UK's Top 10 Museums
Fancy a spot of culture this autumn? To inspire you, here are the winning 10 museums in TripAdvisor recent Travellers’ Choice Awards.
No, we’re not at this week’s Monaco Yacht Show – and we certainly won’t be going there in this beauty either as she has no engine. But we might just catch a film: for this is Sunborn London, a floating hotel in Royal Victoria Dock, which next month is launching a regular Sunday Movie Club.
About to set off on holiday and haven’t decided what to read while you’re away? Our friends at TripFiction have matched books to 10 popular holiday destinations. TripFiction’s website features books from more than 1,200 destinations around the world, so if you’ve read their recommendations already or are travelling elsewhere, you’re bound to find a suitable alternative over on their site.
August is outdoor cinema season. That we can now enjoy Top Gun under the stars, or Grease by moonlight, is mostly down to former actor George Wood who founded The Luna Cinema, in 2008. His idea to set up a roaming pop-up cinema was such a success that this summer his company will screen more than 100 movies in venues right across the UK.
Your new novel, The Sunrise, is set in Cyprus and previous novels have been set in Spain and Greece. Which comes first – the location or the story?
The starting point is the place and the story – it all begins at the same time! And the arrival of the idea is always a surprise.
Inspired by the poppies installation at the Tower of London, I took myself off to London’s IWM, aka the Imperial War Museum, in Kennington this week. I was aiming for the First World War Galleries, part of the museum’s redevelopment commemorating the centenary of WW1. But first I lingered in the new atrium, an astonishing, 14m high space filled with objects that, as the museum puts it, ‘bear witness to the force, fury and physicality of war’.
Mr Turner, Mike Leigh’s drama about British artist JMW Turner, is not just a showcase for Turner’s work. It also offers a tantalising glimpse of some of the locations that inspired him. Some have changed little since Turner painted them; others are so altered that Leigh had to find a 21st-century stand-in. Can you guess, for example, which seaside town stood in for Margate? Or which country house doubled as the Royal Academy?