Gallery and museum visits force me to think about topics I forget in everyday life. It might be the cruel wars during the Middle Age, lack of human rights in Russia or hippies in San Fracisco. I might remember life is not black and white, and sometimes how I interpret an object tells more about me than the artist.
No wonder I’m a fan of museums and galleries. For that London is a great place to live – there is rather too much than too little to see!
For anyone wishing to see the best with little or no money, or just spend an rainy hour or two in an instagrammable location, I very much recommend the following.
Okey, this is not exactly a hidden secret, being world’s No 1 museum in social media. Saatchi concentrates on contemporary art, and presents well-curated, regularly changing exhibitions for free. The Gallery is located in the middle of Chelsea. If you don’t know yet what ‘posh’ means, 10 minutes walk on King’s Road will give you the impression. Saatchi’s restaurant/café Gallery Mess was my Summer 2017 Sunday coffee regular – excellent spot to browse the news and enjoy a cup or two after or before yoga.
Never been in a traditional London Town House? Well, here you can! The Wallace Collection is located close to Selfridges, still relatively unknown. But: Old Master’s, French 18th century paintings, fab furniture, armours, armours and more armours, and the house itself… All this for free, so my highest of recommendations. Also their café is thoroughly tested. Al Fresco afternoon tea is suprisingly reasonably priced and proper.
Close to Oxford Circus, presenting beutiful and thought-provoking photography – go to escape the shopping madness and observe something new. Free before 4pm, after that £2.5/£4.