London is a haven for art lovers, who visit from all over the globe to take in some of the newest exhibitions and experience the work from new artists and masters from bygone eras alike.
However, London is also famous for its urban art, and those staying at the Montcalm Royal London House hotel are perfectly positioned to seek out these outdoor installations as they journey around the city.
Here are five pieces of urban art you won’t want to miss the next time you visit our nation’s capital.
Seven Noses of Soho by Rick Buckley
Soho is famed for its adult-orientated bars and shops, but not many people know that it is also a must-visit spot for taking in some famous urban art. The Seven Noses of Soho is an interesting artistic installation by Rick Buckley, who back in 1997 installed seven plaster cast reproductions of his own nose to buildings in the area as a snub against CCTV spying culture in London. The artist saw it as an infringement of liberty, giving rise to the creation of the noses.
Soho is easy to reach by Tube from our boutique hotels in London, so head over to this thriving area of London and see how many noses you can spot.
Banksy on Rivington Street
An urban artist that has sparked much controversy over the years, Banksy is famed for his graffiti street art all over London. Sadly, many of his pieces have been covered up, but a few still remain for followers of his work to enjoy.
You can reach Rivington Street from the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel via bus or stretch your legs and reach your destination in a little over ten minutes.
Street art and Camden Town make a perfect partnership, and visitors can enjoy colourful graffiti art featuring musical heroes including Amy Winehouse and John Lennon. There’s also plenty of opportunity to marvel at the quirky creations left by a number of up and coming street artists.
Camden is an area with a unique feel and vibe. Art lovers can visit from our boutique hotels in London with relative ease thanks to London’s effective Tube system.
The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist by Michael Rakowitz
One of the more controversial current art installations that you’ll see in London is titled The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist and is made up of thousands of Iraqi date syrup cans! Located in Trafalgar Square, a reproduction of Lamassu, a 700BC winged deity has been created as a homage to a centuries-old food manufacturing industry, now decimated by war.
Reaching Trafalgar Square from the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel is easy, just take the Central Line and you'll be there in ten minutes.
Brick Lane is the epicentre of graffiti art in London, and visitors can stroll the streets taking in a colourful array of urban artwork by well-known artists. The beauty of this area is that the artwork is forever changing and being refreshed, so you'll want to head over to catch the latest pieces before they disappear forever.