Staying at Palmers Lodge means you’ve got the whole of London just a short tube ride away from nearby Swiss Cottage tube station. If you’re looking to fill your time in the capital with all things art-related or want to explore the inner creative in you, there are always fantastic art exhibitions across the city to visit.
If however, you want something a little bit different – or quite frankly weird – to feast your eyes on whilst you’re staying in luxury hostels, London then there are some great opportunities for you this autumn.
Witches and Wicked bodies , British Museum
This portrayal of witches and belief in witchcraft is open to the public until 11 January 2015 and entry is free. The exhibition features painting by Goya, Burne-Jones, Delacroix and other influential artists who looked at the imagery of witches from the Renaissance period through to the end of the 19th century.
From Swiss Cottage: Jubilee Line to Finchley Rd, then Metropolitan Line to the Barbican and the number 4 or 56 bus to the British Museum.
The Art of the Brick, Old Truman Brewery
The ultimate exhibition for Lego fans, this is a feast of over 80 sculptures using millions of the ever-popular plastic coloured bricks and is open until 4 January 2015 at 91 Brick Lane.
Over 1 million Lego bricks have been used by New York artist Nathan Sawaya and the results are incredible. Full size human beings, classic pieces of sculpture recreated brick by brick and a number of conceptual pieces, Sawaya has been constructing his work since 2002 for this travelling tour of childhood wonder. Tickets cost from £14.50 per adult.
From Swiss Cottage: Jubilee Line to Canada Water. Overground train to Shoreditch High Steet, walk onto Bethnal Green Rd and take the number 8 bus to Brick Lane.
Turner Prize 2014 , Tate Britain
The Turner Prize is the ultimate event in the diary of many art fans. The exhibition is open until 4 January 2015 and tickets cost from £10. The winner of the coveted prize will be announced live on Channel 4 on 1 December from the short list of:
Visit to see the work of these prestigious artists and decide who you think should win the £25,000 first prize along with their name in the history books.
From Swiss Cottage: Jubilee Line to Westminster, walk to Parliament Square and take the number 87 bus to Tate Britain at Millbank.
Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude, Courtauld Gallery
Open until 18 January 2015, this exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery in Somerset House has been described as ‘groundbreaking…electrifyingly frank nudes’ and a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’.
The work of Austrian Expressionist Egon Schiele is seen as some of the most significant artwork of the early 20th century and has drawn together his nude works from public and private collections. Tickets are from £8.50.
From Swiss Cottage: Jubilee Line to Westminster, Circle Line or District Line to Temple, 10 minute walk to the gallery at Somerset House on the Strand.
Sigmar Polke, Tate Modern
You can see the work of Sigmar Polke at the Tate Modern until 8 February 2015 and tickets cost from £13.10 for an adult.
Polke pushed the envelope of art in his 20th century work by combining paint and drawing with film, photography and even slide projections. He used unusual materials such as gold, uranium, soot and even snail juice to create his bold and unique collection of work which focused on his thoughts on society, drugs and communal living in the 1960s and 70s.
From Swiss Cottage: Jubilee Line to London Bridge, the RV1 or number 381 bus to Great Guilford St and then a 4 minute walk to the Tate Modern, Bankside.
Enjoy art being just a stone’s throw away from Palmers Lodge hostels, Central London is just on your doorstep.