Moving to London means moving to one of the world’s cultural leaders. Any city that has played host to cultural luminaries as varied as William Shakespeare, J.M.W. Turner and Alfred Turner is going to have a fine and varied culture as a norm, and London doesn’t disappoint in this regard. London has a long tradition of being home to fine art, in the grandest tradition of all of Europe. You can’t get settled into your new London life without taking a day or two to explore the galleries dotted around London and indulge your artistic senses.
An obvious first stop for those wishing to explore London’s art offerings is the Tate Modern. The Tate, which is situated in a former power station in Central London, holds the honour of being the most visited modern art gallery in the world. Don’t forget to visit the Turbine Hall, a space which is five stories tall and, the art withstanding, is a space that might be referred to by Londoners as being ‘absolutely gobsmacking!’
This is de rigeuer to visit if you’re living in London. Entry is free so being ‘skint’ (London speak for broke or low on cash) is no excuse not to visit it. Besides being absolutely gratis, the National also has amongst its collection works from classic names like Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Constable and Turner.
Add The Somerset House Galleries to your list of must-visits as they have a fine collection of classic art on display as well as having something else to offer you. In the summer, the courtyard regularly features performances from bands (some major ones on occasion) as well as performance of classical music. Added to that, at Christmas, the gallery’s courtyard is converted into an ice-rink, so you’ll have the option of skating around the rink and then relaxing afterwards with a stroll around the exhibits, which sounds like a very ideal way of spending a chilly December’s day.
The art scene is very much a part of London life, from the avante garde to the downright ridiculous. From Banksy to Kandinsky and Damien Hirst to Peter Doig – London is a thriving art metropolis just waiting for you to explore.