5 Serene Spots We Recommend
Picture this, you wake up on the weekend after a gruelling week at work and you want to spend your day in a reasonable and constructive yet relaxing manner with friends but you cannot exactly think of anything to do apart from eating and watching TV. It’s the same thing over and over again. There has been an explosion of great restaurants and bars in Lagos but the question everyone asks is what they can do to keep themselves occupied when they have exhausted all the restaurant options or have limited cash at hand. So below are a few beautiful (and mostly free!) places to hang out with friends in Lagos.
Located in Onikan amongst the National Museum and Muson Centre, this art gallery is a space used to exhibit African contemporary art. Rele explain on their website that the purpose of their gallery is to “offer first rate art for public consumption…exposing a larger, global audience to African contemporary art”. This art gallery is very much welcome in the burgeoning art scene in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole. The gallery with its clean and unfussy design allows the works on display to speak for themselves and for contemporary art lovers to enjoy.
Location: 5 Military Street, Onikan
Nike Art Gallery
Owned by Nike Davies – Okundaye, this gallery is steaming full of contemporary, traditional and colourful African art and is one of the largest in West Africa. Set up in 2009 along with other art centres in Oshogbo, Ogidi and Abuja, Nike aims to get Nigerians acquainted with the collection of traditional sculptures and paintings by mostly Nigerian artists. Visit to appreciate the art for a few hours and you might even get to speak to the lady herself.
Location: 2 Elegushi Road, after 3rd Roundabout Lekki-Epe Expressway, Ikate Cross Road, Lekki
Although primarily a 16-bedroom hotel, this beautifully decorated house is a sight to behold and holds the Nimbus Art Centre which has a modern art gallery, outdoor area and live music stage. Head there to view beautiful art work whilst sipping on some drinks. Later during the day, there is live music, open mic nights on a Thursday and spoken word if that’s your thing.
Location: 9 Maitama Sule Street, off Awolowo Road, South West Ikoyi
Since it’s inception in 2004, this arts and cultural centre set up by Bolanle Austen – Peters has become a powerhouse on the cultural scene in Lagos. Terra Kulture boasts an art gallery, restaurant, bookstore/library and venue where exhibitions and theatre productions are put on. Currently on display in the art gallery until 14 February is ‘An Obscure Fashion for Affection’ – an Exhibition of Paintings by John Madu. Afterwards, visit the restaurant to sample some amazing Nigerian food. Try the beans and plantain with beef stew, it is heavenly. Terra Kulture has also started hosting Monopoly Games Nights for all you board games lovers. Entry to the gallery and surrounding areas is free and the venue is open till 10pm so there is plenty of time to enjoy everything that this venue has to offer.
Location: 1376 Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island
It is amazing that a place such as this can exist in Lagos for literature and music lovers. Primarily a book and record store, their record collection is a large one whilst their literature is vast from the classic and modern African literature to the European and American authors. It definitely is the sort of place you can escape into from the hustle of Lagos life. Visit to check out this collection, maybe buy a book or two and sip on a drink from the coffee shop also on site. Every once in a while, the Jazzhole also holds music sessions and book reviews.
Location: Shop 168, Awolowo Road, South West Ikoyi
Go and experience this side of Lagos!