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Art lovers offered late night east end exhibits

19th July 2011

Art lovers enjoying a stay in luxury accommodation in London may be interested in First Thursdays' ongoing gallery events. 

Organised by Time Out magazine and the Whitechapel Gallery, on the first Thursday of every month the galleries and museums of east London open their doors late.

Cultural artefacts, art and events are open to the public after hours with over 100 locations taking part until 21:00 GMT.

Among the featured exhibits that eager art aficionados can take in is the Group Show performance at Galerie8 on August 4th, including work from a quartet of female artists: Lizzie Caulter, Rebecca Grafton, Kseniya Sorokina and Audrey Reynolds.

Additionally, people can visit the People and Portraiture exhibit at Oxford House until August 30th, where they will be greeted with a display of London's "diversity, eclecticism and uniqueness".

Event organisers also suggest that visitors take on daily itineraries written up by local artists that promise to expose people to the best shops, bars, restaurants and markets in the area.

Chief among these itineraries is the one offered by illustrator Julie Verhoeven, starting with the Maureen Paley gallery, which has played host to Turner Prize winners such as Wolfgang Tillmans and Gillian Wearing.

She then suggests that art pilgrims move on to the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green followed by a visit to the appointment-only store Donlon Books on Cambridge Heath Road.

"Now might also be time for a tipple and dinner and I would recommend Bistrotheque in Wadeson Street off Cambridge Heath Road, which is super comfortable, classy, tasty and fun," she commented.

"You might even get lucky with a cabaret night or pianist accompaniment."

First Thursday also offers itineraries from Jack Lohman, the director of the Museum of London, Kate Bush, head of the Barbican Art Galleries and many more.

Many of the venues are within walking distance of Liverpool Street Tube station, which is a direct journey from Marble Arch - the local station of The Montcalm hotel.

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