One thing I absolutely love is going to galleries and museums. I find them relaxing and therapeutic, you turn your phone off and become completely absorbed in something, often learn a new subject and meet some really interesting people.
In London there is always so many new and exciting exhibitions it can be exhausting to keep up with them all. I have narrowed my list down to what I think are the must see exhibitions this summer and ones I am already excited about visiting.
Yesterday I went to the Treasures of the Royal Courts exhibition at the V&A which I loved. It is essentially a collection of gifts which were exchanged between the Tudor and Stuart Courts, starting off with Henry VIII and going on to Charles II and the Russian Tsars to maintain their friendships during this period. It was also peppered with general artifacts and portraits belonging to various Monarchs. I mainly viewed it as just a fascinating collection of objects from the period and loved looking at the portraits of Henry VIII as well as a portrait of a young and beautiful Queen Elizabeth I which was painted to show to potential suitors when she considered getting married. Its only on until 14th July so take the opportunity to go soon if you can.
Whilst you are there, make sure you have a cup of tea and a raspberry and white chocolate muffin in the decadent and ornate cafe.
Other things on the bucket list this summer are The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy which is just a wonderful collection of hundreds of different artists work. It is so varied there s always something for everyone. I have been going for the past three years and am really excited to go again soon. I also have a bit of a tradition of always leaving the RA after the exhibition, crossing the road and heading into Fortnum and Mason to browse all of the gorgeous tea and chocolates there and the beautifully old fashioned beauty hall.
Also on the list is the Vermeer and Music Exhibition at the National Gallery. I definitely want to go on either a Thursday, Friday or Saturday when they have live performances to incorporate music of the era into exhibition to “enrich your experience of the serene ambiance created by the paintings”!
What exhibitions would you recommend this summer?