It’s the merry month of May and, arguably, one of the best months of the year to be in London, With long days and (hopefully) cool evenings, there’s ample opportunity to stroll by the Thames, explore the museums and art galleries sit by the Thames and watch the sun go down and enjoy the flowers blooming in London’s fabulous parks.
This well-known, annual in north London features a diverse and inspiring collection of original and contemporary paintings, prints (sometimes first edition) and sculptures from £100 to £6,000.
Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a collector, you’re bound to find something to suit your taste and price. And it’s enviable location – Hampstead Heath – means you can go for a good walk first, then get tea and cakes at one of the excellent cafes in the neighbourhood, or come and have dinner here with us at La Gaffe…
9th-12th May, Hampstead Heath (Hampstead tube or South End Green overland)
2. Chelsea Flower Show
In former times known as the “Great Spring Show” we’re sure that a day out at the Chelsea Flower Show is something you won’t forget in a hurry.
Visually glorious, full of glamorous exhibits and people and so very, very British, it features the very best that the gardening world has to offer. This includes the Great Pavilion, which is packed with nurseries, exotic plants and specialists growers. The greatest flower show in the world, perhaps!
London Gate, Royal Hospital Road
Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3 4SR
Tel: 0844 995 9664
3. F A Cup Final
Known more commonly as the Cup Final, this is the last match of the year in England and is played at Wembley Stadium.
One of the most attended domestic football events in the world, with an average annual crowd of around 90,000, it is a knock-out competition and whether you watch it at home on tv, in a local pub or get a ticket for the match itself, you won’t be disappointed. With electric atmosphere, and the traditional singing of the hymn “Abide With Me” before the game kicks off, it’s a great day out for any football fan (and a fantastic ‘taster’ of ‘The Beautiful Game’ for everyone else).
Wembley Stadium, London, Saturday 18th May 2019
4. Boily – Scenes of Parisian Life
Running until 19th May, this exhibition at London’s National Gallery focuses on the paintings of Louis Leopold-Boilly.
Painting at the time of the French Revolution, he gathered inspiration from walking the streets and what he saw in those years of upheaval and revolution is showcased in this free exhibition. Denounced by Jacobins at the height of the Terror, he just about managed to spare his head by painting Triumph of Marat. Full of detail, with meticulous brushwork, pop in and see some of his paintings for yourself.
COVID – 19 UPDATE
LA GAFFE RE-OPENING 4th JULY 2020
There is light at the end of the tunnel!
After three very trying months of lockdown, which have been disastrous for all businesses, but necessary for public health, we now have Government permission to re-open our premises to the public.
However, Covid-19 has not gone away and we must all be responsible in our daily lives to help stop the further spread of the virus.
We have followed Government guidelines to ensure that we are ready to welcome our lovely clientele back to La Gaffe. Our already high hygiene standards have been enhanced to make sure that all our staff and guests can work and socialise in a safe environment.
Our restaurant and bar areas have reduced seating with the recommended gap between tables. There are hand sanitiser stations upon entry and we will be doing our best to reduce unnecessary contact. Seating will be staggered and reservations are preferred as we take part in the track and trace program.
We are taking reservations for our rooms. For the continued safety and wellbeing of our staff and guests, once a room is occupied, it will not be serviced on a daily basis. If your requirements are just a bed and you are happy to use the same towels and sheets for a few days, we are happy to help. Obviously, in this scenario, our rates will be reduced and we are here to help with any requests. Once a room is vacated, they are sterilised with products especially for Covid-19 and left empty for a minimum of 24 hours. This way we can provide peace of mind for all concerned.
We look forward to a time when we can return to what we were very fortunate to call normal.
Thank you to all and we look forward to welcoming you