From dreaming under a shining moon to artificial intelligence and a study of eighteenth-century noise – London’s summertime exhibitions offer an amazing selection of unusual cultural opportunities. Head over to the Natural History Museum in South Kensington to see the moon, just as the astronaut’s viewed it during the historic Apollo missions. Softly glowing, this massive globe hangs just out of reach. In the background are reports from NASA as the first astronauts step onto the moon’s surface. Multiple art forms combine in an amazing interactive experiential theatre production. You can even take a look at the dark side of the moon that you can never see from earth staying at our aparthotels in London.
If Artificial Intelligence arouses your curiosity, then head for the Barbican Centre in the City of London. Comic books and figurines come alive as you enter the exhibition, before discovering robots writing magazine articles and computers creating artworks such as a pool of swirling projections where you can interact by touching various Chinese characters.
For those preferring more conventional masterpieces, try the superb Van Gogh exhibition at Tate Britain or take a look at the stunning drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. While sculpture enthusiasts will be fascinated by the stunning glass sculptures reflecting on nature by Dale Chihuly, which positively explode out of the foliage within Kew Gardens.
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Devotees of Manga style art can head for the Japan House in Kensington to see the art of Urasawa Naoki, an acclaimed manga artist. On display until the end of July are over 400 original artworks and storyboards. For an even more in-depth look at Manga styles, the British Museum is hosting a major exhibition until the end of August containing the largest ever display of Manga outside Japan. Stop off at the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, near the British Museum for a fascinating audio experience bringing eighteenth-century London to life. Hogarth was famed for his paintings, which acted as a social commentary on life in the eighteenth century. Using his masterpiece, The March of the Guards to Finchley, this exhibition focuses on his innovative use of overt sound as a way of communicating a story. Accompanying the exhibition is a specially commissioned immersive soundscape containing the natural and man-made sounds of London from the street cries of traders to soldiers, musicians and the ever-present clop of horses and carts. Staying at our serviced apartments in Central London would be the perfect decision if you are planning for a visit to the awesome museums in London.
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