Douglas and Gordon Weekend Guide: Kensington, Chelsea & Notting Hill

Friday, January 17, 2014 by Douglas And Gordon

The Douglas and Gordon weekend guides detail all the entertainment and events taking place in your area over the next two days. Whether you’re going to relax indoors or paint the town red, we hope you have a great one!

Mansion Bar

Enjoy a jazz brunch featuring award winning Jazz & Blues artists, The John 0’Reilly/Andy Cleveland Duo. Main courses at £12.95, including a glass of champagne at the Mansion Bar this Sunday the 19th January. Expect an eclectic musical journey ranging from Wes Montgomery through to Flamenco, with some unexpected harmonic detours along the way.

The France Show

It’s the biggest celebration of French lifestyle and property ever staged in the UK, and takes place at Brompton Hall’s Earls Court One from the 17th-19th of January. A visit to the France Show is much like a visit to France - neither is complete without enjoying some of the superb food and wine on offer, with new exciting food and wine features to ensure you experience the true flavour of France.

Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900

It is your last chance to see the Victoria and Albert Museum's major exhibition of Chinese paintings, which brings together rare works from around the world. There are more than 70 items on show, including some of the earliest surviving Chinese paintings, intimate works by monks and a 14 metre (46ft) long scroll painting. The display also features materials and equipment discovered in artists' studios, which reveal the technical processes and traditional techniques used to create the paintings. The exhibition will close on Sunday the 19th of January.

Chinese Festival: Paper, Painting and Performance

Take part in a day of traditional and contemporary Chinese culture at the Victoria and Albert Museum this Sunday the 19th January. Come and see performances of music, dance, storytelling, painting demonstrations and drop-in craft workshops. This event marks the end of the V&A exhibition "Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900". There will also be a special performance by musical pioneer Xuefei Yang, as well as Join Xuefei. Watch as she performs a selection of Western and Chinese music, including tracks from her latest CD 'Sojourn'. This performance runs from 2-3pm. Tickets are free, but advanced booking is essential.


Don’t miss the chance to see incredible pearl jewels worn by the likes of Charles I and Marilyn Monroe. Discover the history of pearls at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The “Pearls” exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the sourcing, trading, cultural significance and status of pearls throughout the ages; from the early Roman Empire through to the present day. Discover the dangerous methods used in pearl fishing, learn about the technique used for producing cultured pearls and see more than 200 pieces of jewellery and works of art. The exhibition will close on Sunday the 19th January. Tickets available from £10.00.

Barons Court Theatre

The Magic Cavern, an intimate comedy and cabaret theatre show of magic, suitable for all, with magical creator Richard Leigh. Tickets start from £8.00 with multiple screenings.

Partridges Food Market

70 diverse stalls selling everything from cakes to speciality breads, cheese to pies. The gourmet food market sees small producers, farmers and start-up businesses sharing their passion and expertise with the public. Taking place every Saturday from 10am until 4pm at the Duke of York Square, the market is a great place to buy lunch with international stalls selling sushi, Caribbean dishes, Moroccan cuisine and empanadas from Argentina. Stalls include The Ethiopian Coffee Company, Fatman Chilli, Comptoir Gourmand the French Patisserie and The Pancake Man.

Barclays Premier League

Catch Chelsea vs. Manchester United battle it out at Stamford Bridge on Sunday the 19th January. Tickets from £45.00. Who are you supporting?