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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

If it’s summer time in London, one event always stands out – the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition.  This is one of the highlights of the London summer season – and has been for 248 years!

This is the largest show of its kind in the world and involves both amateur and professional artists. It is also the world oldest open-submission exhibition. Constable, Reynolds and Turner were among the first artists to take part while more recent participants have included Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst.

Nothing has ever stopped it being held – including war time.  Any artist can apply to take part, submitting up to two pictures for consideration and paying the appropriate fee. For several weeks prior to the exhibition, the committee survey every painting or artwork that has been submitted before deciding which ones to accept.  Paintings, drawings, prints, photography, film, and sculpture are among the many types of media put forward for consideration.

This is what makes the Royal Academy of Arts show so special.  It is completely comprehensive – no matter what your taste in art, you can find something that will appeal. Strolling through the galleries you can find portraits, landscapes, abstracts, flowers and much more.

It is incredibly popular.  Over 12,000 works of art are put forward for inclusion in this Summer Exhibition. The Selection and Hanging Committee carefully considers every single entry.  Just 1,000 works of art are chosen for display in the exhibition.  In addition to those chosen works, every member of the Royal Academy can display six of their own art works, making this a massive exhibition. Traditionally, many of the participating artists walk in procession from Burlington House to St James Church, Piccadilly for a special church service.

Throughout the summer, thousands of travelers staying in some of the finest hotels in north London, pour into the Royal Academy to see this array of art works.  Most also come to buy since every artwork is available for sale.  Over 5,000 works have been sold as a result of their inclusion in the exhibition. It is regarded as a great way to discover new artists and buy works by well known names.

This year, the exhibition spills out into the courtyard. A towering formation of steel ‘clouds’ has to be passed by all the visitors before they climb a series of kaleidoscopic stairs into the Main Galleries where room after room is an explosion of colour, style and vision. Also, there are many tube stations near to the exhibition, meaning the Tube is a viable option if you’re staying at Best western palm hotel and using public transport.

For anyone who likes art – this is undoubtedly one of the most important exhibitions to see in London this summer. So, if you are coming to London for the Art Exhibition, why not extend your stay to a few days or a week? There are Hotels near Wembley Stadium to choose from, which offer a luxury base for your trip.

Wembley Arena Popular Events

At the Wembley Arena you are guaranteed to experience the event of a life time. No matter what time of the year you find yourself in London, you will be able to get tickets for a concert or a variety of other events. Perhaps you specifically came to London, because you have concert tickets for one of the upcoming concerts of violin master Andre Rieu just before Christmas on the 19th and 20th of December.

Why not book yourself one of the spacious and elegant rooms at the Best Western Palm Hotel in North London? It is ideally situated and as one of the best hotels near Wembley area you can’t go wrong with this choice.

In January the Grammy-award winning band Slipknot will make its long awaited return to London for the “Prepare For Hell” tour. As their special guests they have announced KORN. Get tickets for their concert on the 23rd of January now as they are bound to sell out sooner rather than later.

Also in January, on the 31st in fact, the TNA Impact Wrestling 7 event will take place at the Wembley Arena. See international wrestling stars like you have never seen them before. The tour is expected to be the best yet, so you won’t want to miss out.

You can easily combine both events for an extended stay in London. There’s plenty to do in London in between, but you will want to choose one of the many hotels near Wembley Arena for your stay, because it is much more convenient when attending events that start at 7 PM and are likely to run late. You’ll be glad to return to the Best Western Palm Hotel nearby, if that is the one you have chosen as your home away from home. Remember that it has a 24/7 bar, so you can enjoy a drink to unwind after an exciting evening.

Wembley Arena hosts a variety of events. If neither wrestling nor Slipknot are your cup of tea, you can always let yourself be dazzled and book a ticket to the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour for the 5th or 6th February 2015.

And let’s not forget The X Factor Live Tour only on the 12th March at the Wembley Arena. You’ve seen them on TV, now it’s time to see the final eight candidates live on stage. You know you want to.

Enjoy London’s West End Shows

London Theatre

One of the best hotels in North London, the newly crowned 4-star BEST WESTERN Palm Hotel near Wembley will gladly be your host during your stay in one of the greatest cities in the world. Enjoy comfortable and spacious rooms equipped with wall-mounted LCD TVs and bathrooms with walk-in showers in your temporary London home.

After a long day of sight-seeing, you can relax your weary feet in the guest lounge at the 24/7 bar and catch your breath before heading out to catch that show or play that you finally bought tickets for. If you don’t have tickets yet or don’t know which show to see, go online with the hotel’s free WiFi and find the right one for you.

Take a tube ride of less than twenty minutes from our hotel in north London to West End theatreland to experience some of the best display of talents in theatre arts.


Let us give you an overview of what is currently on:

Fun for the whole family will be had with Matilda – The Musical at Cambridge Theatre. Roald Dahl’s charming tale of a neglected girl discovering her special powers will delight you and your children without fail. There’s wonder to be found in the West End, so be sure to bring your imagination.

Puppets are not just for children. During your stay at the Palm Hotel, one of few great hotels near Wembley in North London, you will be able to discover just that when you book yourself tickets to War Horse at the New London Theatre. Be gripped by the award-winning story of Albert and his horse Joey, sold into the cavalry and shipped to France at the outbreak of World War I. The Handspring Puppet Company and their magnificent life-sized puppets will mesmerize you.

More historical drama can be added with a viewing of Les Miserables in its latest incarnation playing at the Queen’s Theatre. Let yourself be taken on a whirlwind show with a new and richer sound and a compelling new cast to rediscover Victor Hugo’s classic in musical form.

If you prefer it lighter, why not check out Mamma Mia!, the Abba musical at the Novello Theatre. There’s nothing nostalgic about this reinvention of your favourite Abba songs, instead much fun is to be had with this story of a girl about to marry trying to find out who her father is.

For everyone who prefers the South Park kind of humour, The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre is for you. You will find a singing, dancing and hilarious representation of the ludicrousness of Mormon dogma on stage in one musical that does not leave a single eye dry. Never actually being mean, it’s the mildest creation by Trey Parker and Matt Stone that will want you to come back for a few more laughs.

A classic is brought back to the stage with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the most anticipated new musical of 2014. Playing at the Savoy Theatre with an award winning cast and a live grand orchestra, prepare yourself for an extraordinary show.

The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre is for fans of spooky entertainment. This gripping theatre event has entertained over 7 million people since 1989. Why not join them?

If it needn’t be a musical when you find yourself staying in one of the hotels near Wembley in North London, perhaps even the BEST WESTERN Palm Hotel, then the revamped Stomp at the Ambassador’s Theatre might be a good alternative for you with its fast-paced combination of percussion, music and tap-dance.

Or find out what’s in the cards when Charles finally becomes king in King Charles III at the Almeida Theatre. It’s the first major play in blank verse in the West End in a very long time and it’s hugely enjoyable.