The London Premier Hotels: Revisit the history of World War One through portraits

Released on: April 04, 2014, 5:53 am (EDT)
Industry: Travel

LONDON, -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- The London Premier Hotels or LPHs are known across UK and the world for a number of reasons. Service excellence certainly tops the list of those reasons but apart from that there are several factors that make these hotels the highest revenue earners in London. Strategic location is one of the prime factors that work in favor of the London Premier Hotels. All of the London Premier Hotels stand at the prime points of London City offering easy accesses to the major places of interest as well as the business districts. This makes the LPHs ideal staying places in London for tourists as well as business travelers. Besides, some the hotels are located close to major event venues and hence they are perfect London homes when the events take place.

Located at Devonshire Terrace Paddington, one of the prime points in the heart of Central London, Best Western Premier Shaftesbury London Piccadilly is one such hotel from where guests can reach all parts of London very easily, since it is close to the Paddington Underground Railway Terminus. People who have interest in drawing and painting would be excited to know that The Great War in Portraits, a very special exhibition of painting would open at the National Portrait Gallery on February 27. The exhibition will be open for public viewing till June 15 and the venue is very easily reachable from Best Western Premier Shaftesbury London Piccadilly.

The Great War in Portraits

The Great War in Portraits has been planned to commemorate the centenary of the historic World War One. The exhibition would showcase many moments of the historic war through portraits that have been drawn by masters of the art. Each portrait comes with unprecedented visual detail. Military history of World War One is known to many but this exhibition will show the historic war in a completely different light. Apart from formal paintings, the exhibition would showcase many photographs and films. Viewers would get to see portraits of Siegfried, Wilfred Owen and Winston Churchill among others at the exhibition.

The exhibitions is aimed at introducing viewers with the war experience of people belonging to different classes of the society. The lively portraits would also make a great contrast with rare artworks by legends like Lovis Corinth and Max Beckmann and most importantly Kirchner's famous item Selbstbildnis als Soldat'-the self portrait as a soldier. Masterpieces of the great German expressionist would be exhibited together with rare photographs of facially injured soldiers, taken by Harold Gillies. The photographs were taken at the Royal College of Surgeons.

Among all exhibits, items like Jacob Epstein's great modernist work The Rock Drill', a contrasted pairing of German and British films devoted to the Battle of the Somme and a rare photograph of a deserted, battle-scarred landscape by Jules Gervais Courtellemont are sure to attract attention of viewers.

The Great War in Portraits is curated by Paul Moorhouse, the curator of Twentieth Century Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. Paul says: "The Great War in Portraits explores a complex range of human experience. Evolving different roles, responsibilities and destinies, it illuminates the way war was represented through portraits of individuals each caught up in events beyond reason or control."

Reaching the venue: Located at the Leicester Square, the National Portrait Gallery stand at a few minute-walking distance from the Charing Cross Station which is easily reachable from Best Western Premier Shaftesbury London Piccadilly.

So portrait enthusiasts should not miss this grand chance of revisiting the historic World War One and to ensure easy reaching to the venue they should arrange for their accommodation at the Best Western Premier Shaftesbury London Piccadilly. This could be done by visiting the LPH's website at, by calling the central reservation desk at +44 (0) 20 7745 1212 and sending mail at


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