London is not just about all the well known attractions – it also houses fantastic special exhibitions each year. We take a look at five of the best new exhibitions available this summer.
Head over to the Science Museum in Kensington which is just a short stroll from Aparthotels in Kensington to discover everything you want to know about robots – especially the human looking ones. From small toy models to larger versions, you can expect to see some famous faces from science fiction as well as some unusual ones such as a sixteenth century mechanical monk! It takes you through 500 years of robotic history including astronomical models and timepieces, eighteenth century automatons including a Silver Swan which preens itself at 10.25am exactly. Learn about electronic programming, science fiction heros as well as the most recent developments like the Japanese Kodomoroid newsreader complete with prosthetic skin.
More Sci-fi is on offer at the Barbican where the summer exhibition focuses on the way in which we have captured and used Science fiction. There are models from Godzilla, Stargate and Dark City, original manuscripts by Jules Verne, the work of HarryHausen and how the 21st century is reinventing the subject yet again. Into the Unknown: A journey through Science Fiction is dramatic, lively and entertaining.
Art lovers flock to the Royal Academy each summer for its annual Summer Exhibition. This is one of the much loved events each year, with amateur artists hoping to exhibit alongside professional and well known names. Thousands of works are submitted for consideration – with over 1,000 making it onto the walls of the Royal Academy. Every type of art can be seen. You can guarantee an incredibly eclectic display with landscapes, abstracts, graphic art, portraits, animals, installations in fact everything imaginable.
Not too far from beautiful Presidential Apartments Kensington is The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace which will be focusing on Canaletto and the Art of Venice. The Royal Collection is renowned worldwide for the sheer number of masterpieces involved, and this exhibition contains some of the best examples. Among the paintings on display will be Canaletto’s beautiful The Bacino di S.Marco on Ascension Day as well as other Canaletto’s showing scenes of the city’s piazza and waterways. In total over 200 paintings, drawings and prints will be on display featuring Canaletto and other contemporary artists such as Pietro Longhi and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta.
Love fashion? Then book a stay at aparthotels London and take a look at Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace. Discover how Diana used fashion and her resultant image to champion causes. On display are glamorous 1980’s gowns such as the one in which she danced with Travolta, as well as chic working outfits from the 1990’s. Her style and influence was considerable, making this a very popular exhibition.