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
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
Info The London Natural History Museum is located on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London. The Natural History Museum exhibits a vast range of natural history specimens. Tourists, and natural history buffs alike can always view the Museum’s permanent collection admission free. The history of the collection ... more
London SW7 5BD
Reviewed by Samantha O.
"I was amazed when I entered the British Library and walked into the room with original manuscripts from the beginning of time. I spent much too much t ..." more
96 Euston Road
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
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
Party Earth Review Proud Camden couples the flair of a contemporary art gallery with the pulsing rhythm of a dedicated concert space, leaving slack-jawed tourists and artsy Camden Towners to wonder how a one-time horse hospital could be transformed into such a vibrant cultural gathering place. In homage to the building’s equestrian roots ... more
The Stables Market
Camden Town, London NW1 8AH
Info London’s rich and varied museum scene received an institution devoted to the city’s considerable design contributions in the Design Museum. Established in 1989, the Design Museum has welcomed millions of visitors for its exhibits related to product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design. Exhibitions at the ... more
London SE1 2YD
Art Gallery / Gin Bar
Party Earth Review It’s hard to tell which “graphic” Graphic is referring to when patrons first enter this too-cool-for-school gin bar on Golden Square. Ever-rotating art makes the distinction difficult. Perhaps it’s the shop shutters mounted inside, each painted in vibrant letters in stark contrast to the minimalist ... more
4 Golden Square
London W1F 9HT
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place
London, UK WC2H 0HE
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
Info Part of the network of royal palaces, residencies, and galleries that showcase the Royal Collection, the Queen’s Gallery is a public art gallery located on the south-west corner of Buckingham Palace. The Queen’s Gallery opened in 1962, on the site of a Palace chapel bombed during World War II. With a regularly rotating ... more
London SW1A 1AA
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.