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Jonathan Perugia

11 amazing places in London to get your culture fix

Samantha Willis

It’s not too late to vote in the Love London Awards, a chance for you pick the places you love – from bars and cafés to parks and culture spots – and get Time Out shouting about them. Voting closes on April 10, and until then we’ll be providing you with some inspiration by pulling together some of your cherished London hangouts through the medium of Instagram.

Today’s spotlight is on culture spots: anything from museums and galleries to community spaces and botanical gardens, as long as it feeds our commute-addled minds and enriches our jaded London souls. Here are a few of our favourites…

1. The Science Museum in South Ken serves up the perfect cocktail of education and entertainment.

Not your average museum⚗️🔭🔬💡🌡 #wout010inlondon

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2. Sir John Soane’s Museum in Holborn is a veritable time machine.

the house of sir john soane, as it was in 1837

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3. After 250 years, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew still can’t be beaten for sensational plantlife and treetop strolls. 

tropic like it’s hot 🌱

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4. The recently renovated Hayward Gallery on the South Bank curates some spectacular shows by major artists.

5. Bermondsey’s White Cube consistently brings the best of contemporary art to the south London scene.

6. The Backyard Comedy Club in Bethnal Green is one of London’s most affordable dedicated comedy clubs.

Sunday #frontseats #uhoh @emilybbbridge @katielou224

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7. The Young Vic in Waterloo is one of the most influential theatres in the world.

8. Dalston’s Arcola Theatre arrived before E8 was trendy, and it’s still churning out a fresh programme of experimental theatre.

9. Currently fighting to stay open, The Cinema Museum in Kennington is one of London’s hidden treasures.

Exploring one of London’s secret treasures... It’s funny how these places find you! Fascinating to think that The Cinema Museum used to be an old workhouse. When poverty struck, on July 22nd, nine year old Charlie Chaplin, his mother and half brother, Sydney were forced to stay in this workhouse, temporarily. It now houses various artefacts and collections from theatrical release of films over the years. Please do visit the website and sign the petition to save the museum. The other way you can contribute to its conservation is by visiting with an entree fee of £10. Loved learning the various aspects of cinema in the past... #History #Film #Cinema #TheCinemaMuseum #Artefacts #Archaeology #SecretLondon #HiddenLondon #Treasures #ThePictureHouse #Hollywood #BritishCinema #BFI #Filmmakers #Actors #Production #Movies #LA

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10. Second Home, located in Spitalfields, is a co-working and cultural events space.

#upcloseandpencil @secondhome_io @helprefugeesuk thank you for having me 🖌️

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11. DIY Space For London is an awesome volunteer-run social centre in Peckham with a packed schedule of inclusive events.

Primitive Future at DSFL

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Now it’s your turn! Have your say and vote for your favourite London culture spot.

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