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For those who are getting a bit tired of the winter, the Royal Academy of Arts in London is offering an inspirational voyage to seasons with a brighter colour palette. The exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse (Burlington House; January 30 - April 20; royalacademy.org.uk) is devoted to some of the most famous impressionists, post-impressionists and avant-garde artists who have captured fleeting garden scenes with their paint brushes and canvases. Naturally, the exhibition begins with Claude Monet (1840-1926), who aside from being an accomplished painter, was also a passionate gardener. Monet set up gardens wherever he lived, including at his beloved estate in Giverny, which continues to be a popular tourist attraction.

“I perhaps owe it to flowers that I become a painter,” he once wrote. His monumental Agapanthus Triptych (1916-1919) will be displayed in England for the first time, along with garden scenes by  Paul Cézanne, Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Wassily Kandinsky, Gustav Klimt and Paul Klee.

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Although the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's universally loved children's classic Alice in Wonderland was actually in 2014, the book's anniversary continues to be celebrated today. If you happen to be on a family holiday in London, then check out the exhibition Alice in Wonderland at the British Library (96 Euston Road; bl.uk), which is being displayed until April 17. The showing provides an informative and colourful overview of the book's history and its influence on a number of well-known artists, including Salvador Dalí, René Magritte and Peter Blake.

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The venerable traditions of old are also continuing to be honoured on London's hotel scene. Following an 18-month restoration, The Lanesborough (Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA; lanesborough.com) – which is reputed to be the city's most expensive hotel – has regained its former splendour. Inside, the historical ceiling paintings and the interior of all 93 hotel rooms have been scrupulously renovated. Built in the early 19th century, the edifice first served as the home of St. George's Hospital and is a magnificent example of the Regency architectural style. In tribute to the building's British heritage, every finest detail in the hotel's interior (from the furniture to the textiles) has been manufactured in the UK. 

Image for exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, Royal Academy of Arts, London | Emil Nolde, Flower Garden (O), 1922. Oil on canvas, 74 x 89.5 cm. Nolde Stiftung Seebüll. © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll

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