Our popular Christmas Drinks Party is being held at the extraordinary house of Dr Johnson. This Grade 1 Listed building dates from the 1690s, and retains many of its period features. It was occupied by Samuel Johnson from 1749 to 1759 when he was at his most creative and productive.
A curated visit to the South Kensington Ismaili Centre, one of six such buildings worldwide. Opened in 1985, this religious, social and cultural meeting place for the Ismaili Muslim community was designed to encourage mutual exchanges and understanding between diverse peoples, communities and faiths.
A rare opportunity to pick up and hold exquisite museum pieces. An expert from the Wallace Collection will describe the construction and history of these precious decorative objects.
An out-of-hours, behind-the-scenes tour of this remarkable house built in 1610 as a gift from King Charles I to courtier William Murray. Largely transformed by Murray’s tenacious daughter, the Duchess of Lauderdale, it suffered during the English Civil War but was later to be restored as a place for extravagant entertainment.
A special guided evening tour of the church with choral music interludes sung by members of the Purcell Club, named after the famous composer who was organist at the Abbey from 1679-1695.
A late morning visit to this Hampstead museum, the final home of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, and his daughter Anna Freud, a pioneering child psychoanalyst. Discover the story behind Freud’s pioneering work and see the collection of treasures that decorated his study, just as he left them, including the celebrated couch.
An afternoon curated visit to this extraordinary private collection that is dedicated to championing and supporting emerging artists and arts organisations. Housed in a former Methodist chapel, its mission is to create a vibrant and sustainable ecology for art.
Chris Smith will join members at a relaxed gathering in The Painted Chamber at Painters’ Hall. Over lunch he will discuss his time as Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport in the Blair government and his current role as Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Join us for an early evening visit to the working studio of Humphrey Ocean, who was elected as a Royal Academician in 2004 and from 2012 -2020 was Royal Academy Professor of Perspective. His work features in London’s National Portrait Gallery and the Government Art Collection, and he is also known for his delightful paintings of birds.