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Get a Londoner's tips for Art and Design

Featured Guide

London is a huge city filled to the brim with stunning buildings and interesting things to do but here is my guide to getting the best out of what London has to offer art and design wise on a quick trip.

I am a journalist and have been writing about art and design in London and around the world for 8 years. London is where I grew up so it will always have a special place in my heart but in the last decade the city has had a renaissance in terms of design and the arts. My guide is mix of some unmissable lesser known sites and some cutting edge stuff I think it would be crazy to miss.

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Victoria Miro

A commercial contemporary art gallery, Victoria Miro represents Yoyoi Kusama and Grayson Perry which, should give you an idea of the astute management of this space. The gallery is flawlessly tasteful and wears the work well, plus there is a lovely garden. Located in between Angel and Old Street...

Vitra Showroom

The London showroom for the legendary design firm Vitra is located in historic Clerkenwell, which sits between Holborn, Angel and Old Street. The showroom itself is worth a visit along with the many other high-end design shops in the area. If you are clever you will visit on the one day of the year when...

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

The über cool Portland conceived Ace hotel chain has landed in East London and it is very much at home. The Ace London has all you would expect of one of their stunning hotels (great decor and exclusive in house events) plus it is situated in one of the most buzzing and exciting areas of London....

Lardo

Super trendy and well designed restaurant specialising in charcuterie and pizza situated in hip Hackney Central near London Fields. Lardo boasts Great food, great cocktails, a cool industrial interior and is located in the heart of East London with lots of great galleries and bars. The...

National Portrait Gallery

The UK's national gallery dedicated to the portrait throughout history.The gallery has a permanent collection of portraits by and of great figures in British culture which is free and also has temporary exhibitions, mainly of photography which are usually ticketed. The Portrait Gallery as it is...

Baltic

As you emerge from the stunning Richard Rogers designed Southwark tube station Baltic is just over the road, hidden behind huge gates. You can have a vodka in the bar which is tastefully dark and mysterious and then walk into the white, light tranquil restaurant. Not only is the design stunning but,...

Boundary

If there really are two London's Redchurch Street spans them both from Brick Lane to Shoreditch High Street. A destination in itself Redchurch Street boasts stores like Aesop and A.P.C along with independent galleries and coffee shops. At the head of the street sits Boundary and it's coffee...

The Wallace Collection

Located just behind Selfridges not only does the Wallace Collection have a wonderful collection of art and antiquities but the lovely winter garden is worth a visit on its own. This is a real Londonder's secret as it's usually quiet during the week and a place where many thinkers come to centre...

Serpentine Gallery

Right in the middle of Kensington Gardens The Serpentine Gallery is small but perfectly formed. You have to walk through the park to get to the gallery and you can pass by the Royal Albert Hall or Kensington Palace on the way but do not be fooled… This is a very modern gallery concerned only with the...

Aria

This shop just off Upper Street in Islington has been a part of the area throughout its renaissance into the bustling high end, high street it is now. Part design shop, part showroom they are an official Alessi stockist and still the only place in London where you can find and order some design brands....