There is never a shortage of things to see and do in London whenever you visit. However, in summer and autumn there’s even greater choice. These exhibitions sometimes last all the way through until the winter, giving everyone a chance to see the amazing art on offer depending on when they decide a trip to London is in order.
Park Grand London Paddington is in the centre of all the action. It’s located close to many of the galleries in London where big events are being held until later this year. This all means that when you stay here it’s not hard to find things to be excited about! Get a head start on planning your trip with our guide to the exhibitions not to be missed this autumn.
Diana: Her Fashion Story
Until 28 February 2018
Diana, Princess of Wales, was an iconic Royal figure, famous for her fashion but also how her life played out after she and the Prince separated and divorced. Her clothes became a way that she spoke to everyday people, and her outfits like the ‘revenge dress’, her wedding gown or clothes she wore in apparently candid pictures are still easily and fondly remembered today.
It’s 20 years since Diana’s death, but thanks to her clothes, her image is still fresh in people’s minds. At this exhibition you’ll see clothes like the famous ink blue velvet gown the princess wore when she danced with movie star John Travolta, and the blouse she was wearing for the official engagement portrait.
See her clothes from official visits and photographs, as well as visiting the temporary White Garden in the Kensington Palace gardens, not far from the Park Grand London Paddington.
The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt
Until 22 October 2017
There isn’t much time left to visit this extraordinary exhibition, which displays almost 50 little-known works, sketches and drawings from some of the most iconic artists who ever lived. Artists would sketch the faces of nobility or unknown people alike, often using these as a basis for their future famous paintings; if you lean in close you might recognise a character or two in the more famous works done by masters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Holbein the Younger and Leonardo da Vinci himself.
Matisse in the Studio
Royal Academy of Arts
Until 12 November 2017
Matisse’s art can be quirky and unnerving, but now you get to see what in his studio informed his art. Just a short tube ride away from the Park Grand London Paddington, 65 items from his personal collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, African masks and Chinese porcelain are on display.
This exhibition is a must for anyone who adores this French artist, or who wants to know how an artist’s studio can inform his work, act as a model for new art, inspire new uses of colour and even help shape a new movement in visual arts—just as Matisse is credited to have done so with the help of Picasso.