A Guide to Art in London: July and August

London is a vibrant city full of artistic flare. There seems to be creativity on every corner of every street and inside hundreds of buildings scattered across the city. From intriguing and contemporary, modern and mesmerising to classic and traditional; art is for everyone. Isn’t that great?

Right this very second there are numerous exhibitions happening in the capital – a lot of which are just a short walk from the Swinton Hotel. Here is our quick guide to what should be on your must-see list in the next couple of months.

James Cook: The Voyages – The British Library

250 years since the Endeavour set sail from Plymouth, this exhibition tells the tale of Caption James Cook’s three world-changing voyages. From original documents, maps, artworks, journals and films, you can explore the expeditions which helped to shape Europe’s knowledge of the world!

You can see Cook’s handwritten journal, stunning artwork showing the earliest depiction of a kangaroo, intricate parts from maps using within the voyages, and much more.

With Sir David Attenborough himself calling this ‘A remarkable exhibition’ how can you not be tempted?

Where: PACCAR Gallery, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Distance from Swinton Hotel: 13-minute walk via Argyle Street, Euston Road and Cromer Street.

Exhibiting until Tuesday 28th August 2018

Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece – The British Museum

It was 1881 when French sculptor Auguste Rodin visited London for the first time. On his trip he saw the Parthenon sculptures in The British Museum and was instantly captivated. He was so inspired that he even removed the heads and limbs of his own figures to make them more like ‘relics of the past’.

100 years after the death of Rodin, you can visit the same place where he took inspiration and revisit his works alongside the Parthenon sculptures themselves.

Pieces include the iconic sculptures The Thinker and The Kiss and even feature some pieces on loan from the Musée Rodin in Paris.

Where: Room 30, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Distance from Swinton Hotel: 23-minute walk via Cromer Street and Guilford Street

Exhibiting until 29th July 2018

Michael Jackson: On the Wall – National Portrait Gallery

Michael Jackson was an artistic inspiration for many people, from Warhol to Hammons, believe it or not. While his legacy in music, dance and fashion continues, his influence on contemporary art is yet to be told.

Since Warhol first used his image in 1982, Jackson has become the most depicted cultural figure in art ever and by a large array of contemporary artists. For the first time, you can see this exhibition which brings together all the works of these artists alongside pieces from the public, private collections from around the world and new and unique pieces especially for this exhibition.

The exhibition is also running workshops, talks, classes, resident DJs, and much more.

Where: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Distance from Swinton Hotel: 40 Minute walk or 21-minute tube journey on the Piccadilly line. Alternatively, you could cycle in 14 minutes with a little help from the bike docking station on Swinton Station.

Exhibiting from 28th June to 21st October 2018

If you are looking a hotel for the perfect location and comfortable, affordable rooms, Swinton Hotel is centrally located, meaning you can explore these exhibitions and more with no worry. Get in touch today or even book online to get your trip started. We look forward to welcoming you.

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