintings is due to open at the Royal Academy of Art on 26 January.