I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been to London. I’ve never really visited any attractions, unless you can call Selfridges an attraction? It’s a shame really as it’s such a beautiful city and I know nothing about it. At the end of the month, I’m heading to London for 3 nights and I’m going to use that opportunity to get out and explore. Sure you have all the famous tourist attractions, but what else does London have to offer?
World renowned fashion photographer Nick Knight collaborated with American Express to create #MySecretCity, a real-time photography exhibition hosted live from London on Twitter recently. Nick is one of the world’s most influential photographers, winning numerous awards for his editorial work for Vogue, Dazed & Confused, W magazine, i-D, and Visionaire, as well as for fashion and advertising projects for clients including Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent to name a few.
His mission was to leave the comfort of his studio, take to the streets and capture photos of the hidden inspiration he sees in the places he passes every day, shared in real time via @AmexUK. The exhibition aimed to uncover the hidden beauty in these unexpected places – including city gardens and urban habitats, brutalist architecture and metropolitan playgrounds to help people realise the full potential of London. Part of London that are generally forgotten about.
The exhibition comes after a study by American Express, which I’ve been involved in, suggested that Brits are stuck on â€˜Urban Autopilotâ€™ when it comes to exploring their day to day surroundings, failing to take advantage of everything thatâ€™s on offer. The research revealed that when out and about in their nearest city, seven out of ten Brits are looking down, distracted by smart phones and tablets. Just one in five take the time to look at their surroundings.
And explore Nick did…..
Nick Knight stated “We get so stuck in our familiar ways around the city that we miss the sheer beauty and inspiration all around us, which is why Iâ€™m working with American Express to celebrate this wonderful city and help people see its hidden beauty.â€
As stated above and in a few blog posts, I recently took part in my own mission with American Express to explore Glasgow from a different angle which I talked about here and here. It’s been rather enjoyable exploring new places in Glasgow and I cannot wait to explore must see locations that have been suggested by Nick and London bloggers.
Do you have any favourite places in London that I need to go visit? Let me know! I have a whole list ready and waiting!