Visit London Blog » twickenham Enjoy the very best of London Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:00:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What’s On This Weekend: 8-9 February Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:00:18 +0000

A mixed bag of events spread across this weekend range from the all-out madness that comes with Winter Pride and the Six Nations, to the more serene prospects of a David Hockney exhibition in the Dulwich Picture Gallery or admiring orchids at Kew Gardens.

David Hockney, Printmaker at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

The lovely Dulwich Picture Gallery opens its latest exhibition this weekend as Hockney, Printmaker celebrates the career of one of Britain’s most loved artists. The exhibition features over 100 carefully chosen works concentrating on two of Hockney’s favoured techniques: etching and lithography. Classics such as A Rake’s Progress (1961-63) and Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm (1969) are included in this must-see collection. Opens 5 Feb

“Though she be but little, she is fierce!”

From the creative team that brought the spectacle that is War Horse to the London stage (Bristol’s Old Vic artistic director Tom Morris and the Handspring Puppet Company) comes this innovative adaptation of Shakespeare’s much loved comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Expect a combination of puppetry and general stage wizardry alongside the bard’s fantastical prose when this opens for a short run at the Barbican Centre. 6-15 Feb

Flying the flag (indoors)

This year marks the first ever indoor Winter Pride event, hosted at the Tobacco Dock. As many as 3,000 revellers from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community can party away from the elements, with music coming from big LGBT club brands and international DJs, including Bear Necessities, East Bloc, MINT, One Love and Popstarz. Also inside will be fairground attractions, cultural and charitable stands and a Victorian marketplace. 8 Feb

Keep dancin’! at The O2

Cue that catchy tune from the opening credits, as there are still tickets available for the four live Strictly Come Dancing shows at The O2 this weekend. Confirmed stars for this live version of the much loved BBC show include the model Abbey Clancy, former Dragon Deborah Meaden, Westlife’s Nicky Byrne and rugby World Cup winner Ben Cohen. 8-9 Feb

The season of beer and bruising tackles is upon us

The Six Nations returned last weekend, as rugby fans descend once again upon the best pubs and bars across the city (or mostly south of the river really). The rivalry between the Six Nations (England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales) is fierce but this makes for a great atmosphere as fans watch shoulder to shoulder and banter the afternoon away under a haze of Guinness and pride, the only thing to do is join the scrum. 1 Feb – 15 Mar

A tropical treat at Kew Gardens

For an altogether more tranquil weekend activity head to the warmth of the Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew Gardens for the annual celebration of Orchids. Explore the tropical plants and orchids inside the conservatory and witness some of the rarest specimens in the world at this botanical wonderland. 8 Feb – 9 Mar

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Rugby in London: Twickenham Flags Sat, 03 Mar 2012 09:00:04 +0000

Another great photo from Peter Denton who shared this lovely photo of picturesque pubs in Twickenham flying flags before the England v. Wales rugby match at Twickenham Rugby Stadium last weekend.

If you’re a fan of rugby, check out our guide to rugby venues in London and find out about our local teams and the World Rugby Museum.

And don’t forget to add your photos of London looking lovely to the Visit London Flickr group.

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Preview: Strawberry Hill House Re-Opening Thu, 23 Sep 2010 15:45:17 +0000 Strawberry Hill House pinnacles. Image by Strawberry Hill House Over shoes Horace Walpole portrait. Image by Strawberry Hill House The Round Room. Image by Strawberry Hill House The Gallery. Image by Strawberry Hill House The Library with ceiling and glass. Image by Strawberry Hill House

This morning I donned some unstylish “over shoes” for a tour of the soon-to-be-re-opened Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham.

The grand building is almost at the end of the first phase of its refurbishment, and will be open to the public from 2 October 2010.

There’s something strange about a gothic-style building which smells strongly of paint! And we were reminded of the building’s fragile state – hence the overshoes and strictly no touching, leaning or “seeing with your fingers” (as Horace Walpole once put it) policy.

Strawberry Hill House started life as a modest residence in 1698. But it was transformed by Walpole (politician, art historian and writer) into a “Gothic castle” in the 1700s.

After an £8.9m refurbishment project, Strawberry Hill has been restored to its appearance at the time of Walpole’s death.

Strawberry Hill House is a must-see for architecture enthusiasts who will marvel at the way Walpole played with Gothic styles. Sadly, most of the rooms are empty as much of Walpole’s great art and furniture collection were sold in 1842. However, the Strawberry Hill Trust is working on tracking the pieces down.

When the house re-opens, there will be audio guides and more information in the rooms to give visitors an idea of what was once there.

Strawberry Hill House opens 2 October 2010. Not open Thursdays or Fridays. Advance booking recommended.

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World Rugby Museum joins British Museum and Tate Modern on Accreditation List Thu, 29 Jul 2010 12:00:18 +0000 Twickenham Stadium’s World Rugby Museum has been granted national accreditation status by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

The rugby museum joins the British Museum and Tate Modern on a list of around 100 accredited attractions.

“The award is recognition that the museum plays an important role in preserving rugby’s worldwide heritage,” said curator Michael Rowe.

The World Rugby Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of rugby memorabilia, including early match programmes, photos, letters and rugby equipment.

An exhibition about women’s rugby opens on 12 August to coincide with the Women’s Rugby World Cup. The cup will be on display alongside posters, objects and images from the early days of the game.

England 2010: The Women’s Rugby World Cup runs from 12 August 2010 to 6 April 2011

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Photo of the Week: The Grotto at Marble Hill House Sat, 08 May 2010 09:00:12 +0000

This week’s photo from the Visit London Flickr Pool features the grotto at Marble Hill House.

You can go and see the grotto any time you like, but if you fancy a facinating guided tour which also includes the ice house and the entire grounds, you’ll need to book at least two weeks in advance, so start planning your trip now!

(Twickehnam is clearly grotto potty, there’s also Alexander Pope’s Grotto nearby!)

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London Wins the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final Tue, 28 Jul 2009 15:33:35 +0000 Twickenham Rugby Stadium

London adds a new landmark sporting competition to its calendar today, with the announcement that the 2015 Rugby World Cup will be played in England.

Non-fans of the funny shaped ball may be surprised to learn the Rugby World Cup is the world’s third biggest sporting event. (Only the Olympics and FIFA World Cup beat it!)

The 2015 World Cup will run from 4 September to 17 October, and the final will be played at Twickenham.

Other London venues taking part include Wembley and the Emirates Stadium.

During the tournament, matches will be played in 10 cities at 12 grounds across the country, including Old Trafford in Manchester; Anfield in Liverpool; and Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, the only non-English venue.

The Rugby Football Union beat competitive bids from South Africa and Italy to win the tournament.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson is thrilled that England won the bid: “Rugby has a passionate and loyal following in England.

“With the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2010, the men’s tournament in 2015 is another feather in the cap for the sport and adds to London’s outstanding calendar of international sporting events – from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the ICC Twenty20 World Cup, and the NFL at Wembley to the Tour de France Grand Depart.

“London has some of the finest sporting venues in the world – Twickenham, of course, as well as Wembley and the Emirates Stadium. But from 2012 there will be another, excellent new venue, the Olympic Stadium. We will discuss … it providing another base with the RFU and work with them to ensure the 2015 Rugby World Cup is the best ever tournament.

“And it goes without saying that rugby fans heading to the capital from across the world in 2015 will also enjoy a hearty welcome, as well as an unbeatable range of other activities and attractions.”

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