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23 July

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Top London art exhibitions

There’s a lot to do in the English capital and if you’re planning a trip to luxury hotels in London, you might be keen to make the most of the fabulous exhibitions that are being staged in the city.

Of course, to make the most of your stay, it’s really important that you choose the perfect base. Here at The Landmark London, we’re ideally situated in the heart of this modern metropolis on Marylebone Road.

David Bowie Is

If you’re a fan of music icon David Bowie, it’s well worth checking out the David Bowie Is exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). Recently, the institution launched the first ever retrospective of the career of the international superstar.

The showcase brings together more than 300 objects, including handwritten lyrics, spectacular costumes, photography, film, music videos and even Bowie’s own instruments.

If you go along to check the exhibition out, you’ll be able to see the celebrity’s life from his humble origins in Brixton, where he was born David Jones, through the rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and then to Bowie’s comeback in the 1980s.

Highlights include album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell, set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour of 1974 and Ziggy Stardust bodysuits designed by Freddie Burretti. It’s worth noting that the show ends on July 28th, so if you’re keen to see it for yourself, it may be worth booking bed and breakfast accommodation in the capital sooner rather than later.

Life and Death: Pompeii and Herculaneum

If it’s some history you’re craving, perhaps Life and Death: Pompeii and Herculaneum at the British Museum would be perfect. This is running until September 29th and it focuses on two cities on the Bay of Naples in southern Italy that were buried by a huge volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

They were only rediscovered 1,700 years later, but they provide a fascinating insight into life in ancient Rome.

If you head along to the exhibition, you’ll get to peruse 250 artefacts from the cities, most of which have never been seen outside Italy.

Treasures of the Royal Courts

Meanwhile, if being in the same city as Buckingham Palace gives you a taste for all things regal, you can check out the Treasures of the Royal Courts exhibition at the V&A. This is running until July 14th and it examines the majesty of the courts of greats including Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and the early Romanovs in Russia.

A total of more than 150 objects are on display, including royal portraits, jewellery, armoury and luxury goods. At the heart of the show are the English and French silver given to the Tsars by the British royal family in celebration of 500 years of Anglo-Russian exchange. The items are on exclusive loan from the Moscow Kremlin Museums.

Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life

On the other hand, if you’re keen to indulge your love of art while making the most of bed and breakfast in London, why not head to see Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life at the Tate Britain? This brings together around 80 of the artist’s works and the exhibition is running until October 20th.

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