Hey team! I’m participating in Vlogmas for the first time this year over on Youtube! Well, sort of half-way vlogmas, as I have a full time job and can’t film daily. No one wants to just watch me wake up, ride the tube, work, ride the tube home, eat, watch Blue Planet, then go to bed. So, a weekly vlog it is!
As London celebrates Christmas on steroids, I’m trying to do something festive every week in the lead-up to Christmas, and this week I went to Covent Garden and took in all the baubles and bows – while copiously sipping mulled wine of course. So why not bring all my Internet friends along for the (sleigh) ride? Heh. Also have a chatty little update in case you’re interested in the half-way entertaining saga that is my life.
I’m starting to get verrrrrry festive – currently listening to the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack and researching a Christmas market to visit this week. All to hopefully vlog of course. Thanks for stopping by, and I can’t wait to share more videos and Christmas posts with you!
Sunday morning, after a relatively tame night eating curry and watching Troop Beverly Hills, I was simply starving for some highbrow culture. London is packed with art galleries and museums, so I figured it was time to fully take advantage of the beauty at my fingertips. Roping in my friend, Sasha, we set off to explore some galleries in South London, and best of all – they were both FREE. I vlogged the day, so you can experience the artistic delights (freaky Scooby Doo sculptures, gum murals, and light installations await!) from the comfort of your own home.
Also if you’re ever in London and looking to experience the art scene, the following are my top three favourite free (contemporary art) galleries in the city:
Newport Street Gallery Newport St, Lambeth, London SE11 6AJ
Nearest Tube: Lambeth North (Bakerloo line)
Damien Hirst owns this haven hidden away in Lambeth. He curates the exhibits featuring some of his artist friends or includes work from his own vast personal collection. We saw the Dan Colen exhibition (featured in the vlog), and I highly recommend it. Dan is from the early aughts art bad boy heyday in New York, and reputation aside, his work was so impressive. Media ranged from sculpture (a full nude self portrait was eerily lifelike), to huge installations like the American flag work above, to murals made of gum and trash. The gallery itself was spacious, inviting, free of pretension, not too busy, and Hirst’s taste was everything I wanted from an exhibition. Can’t wait to go back.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY
Nearest Tube: Sloane Square (Circle and District Lines)
Tucked away in posh Chelsea, the famous Saatchi Gallery is a lovely reprieve from the toffs and tourists in Duke of York Square. Exhibits rotate through, but currently they have an entertaining selfie-focused event on featuring famous self-portraits (some even made to look like Instagrams). Saatchi was the first gallery I’ve visited in London, and I’ve returned several times without disappointment. It can get packed on weekends, so try to go on a week day if you can.
144-152 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3TQ
Nearest Tube: Bermondsey (Jubilee line)
A new addition to my gallery girl favourites is White Cube in Bermondsey. It gained its reputation as one of the first galleries to give shows to contemporary British artist Tracey Emin, and has also shown the likes of Hirst and Marc Quinn. Our visit included an awesome light installation by Cerith Wyn Evans and “Playtime” by Damien Ortega – multiple works on game play and chance. White Cube was a bit more sterile (felt like 2001: A Space Odyssey), but the exhibitions, especially Ortega’s, were thought-provoking and the surrounding Bermondsey area makes a lovely weekend day out. Definitely recommend grabbing a flat white from Fuckoffe (yes, that’s it’s name) across the street.
What’s your favourite place to take in art in London? I’m always wanting to try new places, so let me know any recommendations you have!
While waxing poetically about London brunch spots isn’t new to this piece of the internet, I thought I’d share this week’s breakfast-but-better outing in vlog format instead of my typical written style. It was quite the special occasion taking us to the height of London’s beauty, so I thought a video more befitting its visual splendor. The food was good, but not amazing, so I don’t have too many food porn shots to share with you, just breathtaking ambiance. Plus you get to see me squirm and act extremely awkward on camera – so it’s a win-win!
Happy Sunday, internet friends! How were your weekends? Mine was packed with schoolwork, getting festive, brunching, and as usual, eating my way through London. Since my weekends tend to be fairly busy and full of actually seeing different neighborhoods around London instead of just studying on campus, I thought I’d start vlogging more frequently and take you along with me. Twinkling with holiday lights and holly, the city is so beautiful right now with all of the Christmas decorations, so I can’t get enough of it! This vlog is literally from this very weekend (I’m procrastinating and edited it instead of doing my theory reading – oops!), so I hope you enjoy! Let me know if there are any other types of videos you’d like to see or places I should check out here in Londontown. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!