|[LJ2ME] Being cultural around London
||[Nov. 24th, 2006|06:54 pm]
I've had a few fridays off recently, to use up the rest of my holiday for the year. For various reasons, I've ended up in London for many of them.
As well as meeting up with various people, mapping bits of London, and locating tube stations, I've also been going to various museums and galleries.
At the tate modern, I got to see the funky slides, but the queues were so long I couldn't get to have a go. I was also surprised how much had changed since my last visit, and I only had time for one floor, so I think I'll have to have another visit soon :)
Then, in a front row inspired trip, I went to the Royal Academy. I saw the Chola bronzes from southern india, which were amazing. They were smaller than I expected, but amazinkly detailed, and stunning to look at. The displays did have some history and background on them, but not quite as much as I'd have liked. On my way out, I discovered some free galleries, which featured art from past members. These were really good, and not to be missed if you're there.
Next up, I dragged Ollie to the British Museum. We didn't have time to look round the normal exhibits, but we did go to the new one on aerial photography. This had a slant to historic sites, and the photos were so good. The only snag was that by the end, you weren't quite as blown away as with the ones at the start, as you'd seen so many! The photos were so great though, so well worth seeing if you can.
Today, I stopped off at the tate britain. Disappointingly, it closes at 6, so I couldn't see all that I wanted to, and it was too late for the turner prize exhibition. Still, I got to see a fair bit of great art (and a few bits I wasn't that struck on), so it wasn't a wasted visit. I think it's another one for a repeat visit in the not too distant future.