Top Cultural Attractions Fail To Make Impact In London Awards

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Top Cultural Attractions Fail To Make Impact In London Awards
British Museum: most visited, but not apparently most loved. Photo by Steve Bell in the Londonist Flickr pool

The British Museum, National Theatre, Tate Modern and V&A all failed to make an impact at last night's Love London Awards.

Other surprising omissions in the Time Out-run award list — which got Londoners to vote for the favourite places in the city — include the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, both the National Gallery and Portrait Gallery, and all four venues from Greenwich's popular National Maritime Museum group.

In fact, according to the prizes, there's no notable 'local culture' in the whole of South Kensington, suggesting voters forgot about London's world-class museum quarter.

The lesser-known Grant Museum of Zoology won Bloomsbury's best cultural attraction, beating the British Museum — London's most-visited cultural institution — while the quirky Cinema Museum trumped the revamped Imperial War Museum to win for the Kennington area, begging the question: are Londoners failing to appreciate the world-class attractions on their doorsteps?

London's best cultural 'hub', as voted by Time Out readers, was Crouch End's two-screen cinema, the ArtHouse.

Here's a full list of award winners (including the West End pet shop that beat Selfridges and John Lewis to win London's most-loved shop).

What do you think of the results? Let us know in the comments below.

Last Updated 17 November 2015

Jon

Perhaps this reflects more on local people's choices rather than the outside visitors? I love the Cinema Museum and it deserves its prize but esteem all the other big institutions as well. Perhaps it is nice , for example, that the little pet shop gets a chance to be the big dog here? Purrfect?

Nicola Frame

I believe the awards specifically encourage people to vote for small, independent venues