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London Summer 2022 | Art, Museums and Bookstores

London! Ah, what a whirlwind it’s been! I’ve just returned to Singapore after a 3-week trip to London in May, which I feel like I’d been planning for the last 2 years? The main reason for it was to go to the archives for my PhD research — but when in London, how could I miss out on visiting over 10 museums and bookstores and seeing ALL the art…

And what a time to be there, while London prepped its streets for the epic Platinum Jubilee (and I left just one week before the holiday!). I was also so excited to see the gorgeous Big Ben, which has been freshly restored and the clock dials are now back to their original

blue colour!

Big Ben aka Elizabeth Tower

I took hundreds of photos every day and the memories are still fresh in my mind. So I wanted to write all about it on my blog to relive all of the days! I will be sharing about my itinerary my style which is basically: art, museums and bookstores (plus libraries and archives).

In 3 weeks I went to these museums for my art and history side:

  • The Courtauld Gallery
  • The British Museum
  • The National Gallery, London
  • Royal Academy of Arts
  • The Wallace Collection
  • Tate Modern
  • Kenwood House
  • V&A Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Tate Britain
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Natural History Museum
The Elgin Marbles in The British Museum. STUNNING.
Trafalgar Square and The National Gallery, London.

And these libraries & bookstores for my bookish side:

  • The British Library
  • Waterstones
  • London Review Bookshop
  • Daunt Books Marylebone
  • The Notting Hill Bookshop
The Public Study Room in the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. I love the green aesthetic!

That’s a preview of what’s to come! I also very importantly, saw artworks by the artist that I’m researching, Angelica Kauffman, for the first time in person and they were absolutely beautiful. I can’t emphasise enough now how important it is to see art in person.

Angelica Kauffman, The Artist in the Character of Design Listening to the Inspiration of Poetry, in Kenwood House. Taking photos of paintings at awkward angles to avoid the spotlights!
Angelica Kauffman, Design, in the Royal Academy of Arts. Constantly tilting my head back to stare up at the 4 ceiling paintings by Kauffman in the Royal Academy, and the staff didn’t even blink an eye. So kind haha!

In the words of Wonder Woman in WW84: “It’s all art.” And that certainly applies to London. ❤️

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