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Art of London Season: Culture Lovers Day Out

The itinerary for the seasoned Culture Vulture, find the top spots to hit this season

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The ideal day out for Culture Lovers wanting to get their fix! This itinerary is perfect for those who have been starved of culture recently and are looking to get back out there and enjoy the best of all things art and culture that London has to offer.

Itinerary Info

Good for

Art, Culture, Food, Theatre

Getting around

Green Park, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square Tube Stations

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Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict

Showcasing reflective experiences of the Kenyan born, Royal Academy educated artist Michael Armitage. Armitage explores current events, while drawing on contemporary East African art and European art history.

In his rich and multi-layered narrative paintings, Armitage questions social norms, religious ideology, politics and cultural clichés. Paradise Edict will span the last seven years of Armitage’s work, featuring landscapes, allegorical figures and paintings inspired by the 2017 Kenyan general elections.

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David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020

At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Hockney, along with much of Europe, and the world was in lockdown. Based in his Normandy home, David Hockney explored a period of intense activity charting the unfolding of Spring, using an iPad to ‘paint’ his pieces.

Hockney’s focus on the emergence of spring instead celebrates the natural world and urges people to ‘love life’. This will be the first time the works will be exhibited, opening exactly a year after the works were made. Hockney has been fascinated by conveying the passing of time through painting and the exhibition will present over a hundred works.

David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020 at the Royal Academy of Arts

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Piccadilly Art Takeover

Five Royal Academy artists have been selected to bring original, bespoke and vibrant art to the iconic destination of Piccadilly Circus and its surrounding streets, for the Piccadilly Art Takeover, the largest takeover of its kind that the capital has ever seen.

From 21 July - September 2021, the area around Piccadilly will be transformed by 30 overhanging flags, 13 pedestrian crossings, as well as regular art takeovers of the internationally recognisable screens, known as Piccadilly Lights. Audiences will be able to access and participate in a special Augmented Reality 10-screen experience and audio sync via their mobile phones. The first time this technology has been used on the iconic landmark.

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Leopoldstadt at Wyndham's Theatre

Written by Tom Stoppard and directed by Patrick Marber returns to the Wyndham's Theatre for a 12 week run.

Leopoldstadt was, at the beginning of the 20th Century, a crowded and old Jewish quarter of Vienna. The story follows Hermann Merz, a manufacturer and baptised Jew married to Gretl, a Catholic. Gathering in the heart of the city, the Merz extended family make up the heart of drama which is both intimate and momentous. Chartering the journey of war, revolution and the holocaust through the lives of the prosperous Austria-Jewish Merz family.

Book now to see Leopoldstadt, Winner of the 2020 Olivier Award for the Best New Play.

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The Tusk Lion Trail 2021

This year The Tusk Trail brings a global pride of African Lions to London in celebrating the lions and the people who live alongside them, through exceptional art.

Launching on 10th August 2021, over 25 life-sized lion sculptures will descend on London, designed and made by some of the planet’s most revered artists, musicians and sportspeople, roaming the streets to highlight the threats currently faced by ‘the King of Beasts’, and to raise vital funds to support the plight of community conservation and livelihoods impacted by Covid-19 across Africa.

This art trail for animal-lovers, will take you on a tour of iconic locations across London and will bring to life the stories of these iconic animals as well as the people who work tirelessly to protect them.

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Augmented Gallery

Before you visit the West End, be sure to download the Art of London Augmented Reality App so when you spot any of the 27 Art of London frames throughout the area, you can reveal a famous masterpiece! The Augmented Gallery trail now includes four paintings at the National Gallery outdoor exhibition as well as other locations including Fortnum & Mason, The Wolseley, Jermyn St and Piccadilly Circus. Can you find them all?!


Art at Aquavit

After absorbing all that culture, you will definitely have worked up an appetite! Make your way to Aquavit, where your food, and culture cravings can be satisfied.

While you are enjoying you delicious meal, you can also take in two textile wall hangings by Olafur Eliasson and Barbro Nilsson. They provide a focal point for diners whilst the vivid patterns and colour palette of Josef Frank of Svenskt Tenn are utilised through the use of upholstery and tableware.

Overseen by the design studio of Swedish-born Martin Brudnizki, Aquavit London showcases celebrated Nordic designers in a laid-back yet sophisticated environment. An exquisite wall-mounted textile, The Green Glass Carpet by Olafur Eliasson, takes centre stage and sits alongside silverware from Georg Jensen, artwork from Andrea Hamilton