Info Considering Britain’s seafaring history, it’s fitting that one of the world’s most prominent maritime museums, the National Maritime Museum, has a home in London. Part of the Royal Museums group in Greenwich, the Maritime Museum sits alongside the Royal Observatory the Queen’s House museum, and the Cutty Sark ship, displayed ... more
SE10 9NF Greenwich
Mar 23-Aug 1, 2013 Victoria and Albert Museum The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie - one of the most pioneering and influential performers ... more
London SW7 2RL
Party Earth Review Decked out with an exhibit space, bar, and graffiti-covered smoking balcony encircling the main performance hall, XOYO is a one-stop shop for concert junkies looking for a cultural fix. The die-hard fans lining up every night don’t seem to notice the cold as they wait for the doors to open, distracted by the outgoing camaraderie ... more
32-37 Cowper Street
London EC2A 4AP
Fashion Event / Art Exhibit
May 29-Jul 15, 2013 The Old Truman Brewery There’s no better time to check out some new fashion and art than the end of spring. After all, summer ... more
91 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL
Reviewed by Courtney Grace R.
"If you’re the kind of person that likes going to museums, you absolutely must visit the British Museum. If you’re the kind of person that generally th ..." more
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
May 31 Natural History Museum, London Lates with MasterCard is open until 10:30 on the last Friday of every month (excluding December). Experience London's most unique Friday night out. Come and enjoy the Dinosaurs gallery and our exhibitions in the evening ... more
London SW7 5BD
Info The Tate Modern is one of London’s most prestigious art galleries that features ground- breaking modern art from around the world. Located in bustling Central London, the Tate Modern sits on the southern end of London’s famous Millennium Bridge. The Tate Modern opened in 2000 and now averages 4.7 million visitors every ... more
Bankside Sumner Street
London SE1 9TG
Jun 3-23, 2013 The Croyden Heritage Festival is a three-week long celebration across the London borough of Croydon that pays ... moreThroughout the city
Trade Show / Expo / Art Exhibit
Jun 6-16, 2013 Olympia Exhibition Centre
London W14 8UX
Info The Victoria and Albert Museum was established in 1852 as the Museum of Manufactures. The museum’s mission was to spread education by giving working citizens a chance to view inspiring works of art. The museum was able to make just enough money to buy a few establishing pieces for their collections. Five years later, the ... more
London SW7 2RL
As one of the art capitals of the world, London has its share of great works in grand museums, but the contemporary scene is abuzz with art shows, walks, exhibits, and openings. London art events sometimes read like a who’s who, sometimes like a barometer on what’s new and edgy, but all these happenings leave you with something interesting to talk about.
Event spaces like the Notting Hill Arts Club put on regular happenings and are always a gathering space for cool art-school types. Here, guests descend into the deep shadows of the basement to find shape-shifting light illuminating the canvas-like walls, the exuberant art exhibits, and the creative crowd, who are as much a part of the display as the art itself.
Hundreds of art galleries, ranging from high-end to scrappy spaces put together by renegades, have opening receptions every week of the year. More established galleries like the Tate might host grand galas, and storefront spaces can highlight innovative experimental work for hip kids to mull over. Of course, art is also a large part of festival season, and enormous events like the London 2012 Festival will feature lucky artists working in all mediums, offering plenty for gallery-hoppers and wanderers to explore.
Have some more wine and cheese and enjoy art in London – you don’t have to spend a Sunday staring at ancient paintings to do so.