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ArtSmart Roundtable: London's Sculpture in the City

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Sculpture in the City London 2013
Richard Wentworth, Twenty-Four Hour Flag. Jake & Dinos Chapman, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Robert Indiana, LOVE.

Want to see some great sculpture in London? Here’s some strange words of advice. Head straight to the city’s financial district, the City of London. Amidst the modern skyscrapers and the men making money, the city is hosting its third annual Sculpture in the City.

Exhibitions Worth the Trip: David Bowie is

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Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane
Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane. Image: © Duffy Archive.

2013 just may be the year of David Bowie. Not only does he have a new album coming out, but he also has a retrospective this year at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. If you're a fan, you may want to book a trip to London this spring or summer to immerse yourself in all things Bowie. But don't hesitate, the exhibition David Bowie is, featuring over 300 objects from the David Bowie Archive, is only open until July 28, 2013.

Navigate London With TubeJP

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London Tube
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London. It's one of the most wonderful cities in the world, filled to the brim with things to do, see, eat and buy. It also has a world-class transit system, with many options to get you wherever you want to go. However, this incredible flexibility can also pose problems for travelers. How do you figure out what line should you take? What's the DLR? What direction do you need to go? Luckily, travelers, green and seasoned alike, can use a tool called TubeJP (Journey Planner) to get a handle on trekking around London.

Cheap Moves: London

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London transit
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While everything in London is notoriously expensive, getting from place to place can eat up a particularly large chunk of your budget. After all, London is a large city, with lots to do, and a week's worth of cab rides, tube trips, and jaunts on the bus will leave you with little more than pocket change by the end. Check out our tips below that will help you keep your transportation budget in check.

Cheap Eats: London

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Fish and chips, bangers and mash...that's what most travelers think of when they're heading to the UK. But, when you're in London, those "inexpensive" pub meals can quickly add up, not to mention test your affinity for greasy food. Here are some ideas for the best ways to eat cheaply in London.

Art Outside the Box: Sir John Soane's Museum

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Museums aren't the only place where you can check out the masterpieces. Here's our series guide to seeing the arts...for free.
Sir John Soane Museum facade
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One of my favorite ways to view art is in a house museum, a collection of art that is in the home of it's original owner instead of a museum. The home itself can often be a treat with original furnishings and period decor. More importantly, you get the privilege of seeing art on a real scale, as it was meant to be displayed. Instead of seeing art in a sterile white box, you get a unique and highly personal display of a collector's treasures. The next time you're heading to a new city, don't overlook a house museum.

This week's freebie...the Sir John Soane's Museum in London.