Mayfair Art Weekend

For all Mayfair’s association with luxury shopping, it’s also one of the best spots for seeing fantastic art. Unconvinced? Head along to Mayfair Art Weekend and be persuaded. With the Royal Academy of Arts at the centre offering food, talks and workshops, the area’s countless galleries will also be open and hosting everything from tours (Hauser & Wirth) to garden parties (Hignell Gallery) and live painting sessions (John Martin Gallery). One of the central highlights, however, will be the activity around Burlington Arcade, which will be displaying a large installation by French artist and designer Mathilde Nivet (more on that next week), taxidermy by Adele Morse and a site-specific installation by sculptors Frank Kent and Jonathan Kipps in the normally private connecting alleyway between the Arcade and Burlington House. For the eternally curious, there are also 30-minute tours from the Beadles, the Arcade’s own private police force, who will talk you through their stores and provide many an interesting anecdote along the way. Did you know Paul McCartney was one of only two people allowed to whistle in the Arcade? We thought not. Click here to find out more and book your tour.

Mayfair Art Weekend (June 30-July 2); @burlingtonarcade; @artinmayfair

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