The most famous museum in London is the Tate Modern, and it is not to be missed. It’s free and gives visitors the chance to experience great works of art by the likes of Jeff Koons, Pablo Picasso, Damien Hirst, and Jenny HOlzer. They also show art films and talks on a variety of modern art subjects.
From the most popular attraction to the most informal and underground, you must attend Secret Cinema. This is a group which throws lavish cinema parties at secret, ever-changing locations. They screen anything from Hollywood action movies to obscure art films. By signing up for their newsletter, you’ll get the key to unlock the secret location of their latest film – always at the very last minute. You may wind up in a park or hanging out in an abandoned embassy.
This huge design museum is a feast for the eyes – it chronicles everything in design, from architecture to graphic to furniture. The Design Museum is directed by Deyan Sudjic. It was recently moved into a former bank and features a rotating cast of fun exhibitions. Check out the hyperbolic paraboloid roof. Also look into their lectures and events, which take place in Design Museum’s 200-seat auditorium.
According to The V&A, it is the “world’s leading museum of art & design.” To get free access, you simply become a member and then enjoy the over 2.3 million objects on permanent display! There are beautiful art objects from 5,000 years ago right through to today. It includes almost everything that could be art – prints, photography, tea sets, jewelry, textiles, fashion and so much more.
Advertising animates the purpose behind Saatchi Gallery. Located in Chelsea, the Gallery was founded by Charles Saatchi in 1985. This advertising maven lends great support to young artists, and isn’t afraid to feature controversial exhibitions, including a Pussy Riot-themed exhibit and provocative photographs of the People’s Princess, Diana.
Looking for a one-of-a-kind souvenir? Then look no further than Snap Store, a concept shop that is designed to feature greeting cards and gifts. Head to East London and find things you have certainly never seen before, all indie products. They have spectacular silkscreen artist prints. Snap Store is great for gifts, or for personal objects that will inspire you long after your visit to London is done.
The Cartoon Museum
The Cartoon Museum is a must-see for anyone who loves the art of animation. It provides a comprehensive history of British cartoon and comic art startin in the 18th century and through to the modern era. The museum opened in 1988 and also includes a fantastic research library including more than 5,000 books of cartoons and comics, plus about 900 books on the history of cartoons. The Cartoon Museum is a treat for parents and kids alike.
The Galleries actually refers to just one gallery, founded in 1970 and curated with the great Hans Ulrich Obrist. The Galleries focus on cutting edge art, always pushing the envelope and celebrating what’s new. Over 2,200 artists have exhibited here.