4 Of London’s New Art Exhibitions And Why You Have To Go

4 Of London’s New Art Exhibitions And Why You Have To Go

All over Instagram, I’ve been seeing reels showing London’s newest art exhibitions. Personally, I’m a huge fan of museums, and could spend hours just roaming around, but I know it’s not for everyone. However, from the reels I’ve been seeing, the exhibitions on show at the moment are absolutely magical, and I’m sure would inspire even the most uninterested. In this post, I’ve put together my top 4 that I’d love to see for myself (along with many more!) Whether you take a friend, a date, or family, definitely try and check out some of these exhibitions before they shut.

Tate Modern – Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms

You’ve probably seen this on multiple TikToks and reels, but who can be surprised? The Infinity Mirror Rooms look truly spectacular: almost like pure magic.

Where? Tate Modern, Bankside.

Ticket availability? It’s unsurprisingly sold out till late October, but will be open until June 2022, so look out for more tickets in their September ticket release!

Price? Free for members, otherwise £10.

Why you should go: Doesn’t it speak for itself? Rooms on rooms of Instagram-worthy snaps. But more deeply, you get to experience parts of Yayoi Kusama’s life in art, from her lonely experience of living in New York (Walking Piece), to experiencing for ourselves her visual hallucinations (Infinity Mirror Room).

London Film Museum – The Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition

For all you Harry Potter fans out there, I’ve got you covered.

Where? London Film Museum, Covent Garden

Ticket availability? Pre-book.

Price? 16 years and over is £20 (for an hour – includes access to a Butterbeer bar and a green-screen experience). See here for more ticket info.

Why you should go: This is the prime opportunity for Harry Potter fans everywhere to see a exhibition full of photographs from the making of the films, all of them never before seen in one place! Walk through and see all the behind the scenes pictures from the iconic movies (and don’t forget about visiting the bottled Butterbeer bar!)

Kensington Gardens – Van Gogh The Immersive Experience

For the true art enthusiasts of the world.

Where? Kensington Gardens

Ticket availability? High availability – pre-book. Ends in September 26th!

Price? From £14 (adult ticket £24)

Why you should go: Maybe I’m biased as I love Vincent Van Gogh’s story and works, but I think this will be an amazing experience: seeing his art blown up on a big screen, learning more about his life, visiting a life-sized representation of his room, and visiting an immersive sunflower room, this multi-sensory experience is not to be missed.

Victoria & Albert Museum – Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

I hadn’t actually seen this on social media until I done a bit of research, but this looks too good to miss!

Where? Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington

Ticket availability? Pre-book – open until 31st December!

Price? £20

Why you should go: This exhibition takes you down the rabbit hole to explore all things Alice in Wonderland: see original drawings of characters, stunning sets displaying the best works based on the legendary story, costumes, and more. Definitely one to check out if you want to see something different.

I’d love to hear some of your favourite exhibitions, or know whether you’ve visited any of these in the comments below. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to go to a museum, so I’m definitely keen to get my hands on some of these tickets.

The Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting University

Starting university can normally lead to one of three things: excitement; fear; or a bit of both. For me, it was definitely the third. I had no idea what to expect on this new journey, and it didn’t help that I wasn’t the most confident person. You almost want to watch a trailer of your […]

Sightseeing In Oxford – My Top 4

I’m finally back (hopefully with a bang), starting off my Oxford series from when I stayed there back in late August. Oxford is by far one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in the UK to date: its beautiful Gothic and Baroque architecture are the star of the show for me, but there’s plenty […]

The Best Olympians To Follow For All The Tokyo 2020 Behind The Scenes

I’ve always been a fan of the Olympics: I love seeing how insanely talented athletes are and watching records get broken with every four years (or rather five, in this case) that passes. I love watching it with my family, and seeing the spirit of the nation rise with every medal that’s achieved. What I’ve […]

Everything You Need To Know About Sandbanks

Sandbanks first came onto my radar when I watched a TV show talk to Harry Redknapp about his home in the area. It appeared to be a pretty exclusive area: small in size, but lined with grand houses amongst a sandy beachfront (a sandy beach in England, I know!) It wasn’t until recently that I […]

4 Ways To Celebrate Your Non-Existent 2021 Graduation In Style

As a graduating student of 2021, I can safely say that it feels like I haven’t really graduated. I’ve been doing assignments and having lessons over Blackboard Collaborate at home for months on end, and with no proper graduation to top off three years of hard work, it almost feels like the university experience isn’t […]

Join 239 other followers

Bringing Magic To The Big Screen: Backyard Cinema’s The Winter Night Garden

Bringing Magic To The Big Screen: Backyard Cinema’s The Winter Night Garden

Hidden away in Wandsworth, southwest London, is the most magical cinema I’ve ever stepped foot in. If you’re looking for that extra something special when watching the new, biggest blockbusters or your old, favourite films, this is the place to go.

Continue reading “Bringing Magic To The Big Screen: Backyard Cinema’s The Winter Night Garden”

Choose Your Own Adventure: What To See In London In 24 Hours

Choose Your Own Adventure: What To See In London In 24 Hours

Maybe you’re going to London for a UK staycation. Maybe you’re just passing through. Maybe you’ve decided to take a city break to a city full of landmarks and history. Maybe you’ve decided to be a tourist in your own city. Regardless, you’ve found your way here, trying to find the best route to squeeze in as much as you can of London in a day. I’m calling this ‘choose your own adventure’ as even though I’m going to list my top ‘touristy’ route, I’m going to outline things you can see around some of the areas if you want to detour or before you move on to the next location.

Continue reading “Choose Your Own Adventure: What To See In London In 24 Hours”

How And Why You Should Be A Tourist In Your Own City For A Day

How And Why You Should Be A Tourist In Your Own City For A Day

I love walking around and exploring new places. Oftentimes, we forget how special and exciting our own city can be and try to escape and find new places to visit. Yesterday, my friend and I decided that we were going to become tourists in our own city.

Continue reading “How And Why You Should Be A Tourist In Your Own City For A Day”

Mayfield Lavender Farm: Everything You Need To Know For Your Next Instagram-Worthy Visit, Just Outside of London

Mayfield Lavender Farm: Everything You Need To Know For Your Next Instagram-Worthy Visit, Just Outside of London

Last weekend, a friend and I were thinking of things to do that was different and not too far, when she stumbled across Mayfield Lavender Farm. Only half an hour to an hour away from London, Mayfield Lavender Farm is a huge family-run lavender field in Banstead, available for visitors in to walk around in, take pictures, stop by the cafe and even buy some home-grown lavender of their own!

What caught my eye is obviously how beautiful it looked in the pictures, and it did not disappoint. It’s 25 acres of blossoming lavenders that honestly just looks endless from the bottom – how much more picture-worthy can you get? It was evident that I wasn’t the only one keen to take photos either, with nearly every visitor snapping pictures on their phone or cameras. It’s no shock that photographers also flock in to snap photos either (although you do need to register beforehand if you do want to take commercial photography).

Getting There

We went on a Saturday, which ended up being very busy, so I would recommend getting there early, or even coming on a weekday. They have a car park with free parking next to the fields, but again, it does get busy quite quickly so I would come earlier. They do have a second car park up the road, but I believe you have to pay for that car park. Otherwise, you can take public transport from London Victoria (if travelling from central London).

Once you get there, if walking in, you may have to queue for a ticket in, otherwise if you park inside the fields, they take your payment as you’re driving in (card only at the moment). The entry ticket is £4 or free for children under 16.

Once You Get There

You’re pretty much free to roam around, chill and take as many pictures as you like! It’s a nice little walk to take to go up and down, and the smell is incredible! We kept commenting how we could’ve gone to sleep surrounded by all of the lavenders. If you’re shy to take photos – don’t be! Literally every family, couple and even solo visitors were taking photos! We saw this one girl who came alone and bought the whole setup – tripod, camera, the handheld button for the camera timer – all to take pictures of herself in the field. If she can go all out for the photos, so can you! For those keen photographers, they even have little unique ‘structures’ dotted around the field to take pictures by, like a red telephone box.

Food

We spent a bit of time at the shop/cafe too. They also have a few picnic benches under the shade of a gazebo to enjoy anything you eat or drink there. We stopped by one of the food trucks to get some food and drinks, and funnily enough, most of the menu incorporated lavender! I got myself a lemon and lavender drizzle cake (which was more like a lemon and lavender muffin in all honesty) and it was the first time I’ve tried lavender in something. So if you’re a curious foodie, why not give it a go?

I also found out, when I got some apple juice, that Mayfield Lavender also own an apple orchard, so the apple juice is also grown and produced there too. They have a range of drinks and cakes (including a GF carrot cake option, which was unfortunately sold out when we went) along with a cafe, so this compensates for the fact they don’t allow picnics due to discarded rubbish left in the fields.

COVID-19 Precautions

Unfortunately, there’s not many. There’s quite a lack of social distancing and not many hand sanitizing stations around, so bring a mask and your own hand sanitizer if you go.

Overall

It’s beautiful! I’m glad I went. It’s stunning and I didn’t realise that we had something like this so close to London (I honestly thought the closest lavender field was in Kent). The best time to come, considering the peak time for the bloom of the lavenders, would be late July to early August, but as you can imagine, it would be pretty busy.

It was nice to just do something different for a change and it was very much up my alley – flowers, photography and a sunny day. I would recommend going at least once, however I would be cautious of the social distancing/coronavirus measures if you go. Other than that, embrace your inner photographer and have a nice day out!

For more information, visit the FAQ’s on their website or DM me if I can help with anything!

  • The Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting University
    Starting university can normally lead to one of three things: excitement; fear; or a bit of both. For me, it was definitely the third. I had no idea what to expect on this new journey, and it didn’t help that I wasn’t the most confident person. You almost want to watch a trailer of your […]
  • Sightseeing In Oxford – My Top 4
    I’m finally back (hopefully with a bang), starting off my Oxford series from when I stayed there back in late August. Oxford is by far one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in the UK to date: its beautiful Gothic and Baroque architecture are the star of the show for me, but there’s plenty […]
  • The Truth About Being In A Rut – The Process Of Getting Over It
    It’s official: I’m in a rut. Ever since finishing university, I’ve been in this “I don’t want to do anything” phase, which I thought would last a couple days. A couple days turned into a month, and here we are now.
  • The Best Olympians To Follow For All The Tokyo 2020 Behind The Scenes
    I’ve always been a fan of the Olympics: I love seeing how insanely talented athletes are and watching records get broken with every four years (or rather five, in this case) that passes. I love watching it with my family, and seeing the spirit of the nation rise with every medal that’s achieved. What I’ve […]
  • 4 Of London’s New Art Exhibitions And Why You Have To Go
    All over Instagram, I’ve been seeing reels showing London’s newest art exhibitions. Personally, I’m a huge fan of museums, and could spend hours just roaming around, but I know it’s not for everyone. However, from the reels I’ve been seeing, the exhibitions on show at the moment are absolutely magical, and I’m sure would inspire […]

Things To Do In London: Richmond Boat Hire

Things To Do In London: Richmond Boat Hire

Just outside of the busy centre, you can take a wooden boat out for the day! Sure, boat hires are scattered all along the Thames, but the ones nearer to central London will often be more busy. The Richmond area offers peaceful scenery with beautiful houses and restaurants, with unique boats scattering the edges of the river.

Continue reading “Things To Do In London: Richmond Boat Hire”