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This summer it couldn't be easier to be a tourist in your own town. After work and all day at weekends, some of the most exciting experiences you could enjoy anywhere in the world are waiting for you.Enjoy cuisines from around the world, take to the air, see exotic animals, relax in beautiful countryside, or even board a UFO – all without leaving London. Most of them are FREE to enjoy and – even better – they’re easy to get to, with Transport for London.
Photocredit: Lucy Dawkins, Tate Photography Tate. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2012
From dazzling touring exhibitions to the chance to see masterpieces without paying a penny, London’s art scene is stunning seven days a week, all year round. This summer there are some truly exciting highlights inside and outside galleries, including the Serpentine’s most curious Pavilion yet…
The annual creation of a temporary pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery is a highlight in the art year. For 2014 Chilean architect Smiljan Radić has designed a curvaceous structure that seems almost to glow in the sun. Sitting on rocks, it’s home to the Park Nights series of art, poetry, film and performance events on Fridays (8-10pm) until October 3. The Pavilion also has a café and is open daily until October 19 so you have plenty of time to venture inside…
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At Tate Modern you can join free daily tours where expert guides take groups of visitors around one of the galleries, looking at key works in the Tate’s permanent collection. There are four different themed tours each day, including ‘Poetry and Dream’ at 11am, which looks at some of the gallery’s stunning masterpieces by artists like Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro.
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This summer a special exhibition peels away the years to show the earliest images of Russia that were captured in colour between the 1860s and 1970s. ‘Primrose: Early Colour Photography in Russia’ (August 1 to October 19) is an incredible collection which shows a nation undergoing massive political and social change in a century. Because colour film was relatively expensive in Russia, between the 1940s and 1960s its use was heavily controlled, making the choice of what was photographed as fascinating as the images themselves.
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