72 Hours in London

I recently spent 72 hours in London seeing as many exhibitions and locations as possible. I hope you enjoy..

72 Hours In London 

The first place we visited was the Barbican. One of my favourite places in London. It’s a mix of brutalist architecture, flowers and world class exhibition spaces.

I was there to see Richard Mosses exhibition ‘Incoming’ for the second time. Made up of a few images and an outstanding triptych video installation.  The images are  created using military  cameras and focus on the migration crisis.

The video Installation

Food. Food is vital for having the energy to navigate around the busy streets of London. so we headed to the famous Borough Market. There was a great atmosphere and I was more than happy with my chocolate ‘mis-shapes’ I bought from an artisan chocolate stand and the 2 donuts I purchased (for myself).

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My ‘Mis-shapes’

The next day was a busy one; The Photographers Gallery, Tate Modern and Soho. I was at the photographers gallery to check out this years Deutsche Borse prize. This is where 4 photographers are nominated and shown at the gallery with one lucky photographer winning the £30,000 grand prize. (I should be so lucky). Most years I came away loving two pieces of work and two going over my head. This year was no different but my favourite without a doubt was ‘Imperial Courts’ by Dana Lixenberg. Photographed over 2o years Lixenberg returned numerous times to Imperial Courts housing estate in Southern LA. The portraits are consistently strong and often haunting.  A must see if your a portrait fan or just passionate about photography like me.

Visitors taking a break at the entrance of The Photographers Gallery

Just behind The Photographers Gallery is Soho, China Town and Leicester square. These areas are always super busy and not somewhere to go for a cheap meal. But it is perfect for people watching and a bit of street photography.

Next up Tate modern. This is a brilliant resource, filled with art and art lovers. And not only that its free to enter! The new building extension is a great draw for both artists and architecture enthusiasts, especially the 360 degree viewing platform.  Not one for those scared of heights or cramped lifts (you will be squashed against at least 3 other people)  then this is a London must see.

The Millennium Bridge leading to Tate Modern
Views from above

It was a great 72 hours fitting in as much as possible and of course we stopped for some much needed breaks at cafe’s and restaurants (Vapiano’s is always a crowd pleaser). I also fitted in time to go to a friends house party. Returning at 3am I got to use the night tube for the first time. I was a little tentative travelling on my own but the staff were as helpful as always and the carriages weren’t filled with lots of drunk people instead lots of Londoners suited up looking like their returning from a dinner party. But if you are in London especially at night, please don’t take anything for granted and stay safe! I am slowly working through editing all the photos and will be posting them on my Instagram @madisonbeachphotos. Please comment below if you want any London recommendations or if you have any for me!

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