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Hotel Review : The Montcalm Marble Arch London

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The Montcalm Marble Arch London  is the flagship hotel of The Montcalm Luxury Hotels, a group of hotels which are renowned for their luxury, five-star service and style.

Situated in a prime location near to the shopping of Oxford Street and the relative calm of Hyde Park. The Montcalm London Marble Arch occupies an attractive, Grade II listed crescent building which dates back to 1759 and is named after a French Brigadier General, the Marquis of Montcalm.

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Visitors entering the historic Georgian crescent and the hotel are transported back to an era of refinement and style. Today, the hotel has 153 beautifully appointed rooms including 14 luxurious suites all equipped with the latest in room technology, comfort and convenience. From complimentary Wi-Fi and broadband, to flat screen TV’s, Villeroy & Boch vanity units, Gessi rain showers and Nespresso machines.

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Entering into the lavish foyer, guests are welcomed by attentive staff at the reception who explain the many benefits of the five-star hotel. The Montcalm London Marble Arch’s contemporary designed bedrooms have a number of special state of the art features including complimentary broadband and Wi-Fi, LCD TV with international and satellite channels, an iPad, pillow menu and in room aroma.

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This kind of attention to detail is carried on throughout the hotel with The Champagne Bar which is a popular and stylish small hotel bar where guests can enjoy a cocktail, glass of wine, spirits, cognacs, single malts and blended whiskies.

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Dining options include The Crescent Restaurant & Lounge which is a spacious room with high ceilings and an impressive marble floor. The restaurant serves a buffet breakfast every morning and later in the day is transformed in a location for a quintessential English afternoon tea.

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Guests to the hotel also has easy access to Sixtyone which is an award-winning neighbourhood restaurant which serves modern British cuisine with French touches inspired by Chef Patron, Arnaud Stevens. The simple modern interior with light oak tables, attractive bronze lighting and high quality food offers a wonderful classic restaurant experience whether it be for business or pleasure.

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If the stress and strain of sightseeing gets a little bit too much, guests can make use of the Spa at The Montcalm which offers facial, body treatments and massages by experienced therapists. There is also a fitness centre, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, exercise pool, monsoon shower and heated loungers.

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Grand Ballroom at The Montcalm is one of London’s most glamorous events spaces, yet behind the glamour lies state of the art technology. It is one of the few venues in London to have a high-speed Internet of one gigabit per second, making it ideal for webcasting. Guests to the Grand Ballroom can enter from the street entrance or through the hotels own private connection.

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The Montcalm London Marble Arch is one of the new breed of luxury hotels that are renowned for their five-star service, lavish modern design , often in an attractive, historic building. This particular hotel strives to ‘exceed guests’ expectations by providing memorable experiences’ , a quick look at the main customer review sites would indicate that the vast majority of guests would agree that the hotel does regularly exceed expectations and provide memorable experiences.

The Montcalm London Marble Arch manages to combine respect for tradition with the latest state of the art technology which allows the modern guest to enjoy the best of both worlds. The hotel is ideally located for a number of London attractions and the nearest underground station is only a five minutes walk away. Considering its location and closeness to a number of busy visitor areas, the hotel is remarkably quiet , tucked away in an attractive Georgian crescent.

Whether you are on business or visiting London for leisure, the  refined, high-class Montcalm London Marble Arch offers a number of services that cater for the modern traveller who expects and enjoys a luxurious lifestyle.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or bookings, visit the Montcalm website here

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Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front at Whitgift Exhibition Centre from 12th March 2016 to 16th April 2017

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The Whitgift Exhibition Centre tells the story of a pivotal year of the War in their exhibition entitled Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front . The exhibition will feature more than 600 original objects, many from private collections and never before displayed in public.

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Highlights of the exhibition include :

New display and research into the flights and ‘kills’ of the Red Baron

Wealth of unseen original artefacts, including original sign from Verdun railway station,

rare edition of The Wipers Times trench newspaper and German field wagon.

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Art work includes a set of pastel portraits of Allied soldiers by Swiss artist, Eugene Burnand; a series of hard-hitting graphic political cartoons by Dutch artist, Louis Raemaekers; examples of work by the ‘soldiers’ cartoonist’, Bruce Bairnsfather; and a selection of iconic recruitment posters.

Detailed atmospheric recreations of a bombed-out cellar at Verdun, the British and German trenches at the Somme, and contemporary home life.

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Remembering 1916 also reveals a sequence of previously untold stories of individuals, on both the Western and Home fronts; ordinary people with extraordinary lives.

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The Exhibition runs from 12 March-31 August 2016 at the Whitgift Exhibition Centre at Whitgift School, Croydon. CR2 6YT

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Tickets and Opening Hours

10am – 5pm, 7 days a week

Tickets will be available for purchase on the door.

Admission prices

Adult £7

Senior £5

Child (under 16) £3

Child (under 5) Free

Family ticket   £18

For more  information, visit the exhibition website here

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Benjamin at the Barbican – 18th March 2016

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A programme of personal passions curated by George Benjamin in collaboration with Oliver Knussen.

Night music and mysterious voices infuse both Debussy’s evocative Nocturnes and George Benjamin’s new work, Dream of the Song, written for and performed by countertenor Iestyn Davies.

Oliver Knussen and the BBC Symphony Orchestra perform Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, one of the composer’s most turbulent masterpieces.

Programme 

Gunther Schuller Dreamscape (UK premiere)

Debussy Nocturnes

George Benjamin Dream of the Song (BBC co-commission: UK premiere)

Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements

Performers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Oliver Knussen conductor

Iestyn Davies countertenor

BBC Singers

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Barbican website here

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Thomas Adès and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 16th March 2016

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In recent years composer-conductor Thomas Adès has become an unstoppable creative force. In this LSO composer focus series he conducts his own works alongside the music that influenced and informed his development as a composer.

Adès’ Asyla is a four movement symphonic tour-de-force that explores the dual meaning of its title; ‘Asyla’ can be taken to mean both ‘sanctuary’ and ‘madhouse’. Its infamous fourth movement ‘Ecstasio’ evokes the primal, drug influenced atmosphere of a nightclub with its lucid orchestral textures and repetitive structures inspired by techno.

Asyla is presented alongside two works Adès has cited as being essential to its creation. Echoes of the glistening, crystalline textures of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto can be heard throughout Asyla and much of Adès’ output. The haunting slow movement of Franck’s lyrical Symphony in D minor provides a skeletal model around which the second movement of Asyla is formed.

Programme 

Thomas Adès Asyla

Sibelius Violin Concerto

Franck Symphony in D minor

Performers

Thomas Adès conductor

Christian Tetzlaff violin

London Symphony Orchestra

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Barbican website here

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Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 20th March 2016

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Schumann’s music suggests the struggle between good and evil at the heart of Goethe’s work, as well as Faust’s tumultuous search for enlightenment and peace.

From the work’s dark and tense overture to its elegant and tranquil conclusion, Schumann’s oratorio opens a world combining horror opera, German song and church music. Described as Schumann’s magnum opus, the work is so huge that he never saw all three parts performed in the same concert.

Daniel Harding, the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are joined by the exceptional baritone Christian Gerhaher in the title role, drawing on his expertise as a profound lieder performer.

Programme 

Schumann Scenes from Goethe’s ‘Faust’

Performers

Daniel Harding conductor

Christian Gerhaher Faust

Christiane Karg Gretchen

Alastair Miles Mephistopheles

Andrew Staples Ariel

London Symphony Chorus

Simon Halsey chorus director

London Symphony Orchestra

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Barbican website here

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Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Barbican – 23rd March 2016

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A wonderful feast of sound and colour, as Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic explore Messiaen’s visionary panorama of the American west.

‘From the Canyons to the Stars’: based on the transcendent beauty of the Utah desert, Olivier Messiaen created music that reaches out to nature. Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic fuse it with the visuals by Deborah O’Grady, to exciting effect.

For Messiaen, all beauty was a reflection of the Divine, and the glowing colours and vast starlit skies of Bryce Canyon, Utah, inspired him to some of his most vivid and radiantly expressive music. As part of their Green Umbrella contemporary music programme, Dudamel and his orchestra have commissioned visuals from photographer Deborah O’Grady – who shares Messiaen’s otherworldly vision of the beauty of the American landscape.

Programme 

Messiaen Des canyons aux étoiles

With visuals by Deborah O’Grady

Performers

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Gustavo Dudamel conductor

Deborah O’Grady production director/ photographer

Seth Reiser lighting and scenic designer

Adam Larsen video consultant

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Barbican website here

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LSO Futures: Concert at the Barbican – 13th March 2016

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LSO Futures, the LSO’s biennial festival of contemporary music, returns with two 20th-century masterpieces and a world premiere for the 21st.

François-Xavier Roth opens with Ligeti’s Atmosphères, a swirling sound mass that rebelled as much against traditional forms as it did against the prevailing dogma of serialism. And Berio’s Sinfonia, a monumental work from the Italian master, famous for its haunting ode to the late Martin Luther King and a middle movement that weaves three centuries of musical fragments into a rich tapestry of familiar quotations. 50 years on from their premieres, these two works provide a fitting frame for a new work by former LSO Panufnik composer Elizabeth Ogonek.

Programme

Ligeti Atmosphères

Elizabeth Ogonek Sleep & Unremembrance (world premiere, Panufnik commission)

Berio Sinfonia

Performers

François-Xavier Roth conductor

Synergy Vocals

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Barbican website here

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