around london [s/s 2016]

get lost + look up

put your phone away and read the city. 

i like to get lost in london at the weekends. when i’m out and about i try not to rely entirely on my phone as there’s a lot of visual cues to point you in the right direction. for example, the flashy skyscrapers are great for getting your bearings but its the old brickwork that can give you a real feel for an area. the cracks and bruises of the old city can show you more than any signpost or map. go for a wander and follow these age lines because some of the best discoveries have been when i ask myself: what’s down there? where does that lead to? if i cut through here i should get onto _____. half the time i’ll bump into something unexpected like a grand old pub or courtyard. the other half will lead me to another damn Pret.

unsuprisingly, there’s a lot of redevelopment going on its a reminder of how much the city is changing. to witness this first hand i did the city leg of the thames path. its a 4-5 hour walk on the south bank of the river thames from tower bridge to the thames barrier. between these two landmarks you’ll see the city slowly melt from old to new, regal to common, residential to commercial, rise, fall and rise again. its a beautiful way to see how diverse london is in architecture and culture.

i’ve gone a bit mad seeing stuff at the start of this year. below are some of the best things i’ve seen in (and out of) london:

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Big Bang Data at Somerset House

Bowie Wall (2013) at Brixton

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Champagne Life at Saatchi Gallery

Revelations: New Work by Aidan at Saatchi Gallery

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Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966) at Whitechapel Gallery

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Tibet’s Secret Temple: Body, Mind and Meditation in Tantric Buddhism at Wellcome Collection

Tame Impala at Alexandra Palace

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Vogue 100: A Century of Style at National Portrait Gallery

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Michael Joo Radiohalo at Blain|Southern

Creation From Catastrophe at RIBA

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BP Spotlight: Anwar Shemza Art and Alcohol at Tate Britain

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Vanilla and Concrete at Tate Britain

Performing for the Camera at Tate Modern

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Get Fit at Turf Projects

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Mark Wallinger ID at Hauser & Wirth London

Tim Etchells MORE NOISE at Bloomberg SPACE

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Hilfa af Klint Painting the Unseen at Serpentine Gallery

Avedon Warhol at Gagosian

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Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers at Barbican

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Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse at Royal Academy of Arts

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Rosângela Rennó Rio-Montevideo at The Photographers Gallery

David Shrigley Drawings and Paintings at Stephen Friedman Gallery

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Venturing Beyond: Graffiti and the Everyday Utopias of the Street at Somerset House

Thames Barrier – The Thames Path

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Secret 7″ 2016 at Sonos Studio

Slim Aarons Poolside at Getty Images Gallery

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Paul Strand Photography and Film for the 20th Century at V&A

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear at V&A

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Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979 at Tate Britain

Pablo Bronstein Historical Dances in an Antique Setting at Tate Britain

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Fox Talbot Dawn of the Photograph at Science Museum

2016 Sony World Photography Awards at Somerset House

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Imran Qureshi Where the Shadows are so Deep at The Curve, Barbican

[out of london] Fashion and Freedom at Manchester Art Gallery

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[out of london] The Imitation Game at Manchester Art Gallery

[out of london] Modern Japanese Design at Manchester Art Gallery

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Thomson & Craighead Party Booby Trap at Carroll / Fletcher

Dense Mesh at Carroll / Fletcher

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1926: Britain Through a Lens at Getty Images Gallery

Richard Prince Cartoon Over Cartoon at Sadie Coles HQ

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R.Crumb Art and Beauty at David Zwirner

Richard Hamilton Cadaqués at David Zwirner

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Emotional Supply Chains at Zabludowicz Collection

Craft + Manufacture: Industrial Design by Foster + Partners at The Aram Gallery

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Sharon Hayes In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You at Studio Voltaire

At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow at RIBA

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Platform for Design: Stations Arts and Public Space at RIBA

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Katie Paterson Totality at Somerset House

Walter De Maria at Gagosian

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Yayoi Kusama Sculptures, Paintings & Mirror Rooms at Victoria Miro
Keith Coventry White Black Gold at Pace

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Jeff Koons Now at Newport Street Gallery
Olivetti: Beyond Form and Function at ICA

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Martine Syms Fact & Trouble at ICA
Mona Hatoum at Tate Modern

all photos shot on iPhone 6s. edited in VSCO iOS

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