Art of London Season Itinerary

Be inspired by the West End

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To help you make the most of your Art of London Season, be inspired by what to do, where to eat and how to be entertained. London's West End becomes a canvas bedecked with vibrant patterns and splash of colour, for the Piccadilly Art Takeover this summer which launches the Art of London Season. The season also houses other art related activations with The Augmented Gallery, Art Pop-up Projects and film and TV inspired characters in Scenes in the Square. The West End has become a gallery without walls for the summer season and Art of London brings you a taste of where to dine, and a glance at what to see and do. Explore art in every form this summer, from the culinary to the cultural.

Itinerary Info

Advena Immersive Installation x W London

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The W London hosts a virtual reality resort and immersive VR experience tapping into our unwieldy desire for escapism this summer. Transforming their signature WOW Suite into a visual sensation featuring tropical fauna wallpaper and colourful architecture, and a pink ball pit ‘pool’ in the bathroom. Escape to an idyllic landscape of opalescent orbs, wacky pink doughnuts, sunsets and warm beaches in a VR experience all from the comfort of W London.

In this experiential installation, artist, environmentalist and designer, Georgia Tucker explores the ecological and social impact of tourism and its corresponding resort culture. Advena is designed to be an overstimulating sensory experience, highlighting the excessive nature of current fast lifestyles and our insatiable craving for more stimulation.

After travelling to Advena, be sure to stop by the Perception Bar and try the exclusive Advena cocktails.

Tickets for this installation are FREE

Experience luxury at the Sofitel St James

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Dine outdoors at the Sofitel Hotel and discover their al fresco terrace recently opened in front of the stunning Grade II listed building, overlooking Waterloo Place, in the heart of the West End.

Explore a taste of France at the Parisian Cafe, serving dishes from Chef Anthony Demetre accompanied by Aperitivo style drinks, to help you to harness a feeling of summer escapism.

Open daily from 12pm to 10 pm, the menu suits every taste, with delightful Italian aubergines Middle Eastern style, line-caught wild sea bass, as well as the classic English custard tart for a sweet touch.

Sofitel St James is offering a delightful curated bicycle tour of two of London’s Royal Parks followed by a luxury picnic experience in St James Park prepared by a private butler.

This experience is available from April 12th until mid-October.

High Tea by Fortnum & Mason x Ronnie Scott's

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After a sell out event in July, Ronnie Scott’s will be swinging by the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason's again this summer.

Every Thursday in August from 6-9pm, book your table to enjoy a slice of jazz with your High Tea as some of the jazz world’s most exciting musical acts perform.

The Campari Bar at The May Fair

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May Fair Kitchen unveils a brand new Italian inspired drink and dining destination situated on their rooftop terrace this summer.

The widely acclaimed May Fair Kitchen has unveiled their rooftop ‘Italian terrazza’ inspired by the verdant hills of Tuscany. The summer pop-up features a masterfully crafted selection of cocktails paying tribute the sumptuous Italian aperitivo, Campari.

The dining experience at the May Fair Kitchen Summer Terrace will showcase the best of contemporary Italian and Spanish cuisines, with the introduction of handcrafted pizzette and delicious desserts.

The Augmented Gallery

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The Augmented Gallery is a FREE outdoor public art experience showcasing paintings from London’s leading institutions through an accessible augmented reality app.

Brought to you by Art of London, in partnership with The National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts and broadcast partner Sky Arts, it’s the must-see art experience of the year.

The mile-long trail features paintings from some of the world's most influential painters such as, the impressionist painter Van Gogh and the Flemish Baroque painter, Anthony Van Dyke. The classic pieces will be presented alongside contemporary works by Tracey Emin, Ishbel Myerscough and winners of Sky Arts' Portrait Artist of the Year.

David Hockney at the Royal Academy

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The Royal Academy of Arts have just released additional tickets to 'David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020’.

See the newest exhibition from David Hockney, created in lockdown 2020. When the world was in lockdown due to the pandemic, Hockney charted The Arrival of Spring, from his Normandy home.

Jan Matejko at The National Gallery

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A rare opportunity to see the works of Jan Matejko, Poland's National Painter. Displayed for the first time at the National Gallery, the piece was created to celebrate 400th anniversary of the birth of the legendary astronomer and mathematician, Copernicus.

Stay awhile at The Dilly

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After a day of exploring the West End be sure to rest well with a stay at The Dilly. Situated in the heart of Piccadilly, in amongst some of London’s most iconic cultural attractions such as Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and St James’s. Wake up with a city view and step out into the hustle and bustle of the capital.

Embracing everything London revered florist, Pulbrook and Gould has their floristry shop in the lobby. The Dilly boasts a health club with all the trimmings including an underground swimming pool, squash courts, gym, dance studio, and spa treatments.

Come back to the comfort of slippers, dressing gowns and 24-hour room service and know that you have everything you need to rest, relax and recharge for the next day of adventures.