MOMA A NO-GO? GET ARTSY IN LON­DON

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There’s no deny­ing that New York’s Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art (far right) is an art afi­cionado’s go-to but Lon­don’s Tate Mod­ern (right) gives MOMA a run for its money as Europe’s most-vis­ited mod­ern art gallery. Housed in the for­mer Bank­side Power Sta­tion, the iconic Her­zog & De Meu­ron-de­signed gallery presents a vis­ual his­tory of in­ter­na­tional mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary art from the 20th cen­tury on­wards in­clud­ing reg­u­lar ret­ro­spec­tives from the likes of Damien Hirst and Ed­vard Munch, as well as per­for­mance pieces and mul­ti­me­dia in­stal­la­tions. Not a one-trick pony, over at Tate Bri­tain, another art out­post, Bri­tish artists’ works from the 1500s to present day are on show. Other Lon­don gal­leries worth a visit in­clude the West Bank Gallery, pop art-in­spired Scream Gallery and Con­s­ingsby Gallery. Muse over your ex­pe­ri­ences and eat mod­ern In­dian at Atul Kochhar’s Miche­lin-starred May­fair restau­rant, Benares, or dine around the world on fab­u­lous street cui­sine at Bor­ough Mar­ket. Stay in the creative con­fines of the 10-room Artist Res­i­dence in Pim­lico (from Dh1,160) or celebrity haunt Chiltern Fire­house (from Dh2,600), known for its ul­tra­glam­orous in­te­ri­ors, im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice and award-win­ning restau­rant lo­cated in the con­verted en­gine house. Get­ting there: There are daily direct flights from the UAE to two Lon­don air­ports.

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