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A man would indeed need to be tired of life to be tired of London this summer, as celebrations of heritage, sport, culture and seasonal jamborees combine to make it the party centre of the world.

culturefootball.jpgTo the traditional high jinks of The Season, encompassing Ascot, Wimbledon, Henley, Goodwood and Lords et al, has been added the Queen’s Jubilee, the Olympics and the combined attractions of three major art and antique events.

These latter showpieces provide a welcome antidote for many to the excess of sporting activities, and are just as international in their appeal as the Olympics - though with admittedly rather more limited attendance

culturebike.jpgKicking off the summer season for art and antique lovers, the Olympia International Fine Art and Antique Fair is the grandaddy of the trio, providing a good, reliable selection across a wide spectrum. It attracts such celebrities as Mick Jagger, Valentino, Ralph Lauren and Oprah Winfrey, as well as serious collectors and trade buyers.

This summer it has focused especially on British craftsmanship, both old and new, with prices starting from as little as £100 up to £3M.

culturewatch.jpgNext up, the newest of the three, Masterpiece, puts on a masterly showcase of luxury and unusual items from June 28 to July 4, in a splendid marquee in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.

This year’s star attractions include a Harley Davidson, paintings by Picasso and Hirst, jewellery from Elizabeth Taylor’s estate, a Dickens first edition, a 1500BC Egyptian statue and a Rodin bronze, to name but a few. www.masterpiecefair.co

In the heart of Mayfair, the Berkeley Square Art and Antiques Fair attracts the culturepic.jpgnatives of this exclusive area of London as well as an international coterie of trade buyers, collectors and those who just love looking at beautiful objects and hob-nobbing with London society.

Running from September 19 to 23rd,  it is very much one of London’s  social occasions as well as an opportunity to find beautiful objects. A new layout provides a second-floor restaurant which gives a birds eye view of this historic garden square.

Pieces to be exhibited cover the full gamut, priced from under £500 to over cultureship.jpg£500,000.  All  are examined and vetted to ensure authenticity as well as quality. 

Members of The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers (LAPADA), which include exhibitors at the other two events, work to a strict consumer code of practice.For full details, go to www.lapadalondon.com.

From the top, football table from Butchoff; Flatliner bike from Shaw Harley Davidson; Bautte watch at Somlo Antiques; Berkeley Square as painted by Edith Garner in the 1920s, at Paul Mayhew; hallmarked silver galleon by Berthold Muller, Chester, in 1900, on the Langford stand.


SUMMER 2012 edition

:: SAVILE ROW Style Magazine ::





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contact Style 1 - Savile Row's Royal connections
contact Style 2 -Original styling from 60s style leader
contact Style 3 - World's oldest tailor makes robes for all ceremonies
contact Style 4 - Champagne party after open-house
contact Style 5 - Royal Mail includes bespoke images
contact Style 6 - Colour goes to the head and other parts
contact Textiles - Brighter future for menswear
contact Travel - Swiss pilgrimage by Sherlock Holmes followers
contact Gifts - Christopher Coles selects Royal treasures
contact Entertainment - Tea salons the latest meeting place
contact Boats - Rare Thames pleasure boat up for sale
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LONDON is to have a new theatre this Autumn, being launched in September.

Rising from the ashes of the Westminster Theatre, destroyed by fire in 2002, the new St James Theatre complex provides studio space, brasserie and cocktail bar as well as a 312 seat theatre.

Funded by private investment, it is intended to give a new hub to Victoria and is the first such centre to be built in London for 30 years.


LOOKING ahead to November, the Collars & Coats Gala Ball in aid of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home takes place on the 8th.

With a star-studded line-up, champagne reception and full banquet, it is a great way to support this home, established since 1860. Tables for 10 start at £3,500. Go to collarsandcoats@battersea.org.uk