Quality Hotel Wembley
London, EN HA9 0NH
Phone: (44) 20 87339000
Fax: (44) 20 87339001
Empire Way Wembley, London, EN, GB, HA9 0NH
- Phone: (44) 20 87339000
- Fax: (44) 20 87339001
Arts & Museums
If you're on the lookout for something different, then it might be worth checking out this Russian art specialist in North London. Like many other companies who have recently started selling directly to the public, this unique gallery is only open for free viewing on Sunday. On the ground floor is a huge stock of Oriental rugs imported directly from the East, and hand-knotted rugs from the former USSR are a specialty. The upstairs art gallery offers a range of framed and unframed oil paintings, and Russian art is best represented with key names from the 19th century to modern day.
Harrow invites all the art lovers to Usurp. Showcasing contemporary art exhibitions of renowned and amateur artists. They also display work by experimental artists, musicians, composers and other performers. Check their website for more updates.
At the RAF Museum, you'll be treated to a dramatic retelling of the story of the Air Force - and the history of flight in Britain and around the world. You'll see real planes, jets and bombers, as well as engines, weapons and other vehicles integral to any serious war. You'll see uniforms, medals and other awards, photo galleries and informational archives. The museum also lets out its premises for private events. See website for complete visitor details.
Previously owned by the renowned British architect John Soane and a former Britain Prime Minister's daughter, the PM Gallery and House oozes history. Since its public ownership by the Ealing District Council, the building housed the Public Library until 1985 when it became the site of the Soane Museum and PM Gallery. The museum includes original parts of the architect's home and Soane's diaries and drawings. The PM Gallery houses the largest collection of contemporary art in West London and is worth a visit.
With over 150 motorcycles on display, and a knowledgeable staff, the London Motorcycle Museum offers visitors a unique museum experience. Classics such as a 1902 Ormonde, 1903 Clyde, 1959 Norton Dommie 99 and more can be seen here. Not only are the bikes on display but some are even used for shows, meets, events and exhibitions around the world. Learn the history and gain a new insight on the world of motorcycles through a trip to this museum.
Opened in 2005, Allsopp Contemporary represents ten upcoming artists from around Europe. These artists dabble in a variety of art forms, including sculpture, photography and painting. The works of these new artists are placed in a wider, international framework, so as to demonstrate clearly many different kinds of practices in the art world.
If you're ever at a loose end, head down to Gunnersbury Park. Besides the boating pond, the pitch and putt golf course, playground and cafe, there is a Victorian museum, which is well worth the trek. Once the home of the Rothschilds, the museum holds a wealth of Victorian material as well as various, changing exhibitions. Workshops ranging from the Romans and the Tudors are hosted and make an enjoyable hands-on history lesson. The museum also hosts monthly special activities like "Kitchen Capers", which invites children to dress up in Victorian costumes and play-act and take part in with good old-fashioned parlor games. Another fun event is the 'Too Many Cooks' day, which comprises cooking demonstrations in the large Victorian kitchen, followed by a cream tea. Check website for details.
Established by Agi Katz a renowned curator and art enthusiast, Boundary Gallery features some of the exemplary works in Contemporary Art and British modern art from the first half of the 20th Century. The gallery showcases splendid works by well known artists Jacob Kramer, Neil MacPherson, Jacob Epstein, David Bomberg, Davina Jackson, Horace Brodzky and June Redfern. The gallery also boasts of displaying works by Jewish artists.
The Camden Arts Centre is a venue for modern visual art, and is involved with promoting work by young artists, be it photographic, sculpture or paintings. True to its Camden name, this center's three galleries hold very cool, contemporary exhibitions throughout the year. The shows are usually a few weeks long, changing as artists residencies change.
Opened in 2003, Muse on Portobello Road is a gallery for the artists by the artists. The main focus here is contemporary art and the gallery provides an excellent platform for emerging as well as established artists. The venue is available for hire on occasion of events like exhibitions, launches, parties, gigs and film nights. Call ahead for more information.
The Freud Museum occupies the former home of Sigmund Freud and his family. The focus of the museum is Freud's library and study, preserved just as it was during his lifetime, including his remarkable collection of Greek, Egyptian, Roman and Oriental antiques. In all the museum holds almost 2000 artifacts, including the desk where Freud used. Undoubtedly the most famous piece of furniture in the entire collection is Freud's couch, on which his patients reclined while revealing their innermost hopes and fears. The museum's central function is to celebrate the lives and works of Sigmund and his youngest daughter Anna Freud, but it is also being developed as a cultural and research center for psychoanalysis. The education service organizes seminars, conferences and special visits to the museum. The shop offers plenty of books on Freud himself, as well as a wide range of books on contemporary psychoanalysis.
Established in 1998 by Australian-born designer Judith Clark, this little gallery is the only experimental space in London devoted entirely to the display and study of dress and fashion. Accorded charitable status owing to its educational aims, this gallery allows rare close-up access to the work both of contemporary designers and of international private collections. As well as the opportunity to mull over the historical and conceptual themes, visitors have at their disposal a small library and bookshop, a catwalk slide archive and a collection of magazines and exhibition catalogs. The gallery directly helps many of the up-coming young designers who are the key to the success of the British fashion industry. As the Judith Clark Costume Gallery is a non-profit making organization, admission is free. The gallery depends entirely on charitable donations to survive.