There’s a famous saying in Eastern Europe that goes “the only thing that’s free is cheese in a mousetrap”. Although I understand the sentiment I would have to disagree as some of my most treasured memories didn’t cost a penny. I hope you’ve been enjoying my ‘Things To Do’ series so here are a few more ideas that may inspire you and not break the bank.
Tate Britain (also known as National Gallery of British Art and the Tate Gallery) is an art museum on Millbank in London. It is part of the Tate network of galleries in England, with Tate Modern (below), Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. Tate Britain houses a permanent collection of historic British art, including original paintings by the likes of William Blake and J. M. W. Turner.
The doors are always open to the public and with exhibitions curated every month I would say Tate Britain is a must visit. Visiting a gallery can be one of the best ways to get creatively unstuck as seeing a beautiful piece of art might just be the inspiration you need to create one of your own.
The sister museum to Tate Britain is our very own Tate Modern. Tate Modern is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the world. It houses the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day as well as international and contemporary art.
Based in the former Bankside Power Station, in the Borough of Southwark, Tate Modern has been home to some truly unique installations because of it’s industrial size. ‘The Weather Project’ by Ólafur Elíasson and ‘EMBANKMENT‘ by Rachel Whiteread are forever engrained in my memory because of the way they utilised the space on offer.
St James’s Park
In my photography journal from Rome I talked about the importance of a good walk and that having one can really set you up for the day ahead. If the chance arises take a stroll through a park, appreciate the fresh air (it’s a luxury in London!) and try to switch off. When was the last time you picked up a book and had some me-time? If the answer is “I don’t remember” then you know what you gotta do.
St James’s park stretches for 23 hectares and is a perfect place to waste an afternoon. You’re also walking distance from Oxford Street, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Big Ben so make sure to brush up on your history if you’re feeling restless.
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