The UK’s stunning capital city is home to a multitude of beautiful attractions for you to enjoy while you’re in town. You can visit one of the many wondrous food venues from all over the world to grab some succulent jerk chicken or exotic crab meat delicacies. After you’ve eaten you can check out London’s stunning architecture, or hit Oxford Street for a spot of Christmas shopping. One thing’s for sure; you’ll never run out of things to do during your visit.
If shopping sprees and landmark hunting isn’t your thing, and you consider yourself a bit of an art connoisseur, then you’ll be delighted to know that there’s also an array of places to get your hit of perfect portraiture and wonderous watercolours near our Oxford Street hotel.
79 Beak St, Carnaby, London W1F 9SU
The first location on our list was described as ‘the coolest art space in town’ by Vogue Magazine and lauded by The Wall Street Journal as ‘London’s funkiest gallery space.’ Need we say more? The Riflemaker is an art exhibition housed inside a historic gunmaker’s workshop which dates back to 1712, making it the oldest public building in the West End of London.
The antique charm of this aging building is complemented even further by the collection of works you’ll find here. The Riflemaker fuses classic with modern by displaying historical masterpieces alongside the very freshest contemporary art. What’s more, if you visit the venue on a Monday evening you’ll be able to enjoy the various film events, talks and discussions amongst like-minded people before heading back to your room at the Shaftesbury London.
16-18 Ramillies St, Soho, London W1F 7LW
If photography is your art of choice, then a trip to the renowned Photographer’s Gallery on Ramillies Street is a must. The Photographer’s Gallery is home to an ever-evolving mix of work from photographers using different styles, lighting and subject matter to convey their message.
There are multiple floors here to provide a range of different work, and if you’re visiting in the week running up to New Year you’ll be able to witness the stunning ‘Instant Stories’ polaroid collection by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Wim Wenders. It intimately depicts his friends, streetscapes and stunning landscape shots in stunning detail.
There’s also a fantastic book store in the basement and a café with super-fast WiFi for you to recharge with a drink and a bite to eat before you leave. The best thing is, if you arrive before 12pm entry is free.
6 Burlington Gardens, Mayfair, London W1S 3ET
Pace London stands out from the crowd due to its classic historical building housing the very latest in contemporary art from all over the world. Current displays include the radical IMPULSE exhibition, which is a collection of edgy abstract paintings from the United States in the 60s and 70s by esteemed artists including Sam Gillam and Frank Bowling.
If you’re visiting in the New Year, you’ll get the chance to marvel at the works of up-and-coming artist Tara Donovan. She has attracted great acclaim in the art world for her ability to use the inherent physical characteristics of an object and transform it into a work of beauty.