Plan Your Weekend With D&G: Kensington, Chelsea & Notting Hill

Friday, July 05, 2013 by Douglas And Gordon

Welcome to the weekend! We’ve compiled a post detailing all the events taking place in your area, so you can plan how to spend your well-deserved break.


The ladies’ singles final is taking place this Saturday afternoon, whilst the gentlemen’s will be held on Sunday. Even if you don’t have courtside tickets, you can still enjoy the dignified sporting atmosphere in the Duke of York Square – a 14ft screen will broadcast the finals for intrepid fans to watch. Relax in the summer sun on the 5th, 6th and 7th of July – chairs and tables will be provided. Even better, bowls of strawberries and cream will be on sale – it’s just not Wimbledon without the iconic dish! The Pommery champagne tent will provide you with a glass of bubbly, to complete your Wimbledon experience.

Ampersand Hotel

Not a fan of the great outdoors? Then why not pay a visit to the Ampersand Hotel, who are hosting a tennis-style afternoon tea until Monday 8th July. From 2.30pm to 5.30pm, you can devour some delicious-sounding treats, including raspberry pistachio profiteroles, vanilla almond tea cakes, tennis racket shortbread, and yoghurt ganache macaroons. Still not convinced? Are savoury snacks such as Gloucester old spot ham with sauce gribiche; Seven & Wye smoked salmon with dill and cream cheese; and coronation chicken and cheese with fruit chutney enough to tempt you? What about white chocolate scones and a glass of champagne? Relax in the comfortable couches of the boutique Drawing Room with a cup of tea, and treat your taste buds whilst surrounded by luxury. [Image credit: Ampersand Hotel]

Credit: Ampersand Hotel

Hyde Park

Today marks the start of the Barclaycard British Summer Time taking place at Hyde Park. Friday’s line-up includes the Kaiser Chiefs and Bon Jovi, among other smaller British bands. Saturday’s concert, meanwhile, boasts the Rolling Stones and The Temper Trap. Big names on Sunday include The Saturdays and JLS. Apart from the musical performances, there will also be comedy events, stage plays and cooking demonstrations.

The Gruffalo, a music stage adaption of the popular children’s book, will take place on Sunday at 1.30pm – a treat for the young and old. For the more science-minded, the Braniac Live Science Abuse show will be held at 2pm, also on Sunday. The show encourages audience engagement and participation, and features exploding dustbins and combusting microwaves, among other exciting experiments. There certainly won’t be a dull moment!

The Pheasantry

Back to the Musicals: The 80’s is a show that celebrates the biggest hits and misses of 1980’s musicals, performed by rising stars on the West End circuit. Doors open at 6.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. The Pheasantry is located at 152 Kings Road in Chelsea. If you’re in the mood for a blast from the past, then don’t miss this performance!

Michael Hoppen Gallery

A collection of vintage prints by Swedish photographer Gunnar Smoliansky will go on display at the Michael Hoppen Gallery, starting today. This is the first time that his work is being exhibited in the UK. The show is entitled “One Picture at a Time” and will run until 30th August. Entrance is free, and the gallery is open from 9.30am to 6pm. Described as “An artist constantly finding the extraordinary within the ordinary of their everyday,” this is sure to be a fascinating display.

Designer Sales

Designer Sales UK are holding their summer sale event this Saturday at the Chelsea Old Town Hall. Starting at 11am and ending at 6pm, this shopping extravaganza promises designer items with up to 90% off. Apart from the gorgeous garments, there will also be professional stylists on hand to help you find the perfect piece to complement your wardrobe. Entry price is a £2 or £1 concession on the door.

From all of us here at Douglas and Gordon, we hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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