Private jet charter to London’s National Gallery for the Monet exhibition
Claude Monet is most recognisable for his landscapes, but another muse also captured the Impressionist legend’s imagination: architecture. Throughout his career, Monet was inspired by façades and cityscapes. He painted buildings in Rouen, Paris and Venice and was particularly taken by London’s famous fog, once saying that “without fog, London would not be beautiful”.
London has a soft spot for Monet, too. The last time a Monet exhibition came to London was in 1999. Over its three-month run, a record-breaking 813,000 visitors attended the show, with the Royal Academy remaining open 24 hours a day to meet demand.
The National Gallery is hoping lightning strikes twice. From April 9 through July 29, over 75 Monet works go on display in an exhibition entitled “Monet & Architecture”. Long lines are expected, but members are welcome at a preview day on Friday, April 6 (see the “Tickets” section below for more details).
The Monet Exhibition at the National Gallery
Throughout his career, Monet painted many buildings, and this exhibition is the first to look at his career through the lens of the architecture that inspired him. Curators want to show how Monet used architecture to craft his compositions, from using buildings as focal points to intriguing background elements.
The Monet exhibition features over 75 paintings that span much of the artist’s long career, from its beginnings in the mid-1860s right up to 1912. Many of the works are from private collections and are rarely exhibited. Monet & Architecture is split into three parts: paintings of Venice, the series on the Rouen Cathedral and paintings of the Thames.
In London, Monet painted Waterloo Bridge, Charing Cross Railway Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. He was fascinated by the way the fog interacted with the Thames. After a morning spent trying to capture the fog on canvas, he said, “I cannot begin to describe a day as wonderful as this. One marvel after another, each lasting less than five minutes, it was enough to drive one mad.”
How to fly to London by private jet charter
London is home to several airports for private jet charters. Fly into London City Airport to land closest to the heart of the city. From New York, the flight from Teterboro to London costs approximately £56,500 in a fabulous Legacy 450 that seats nine.
From there, art fans could continue their education on Monet with a trip to Paris and Giverny in France. Book a private jet charter to Paris Le Bourget to see his many works in Paris, including the famous Water Lilies at the Orangerie. Then fly to the artist’s former home in Giverny to see the iconic water lily gardens in person.
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Tickets to the exhibition cost £18 and should be booked in advance. Alternatively, members can enter for free and enjoy access to an exclusive preview day on April 6. To become a member, visit the Membership Page.
Where to stay
If you’re looking to stay just around the corner from the Monet exhibition, the Haymarket is a fun and funky five-star hotel that’s bursting with color. For something more classic, the iconic Claridge’s is just one mile away from the museum and serves one of London’s best afternoon teas.