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Westminster Abbey London

Westminster Abbey

Posted by Evi Karmou on 15th September, 2014

Westminster Abbey, truly one of the most beautiful buildings that London has to offer, was established as a place of worship in the 10th century when Benedictine monks first arrived at the site.  The Abbey is steeped in history and walking around you will find, amongst others, important wall paintings from the 13th and 14th Century such as the Apocalypse and the Last Judgement.  In front of the High Altar you will find the Cosmati pavement, laid in 1268 on the orders of Henry III, a beautiful example of the Gothic style and workmanship of that time. The Abbey museum...


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John Constable

John Constable at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Posted by Evi Karmou on 29th August, 2014

London, the cultural capital of the world, is famous for its theatres, art, shops and museums, one of the most famous being the Victoria & Albert Museum.  Re-named in 1899 after the Monarch of that time and her late husband, the Victoria & Albert Museum has been the venue for many great exhibitions over the years. On 20th September, the V&A as it is affectionately called, is presenting an exhibition on the great British Romantic landscape painter, John Constable.  The exhibition brings together Constable’s oil sketches and his most famous masterpieces and will reveal the secrets of Constable’s magnificent talent....


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The Mayor's Thames Festival

The Mayor’s Thames Festival 2014

Posted by Evi Karmou on 23rd July, 2014

Since 1997, the Thames Festival Trust has organised events along the river. Beginning with the famous wire walk on the South Bank, festivities now take place along the River from Westminster to St Katharine Docks. The Lord Mayor will be hosting this spectacular thirty-day free event, which links together London First and the Arts Council of England, so expect some wonderful art, films, performances, music and community festivals along the riverside. Taking you back in time, Handel’s Fireworks Music and Illuminations take place on 14th  September in the stunning Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace.  Performed by a thirty-piece orchestra,...


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World Cup Brazil 2014

The Rembrandt celebrates the World Cup

Posted by Evi Karmou on 21st July, 2014

Football; some love it, some simply like it, others have not much interest at all.  However, with FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 you couldn’t really avoid it. Having 27 different nationalities working at The Rembrandt and several of these being represented in Brazil, we wanted to do something for those who wanted to participate, but at the same time wasn’t too intrusive on those that had no interest! Two days before the first match between Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo we asked the question ‘Who do you think is going to be the winner of FIFA World Cup 2014?!!!’...


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Teddington River Festival - The Gloriana

Teddington River Festival

Posted by Evi Karmou on 24th June, 2014

Teddington River Festival, held this year on Sunday 27th July, is a great community event supporting the Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Station.  Based around Teddington lock and nearby Manor Road Recreation Ground, the festival attracts over 15,000 visitors and offers a variety of activities throughout the day. Remember the fun of your childhood with duck races or experience kiffing with the Skiff Club.  Teddington Sub-Aqua Club will be giving demonstrations of a ‘Roped Diver’ and the RNLI will be displaying their rescue skills.  If a more relaxing experience is preferred then there will be boat rides from lots of different crafts...


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The London Bridge Experience

The London Bridge Experience

Posted by Evi Karmou on 5th June, 2014

Here at the Rembrandt we do our best to experience all that London promises: a unique mix of designer shopping, multi-cultural dining, royal pageantry and art. But, for those of you who enjoy gruesome history, a visit to the London Bridge Experience and Tombs is just for you. Famed for being the most haunted of London’s bridges, the Tombs are below the vaults of the bridge and were formerly a plague pit.  Add in a bit of technological wizardry, some historically dressed actors and you can experience all the terrors of London’s history.  Experience a battle with Queen Boudicca or...


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Wimbledon Centre Court

Wimbledon Championships 2014

Posted by Evi Karmou on 22nd May, 2014

Bring on the strawberries and cream, Pimm’s, and, hopefully, sunhats, as we prepare for one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world. It is hard to believe that the first meeting back in 1877 was watched by only a handful of spectators when now there are nearly 500,000 attendees and players from sixty nations! Encourage your favourite players and soak in the atmosphere of the Championships through to the ultimate Centre Court battle, where, hopefully, our very own Andy Murray will take his place in the finals once again. If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to...


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Hampton Court Palace Festival 2014

Hampton Court Palace Festival 2014

Posted by Evi Karmou on 14th May, 2014

Taking place in the stunning and historic Hampton Court Palace, the Festival has a great line up of stars including: George Benson, Dionne Warwick and Van Morrison, to name but a few.  It is also the venue for two spectacular Saturday night performances showcasing the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. On Saturday 14th June, the Palace Gardens is the stage for the Royal Philharmonic Classical Gala and spectacular fireworks display.  The Orchestra will be performing classics from masters such as Mozart, Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Strauss. Guests can enjoy a glass of champagne in the gardens before the concert at 8:30pm.  The...


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Natural History Museum

Mammoths, Ice Age Giants

Posted by Evi Karmou on 15th April, 2014

Commissioned at the end of the 19th century as a luxury hotel for close-by Harrods department store, the Rembrandt Hotel is situated opposite the Victoria and Albert Museum, a stone’s throw from the Natural History Museum, where one of this year’s great exhibitions is being held. Some of the largest creatures to have ever walked the earth are on display in the exciting “Mammoths: Ice Age Giants” exhibition, open from the 23rd of May. Life-sized models, original skeletons, huge fossils and tusks will all be on display, as well as the chance to see some of the best-known species like the woolly...


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Chelsea Flower Show

Posted by Evi Karmou on 28th March, 2014

From Agapanthus to Zantedeschias you will be enthralled with the range of blooms and displays at the annual Royal Horticultural Societies’ Chelsea Flower Show.  Held at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, the show runs from the 20th to the 24th of May and opens daily at 08:00.  Tickets for the show can be purchased online at www.theticketfactory.com/rhs/online. This prestigious show has been bringing us inspiration since 1913 and is a favourite of the royal family, who attend the opening day each year.  The big crowd pleaser this year will be ‘Britain in Bloom’, the 50th anniversary garden designed by the...


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Fatal Attraction Theatre Royal Haymarket

The Rembrandt Concierge recommends…. Fatal Attraction at Theatre Royal Haymarket

Posted by Evi Karmou on 26th March, 2014

Based on the famous 1987 psychological thriller starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, the play has stirred controversy amongst London theatre-goers. So, we headed to Theatre Royal Haymarket to check it out. Dan Gallagher, a happily married New York lawyer, has a two-night stand with Alex Forrest, an attractive book editor, while his wife and daughter are in the country for the weekend. Although Dan is keen to forget about it, Alex becomes obsessed and she … attacks, abducts, trashes a car, boils a bunny … The good … The play is a decent theatre adaptation of the movie, staying...


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Vogue Festival 2014

Vogue Festival 2014

Posted by Evi Karmou on 20th March, 2014

If you are looking for style and elegance then you will not be disappointed with the décor at The Rembrandt. And for even more inspiration, why not book a weekend with us this March and take in the third Vogue Festival on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th March, visit the Vogue website for full details. This two-day fashion extravaganza is being held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre and promises to be even better than the previous two festivals.  Along with innovative and inspirational outfits, there will be workshops, performances and makeovers. There will be a live catwalk show...


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Family with young kids

Easter Family Events in London

Posted by Evi Karmou on 13th March, 2014

Bunnies, chicks and chocolate eggs! It must be Easter and what better way to celebrate than with us here at the Rembrandt Hotel, Knightsbridge. London has lots to offer over the Easter weekend, so come stay with us and keep your whole family entertained. After all, Easter’s not just for kids; there are lots of treats for grown-ups in London too! Everyone loves an Easter egg hunt and London has some great hunts to offer.  Visit the historical Cutty Sark where eggs are hidden around the ship – including one special golden egg or mix fun with history and  go egg-hunting at the Museum...


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