This year our Christmas Drinks party is being held in the aisle and nave of St Ethelburga’s in Bishopsgate. This is one of the few surviving medieval churches in London, most of which were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666.
Although Katrin Bellinger’s great love is Italian renaissance drawings, her interests range as widely as her collections.
Her house, which we have the privilege of visiting, bears witness to her various passions.
Join us on a magical mystery tour of this idiosyncratic private house-turned-museum in Holland Park. Completed in 1983, this former London home of the globally renowned architectural historian and cultural theorist Charles Jencks is a Postmodern cornucopia of ideas, symbols and motifs.
Join us on an unforgettable adventure exploring the history of this fascinating Mediterranean island. Unearthing its eventful history from 5900BC, when Sicilian settlers arrived, we will enjoy expert-led visits to some of Valletta’s most spectacular sights.
Our itinerary features exclusive access to buildings normally closed to visitors and memorable dining in exceptional restaurants. We stay in the heart of the city at La Falconeria, a hotel of character and charm.
Marble Hill House, a Neo-Palladian villa built between 1724 and 1729, is the venue for the first part of our day. We are privileged to have been given private access on a Tuesday, when the property is closed to the public. The house was built by Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk, who had a disastrous marriage but became the mistress of the Prince of Wales, later George II. She was able to build Marble Hill thanks to a large gift of stock, jewels, plate and furniture from the Prince of Wales.
We proceed for lunch to an early 18th-century private house in Montpelier Row, Twickenham, then move on to Turner’s House for our curated private tour. Built by J M W Turner in 1813, this secluded residence served as his country retreat and as a home for his father. We conclude the day with drinks in the garden at Turner’s House.
We are delighted to offer a complimentary members-only private visit to the Savile Row gallery of Luxembourg & Co to see the exhibition Balthus: Under the Surface.
Expect new critical perspectives on the artist’s legacy as the show focuses on his engagement with ‘surface’ as both a material and a psychological quality. Our tour will be conducted by Dr Yuval Etgar, the curator of this exhibition.
This extended visit to Rochester will encompass a special guided tour of Britain’s second oldest cathedral followed by a visit to Six Poor Travellers House, founded by the Elizabethan MP Richard Watts to provide board and lodgings. After lunch we will enjoy a tour of Grade 1 listed Eastgate House with guide Dr Claire Glapper, an expert in 16th- and 17th-century plasterwork.