Visit London Blog » Aircraft Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:49:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What’s On This Weekend. 2-4 August 2013 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 09:35:45 +0000 This weekend really highlights the best of British – whether you’re admiring the skill of top sportspeople, learning about the history of British democracy or stepping back into an iconic 20th century era, you can’t fail to be inspired.


Prudential RideLondon

Enjoy a fantastic free family festival of cycling this weekend, thanks to Prudential RideLondon. Festival activities are split over two days: on Saturday you can see famous female cyclists in the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix or take part in the family-friendly FreeCycle, while Sunday gives you the opportunity to see some of the world’s best cyclists at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey cycle classic. There are also free festival activities happening throughout the weekend. To see the full range of cycling-related festivities on offer, visit our Prudential RideLondon event page. 3-4 Aug

The Kenwood House Summer Garden Fete

Celebrate almost 100 years since Lord Iveagh donated the magnificent Kenwood House to the nation at a 1920s garden fete held in the building’s grounds on Hampstead Heath. Lots of vintage fun will be on offer at the free event, including horse and cart rides, Charleston workshops, rag time music and opportunities for afternoon tea in the garden. The fete runs between 11am and 5pm on both days. 3-4 Aug

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Comes to Trafalgar Square

Before it sails 40,000 miles around the world, the 70ft GREAT Britain yacht will be displayed in Trafalgar Square, allowing you to admire the new design Clipper Race yacht and meet the crew. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the world’s longest sailing race, which sees 12 purpose-built yachts from different countries racing around the globe in eight stages. This is a fantastic chance to view the UK yacht at close range before it sails from St Katherine’s Dock on 1 September – and best of all it’s free! 1-4 Aug

The Houses of Parliament Summer Opening

See inside one of the world’s most famous buildings at the Houses of Parliament summer opening, during which time you can take a 75-minute tour behind the scenes of British democracy with a Blue Badge guide. You’ll learn about the 900-year-old Palace of Westminster, pivotal moments in British history and how Parliament works today. If you’d like to learn more about the building’s incredible art collection, you can book a specialist tour. Adult tickets are £16.50. Until 5 Oct

The Essex Military Vehicle Trusts’ Military and Flying Machines Show

See WWII aircraft, including Spitfires and Hurricanes, at this 40s-themed military show at Damyns Hall Aerodrome. As well as flying displays and static exhibitions of military vehicles, there will also be a vintage funfair, military re-enactments, kid’s activities and vintage inspired musical acts. Tickets start at £8 for adults and £20 for families. 2-4 Aug

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Fiona Banner creates the 2010 Duveens Commission at London’s Tate Britain Tue, 29 Jun 2010 10:00:34 +0000 Duveens Commission Harrier and Jaguar by Fiona Banner. Photo By: Jonny Payne Duveens Commission Harrier and Jaguar by Fiona Banner. Photo By: Jonny Payne Duveens Commission Harrier and Jaguar by Fiona Banner. Photo By: Jonny Payne Duveens Commission Harrier and Jaguar by Fiona Banner. Photo By: Jonny Payne Duveens Commission Harrier and Jaguar by Fiona Banner. Photo By: Jonny Payne Duveens Commission Harrier and Jaguar by Fiona Banner. Photo By: Jonny Payne

Fiona Banner was charged with the enviable task of creating this year’s Duveens Commission at London’s Tate Britain – and she doesn’t disappoint.

During a sneak preview yesterday, I was completely blown-away as two full-scale decommissioned fighter jets filled the space in front of me.

As you enter the Tate, you cannot escape the incredible sight of a Sea Harrier jet suspended from the ceiling. The nose is positioned inches from the floor, with the wings filling the upper spaces of the gallery. Banner has painted feathers on the wings to mimic the plane’s name, and it looks like a bird strung-up by its feet, ready to be plucked.

In the North Duveens gallery a Sepecat Jaguar plane lays almost helplessly on its back, gleaming with a mirror-like finish.

Banner said: “This work is about how you react rather than a big black and white statement. For instance, that the Jaguar is polished is incredibly important because you see yourself reflected in it. You can’t detach yourself from the object. Though in some ways it’s a radical object, it’s also always a fragmented object because it’s constantly being animated by the space and whoever’s looking at it.”

Banner admits to being “seduced” by fighter planes and she has often studied these objects in her work – from drawings to Airfix models. She also produced a sculptural piece from the tail fin of a Harrier Jump Jet ten years ago. She said she was fascinated by “how something that was such a monster could be so beautiful”.

See Fiona Banner’s Duveens Commission at the Tate Britain. Until 3 Jan.

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