Explore England’s rich tradition, history and heritage this year as luxury hotel The Goring and cultural tour specialists Art History UK have teamed up to offer six-tailor made excursions celebrating the most iconic dates in the British calendar:
St. George’s Day in the National Gallery, 20 April 2013
This tour visits one of London’s most treasured art galleries for an insight into English patriotism with works by Wilton Diptych, Van Dyck and Turner as well as a collection of St. Georges in memory of the dragon slaying patron saint of folklore.
May Day in the National Gallery, 4 May 2013
Welcoming spring, May Day is an ancient pagan ritual reflected in the Renaissance paintings of the National Gallery that revel in fertility and fecundity, love and marriage.
Harvest Festival in the National Gallery, 21 September 2013
One for gastronomic aficionados, this visual feast of Baroque art from Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Velazquez and many others is the ideal way to welcome the Harvest Festival.
All Souls Day in St. Bartholomew the Great, 2 November 2013
This tour explores one of London’s oldest churches, dating back to the 12th Century, in all of its medieval architectural splendour – the perfect spine-tingling setting to commemorate the faithful departed.
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot in Westminster, 9 November 2013
Remember, remember, the fifth of November! This tour covers the various conspiracies throughout British history to assassinate the King including the most infamous – the failed attempt by Guy Fawkes to blow up parliament on 5 November 1605.
Renaissance Christmas, 7 and 14 December 2013
Explore the collection of Annunciations, Nativities and Adorations that adorn the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery before heading out to Trafalgar Square to learn of the Victorian development of Christmas topped off with carols in St. Martin in the Fields, and cocktails back at The Goring.
To further enrich your experience, why not enjoy everything The Goring has to offer, from the delicious afternoon tea, and elegant interiors,to the exemplary service and quaint private gardens.
Packages include overnight accommodation in a King Room with full English breakfast, the Art History UK Tour accompanied by an excellent and highly qualified art historian, cocktails in the bar and a National Gallery Companion Guide Book. For more information call +44 20 7396 9000 or visit The Goring’s website.