It’s that time of year again, London—Frieze week!
A longstanding staple in the British contemporary art world, Frieze London
, has been
taking over the cobblestone streets and sprawling parks of London for one week
every October since 2003. Along with its equally exciting partner Frieze Masters
of works by renowned artists from before 2000), the fair debuts in the peak of
the fall season, offering a venue for galleries from across the world to highlight
their most exceptional works. With a delicious selection of partner
restaurants, not-to-be-missed artist talks, specially commissioned projects,
and openings happening all around the city, the options are endless. Here we’ve
curated a carefully planned, day-by-day guide so you can get the most out of
But first, a few important pieces of information:
When and where, exactly?
Frieze London will be open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. October
15th–18th (note: Frieze London is not open on Sunday this year), and
Frieze Masters 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. October 15th–19th, both in Regent’s Park. If
you’re taking the underground, Frieze London is a short walk from the Baker
Street, Regent’s Park, and Great Portland Street stations, while Frieze
Masters, in the northern part of the park, is near Camden Town station.
How do I get tickets?
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased through the Frieze website here
. If you
plan to visit both fairs, you can save by purchasing a combined ticket.
Any recommendations on where to stay?
Though London is quite spread out, there are some great
neighborhoods that are only a 30-minute tube or bus ride away. Check out our
London Gallery Liaison Legacy Russell’s recommendations below:
Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High St,
London E1 6JQ
“I recommend Ace Hotel for a stay. They have some really fun
evening events and DJs, and are very central to the Shoreditch area, which is
Shoreditch House, Ebor St, London
“If you have a membership, go for Shoreditch House—part of the
Soho House international chain and definitely a great meeting spot for local
Frieze London also provides a list of options close to the fair
and several hotels with fair promotions. Here are a couple nearby, you can also
their full list here
The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place Marble Arch, London W1.
This boutique hotel is situated on a quiet corner of the
Marylebone district near Bond Street and Hyde Park. When booking, use the code
ARCHFR2014 for promotional discounts.
The Mandeville, Mandeville Place, London, W1U 2BE
The Mandeville is close to Regent’s Park in the center of West
London. With the code FRIEZE 2014 you’ll receive complimentary breakfast and
Your Daily Agenda:
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15TH
12:00 p.m. Opening Day, Regent’s Park
Start your day off with a visit to GAIL’s Artisan Bakery, part of
Frieze’s restaurant lineup, and power up with some gourmet bread and delectable
pastries. Then, head over to the Frieze London tent for an afternoon spent
browsing the latest in contemporary art.
1:00 p.m. Main, Focus, and Live Exhibitors
The exhibitor booths are divided into three sections at Frieze
London: Main, Focus, and Live. Scattered through Main are many notable London
and international galleries, including Limoncello
, Pilar Corrias
, Casey Kaplan
, Lehmann Maupin
, Victoria Miro
, Pace Gallery
, Salon 94
, and White Cube
name a few.
Live, a new initiative at Frieze London, will feature six
galleries hosting interactive or performance-based installations. The works
will be integrated into the fair, occurring at gallery stands and stages
throughout the day. The six artists and galleries selected for Live are Robert Breer
from Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Tamara Henderson
Adam Linder from Silberkuppe, Shanzhai Biennial from Project Native Informant,
and UNITED BROTHERS from Green Tea Gallery.
3:00 p.m. Frieze Sculpture Park, English Gardens at Regent’s Park
Spend the rest of the afternoon wandering around the Frieze
Sculpture Park. Filled with contemporary sculptures alongside historical
masterpieces, the English Garden is a beautiful backdrop to the work of
emerging and established artists represented at Frieze London and Frieze
Masters. Artists exhibiting in the park include KAWS
, Yayoi Kusama
, Marie Lund
, and Franz West
5:00 p.m. Old Selfridges Hotel, 1 Orchard Street, London W1H
After browsing the fairgrounds, take a 30-minute cab ride or the
Victoria line to the Old
for an evening of scintillating conversation.
As part of Frieze Projects and in collaboration with ICA, performance artist
Isabel Lewis will be hosting “occasions,” a project modeled after ancient Greek
symposia, where discussion, drinking, and indulgence went hand-in-hand. As
orator, impostor, DJ, and dancer, Lewis will lead the event in collaboration
with Norwegian chemist and scent researcher Sissel Tolaas, who will fill the
venue with scents for the “occasions.” The event is free, but space is limited,
so book here
The ICA will be hosting events throughout the week if you’re
looking to make another trip (full
). The events include:
3:30 p.m. “Do You Follow? Art in Circulation #3” A panel
presentation by Amalia Ulman
12:00 p.m. Siobhan Davies Dance Present Table of Contents
THURSDAY OCTOBER 16TH
10:00 a.m. Cerith Wyn Evans ZSL London Zoo
Start the morning off with a visit to the London Zoo to see Cerith Wyn Evans
transformation of the Snowdon Aviary. The installation pairs observers with the
observed, combining musical performances from humans and birds, and works of
art including neon text incorporated into the space.
12:00 p.m. Lunch at Locanda Locatelli, Regent’s park
Head back over to the the Frieze Masters tent to grab lunch at
Locanda Locatelli, a Michelin-starred Italian restaurant. For the third
consecutive year, Locanda Locatelli offers Frieze visitors a menu that includes
pastas, salads, and risottos with Italian wines.
1:00 p.m–4p.m. An afternoon of talks
Catch one of the many exciting talks in this year’s program.
Occurring every hour on Thursday afternoon, the talks cover various subjects,
including artists’ muses, material, and practice.
The schedule for Frieze London and Frieze Masters detailed below:
1:00 p.m. Frieze Talks “Feeling Used: The Appropriation of
3:00 p.m. Frieze Talks “Queer Spirits and Other Invocations”
3:00 p.m. British artist Phyllida Barlow
conversation with Luke Syson, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Chairman of European
Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
4:00 p.m. Art on the South Bank, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd,
London SE1 8XX
Hop on the underground for a short, 15-minute ride to London’s
South Bank, an eclectic neighborhood filled with galleries, modern
architecture, and beautiful views from the Thames. Step into the Hayward
Gallery to visit “What is Real? An Exhibition of London Artists.”
FRIDAY OCTOBER 17TH
10:00 a.m. Anselm Kiefer at Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington
House, Piccadilly, London W1J OBD
1:00 p.m. Free Soup at Green Tea Gallery, Regent’s Park
Head back to the fairgrounds for a free lunch. Every day of the
fair, Japanese artists Ei Arakawa
brother Tomoo (UNITED BROTHERS) are serving soup made from the vegetables grown
in Fukushima, the area of Japan most devastated by the 2011 nuclear disaster,
as part of Does This Soup Taste Ambivalent?
for Frieze Live. Though the
vegetables were approved by the fair and the Japanese Farmers Association, the
fear of radiation contamination is the focal point of the performance.
1:30 p.m. Mélanie Matranga’s Cafe, Regent’s Park
Step into the café designed by the winner of the inaugural Frieze
Artist Award, Mélanie Matranga. The Frieze Artist Award goes to one emerging
artist to create a major project at the fair. For Frieze, Matranga has designed
a café that will air her videos that “follow a young artistic couple as they
negotiate freedom, success, and the proper functioning of a couple,” along with
a film documenting the construction of the café itself.
2:30 p.m. An Afternoon of Gallery-Hopping
6:00 p.m. Dinner and Drinks in Shoreditch
If you’re looking to hang out a bit longer in the hip neighborhood
of East London, there are some delectable Indian restaurants and fun places to
grab a drink. We recommend starting at Owl & Pussycat
cocktails, and then walking over to Dishoom
for an amazing dinner featuring
some of the best curry in London.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 18TH
10:00 a.m. Notting Hill’s Portobello Market
Every Saturday, rain or shine, Portobello road in Notting Hill
turns into a bustling street market. It’s a great place for vintage finds,
ethnic cuisine, and a stop in one of the many pubs lining the street. We
recommend visiting Churchill Arms, an old pub filled with British regalia and a
delicious Thai pop-up counter. There’s also Ottolenghi
, where you
can buy gourmet food and pastries—their granola is especially tasty.
1:00 p.m. A Final Day at Frieze London, Regent’s Park
For the final day of Frieze, catch some of the many talks, live
performances, screenings—and visit the exhibitors. From 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.,
discusses “The Aesthetics of the Invisible,” and at 5 p.m. Jon
Ronson discusses “An Afternoon of Public Shaming” as part of Frieze Talks.
3:00 p.m. Tour with Sophia Al Maria
Public tours are offered to give visitors a full overview of the
gallery sections and Frieze Projects with works created exclusively for the
fair by Nick Mauss
, Tobias Madison
, Cerith Wyn Evans
Lewis, Jonathan Berger, Jérôme Bel, and Sophia Al Maria. If you are in a group
of six or more, consider booking a private tour catered specifically to your
group’s interests. Tours can be booked at [email protected]
5:15 p.m. Primrose Hill, Regent’s Park
To watch what is arguably one of the best sunsets in London, climb
Primrose Hill in the northern part of Regent’s Park. The viewpoint offers a
sweeping panorama of the park and the London skyline—a perfect end to Frieze
week. The sun sets at 6:01 p.m., so make sure not to miss it!
SUNDAY OCTOBER 19TH
11:00 a.m. Columbia Road Flower Market, East London
After checking out the street market, beautiful flowers, and row
of Victorian shops, we recommend a stop at the Royal Oak Pub to hang out, have
a bite to eat, and try a scotch egg
12:30 p.m. A final day at Frieze Masters, Regent’s Park
If you’re up for one more day perusing the fair, then head back to
the park to view the last of Frieze Masters. With an array of galleries
exhibiting, there will still be a lot to see. Visit Cheim & Read
, Gagosian Gallery
, or Lisson Gallery
name a few.
2:30 pm. A stroll through Hyde Park
Additional Recommendations: Must-See Shows
If you have time to check out more shows and events while in the
city for Frieze week, here is a list of ongoing shows to add to your calendar:
“One Man’s Trash (is Another Man’s Treasure)” at the Danjuma
If you’re looking for even more recommendations, check out Artsy’s London City Guide
for more on
galleries, museum exhibitions, and local favorites.
Cover photograph by Graham Carlow courtesy of Graham Carlow/ Frieze