Soundscapes, anime and griffins – there is never a dull moment when visiting the superb selection of exhibitions on offer in London this summer. Whatever your interest, London definitely has an exhibition to suit you.
A busy bustling city, London is full of noise. The Foundling Museum near Brunswick Square offers an opportunity to discover the type of soundscape familiar to Londoners over two hundred years ago. Take a look at the amazing March of the Guards to Finchley painting by Hogarth while listening to the specially commissioned soundscape full of marching feet, beating drums, the cries of street traders, snatches of conversation and the clop of horses feet.
For a more ethereal sound, the Museum of the Moon at the Natural History Museum is hard to beat. Lie under the immense globe with its dreamy music, interspersed with the excitement of NASA controllers as Neil Armstrong steps out onto the lunar surface. This is the moon as astronauts see it – including the hidden dark side. For guests staying with us at the Best Western Palm Hotel London, this is one not to be missed.
Back in the City of London, all kinds of animal noise can be discovered in the fascinating Beasts of London exhibition focusing on real life animals such as lions and horses as well as mythological creatures such as dragons and griffins which have played a part in London’s history. This is where you can find out about the animals that have contributed over the centuries to making London the place it is today.
Many examples of animals can also be found in the stunning Manga summer exhibition at the British Museum containing largest collection of manga art outside Japan. An incredibly influential art form, it includes anime films, comic books and performance art. Discover the works of top Manga artists and discover how it has become so much a part of modern life.
A very different type of art can be found at the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace. Apart from its amazing collection of masterpieces by artists like Caneletto, Rubens and Michelangelo; the Gallery has a special summer exhibition focusing on the drawings of the incredibly inventive Leonardo Da Vinci. His ideas spanned an amazing range of sectors – including flight and engineering through to building design and anatomy.
An equally amazing artist can be seen at Tate Britain where the largest collection of paintings by Van Gogh are on display this summer. The Van Gogh and Britain exhibition highlights how this extraordinary artist has influenced so many British painters over the decades.
So, book yourself into a luxury hotel near Wembley Arena and come tour the many stunning exhibitions in London this summer.