Located on the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Masterpiece is an unmissable event at the height of the capital’s summer arts season.
What to expect at Masterpiece London
Masterpiece London is a five day event that starts with a press and VIP evening for the great and the good of the arts and antiques world. The preview day is on the 27th of June 2018 and the event is open from 11am until 9pm. This is the same for the public days that follow, but it closes early on the last two days
Ron Dennis has been spotted alongside many members of London’s high society. Anna Wintour has also attended in the past, as has Mila Kunis.
Event hotspots and hospitality
Sponsors such as the Royal Bank of Canada host collaborative events with magazine partners whilst Richard Caring’s Restaurant Group provides the catering so you can dine at Scott’s, The Ivy and Le Caprice. Pre-booking is normally required. There is also a Perrier-Jouët Champagne Terrace. There are plenty of fashionable areas where you can hang out at Masterpiece London.
Did you know
Masterpiece London first took place in 2010 with a unique focus on cross-collecting. Over the past seven years it has established itself as the leading international event for viewing and buying the finest works of art, from antiquity to the present day. It draws close to 40,000 visitors each year.
Masterpiece London works with Children in Crisis as their official charity partner and the Patron of the charity, HRH Sarah, Duchess of York, is closely involved.
There are various awards at the show including Outstanding Display, which rewards excellence and innovation. There is one winner and one runner-up. Meanwhile, Exhibits of the Year highlights those exhibits that are judged to be outstanding, undiscovered, rare and beautiful. Finally, Masterpiece Highlights involves specialist vetting committees nominating an object they feel reflects scholarship, rarity, connoisseurship and is most representative of all that is best in their category. There are 27 Highlights in total.
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Many guests go during the working day and week so tend to dress in business attire or smart casual. Some of the evening events can be more glamourous and thus cocktail dresses will be worn by ladies and men will be in lounge suits. If Anna Wintour attends, the fashion stakes will be high so make sure you dress to impress.
South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3 4LW, UK
Chelsea embankment is accessible by car and guests can be dropped off outside. Parking is available and golf carts are on hand to chauffeur guests to the entrance of the event. Sloane Square Tube Station is a 20 minute walk away. A Shuttle Service is available providing regular transport between the Fair and Sloane Square, Battersea Park, Victoria, Mayfair and St James’s. The service will start at 11am (10am from Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel) with the last shuttle departing from the Fair an hour after it closes. View Location.