The favourable loonie-pound exchange rate is not the only reason to travel to London this fall, especially once the London Design Festival takes over the city in late September with its large-scale and free-to-see art installations. Canadian architect Alison Brooks’ massive installation The Smile – an outsize, upside-down, hollow arc that visitors can walk through – will be grinning near the Tate Britain, while a Brixton skate park will be revitalized with wall projections and an Escheresque, skatable wave made from wood. Fall is also the season of hotel openings in London. We’re most curious about the thoroughly modern (and surprisingly affordable) citizenM at the Tower of London, which has a lobby that looks like a casual living room set up in a Warhol gallery, and the renovated Sheraton Grand London Park Lane. The art deco masterpiece facing Green Park just received a multi-million-pound facelift and will open its doors once again in October.
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