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London's Art Scene

Once considered a backwater of crusty Old Master dealers, London is now a contemporary art powerhouse, with more creative and commercial artistic clout than anywhere outside New York.

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Inspired by: London’s Art Scene — by Alice Rawsthorn, Published May. 2007

Hotels (2)

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    Brown's Hotel

    Luxury hotelier Rocco Forte restored this historic treasure beyond its former glory, and his sister, Olga Polizzi, transformed the public spaces an

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    Claridge's

    A classic that’s as popular now as it was in the 20’s, this spot in chichi Mayfair is the epitome of elegance. The Art Deco details are sublime, as

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    Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room

    As artful and intriguing as the masterpieces displayed in the gallery's nearby exhibits, the plates presented in the Whitechapel Gallery Dining Roo

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    Tate Modern Restaurant

    Located on the seventh floor of London’s famed Tate Modern gallery, the Tate Modern Restaurant features a menu of dishes created from seasonal ingr

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    Scott's

    Londoners in the known head to Scott's when they're in the mood for seafood. This Mayfair eatery procures fish and crustaceans from sustainable sou

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    Bistrotheque

    Patrons willing to search for this unmarked eatery, tucked away in a converted East London factory, will likely find it's well worth the extra effo

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    St. John Bar & Restaurant

    Vegetarians need not read further. Housed in a whitewashed old smokehouse near Smithfield meat market, St. John couldn’t be called a gastropub. But

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    The Wolseley

    First designed as a luxury car showroom for the Wolseley Motors Company, this cavernous Art Deco building now houses an all-day brasserie frequente

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    Bibendum

    Named after the iconic Michelin Man (also known as Bibendum), this restaurant is housed inside the century-old Art Deco Michelin Building, the form

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Activities (28)

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    Damien Hirst Retrospective

    Housed in a hulking converted power station, this vast modern art showplace opened in 2000, but still breaks new ground with installations. Each ye

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    Tate Britain Museum

    Part of the prestigious Tate family of museums, which also includes the Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives, the Tate Britain is without

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    Addison Lee

    This transport company has 3,000 mini-cabs to cover London and its surrounding areas. Six-seaters, four-seaters, and VIP-service Mercedes E-Class a

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    Zoo Art Fair

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    Frieze Art Fair

    This annual mid-October art fair in Regent's Park is known for its multidisciplinary approach to contemporary art. The main attractions at the four

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    Sadie Coles HQ

    This two-storefront art gallery in Mayfair (the second space is a short walk away at 4 New Burlington Place) displays the work of contemporary visu

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    Victoria and Albert Museum

    Within this labyrinthine collection of stately buildings covering 12 acres lie more than 27,000 pieces and 43,000 photographs: everything from Celt

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    Magma

    This hip London bookstore was founded by Marc Valli and the one-name Montse, who sought to improve the city’s bookstore scene. The artsy shop began

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    Whitechapel Gallery

    The Whitechapel Gallery is one of London’s premier venues for displaying contemporary art. After acquiring the Whitechapel Library and completing a

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    Tate Britain

    Part of the prestigious Tate family of museums, which also includes the Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives, the Tate Britain is without

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    National Gallery, London

    The National Gallery is London’s museum dedicated to Western European paintings. Located in Trafalgar Square, the museum opened in 1838 and now hou

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    British Museum

    Quite simply, this is one of the world’s finest museums. Founded in 1753, it covers more than two million years of history from every continent, in

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    White Cube Gallery

    Perhaps the most influential contemporary gallery in London, White Cube was established by renowned art dealer Jay Jopling in 1993. In 2000, Joplin

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    Victoria Miro Gallery

    Representing Turner Prize winners Chris Ofili and Grayson Perry, as well as renowned artists Peter Doig, Isaac Julien and William Eggleston, Victor

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    Stuart Shave/Modern Art

    Originally in the vibrant East London arts district, Stuart Shave relocated his avant-garde gallery to a large, glass-fronted West End building in

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