Far from exhaustive, these are just a few of our favourite things and places in Moscow.
Modern Art Galleries
Red October (a former chocolate factory), Garage (a former bus garage) and Winzavod (a former winery) are all creative art spaces that are worth seeing to understand contemporary Russia.
Room with a View
From the O2 at the Ritz Carlton to the Skybar, we can suggest an itinerary to showcase the best high rise views in the city.
Open 24 hours a day, Café Pushkin is more than a restaurant, it’s an institution. Conceived by Andrei Dellos (also of Turandot fame – and another 26 restaurants). Dellos is first and foremost a painter and artist and his vision was to recreate a restaurant with an authentic atmosphere of Pushkin’s era.
You can now cruise the Moskva River twelve months of the year in a boat complete with ice breaker!
Victor Vasntesov is best known for his huge canvases depicting Russian fairy tales. A visit to the artist’s house museum is taste of Moscow off the beaten track. Several of Vasnetsov’s paintings of fairy tale characters including Sleeping Beauty and Baba Yaga are displayed in the stunning triple height studio upstairs. Unlike many house-museums, where the furniture has been brought in to approximate the requisite era, everything here is original. Designed by Vasntesov and built in 1894 the house is made of wood and a perfect example of Russian Romantic architecture. It’s incredible to think how it has survived with the city slowly growing around it.
Russia’s crown jewels in the Kremlin. By appointment only and a must! A little known fact: the Russian government is the world’s second largest diamond producer after De Beers.
If money was no object what is the one thing you would do? The Kremlin: In addition to the stunning Imperial Faberge Easter Eggs in the armoury museum, and the Orlov diamond in the diamond fund, we can arrange private access to the Grand Kremlin Palace, which is closed to the public. It’s here that you will see Nicholas II’s throne and the extraordinary gilded halls that are now used by the Russian President to entertain foreign dignitaries and sign treaties. It is a flat fee of £2,500 for 1 to 15 people, and is an unforgettable experience, perhaps even awe-inspiring.