Our wide-ranging cultural events take us to exclusive venues, discovering remarkable art, architecture and unexpected wonders as we go. Join us as we pass through doors that are normally closed – in London, throughout the UK and beyond.
This extended visit to Ely will encompass a special guided tour of the renowned cathedral by a Medievalist scholar. We will also visit the rarely opened Prior Crauden’s Chapel. After lunch the Director of the Stained Glass Museum will give us a special tour of this unique museum.
We will enjoy a very special day dedicated to the Arts & Crafts movement, exploring some of the UK’s most complete and authentic interiors of the period.Our private tour takes us inside Sir Emery Walker’s former home and delightful Thameside garden at Hammersmith. There, we will explore rooms packed with eclectic furnishings and decoration, including […]
Our special tour of Leighton House enables us to experience the exotic atmosphere of one of London’s most extraordinary small interiors in peace and privacy.Lord Leighton PRA spent 30 years creating his own very “Private Palace of Art”, featuring an Arab Hall bedecked with shimmering tiles. We will enjoy the luxury of savouring beautiful and […]
Our visit to this fascinating museum will focus upon the known history of two extant late fifteenth-century double-sided panels.Our expert guide will provide a background to the Order of St John’s Hospitallers of Jerusalem dating back 900 years, from its origins in the Middle East to the role of the Prior of England.Our noon visit […]
We are delighted to invite members and their guest to the annual Christmas Drinks Party which will be held this year at Watermen’s Hall in the City of London.The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames was founded in 1514 when the earliest Act of Parliament for regulating watermen, wherrymen and bargemen received […]
Selected Past Events
The Foundling Hospital was founded by Thomas Coram in 1739 to provide homes for children at risk of abandonment. Many artists, including Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds and Roubiliac, donated paintings and sculptures in order to support the hospital and it became the UK’s first public art gallery.Our late morning visit will give us an insight […]
Enjoy an early morning curated visit to the Whitechapel Art Gallery exhibition A Century of the Artist’s Studio 1920 to 2020.This fascinating show will trace a hundred-year history of the modern studio, starting in the early 20th century when artists began to question artistic practice stretching back to the Renaissance.Featuring over 80 artists, it will explore manifestations of the […]
A special opportunity to see the wonderful library at the Royal Academy which is rarely open to members of the public. On our private late-morning visit, the archivists will provide us with an illuminating insight into the rare collections. Established at the time of the academy’s foundation in 1768, the library is the oldest institutional […]
Join us for an exclusive morning visit to the Reform Club, with a special opportunity to view treasures normally hidden from view.Held within the club’s magnificent 1841 interiors, designed by Sir Charles Barry, are a first folio edition of Shakespeare dated 1623, Queen Victoria’s engraved wine glass of 1844 and Sir John Lavery’s portrait of […]
Enjoy a unique opportunity to view rare, antique objects close up, introduced by a leading expert in European Middle Ages art. We are exceptionally privileged to be invited to the Mayfair gallery of Sam Fogg, where a wide range of works is on display.We will step back in time into ancient civilisations brought alive by […]
Glass sculptor Danny Lane is opening up his Wormwood Scrubs studio to us for an exceptional private view. We will enjoy the opportunity of speaking with the artist himself as he introduces works in progress. US-born Lane first made his mark in the 1980s through his art furniture and has now moved into large-scale public […]
We are invited to enjoy a private guided tour of a major exhibition marking the 300th anniversary of the death of sculptor and carver Grinling Gibbons. Hosted by Bonhams in New Bond Street, “Centuries in the Making” explores Gibbons’ vision, skills and technique.Works have been assembled from national museums, historic houses and international lenders. It […]