A longtime-London resident, Marine Tanguy has held a number of positions in the art world. Now, she has developed a series of curated activations for guests, while simultaneously highlighting the city as a cultural destination.
Born on the French island Ile de Re, Marine Tanguy moved to London when she was 19. A natural in the art world, she was running the Outsider’s Gallery in Soho by the time she was 21, and in 2015, at the age of 26, she founded MTArt Agency as the first agency in the world to manage fine artists, both helping them on the business front with selling their works as well as engaging in public art projects. Tanguy has also authored the book, Visual Diet, which addresses the visuals people view every day—outside of the art world.
Explore London's hidden gems with Marine, a contemporary innovator of visual culture.
This has always been one of my favorite galleries. The building it’s in is very old fashioned—you feel like you’re walking back in time—but they have the most incredible programming that’s at an art historical level. They turn out new shows every six weeks (Andreas Gursky is just one of the many talented artists they represent), and the quality is always museum level.
Set in a stunning Grade II–listed building in Clerkenwell, Sessions Art Club is an old judges dining room that has been transformed into a restaurant but also art and performance space. Around the dining room, there are three terraces with fireplaces, a rooftop bar, and a garden. You never know what you will discover there.
I remember seeing the Francis Bacon exhibit here—it was one of the best I had ever seen for the artist. They don’t have a huge permanent collection, but they do great exhibits including the Summer Exhibition, which is a must see.
As a French native, I crave a great patisserie. Arome brings that French technique to the modern London bakery. It has two locations in Mayfair, one near the agency and one in Covent Garden near Rosewood London, means I can always have quick pit stop between meetings.
We have more than 20 public projects that are up all over the city. There are four projects on Regent Street, where all you have to do is walk and open your eyes. Canary Wharf has a ton as well, as does Greenwich in Central London, and Covent Garden. If you just walk around, you’ll see a mix of sculpture, light works, murals, glass works, photography…there’s something to discover in every neighborhood.
Perilla is a hidden gem. Located in Newington Green, it has the feel of a neighborhood restaurant, yet the dining experience is very special. They specialize in classical European cuisine—things like BBQ Herdwich lamb with grilled gooseberry and red currant salsa and cauliflower mushroom carbonara—but the atmosphere is relaxed and modern. A little moment I always love is the cutlery drawer hidden in each person’s table.
On Sundays, Columbia Road is a sea of hydrangeas, lilies, and wildflowers—all of my favorites. It is the best place to spend your weekend, wondering through the market and into the independent antique shops, galleries, and restaurants.
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