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Discover the Treasure Trove of Masterpiece London

Picture of Jillian Levick
Updated: 24 April 2017
Masterpiece London returns to The Royal Hospital Chelsea for another year of showcasing the best of the world’s art, design, rare books, and antiques. The scope of its size is almost as impressive as the scope of its range of cultures exhibited together beneath the canopy of one huge, magical space.
Masterpiece
Masterpiece

 

Masterpiece is the hot ticket of the summer and visitors can be easily drawn into the spectator sport of people-watching. While glamorous outfits and hairstyles are aesthetically appealing on their own, the calibre of the items on display and for sale are so enchanting that you will easily forget you’re standing next to Poppy Delevingne.

Items that span the disciplines date from 3000 years ago to the present day, and range from first-edition signed copies of Ulysses, to Monets being swept up for a cool few million. Antique royal carriages, dazzling jewelry, ancient Roman sculpture and so much more are there to please the eye and more importantly, to tell a story. Each piece is both aesthetically magnificent and historically significant. These items come from all over the world, throughout centuries and together they give a glimpse of the cultures, people, craftsmen, and those who appreciate them, which make the world so beautiful.

 

First Edition Signed Ulysses
First Edition Signed Ulysses

 

The huge antique globes feel especially significant, as they emphasise the global nature of the experience. Whoever you are, wherever your interests lie, there will be something (likely many things!) to suck you in for you to pore over in amazement.

 

Guests Dining at Le Caprice © Caprice Holdings
Guests Dining at Le Caprice © Caprice Holdings

 

Post-window shopping, or actual shopping, indulging in the luxurious food is a must to refresh yourself for round two of treasure hunting. Our recommendation is Le Caprice, who have created a package for two which includes Masterpiece tickets, a 3 course lunch or dinner for two at the fair’s Le Caprice, water, wine and service charge. It is set up at the back in a beautiful, open, airy space, and is serving up dishes that are masterpieces in themselves. Ceviche with plantain chips is a succulent and refreshingly zingy starter, while yellowfin tuna on a bed of pearl couscous is decadent without being heavy. Wash it all down with fabulous desserts and endless champagne, before making your way out again. If you can’t get a table or want to recharge somewhere else, Caprice Holdings also have The Ivy Bar, Scott’s Seafood and Champagne Bars, and The Mount Street Deli popping up throughout the event. Like the pieces, there is something for all tastes in cuisine as well.

 

Ceviche from Le Caprice © Jillian Levick
Ceviche from Le Caprice © Jillian Levick

 

From serious art-collectors all the way to those with a passing fancy in stamps, Masterpiece is the most extravagantly delightful event. On until July 1, visit their website for more information on how to book tickets.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Rd, London SW3 4SR; 020 7881 5200

By Jillian Levick