The Great Russell Street entrance of the British Museum enjoys a flurry of traditional red phone boxes — but look a little closer and one is less traditional than it first appears.
Inside one of the phone boxes (to the right of the museum gates as you head in), lives London's smallest art gallery, aka the Visionary Brit Museum. Like any other gallery, it has changing exhibitions — it just so happens that the artworks are hung in a space measuring about three-by-seven-feet. If ever there was a gallery visit you can cram into a lunch break, this is it.
Previous exhibitions in the phone box have featured artists including Madeleine Aleman and Max Ernst — and the work of Visionary Brit founder Degard often features too.
Another boon of the Visionary Brit Museum — which you certainly don't get at places like the National Gallery — is that you can BUY the artworks. If an artwork takes your fancy, you can simply point your phone at a QR code next to it, and either put in an offer for the artist to accept, or buy it straight away.
(In case you're wondering how they deal with potential art heists, there's a webcam installed in the corner of the booth. Not surprising seeing as some of the art goes for circa £500.)
You can just walk into the Visionary Brit Museum during British Museum open hours (10am-5pm daily) and have a browse. On the day we visited, the door didn't open, but we're assured that'll be fixed presently, so hopefully you'll have better luck. It's free to visit.