Top 8 exhibitions in the Big Smoke to visit once you’ve enjoyed a big smoke
If you’re here/ reading this you likely know all too well that blazing is pretty amazing. You’ll also be full too aware that the lazy trope that hitting the blunt leads to, well, laziness is completely not the case.
Most of us know by now that there’s more to do than sitting on the sofa elbow’s deep in a bag of Cool Original Dorito’s when stoned.
For those that love to hit the blunt and hit the town, weed can be the perfect companion for a more sensory experience. You might even call it the perfect hors d’oeuvres before sinking your teeth into the endless delights that London has to offer.
Here are our top 8 exhibitions on in the Big Smoke to visit once you’ve enjoyed a big smoke…
1.) Van Gogh Exhibition: The Immersive Experience
Van Gogh was a pretty trippy guy, I mean the dude cut his own ear off! And what better way to get inside his weird and wacky mind (enhanced by the baccy) than with a 360-degree experience. The Van Gogh Exhibit in London: The Immersive Experience features projections of his most celebrated work within a 20,000 square foot light and sound backdrop to give you a larger-than-life experience. It’s guaranteed to be a trippy visit – high or not.
Runs: Now- end of May
Location: 106 Commercial Street, E1 6LZ
Price: £19.90 upwards
2.) Beano: The Art of Breaking The Rules at Somerset House
Hitting the blunt can make you seek out home comforts, and what’s more comforting and nostalgic than everyone’s favourite childhood comic the Beano!?
Hark back to your childhood with the Beano: The Art of Breaking The Rules at Somerset House. The exhibit features original illustrations brought to life with immersive experiences, it even promises that you can see Dennis the Menace as a 70-year-old – now if that isn’t trippy I’m not sure what is. Plus, what more could you want to do when high than take part in their interactive catapult game where you take aim at famous artworks!? Dope, indeed!
Runs: Now – 6th March
Location: Somerset House
3.) One Love: Bob Marley at Saatchi Gallery
This one is so blazingly (pun intended) obvious – the One Love: Bob Marley at Saatchi Gallery. Celebrate the G himself and explore unseen photographs and memorabilia as you soak in his passions, legacy and good vibes. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Bob Marley exhibit if there wasn’t a Music Room pumping out his legendary tunes and all the positive vibrations. There’s even an immersive One Love Forest that recreates the lush surroundings of Marley’s homeland Jamaica - what better environment to enjoy the effects of a doobie than in (simulated) Ocho Rios with the ganga-God himself!? One Love indeed.
Runs: Now- 18th April
Location: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ
Price: £26 upwards
This exhibition has deservedly acquired cult status in the land of London exhibitions. Partly in thanks to it possibly being the most ‘grammable hotspot in the capital, but I reckon on the sly it’s also because it makes for the ultimate experience when high. Exhibitions don’t get more immersive than the Infinity Mirrored Room featuring the Brilliance of Life, and a Chandelier of Grief – I mean even the names themselves are trippy. It really is one you have to see to believe!
Runs: Now – 12th June
Location: Tate Modern
Price: £10 for non-members, free for members
5.) Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child at Hayward Gallery
This one is not for the faint-hearted… or for those with arachnophobia. Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child has been hailed as “provocative, scary and marvellous” by the Guardian and once you see her iconic domineering spider you’ll soon understand why.
Standing under one of the French-American artist’s larger-than-life spider sculptures after taking a toke will no doubt make for a memorable, albeit, creepy experience and one you won’t be forgetting anytime soon!
Runs: Now- 15th May
Location: Hayward Gallery
Price: £15, free for members
6.) Science Fiction: Voyage to the end of Imagination at the Science Museum
Have an out of this world experience (almost literally) at the Science Fiction: Voyage to the end of Imagination at the Science Museum. Blaze and then blast yourself into space with this immersive experience which allows you to board a spaceship and hover above Earth – I mean hitting the blunt does feel like that sometimes anyway right!?
The purpose of the exhibition is to illustrate just how close science and science fiction really are… and we reckon in the fine print you’ll probably find that it’s also to offer an immersive, out-of-body-out-of-world experience to enhance the feeling of being stoned. Well, either way this experience will leave you feeling high!
Runs: 6 October 2022 – 4th May 2023
Location: Science Museum
7.) Art Now: Danielle Dean at Tate Britain
Danielle Dean: Art Now’s multi-sensory offering of painting, installation, performance and video makes for an uber trippy experience. Thought provoking and unique, Danielle sets out to examine how ‘our minds and bodies are colonised by media and cultural production.’ Whether you’re there for the video simulations or the intellectual stimulation, this exhibition is a must-see…. And in case you need any more convincing, it’s free - the best things in life are free after all!
Runs: Now – 8th May
Location: Tate Britain
8.) Virtual Veronese at The National Gallery
Jamiroquai sung that “the future’s made of virtual insanity” and our Jay Kay wasn’t far off – it’s actually made of “virtual reality”, especially when you visit the must-see Virtual Veronese at The National Gallery.
Thanks to the aid of VR headsets (who doesn’t love a fancy gadget!?) you can experience Veronese’s The Consecration of Saint Nicholas in its hauntingly beautiful and original church setting. It’s basically like taking a trip back in time to 1561, which surely makes for a superior experience to monging out on your coach with a pizza!
Runs: Now – 3rd April
Location: The National Gallery