London’s art heritage has influenced artists across the globe. For visitors coming to London who want to get a taste of Britain’s huge art scene, it can be daunting to know what to see. Here we will look at three venues that should not be missed covering art, film, and music to get a full flavor of British art.
The Tate Modern
The Tate Modern (shown above) is the home of British contemporary art. Opening at the turn of the century, the Tate Modern has defined a generation of art and culture. Never to shy away from controversy, the museum has hosted some of best and most infamous art works in the world. These have included pieces such as Tracey Emin’s My Bed which is currently being displayed at the Tate’s sister gallery in Liverpool alongside the work of English poet and painter William Blake.
This year, the Tate Modern expanded the exhibiting space with a new building called the Switch House. The Switch House includes space for live performance art as well as rooms for large installations. According to The Guardian the Switch House complements the grand void of the Turbine Hall in the original gallery.
Harry Potter Studio Tour
For those who are interested in the art of filmmaking, the Harry Potter Tour is an immersive look into one of British cinema’s biggest successes. The tour is located in the Warner Brothers Studio in Leavesden just outside of London where all eight Harry Potter films were made. Visitors will get to experience and learn how the films were made through interior and exterior set visits, a props and costume museum and behind the scenes access. Also included is a chance to ride a broomstick through London using the same green screen methods as seen in the film.
Studio tours for television and films have become increasingly popular in recent years especially in the UK, with famous British soaps such as Emmerdale offering behind the scenes access. Popular culture has always been used as way to entice people to experience different platforms. For example Emmerdale has also been developed into many digital versions of the show such as the popular offshoot Gala Bingo produced for its player base, which capitalizes on the shows immense fame. This is just one of many ways that British culture has populated different entertainment mediums.
The Royal Albert Hall
For music lovers seeing a performance at the Royal Albert Hall is considered one of greatest experiences. Named after Queen Victoria’s husband Albert it is one of the most iconic concert halls in the world. The Royal Albert Hall is famous worldwide for hosting some of the biggest names in classical and popular music. Every year the BBC Promenade Concerts (better known as the Proms) are held in the historic halls. Upcoming events include a celebration of film composer John Williams by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a live performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
If you’re in London or you have plans of visiting soon, make sure to consider the above mentioned venues in your guided tour of the city. Thanks for reading!
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