One Aldwych

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One Aldwych
1 Aldwych
Tel: +44 (0)20 7300 1000

London’s most vibrant area One Aldwych sits in an enviable location in the centre of Covent Garden London’s new world-class destination for lovers of culture, fashion and food, not to mention theatre.

From 14 July to 11 September, guests can enjoy a fabulous programme of events, activities and master classes curated by the hotel, most delivered with our compliments.

One Aldwych has a private contemporary collection of over 400 pieces of art. From exciting sculptures in The Lobby Bar to original works in every room, the collection is fun and indivisual.

The 10 Cases

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The 10 Cases
16 Endell Street,
Covent Garden
0207 836 6801

The 10 Cases, we hope, is an unpretentious little Bistrot with wine as its main focus. We only ever buy 10 cases of the wines that you will find on our list in order to constantly try new things rather than settle for a list of old favourites.

We only have 10 tables, which you can book for lunch or dinner, and a small bar if you prefer a drink and a nibble. We are, due to our size, unable to accommodate tables any larger than 6 in the restaurant, although we do have a private dining room which can seat up to 14 if you should wish.

Our Head Chef, Cathal O Malley has spent significant time training under some of London’s most established chefs, and produces a constantly changing seasonal menu. Its main focus is on the 3 starters, mains and desserts, as well as a list of daily specials but there is also a wide-ranging menu of little plates for the bar if you feel that way inclined.

We are open for both lunch and dinner Monday to Thursday (12pm-3pm, 5pm-11pm) & all day Friday & Saturday (12pm-11pm).

The National Gallery

The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
Tel: +44 (0)20 7747 2885

Painters’ Paintings

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23 June – 4 September 2016
Sainsbury Wing
Admission charge

“Works of art are models you are to imitate, and at the same time rivals you are to combat.” Sir Joshua Reynolds

This summer, the National Gallery explores great paintings from a unique perspective: from the point of view of the artists who owned them. Spanning over five hundred years of art history, Painters’ Paintings presents more than eighty works, which were once in the possession of great painters: pictures that artists were given or chose to acquire, works they lived with and were inspired by. This is an exceptional opportunity to glimpse inside the private world of these painters and to understand the motivations of artists as collectors of paintings.

The inspiration for this exhibition is a painter’s painting: Corot’s Italian Woman, left to the nation by Lucian Freud following his death in 2011. Freud had bought the ‘Italian Woman’ 10 years earlier, no doubt drawn to its solid brushwork and intense physical presence. A major work in its own right, the painting demands to be considered in the light of Freud’s achievements, as a painter who tackled the representation of the human figure with vigour comparable to Corot’s.

In his will, Freud stated that he wanted to leave the painting to the nation as a thank you for welcoming his family so warmly when they arrived in the UK as refugees fleeing the Nazis. He also stipulated that the painting’s new home should be the National Gallery, where it could be enjoyed by future generations.

Anne Robbins, Curator of ‘Painters’ Paintings’ says:

“Since its acquisition the painting’s notable provenance has attracted considerable attention – in fact the picture is often appraised in the light of Freud’s own achievements, almost eclipsing the intrinsic merits of Corot’s canvas. It made us start considering questions such as which paintings do artists choose to hang on their own walls? How do the works of art they have in their homes and studios influence their personal creative journeys? What can we learn about painters from their collection of paintings? ‘Painters’ Paintings: From Freud to Van Dyck’ is the result.”