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Jul 112016
 

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Oliver Cromwell & King Charles I

It was a knowledgeable London friend of mine who told me about this little historic gem in Parliament.  The English Civil War was a time of turmoil that saw the regicide of Charles I and the installation of Parliamentary rule under Oliver Cromwell.  Charles’ son reclaimed the throne after Cromwell died but there are two relics that talk to this divisive event in English history near the Palace of Westminster.

By the Houses of Parliament, stands a pensive Oliver Cromwell, looking down. Across the road, in a niche at St Margaret’s Church, is a statue of the King himself, calmly staring back at him, the head only, accusing his enemy of his treachery – a perpetual memory to this hiccough in royal rule.  It’s almost as if Cromwell is unable to meet Charles’ accusatory gaze.

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Cromwell ruled as Lord Protector from 1653 to 1658 and this statue was erected in 1899 to celebrate the tercentenary of Cromwell’s birth. When he died, he was buried at Westminster Abbey but on the accession & Restoration of Charles II, he was exhumed, hanged at Tyburn and his head was stuck on a spike on the roof of Westminster Hall. It stayed there some 20 years before being retrieved and buried in Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

Charles I was beheaded at the behest of Parliament on 30th June 1649 at the Banqueting House, Whitehall. He is buried in a vault in the Chapel of St George, Windsor. This bust of Charles I was found by Hedley Hope-Nicholson and given to St Margaret’s Church in 1956.

 

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Apr 192016
 

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Dutch flowers is a new major exhibition, which opened 6th April at The National Gallery, which through twenty-two works, examines the origins of the genre, to the height of its popularity in the Dutch Golden Age and its final flowering in the late eighteenth century. Coinciding with the flower shows at Chelsea and Hampton Court, the exhibition explores Dutch flower painting from its beginnings in the early seventeenth century to its peak in the late eighteenth century and is the first display of its kind in 20 years. At the turn of the seventeenth century, Netherlandish painters such as Jan Brueghel the Elder, Ambrosius Bosschaert and Roelandt Savery were among the first artists to produce paintings that exclusively depicted flowers. The sudden emergence of this genre is undoubtedly linked to the development of scientific interest in botany and horticulture at the close of the sixteenth century.

Dutch Flowers will be held at The National Gallery until 29th August 2016 and even better its free.

Do check out the latest offers as London Bridge Hotel has weekend rates from as low as £99. You cansign up for special offer alerts here. And when you can’t be at the hotel, you can try making the Quarter Bar’s cocktails with these recipes.

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Contributor: Alexandra Pinhorn – Photographs: The National Gallery, London

Mar 212016
 

Recently The Hip Horticulturist, a well-established travel and gardening blog, wrote a great post on where to go for a ‘UK Weekend Getaway’. Within this piece they mentioned the London Bridge Hotel as the perfect spot to stay over anywhere else in London, which we’re thrilled about!

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There’s so much to see and do in London you will never be bored or short of things to do. So we definitely agree with them picking London as one of the best places to go for a few days break.

Within their piece The Hip Horticulturist also mentioned another great article on 101 Free Things To Do In London, which is a fascinating piece filled with some inspiring ideas. We thought this could be a great read for anyone venturing on a London break.

Now the bank holiday weekend is creeping upon us, it’s the perfect time to book a nice long ‘Weekend Getaway’!

Head over to our main website to search through our beautiful and unique accommodation from just £99 here.

 

 

 

Feb 182016
 

Afternoon Tea invigorates the body and mind with great food, drink and conversation. From just £25 per person, guests can marvel at the attractive presentation of cakes, scones and sandwiches on a tiered display, fit for a queen. Enjoy the variety of finger sandwiches including: smoked salmon with caper butter, egg mayonnaise & mustard cress or honey roast ham with English mustard, and of course, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. The platter also comes with a selection of pastries including a layered triple chocolate delice, Bergamot cupcake and mini macaroons. For drinks, guests can chose from Quarter Bar’s extensive tea collection or for an extra indulgent treat, enjoy a glass of Duval-Leroy Fleur de Champagne or sparkling cocktail for just £35 per person. For those looking for a smaller bite cream tea is served at just £10.

A special treat by Sue Lowry

Do check out the latest offers as London Bridge Hotel has weekend rates from as low as £99. You can sign up for special offer alerts here. And when you can’t be at the hotel, you can try making the Quarter Bar’s cocktails with these recipes.

Jan 202016
 

Flowers by Sue Lowry

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them2 – Henri Matisse

Do check out the latest offers as London Bridge Hotel has weekend rates from as low as £99. You cansign up for special offer alerts here. And when you can’t be at the hotel, you can try making the Quarter Bar’s cocktails with these recipes.

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Nov 122015
 

By Sue Lowry

“Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.”― Khaled HosseiniA Thousand Splendid Suns

 

Do check out the latest offers as London Bridge Hotel has weekend rates from as low as £99. You cansign up for special offer alerts here. And when you can’t be at the hotel, you can try making the Quarter Bar’s cocktails with these recipes.

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Oct 132015
 

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The Fabric of India is the first exhibition in the UK to fully explore the incomparably rich world of handmade textiles from India. From the earliest known fragments to contemporary fashion, the exhibition will illustrate the technical mastery and creativity of Indian textiles. The Fabric of India will be held at The Victoria and Albert Museum until 10th January 2016 2016.  Tickets cost £14 with concessions available. V&A Members go free. Advance booking is advised – this can be done in person at the V&A; online at www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/the-fabric-of-india (booking fee applies). Celebrating the variety, virtuosity and continuous innovation of India’s textile traditions, The Fabric of India presents 200 everyday fabrics and unseen treasures all made by hand. From ancient ceremonial banners to contemporary saris, from sacred temple hangings to bandanna handkerchiefs, to the spectacular tent used by Tipu Sultan (1750-1799), the famed ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore; this exhibition offers an introduction to the raw materials and processes of making cloth by hand. The opening section shows fabrics dyed with natural materials such as pomegranate and indigo and the complex techniques of block printing, weaving and embroidery across the ages, together creating a visual compendium of India’s astonishingly diverse array of fabrics. Highlights range from muslin embroidered with glittering green beetle wings, to a vast wall hanging appliqued with designs of elephants and geometrical patterns, to a boy’s jacket densely embroidered with brightly coloured silk thread and mirrors.

Do check out the latest offers as London Bridge Hotel has weekend rates from as low as £99. You cansign up for special offer alerts here. And when you can’t be at the hotel, you can try making the Quarter Bar’s cocktails with these recipes.

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Photographs by various photographers – credits as follows: Abraham & Thakore;  Victoria and Albert Museum, London and National Trust Images

Sep 162015
 

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Botticelli Reimagined is a new major exhibition, opening 5th March 2016 at the V&A, exploring, for the first time the variety of ways artists and designers from the Pre-Raphaelites to the present have responded to the artistic legacy of Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510), assembling 150 works from around the world.

Botticelli Reimagined will be held at The Victoria and Albert Museum from 5th March – 3rd July 2016.  Tickets will go on sale in September this year and will cost £15 with concessions available. V&A Members go free. Advance booking is advised – this can be done in person at the V&A; online at www.vam.ac.uk/Botticelli; or by calling 0800 912 6961 (booking fee applies).

Do check out the latest offers as London Bridge Hotel has weekend rates from as low as £99. You cansign up for special offer alerts here. And when you can’t be at the hotel, you can try making the Quarter Bar’s cocktails with these recipes.

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Contributor: Alexandra Pinhorn – Photographs by various photographers – credits as follows: Venus,Volker-H. Schneider; Venus, after Botticelli, Private collection, courtesy Duhamel Fine Art, Paris; Portrait of a Young Man, courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington; Rebirth of Venus, David LaChapelle; The Renaissance of Venus, Tate, London 2015; The Virgin and Child with Two Angels, courtesy Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der Bildenden Künste Vienna; The Orchard, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Pallas and the Centaur, courtesy of the Ministero Beni e Att. Cultura; Portrait of a Lady known as Smeralda Bandinelli, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Allegory of Abundance or Autumn, The Trustees of the British Museum; Venus Dress: Look 15, Catwalking.com.

Aug 202015
 
George Washington, by Sue Lowry

George Washington, by Sue Lowry

The statue of George Washington located at the eastern end of the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square, London was a gift to Britain by the State of Virginia.  This oversized bronze statue is a copy of the original marble sculpture by Jean-Antoine Houdon which stands in the Capitol in Richmond, Virginia.

Although originally made in 1914, it finally made it to the UK after the First World War and was unveiled in 1921 by Judith Brewer, the daughter of the then Speaker of the House of Delegates of Virginia.  Washington famously said that he would never set foot on British soil so it is rumoured that American earth was brought over and placed under the statue.  I have no idea if that is true but I do like the tale.

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Do check out the latest offers as London Bridge Hotel has weekend rates from as low as £99. You cansign up for special offer alerts here. And when you can’t be at the hotel, you can try making the Quarter Bar’s cocktails with these recipes.

Jul 202015
 
Desert Storm by Sue Lowry

Desert Storm by Sue Lowry

Today we bring you the latest sweet sensation from Quarter Bar and Lounge’s lead Mixologist Carlo, the Desert Storm cocktail.

To mix up a storm you will need:

  • 50ml Baileys’ Irish Cream
  • 25ml Amaretto
  • 25ml Chambord
  • a dash of milk, which has been steamed to make a foam

Mix the Baileys, Amaretto and Chambord in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a chilled glass, top with the milk foam and garnish with chocolate and a caramel wafer. Or serve with a slice of cheesecake for that extra bit of indulgence. You deserve it.

Contributor: Alexandra Pinhorn  Via Magellan PR, a boutique travel PR company.

Do check out the latest offers as London Bridge Hotel has weekend rates from as low as £99. You cansign up for special offer alerts here. And when you can’t be at the hotel, you can try making the Quarter Bar’s cocktails with these recipes.