Going Gothic

In the past weeks we’ve been on a quest to inject our weekends with some culture. There are so many museums around, many within walking distance of our apartment, that it would be a pity not to visit. Even more appealing is the fact that the majority of museums in London are actually free, so for a discretionary donation you can just spend a few hours in a museum — which is extremely appealing on a rainy day.

We started a couple of months ago with the Tate Modern, which is pretty close to where we live. Aside from getting that cultural injection, there’s also a great view of the Thames and St Paul’s from the front-facing windows. That’s a bonus!

View from the Tate Modern

View from the Tate Modern

We recently picked up a flyer about a new exhibit at the British Library — Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination. It sounded interesting, and for £10 each worth looking into it. So we made our way to the Library, close to Kings’ Cross St Pancras. It was a good excuse to get some exercise, and work off the wine from the night before.

The exhibit was crowded. It seemed that we weren’t the only ones intrigued by the history of Gothic literature. Many were taking notes and we caught a couple sneakily taking picture despite the signs saying that photography was prohibited. The exhibit traced the history of Gothic literature, starting with Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto until the current vampire stories. To be frank, it got a little dull after a while. Literature is great when you have the time to immerse yourself fully into it, but the snippets of background information all started merging together quickly.

So was it worth going? Most definitely!

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