Big John Recommends

Big John is a much-loved member of The Goring team. As a member of the Golden Keys and having held previous positions at The Berkeley and The Lanesborough, John knows London better than anyone. Along with his excellent Concierge team, they have their fingers on the pulse to recommend the best sights, the latest openings and family fun. 

Big John Recommends:

Mantegna and Bellini: A new exhibition at the National Gallery this autumn tells the tale of two artists and brothers-in-law, ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ - a story of art, family, rivalry, and personality. See these rare paintings and drawings by two of the most influential artists of the Renaissance.

Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cezanne: A selection of major Impressionist paintings from the Courtauld Gallery will be on display this autumn. With over forty masterpieces to see by famous artists including from Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Manet, and Seurat. 

Thomas Cole – Eden to Empire: Visit the National Gallery and see the fascinating Thomas Cole exhibition showing the 19th century self-taught artist’s stunning pieces of the dramatic American landscape.

Frida Kahlo - Making Her Self Up: An exhibition at The V&A this autumn showcases the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, presenting a collection of personal artefacts and clothing that have never been exhibited outside of Mexico before.

Diana: Her Fashion Story: Celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, in this major new dress exhibition at Kensington Palace.

Designer, Maker, User: Visit the new Design Museum on High Street Kensington and see the development of modern design through these three interconnected roles.

The Mousetrap: See the longest running show of any kind in the world. Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap is a classic and is now celebrating its 64th year of a record-breaking run. 

Disney’s Aladdin: See this fabulous new musical that recently arrived in the West End. Featuring great songs from the film, this is a firm favourite with all the family. 

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical: This is a gripping musical revealing the untold story of Tina Turner and featuring the classic hits of the global queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The Play That Goes Wrong: If you’re after a comedy then this is the one to see. Hilariously funny from start to finish, The Play That Goes Wrong is laugh out loud. A must see. 

42nd StreetThis is the all singing and all dancing American dream fable of Broadway. Young Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line on Broadway’s newest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she's always dreamed of.

Witness for the Prosecution: See Agatha Christie's critically acclaimed gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal in a unique courtroom setting.  


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