Five Ways To Experience Spanish Culture Here In London

By Sponsor Last edited 14 months ago
Five Ways To Experience Spanish Culture Here In London

This is a sponsored article on behalf of AMC's La Fortuna.

La Fortuna. Image © Diego Lopez Calvin

Fancy a slice of Spanish culture? As lovely as a trip to the Mediterranean would be right now, you don't have to leave London to get it. This January, you can lap it up in your living room, thanks to the release of AMC's adventure thriller La Fortuna.

This hotly anticipated new TV series is based on Paco Roca and Guillermo Corral's hit graphic novel, El Tesoro del Cisne Negro. La Fortuna is directed by Academy Award®-winner Alejandro Amenábar. It stars the inimitable Stanley Tucci as adventurer-slash-plunderer Frank Wild and follows a search for sunken treasure that takes audiences all over Spain and beyond — from the ancient port city of Cádiz, to the government HQ at the Palace of La Moncloa, to the bustling streets of Madrid.

La Fortuna. Image © Diego Lopez Calvin

To celebrate the release of La Fortuna, which premieres with a double bill at 9pm on 17 January 2022 on AMC — exclusively available to BT TV customers — we've teamed up with AMC to share our top tips for experiencing the rich culture of Spain here in London.

1. Embark on an arty odyssey

Spain has produced some of the most influential artists of all time, and you can see many of their works here in London. Take the Tate Modern, for example, which is home to not one, not two, but four fantastic paintings (and one sculpture) by Pablo Picasso.  You can also see one of the Cubist master's earlier works on loan at the National Gallery, where you'll also find works by the likes of Luis de Morales, Diego Velázquez, and Francisco De Goya.

See Spanish masterpieces at Tate Modern. Image: © Shutterstock

2. Take a trip to the Cervantes Theatre

London's first venue dedicated to showcasing Spanish and Latin American plays can be found in Southwark. The Cervantes Theatre stages both classic and contemporary works in both Spanish and English — next up is Federico Garcia Lorca's three-act tragedy, The House of Bernarda Alba.

3. Give flamenco a go

Learn the art of traditional Spanish dance with an expert-led Flamenco course. Battersea Spanish language school runs classes to suit a range of abilities, from absolute beginners to confident dancers looking to refine their technique. There's even an onsite tapas and wine bar where you can reward yourself after class.

Learn the art of flamenco. Image © Shutterstock

4. Cook up your own Spanish feast

Recreate authentic Spanish cuisine at home with the help of a DIY meal kit. These paella kits by chef José Pizarro, whose eponymous restaurant can be found on Bermondsey Street, demystify the Valencian classic (and put a bit of a twist on it — one involves ox cheek).

5. Make time for tapas

Stuffing your face in the name of cultural enrichment? It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it. Perfect for indecisive diners that like to try a bit of everything, tapas restaurants can be found all over the capital. Our favourite haunts for Spanish small plates include Brindisa, Copita, and Exmouth Market mainstay Moro.

London is blessed with many terrific tapas joints Image © Shutterstock

La Fortuna premieres with a double bill on 17 January at 9pm on AMC, available on BT TV  channel 332 and on channel 381 in HD.

AMC content is also available to watch as catch up on the BT Player.

Last Updated 14 January 2022