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A London Culture Vultures Dream

A London Culture Vultures Dream

I must admit I’m not much of a culture vulture. However on a boring miserable day, I do very occasionally drag myself along to one of London’s many fine galleries and museums. They are generally, just not really my cup of tea – looking at old pictures of ugly people and ancient artefacts just doesn’t hit the button for me. I know there are however lots of people out there that feel differently, but I wonder how many people would even think twice about visiting one of London’s many galleries and museums if they weren’t free?

Just the other day I was at the Hayward Gallery to see the ‘The Edges Of The World’ exhibition by Ernesto Neto and an amazing experience it was too. That is the way I like to view art…where it is fun and you can actually become part of it. You were aloud to touch, take pictures and get your shorts on and even go for a swim. It sure was a memorable cultural experience. Maybe I need to get out there and get more culture into my barbaric soul.

Because I’m the sort of guy that likes to keep his finger on the pulse as to what is going on in London, I have discovered something that could only be described as a culture vultures wet dream. Oh yes indeed. Those that love nothing more than visiting – especially free museums and galleries will be thrilled to bits about the new Culture Line.

Last month the upgraded and extended East London Overground Line reopened. The much improved service, which includes new air conditioned trains, more stops and best of all up to 12 trains an hour – hopefully things run on time, but that is probably asking for a wee bit too much. To celebrate the opening of the London Overground, Dalston Junction to West Croydon route – 10 museums and galleries located near to stations on the line have got together to create what is now called the Culture Line. And I dare say if you are a crazed Japanese tourist you could probably take in all 10 places in one day – no problem at all!

The 10 Cultural Line Destinations are as follows:

  • Hackney Museum
  • Geffrye Musem
  • Wesley’s Chapel
  • The Royal London Hospital Museum
  • Whitechapel Gallery
  • The Women’s Library
  • Brunel Museum
  • Horniman Museum
  • Crystal Palace Museum
  • Museum of Croydon

The good thing is that each of the galleries and museums that listed are FREE to visit…yes indeed free. I haven’t personally managed to experience the Culture Line for myself yet. I’m in the process of putting together a short-list of places that interest me the most and as soon as the crap weather comes back again, I’m going to go see what it is all about…