Friends' events in 2017

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Brompton Square: A private tour of the home of Lord & Lady Faringdon

Date Tues 21st Feb 2017
Location 28 Brompton Square, London SW3
When Event begins at 2.00pm
Cost Cost: £20; Guest price: £25 to include a guide book

No 28 Brompton Square was purchased by the 2nd Lord Faringdon as his London home in 1953, and much of what we will see today is the result of his passion for collecting.   Born in 1902, Gavin Henderson had been in his youth one of the ‘Bright Young Things’ of that...

ING Barings Collection: A Private Tour

Date Wed 1st Mar 2017
Location 8-10 Moorgate, London EC2
When Event begins at 6.00pm
Cost Cost: £20; Guest price: £25 to include drinks and nibbles before the tour, which will last about 1 hour

The Baring Archive is owned by ING, which acquired Barings in 1995.   In 2008 The Baring Archive, together with the associated historical portraits, was loaned to The Baring Archive Limited, a charitable company set up by ING to manage this important collection.   The art we will see is wide-ranging and contains...

Lunch With Lennox: Private lunch with Lennox Cato at BADA Fair

Date Mon 20th Mar 2017
Location Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London SW3 4LY
When 12.45 for 1pm. Meet at the Cellini Restaurant
Cost Cost one price: £60 pp to include entry to the BADA Fair and a delicious two course lunch with wine and tea/coffee

Many of you will have seen Lennox appearing as the furniture specialist on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and I am delighted that he has agreed to host a lunch at the stunning BADA Fair.   Guests will be able to look round the Fair first before sitting down to a delicious two...

Maps of the 20th Century with Tim Bryars - A Private Masterclass

Date Wed 29th Mar 2017
Location Bryars & Bryars, 7 Cecil Court, London WC2
When 2.30pm
Cost Cost: £12; Guest price: £15

Forget your ideas about traditional maps and their value, as Tim Bryars will be taking the Friends on an exploration of intriguing and highly sought-after maps of the 20th-century.   Based in Cecil Court since 2004, Tim deals in antiquarian books and maps and is a member of the Association of Antiquarian...

The Armoury of St James's: An Introduction to royal and military antiques and artefacts

Date Wed 5th Apr 2017
Location 17 Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1
When Event begins at 2.30pm
Cost Cost: £12; Guest price: £15

The Armoury is a relatively new member of BADA and I am delighted that they have agreed to share their extensive knowledge of royal and military antiques and artefacts with the Friends. The company was established in St James’s over 25 years ago, dealing in ceremonial and royal presentation items and objects...

Historic Pubs in the City of London: Evening walk with City Guide Tony Tucker

Date Tues 25th Apr 2017
Location Meet outside the exit to Chancery Lane Underground on the north side of Holborn (corner of Gray’s Inn Road). The walk will finish at Blackfriars Station
When Event begins at 6.30pm
Cost Price £15; Guest price: £17

There are a great many long-established pubs in the square mile; quite a number of them are historic buildings dating back hundreds of years and all have interesting stories to tell.  They also serve some very good food and drink!   This will be a fun evening and with Tony as our...

Crosby Hall: Building The Past

Date Wed 10th May 2017
Location Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London SW3
When 2.30pm
Cost Member cost: £45; Guest price: £55 to include refreshments

I am sure many Friends have passed the tall metal fencing on the Embankment and wondered what lies behind this barrier that seems to have been in place for many years.  Well, all will be revealed in this visit.  I am delighted that the owner, Dr Christopher Moran will be accompanying...


Date Thurs 11th May 2017
Location Malton, North Yorkshire
When at 2.30pm
Cost £20; Guest price: £25

 Birdsall House is owned by the Willoughby family who have been art and furniture collectors for generations. Birdsall houses highly specialised pieces including Chippendale furniture and work by artists such as Romney, Reynolds, Batoni, Winterhalter and Siebrechts. Birdsall has a rich family history with an unbroken line of family portraits...

Lambeth Palace and Library

Date Thurs 18th May 2017
Location Lambeth Palace, London SE1
When Event begins at 2pm
Cost £17; Guest price: £19

Lambeth Palace has been the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury for over 800 years. The south bank of the Thames was an excellent choice for the palace as it was near to Westminster and the Royal Court.   Stephen Langton is thought to have been the first Archbishop to live...

The Government Art Collection

Date Wed 7th June 2017
Location Queens Yard, 179A Tottenham Court Road, London W1
When Event begins at 6pm
Cost Cost: £12; Guest price: £15

Works of art from the Government Art Collection (GAC) are displayed in UK Government buildings in nearly every capital city, making it the most dispersed collection of British art in the world.   The role of the Collection is to promote British art while contributing to cultural diplomacy.  Dating from 1898, the...

Chevening: The official residence of the Foreign Secretary

Date Tues 13th June 2017
Location Sevenoaks, Kent
When 2.00pm
Cost Cost one price: £35 to include a private tour of the house and refreshments

The early 17th-century Chevening House was the home of the Stanhope family, whose memorials are in the church and its burial ground.   The house was bequeathed to the nation by the seventh and last Earl Stanhope, who hoped that the young Charles, Prince of Wales would live there.   However, the Prince...

Rockingham Castle and Drayton House

Date Wed 12th July 2017
Location Rockingham, Leicestershire LE16 8TH
When 11am at Rockingham Castle
Cost £55 pp to include lunch

The BADA Friends will begin their day in Leicestershire at Rockingham Castle where we will have a tour of the state rooms followed by lunch.  We will then take the short journey to the beautiful Drayton House which is not generally open to the public.  If people wish to come by...

Ceramics in Chelsea

Date Wed 27th Sept 2017
Location Chelsea, London SW3
When 2.30pm
Cost Cost: £12; Guest price: £15 to include a copy of Custard Cups & Pots à Jus

CERAMICS IN CHELSEA    A guided tour of a small private home and European ceramics collection   This small house in Chelsea offers the Friends a unique opportunity to see at first hand a life time’s collection of custard cups and pots à jus.     The numbers for this visit are limited.  The wonderful book which...

Styled by Design

Date Wed 4th Oct 2017
Location Gallery 8, Duke Street, St James’s, London SW1
When 2.30pm
Cost Cost: £12; Guest price: £15 to include a glass of Champagne
Dealer Gray M.C.A Ltd

STYLED BY DESIGN: Post War Visionaries of Modern Art A private tour of the above exhibition with curator Ashley Gray Styled by Design, a new exhibition of framed 20th century textiles, will reveal a varied collection of rare and limited edition printed fabrics imagined by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Pablo Picasso, John Piper...


Date Wed 11th Oct 2017
Location Charterhouse Square, London EC1
When 2.45pm
Cost Cost: £15; Guest price: £18

CHARTERHOUSE: Private tour In 1371, the Charterhouse was built- a Carthusian monastery, which flourished throughout the later medieval and early Tudor period. With the dissolution of the monasteries, the building became a mansion for noblemen and refuge for royalty. Elizabeth I met there before her coronation and James I also used the...

At Home with Art Dealer Julia Korner

Date Thurs 19th Oct 2017
Location London W4
When 11.00am
Cost £12; Guest price: £15

Julia Korner deals in 18th and 19th century maritime and topographical paintings, and also is a specialist in fine art conservation and restoration, and frames.   Trained originally both as an art historian, sculptress and graphic illustrator at Cambridge, Julia left Christie’s auctioneers in 1997 after nearly 20 years in the field as...

Private Tour of the Louise Dahl-Wolfe Exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum

Date Wed 25th Oct 2017
Location 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1
When 11.30am
Cost Cost one price: £25; Guest price: £27

Based in Bermondsey, this is the only museum in the UK solely dedicated to showcasing development in contemporary fashion. Founded by British designer Zandra Rhodes in 2003, it is housed in a converted warehouse which was redesigned by the Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. It was Legorretas’ first and only building in...

An Eclectic Morning in Hampstead

Date Tues 31st Oct 2017
Location Hampstead, London
When 11.00am
Cost Cost: £12; Guest price: £15

AN ECLECTIC MORNING IN HAMPSTEAD: A visit to a BADA member Once again, the members will have the chance to visit a BADA dealer and see what his interests are. Guests will be able to see European coins, early maps and English political playing cards. However, the main emphasis will be on items...

Tour of Peterborough Cathedral & Napoleonic War Work at Peterborough Museum

Date Thurs 2nd Nov 2017
Location Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
When 11am.
Cost Cost: £50; Guest price: £55.

Meet in Beckets Tea Room at the Cathedral for coffee, tour of Cathedral, lunch at Carluccio’s followed by a short walk to the Peterborough Museum.  The Cathedral is a short walk from the railway station or a 5 minute taxi ride.  There are regular trains from King’s Cross.   The first Abbey was...

Lunch & Tour of Southwark Cathedral

Date Wed 8th Nov 2017
Location London SE1
When Meet in the Refectory at 12.30pm
Cost Cost: £35; Guest price: £40. To include a two course lunch and private tour of the Cathedral.

It is believed that a church has stood on the site of Southwark Cathedral since AD 606. The building is the oldest cathedral church building in London, and archaeological evidence shows there was Roman pagan worship here well before that time. Southwark stands at the oldest crossing point of the Thames,...

Apothecaries' Hall & Dr Johnson's House with lunch at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Date Tues 14th Nov 2017
Location Apothecaries’ Hall, Black Friars Lane, London EC4
When Meet at 11am
Cost Price £60; Guest price: £65 to include entry to both places and a two course lunch. Alcoholic drinks are not included in the price.

The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries lies at the heart of the early foundations of modern-day medicine and remains an important, active and innovative medical institution today. Steeped in history and tradition, the Society was founded by Royal Charter in 1617 and is one of the few Livery Companies in the City of...

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