Sprays of daffodils and apple blossom aren’t the only signs of new life when March arrives in London. There’s also a host of spectacular new art and design shows to experience across the capital. From erstwhile empress of style Mary Quant to the largest Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in 65 years, guests staying at Hotel 41 can enjoy easy access to the capital’s most captivating exhibitions this spring. Here are a few of our recommended picks.
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing
Since his death 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci has risen through the ranks as one of the greatest artists in history. His drawings reflect a broad scope of interests, from architecture to anatomy, and this nationwide exhibition, spanning 12 venues, brings together 200 of them to form the largest show of the artist’s work in 65 years.
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
1st February – 6th May 2019
The Renaissance Nude
This hotly anticipated exhibition draws together magnificent works from 15th and 16th-century heavyweights such as Titian, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Albrecht Dürer. From enchanting detailed miniatures to spectacular full-scale masterpieces, it’s an extraordinary study of idealised beauty.
Royal Academy of Arts
3rd March – 1st June 2019
Van Gogh and Britain
An insightful curation of 45 works by Vincent van Gogh, this major exhibition explores the influence of impressionism’s hero on British artists. Featuring favourites such as Starry Night over the Rhône, L'Arlésienne and Sunflowers alongside works by Francis Bacon and the Camden Town Group, it’s a fascinating and thought-provoking spring show.
27th March – 11th August 2019
Florimania: Embroidered Treasures of Hampton Court Palace
The illustrious Tudor interiors of the King’s Apartments at Hampton Court Palace are festooned in finely stitched blooms for Florimania on the weekend of Mother’s Day. A collaboration with the Royal School of Needlework, it’s a vivid bouquet of botanical-inspired embroidered treasures accompanied by fragrant arrangements of roses and lilies.
Hampton Court Palace
29th – 31st March 2019
More than 200 relics from fashion designer Mary Quant’s reign in the sixties and seventies are curated in this vibrant and inspiring homage to vintage trends. Expect a psychedelic kaleidoscope of hot pants, miniskirts and make-up, all marked with the style maven’s ubiquitous daisy emblem.
6th April 2019 – 16th February 2020
Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light
The broad canvases of Spanish impressionist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida are infused with an iridescent light that rivals those of his more celebrated contemporaries. This exquisite exhibition draws together 60 of the painter’s works, including his famous frothy seascapes replete with carefree bathers.
The National Gallery
18th March – 7th July 2019
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Marking the quickstep from spring to summer, Chelsea erupts in a vibrant display of exquisite floristry and immaculate show gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The floral theme is echoed on storefronts across the capital, with many boutiques and cafés erecting their own homage to pretty petals and blousy blooms.
21st – 25th May 2019
Royal Hospital Chelsea
Hotel 41 is centrally located and within easy reach of the English capital’s essential spring exhibitions.
Image credits: lead image © Tate. Da Vinci drawing © Royal Collection Trust. Renaissance nudes © Getty Images. Mary Quant © Gamma Keystone/ Getty Images. Sorolla painting © Museo Sorolla. Madrid.