Afternoon Tea at Frameless London: Immersive art and culinary delights
- Published on Wednesday, 21 June 2023 10:49
- Last Updated on 19 June 2023
- Monica Costa
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London’s cultural scene has always been vibrant, with immersive experiences constantly pushing the boundaries of artistic engagement. Frameless London, the first permanent digital immersive art experience in the British Capital, has emerged as a groundbreaking attraction that combines cutting-edge technology with masterpieces from renowned artists. Beyond its visual marvels, Frameless also offers a culinary delight in the form of their art-inspired afternoon tea. In this review, I will rave about the enchanting multisensory world of Frameless, highlighting its immersive artwork, interactive galleries, and the yummy afternoon tea experience it offers. If I have to recommend an experience to families, I’d say Frameless any day, because it’s great value for money compared to other activities in London.
My friend Mirka and I decided to celebrate our birthdays at Frameless in June, as we were enticed by the prospect of immersing ourselves in a world of art. I had visited earlier in the year and could not wait to share the experience again with her.
Located in the heart of London, a short walk from Marble Arch, Frameless captivated us with its interactive projection technology and stunning visual displays. Unlike other similar experiences, Frameless goes beyond passive observation, allowing visitors to step inside the paintings and become part of the artwork.
Afternoon Tea at Frameless
Before exploring the galleries, Mirka and I indulged in the art-inspired afternoon tea offered at the Café Bar. The highlight of this culinary experience was undoubtedly the delicious scones, which were generously sized, freshly baked, served warm with lots of clotted cream and jam. Additionally, the patisserie desserts resembled miniature works of art, reminiscent of Mondrian paintings exhibited interactively within the experience. The attention to detail and artistry extended to the presentation of the food. The combination of culinary delights and the artistic ambience created a perfect harmony that complemented our visit to Frameless.
After tea, we relaxed in the galleries. Frameless takes visitors on a journey through four meticulously curated galleries, each showcasing digital interpretations of masterpieces by iconic artists. In the “Beyond Reality” gallery, we were transported to surreal and otherworldly realms, encountering works by Hieronymus Bosch, Gustav Klimt, Salvador Dalí, and more. The “Colour in Motion” gallery offered an opportunity to interact with the vibrant brushstrokes and splashes of paint within the masterpieces of Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and others. Personally, I was mesmerised by Monet’s “Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge,” which beautifully captured the essence of the artist’s Giverny gardens. The gradual appearance and disappearance of the painting in droplets of colours left me breathless.
Moving on, “The World Around Us” gallery enveloped us in 360-degree cityscapes and seascapes, featuring works by Paul Cézanne, Canaletto, and other renowned artists. Lastly, the “Art of Abstraction” gallery took us through a maze of colour, shape, and form, where pioneers of abstract art such as Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian shone. Each gallery was accompanied by a bespoke soundtrack, enhancing the overall immersive experience and adding another layer of depth to the art.
The Edutainment Approach
Frameless takes an edutainment approach, making art appreciation both engaging and educational. The attraction successfully caters to visitors of all ages, with younger children and teenagers finding it particularly accessible and captivating. By animating and deconstructing complex artworks like Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” Frameless breaks down barriers and ensures that visitors can easily comprehend and connect with the art. This interactive and informative approach is seamlessly integrated into the immersive experience, making it an effective tool for learning about art history.
Attention to Detail
From the meticulous design of the interactive displays to the carefully curated soundscapes, every element has been thoughtfully crafted to create a cohesive and captivating environment. The synchronised music and sound effects further enhance the overall sensory experience, immersing visitors in a world where art comes alive. Frameless truly stands out from other attractions due to its commitment to providing a complete and unforgettable immersive encounter.
Frameless London is a revolutionary attraction that seamlessly merges art, technology, and storytelling to create an immersive experience like no other. Its interactive galleries, attention to detail, and commitment to education make it a must-visit destination for art enthusiasts of all ages. Additionally, the art-inspired afternoon tea at the Café Bar is a delightful way to culminate the visit, offering a delectable culinary experience that mirrors the artistic excellence found within the immersive artwork.
I’ll go back again when the displays are changed. I imagine this will happen in due course.
Frameless is open 7 days a week
Sunday to Thursday: 10am – 9pm (last entry at 7pm)
Friday & Saturday: 10am – 11pm (last entry at 9pm)
Book online at www.frameless.com
Ticket prices for Frameless vary depending on the date and time of the visit.
Adult tickets start at £25; child tickets start at £15 and children under 5 years go for free. Please see www.frameless.com for more information.
6 Marble Arch, London W1H 7AP
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums