2 excellent exhibitions to visit in South Kensington

Some people find exercising a good way to unwind and I like that too but my joy when I get a moment is to enjoy London’s cultural scene.

I have had the chance to visit 2 great exhibitions in South Kensington (southwest London) where 2 of London’s best museums are based: The Victoria & Albert Museum and the National and History museum.

  • The Balenciaga exhibition at the V&A

Victoria & Albert Museum

If you are interested in Fashion or just want to find out more about this exceptional Spanish Designer called Cristobal Balenciaga, this exhibition was really interesting. I learnt so much about his art and how he works. The exhibition is very well organised with lots of interactive bits which enable you to work out how Balenciaga designed some of his iconic pieces.

This is probably the only time in my life I get to wear a Balenciaga skirt 😉!!

The ground floor of the exhibition is all about the master and the first floor shows you, with more interactive screens, how he inspired a whole new generation of designers. This was really captivating too!

Balenciaga exhibition at the V&A

Still wondering whether to visit this exhibition, then read this excellent article from The Telegraph which gives you 7 reasons why you should visit the fashion exhibition of the year.

Make sure to visit the museum’s beautiful courtyard and the cafe which is equally stunning.

More about the exhibition in this article from Time Out or read all details from the museum’s website here

The exhibition runs until Sunday February 18 2018

  • The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the National History Museum

National History Museum in London

This is a yearly exhibition that runs for a few months and I have visited many of the previous editions. It is hard to be disappointed as the quality of the shots, the colours, the movement or sharpness are breathtaking. I go nearly every year and I love it. If you are into photography I also really like the fact that you can read which gear and set up the photograher used to capture his shot.

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The exhibition displays a high number of photos so you should definitely allocate 1h30 + to visit it at leisure. It is also worth noting that you should buy your tickets online (you need to visit the museum’s website a few days ahead of your visit if you are planning to come at the weekend as it very often gets fully booked) as this would mean you will bypass all the queues (and God knows how often they can be quite long!) at the entrance of the museum.

Pictures of the finalists can be seen here on this article from The Guardian

After the visit, it is also lovely to walk around the museum and enjoy the big hall with the Blue Whale skeleton and all those fabulous displays around it.

The Blue Whale at the National History Museum

I also love visiting the shop of the museum which has a great kids section and lots of fantastic books. You can be sure to be able to find a present for a loved one and spend a fair while browsing around. Check it out also online here.

More info about the exhibition  can be found on the museum website:

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-53.html

I hope you get to enjoy a visit to one those fabulous museums, let’s make the most of what London has to offer!

 

 

 

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