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KOMPAS x Culture London

THE MONARCH OF THE GLEN

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December 3, 2018

Landseer’s most famous work makes its return to Trafalgar Square in more than 160 years

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albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
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Standing imperiously against a dramatic Highlands backdrop, Sir Edwin Landseer’s most beloved work – The Monarch of the Glen – is a triumphant and bold composition, an unfortunate dichotomy to the…


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KOMPAS x Culture London

THE RETURN OF YAYOI KUSAMA

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October 16, 2018

One day I was looking at the red flower patterns of the tablecloth on a table, and when I looked up I saw the same pattern covering the ceiling, the windows and the walls, and finally all over the room, my body and the universe. I felt as if…


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MOVE OVER, MICHELANGELO

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September 28, 2018

It’s not often that you get to experience a true once in a lifetime opportunity, especially if it’s right on your doorstep (or in my case, 5 minutes from home). For the past four years the incredible ceiling of the Painted Hall in the Old Royal Naval College in…


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KOMPAS x Culture Munich

Top 10: How to Survive Oktoberfest 2018 [the non-locals guide]

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September 19, 2018

EIN PROST DER GEMÜTLICHKEIT!
 

That’s, “A toast to cheer and good times” to you and me. Learn this phrase, and you’ll be making new friends left, right and centre at this year’s Oktoberfest, which kicks off next week. In fact, Youtube it and learn the song as you’ll be hearing…


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KOMPAS Stories KOMPAS x Culture London

WELCOME TO THE WILD, WILD WEST: THE GOLDEN AGE OF STORYTELLING

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September 18, 2018

Clad in boiler suit and matching paper “shoes”, I half expected to be walking onto the set of Breaking Bad, but instead, I was led into the oldest surviving room of the Palace of Whitehall to frolic on the world’s largest beanbag. As ever, when it comes to London…


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KOMPAS x Culture London

London’s Only Museum of Curiosities: The Last Tuesday Society

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August 7, 2018

Concealed innocuously in the throes of Mare Street in Hackney lies one of London’s truly hidden gems: The Last Tuesday Society. Comprised of “East London’s most curious cocktail bar”, and one of the world’s most intriguingly absurd and intentionally subversive museums, The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, the venue…


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Rediscovering London’s Barbican Estate

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June 14, 2018

If you’ve ever been anywhere even close to East London, chances are you will have seen or stumbled upon the Barbican Estate. From far away it might look a bit outdated, and even a little ugly, but step inside the winding corridors and you find one of the finest…


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Blue Plaques of Hampstead: A Tour

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May 31, 2018

London’s blue plaques are both famous and numerous, it is no surprise that so many of the world’s most famous and accomplished individuals have chosen the best city in the world as their hometown. Hampstead itself has had many extraordinary residents, as is expected of such a beautiful neighbourhood….

Clown Church


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KOMPAS x Culture London

London’s Clown Church: Holy Trinity Dalston

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April 25, 2018

Deep in residential Dalston, you’ll find a church called the Holy Trinity. The architecture is a little unusual, but would probably not turn any heads. You’d be more than likely to walk right past it. Little would you know that in doing so, you would be missing out on…

Clare Street Cat Mural Irony


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Spectacular Street Art in Hackney You Won’t Want to Miss

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February 27, 2018

London is famous for its art galleries which are mostly free to explore. However, the streets are just as colourful and are (generally) much less touristy. East London is known for having some of the best street art around so we’ve been out in the cold exploring the best…