The scenario is…you are only in London for 24hrs. This doesn’t have to mean being stuck in your hotel wanting but not knowing what to do. Enlightened travellers continually ask the question - What would a Londoner do? Have no fear Luxury London is here…
The Olympics are upon us and when time is of the essence - it’s all about quality and not quantity.
The School of Life
Booking to attend a ‘sermon’ or a class for a few hours at The School of Life is an essential London experience. Why? Because it is a place where you have to open your mind and be a free thinker. Founded by the renowned Swiss philosopher (and Londoner) Alain de Botton, this school has many classes you’d want to attend; ‘How to make love last’ (I’ve signed up for this one), ‘How to worry less about money’ (and this one!), and ‘How to be confident’ are just a few.
For two hours you can listen to ideas and take away tools to use in everyday life wherever you live on this planet. It is a welcoming, social space that also has a shop selling a wide range of books and keepsakes. The School of Life is so much fun and so interesting. I thoroughly recommend to all visitors and Londoners alike.
The Euro Disco Club at Bunga Bunga
The Euro Disco Club at Bunga Bunga officially launches on the 22nd June 2012 and will run every Friday and Saturday night. The club’s décor and theme is inspired by Europe’s most famous competition – The Eurovision Song Contest. A nightclub where you can get your inner Eurovision on via Karaoke and cocktails called Waterloo and Bon Amour! The club has memorabilia everywhere from the legends of disco pop Abba to… Jedward!
An added touch to the night is the ‘Eurotrash’ fancy dress box full of flares and lamé to get guests sartorially in the mood. It is an ingenious and hilarious concept that will give you a full on European-London experience.
Tate Modern art gallery
The Tate Modern is a free gallery that is open until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. They do charge for special exhibitions such as the Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama exhibitions currently being shown, which are also open on Sundays until 10pm, giving you ample time to visit and a great space to chill out in.
If you’re in London before the 5th June 2012, the Yayoi Kusama exhibition is an honour and I mean honour to experience. This fascinating woman’s work is an insight to her mind and creative talent – some would say genius and I would absolutely agree. There is so much to see at the Tate Modern from this 83yr old Japanese artist. I saw freedom and captivity in her work – she has been in a mental institution since the 1970s and I see that her art sets her free. This is one of my favourite exhibitions of all time and is worth coming to London just for this alone.
I left feeling proud of the strength of this woman at her age and the fact that she is still going strong, creating and challenging our minds.
The Old Vic tunnels
The Old Vic tunnels are the tunnels underneath Waterloo station and were formally part of British Rail before The Old Vic Theatre Company took them on. It is now a creative space for all kinds of performance art and social events. They have all sorts here from plays to parties. When you’re inside this underground space, you feel the heart of London.
Their upcoming events include ‘London – Let’s get Visceral’, A showcase where you can listen to the new works of acclaimed writers such as Tom Wells and Rachel De-lahy. There is also the ‘Enlightment Café with ‘labs’ (sessions) from scientists and astrophysicists with the aim to expand your scientific horizons from a Victorian London perspective. This is another place that encapsulates the forward thinking creativity of London and it’s people.
Cupcake masterclasses with Eric Lanlard
Although not a British invention, it seems that cupcakes are now as popular as tea and scones. Eric Lanlard is a master patisseur and award winner but more importantly this man can bake! A regular on British television, he has a cooking school here in London. Where the man himself teaches his art of baking through a seasonal calendar of short cookery masterclasses.
His cupcake masterclass runs for 2hrs. Eric’s classes are something sweet and special to encounter in a manageable period of time.
All of the above will leave you with vivid and exhilarating memories however short your stay. If anyone dares say there is nothing to do in London – point them in Luxury London’s direction - we will steer them right, and show that with little time you can still do so much.
Whether you are here for 24 hours, 24 days or 24 months…
Welcome to Luxury London.
Written by Camille Adomakoh – Karma-Style