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.

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Everything You Need To Know About Sandbanks

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 took a trip there and realised it’s so much more than that. Sandbanks is the perfect staycation location for this summer, or an absolute must-visit for your next day-trip.

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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.

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Happy searching!

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Eating in Amsterdam: The Complete Guide (Gluten-Free Included!)

So you’re off to Amsterdam! You’ve mapped out which places you absolutely want to go and visit, but you want to make the most out of your trip and find the best food places available. All the places below have options for gluten-free meals, as the friend I travelled with is allergic (I’ve got the coeliac’s covered!) but there are also options for people (like me) that can luckily indulge in all the food they like. Most of these places also accept cash, so for everyone that doesn’t want to use their card, that’s covered too. Here are my top picks:

Pancakes Amsterdam

There’s no wonder this place is packed! For the best Dutch pancakes in town, this is the spot. I wanted to make sure to try something that’s Dutch whilst I was here, so we opted for pancakes, and Pancakes Amsterdam did not disappoint. I was thrilled with my monthly special pancake (apple, raisins and cinnamon) and my friend with her lemon and sugar gluten-free pancake. If Dutch pancakes aren’t your style, they also make American style pancakes. I even got a mini stroopwafel with my latte! Make sure to pop in here (preferably early to skip the queue) to indulge in your choice of a savoury or sweet pancake, and you will not be disappointed. It’s also based in a very picturesque area, so make sure to take a walk around after too.

Bakers and Roasters

One of my favourite places we went. Bakers and Roasters is a Kiwi/Brazilian fusion restaurant in a serene area, with lots of their ingredients being locally sourced, ethical, free-range and organic. I had the most amazing brunch there (would definitely recommend the ‘Vege Brekkie’) and frankly, it was faultless. Again, it’s a very busy place but it’s a lot bigger than Pancakes Amsterdam, so you shouldn’t have to wait for long. If you’re looking to stop off for breakfast or brunch somewhere, this has to be top of your list.

Bagels & Beans

Bagels & Beans is a great place to stop off for a quick lunch: the menu is filled with savoury, sweet, hot and cold bagels, porridges, salads and fresh juices, again with lots of the ingredients being natural and healthy. The café has a very tranquil atmosphere to it, with a mix of tourists and locals. The best part is, there’s more than one location around Amsterdam! Make sure to find your nearest if you’re in need of a quick fix.

The Hard Rock Café

Yes, there’s one in Amsterdam too! I had never been to a Hard Rock Café before this, but more than just the atmosphere of the restaurant, the food definitely didn’t disappoint. I opted for the Original Legendary Burger, and it had to be one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. For a fun, easy-going, delicious experience next to the canals, this is a definitely worth a visit for dinner.

De Italiaan

As soon as you step inside, you can see that the restaurant has a warm, cosy and authentic Italian style to it. De Italiaan has wood-fired ovens, making the pizza next to none: the food was phenomenal and my friend commented that this was one of the best gluten-free pizza’s she had had. For a pleasant and enjoyable dinner, pop into here one evening and you will not be let down.

Grab a Bite and Go…

If you’re not looking for a complete meal, here are three places we quickly stopped off at along the way.

Manneken Pis: the best chips to go the city has to offer. Quick, easy and most importantly, tasty.

Croque Madam: A completely gluten-free café. A bit pricier but the pressed orange juice is lovely to grab and have a stroll with.

Manneken Pis

Amsterdam is a wonderful place with even more wonderful food. These are only a few options, so please leave any recommendations down below. And most importantly, enjoy your trip!

All pictures are my own unless stated otherwise.

72 Hours in Amsterdam: The Must-See Sites

72 Hours in Amsterdam: The Must-See Sites

My friend and I decided to book a spontaneous trip to Amsterdam one day, only for it to become one of the best trips I’ve been on to date. If you’re ever looking to go, let this be your sign! Amsterdam is a trip you have to do in your lifetime if you can. We were only there for 2 nights (3 days), so we had to make the most of it. Here are my top picks:

  1. The Van Gogh Museum

Our first stop on arrival: we were staying near the Rijksmuseum, so the Van Gogh Museum was a walk away. The area around there is beautiful too: a really calm, scenic area with multiple museums and shops dotted around. There was even an ice skating rink next to one of the café bars! The Van Gogh museum is packed with the history behind the man, his paintings, and work from the artists that inspired his well-known masterpieces. I was surprised about how many different styles he had that I didn’t know about: obviously there were the classic still-life pieces, but it was interesting to see his work inspired by peasant life, and even some nods towards his Japanese inspirations. If art tickles your fancy, or you just want to know more about the man himself, this is definitely worth a visit.

Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh
  1. The Moco Museum

So close to the Van Gogh Museum, it’s a must. If you’re not so interested in classic art, why not try the Moco Museum? It’s filled with modern and contemporary art, with, at the time of going (January 2020), holds a lot of Banksy pieces, which my friend and I showed a particular interest towards. His art in particular was so stimulating to the mind: so simplistic and modern, yet truly awe inspiring and so so clever. For a fun, quirky museum with all kinds of art (no spoilers!) give this a try.

Barcode by Banksy, Moco Museum
  1. The Canals

Did you even really go to Amsterdam if you didn’t go to the canals? They’re everywhere! And they’re truly beautiful. Make sure to get lost in the city: take a walk and really take in how stunning yet quaint the city is. The buildings lining the canal are old fashioned and all different, which really highlights the city’s best features. We found a really beautiful and quiet alignment of canals when hunting for Dutch pancakes (food recommendations coming to the blog soon!) a short walk away from Elandsgracht tram stop. If you really want a full view of the city, why not try a canal cruise? There’s the option of a day time, night time and a light festival cruise (only available for a limited time). It’s really beautiful and gives you a full tour of the city from the water.

  1. The Red Light District

When walking towards the area, the narrow streets are lined with medieval buildings and not really much indication about what you’re going to approach. But when you get there, prostitution services are found one after the other, highlighted signs everywhere, red lights glooming over multiple windows. We went during the day, so there wasn’t many prostitutes at the window when we were there. However we did visit Red Light Secrets, the museum of prostitution. If you want to know more about the profession, all the questions you could ever want to know are answered there, lead via audio by one of Amsterdam’s most famous prostitutes. You’ll find out the good and the bad, and you’ll get to have a laugh at the hilarious confession wall, written by the public, at the end. If you don’t go for the museum, go to explore the beautiful buildings, café’s and shops around the area.

  1. The Shops and Café’s

A lot of our time was spent walking round, exploring the city and what it has to offer. So, I thought I’d share my two favourite locations to walk around, with canals, shops but mostly restaurants and café’s: the area around Elandsgracht was beautiful as it had cute, aesthetically pleasing shops and is filled with coffee shops if you need to stop and have a drink. My friend and I bought a little souvenir to remember the trip by (we both got rings) in a shop called ‘Pretty Things’, which provides jewellery and other beautiful and dainty souvenirs. The area around there is beautiful more a morning/afternoon stroll too, with lots of canals, churches and other beautiful sights. My second pick is the area around which we stayed, near the Rijksmuseum: there’s little parks scattered around, lots of shops, museums (as mentioned before), all with beautiful architecture and just makes for a wonderful walk round. Nearby the Heineken Museum (we didn’t go, but I heard it’s great!), there are plenty of well-known café’s, restaurants and even a huge market during the day, called the Albert Cuyp Market, located in the De Pijp area. If you’re looking for a more central shopping area, I would recommend Amsterdam – Centrum.

  1. The Anne Frank Museum

This is a must. Anne Frank was such an inspiring young girl, who went through so much and had such big dreams. She had so much hope, which I think is something we all need more of. In this museum, you see extracts from her diaries, her goals, ambitions and you get to walk through the annex she was hiding out in with her family. Its mind blowing really, thinking about how they were actually there, where everyone ate, slept, wrote, how careful they all had to be. It’s led via audio tour, telling you about the Nazi’s moves, rules, how Anne documented everything and eventually, how it all ended. If you want to know more about the war, or just want to get to know Anne Frank in more depth, this is something you have to visit.

If you’re going to Amsterdam for a weekend, these are my top recommendations. Travelling around is easy too: there are plenty of public transport links (we used a 3-day travel card, which works the same as an Oyster card, if you’re from London, which allowed us to use all methods of transport) which you can use to get around pretty much the whole city. It really couldn’t be easier! If you’re looking for a city break, this should definitely be top of your list.

All pictures are my own unless stated otherwise.