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Leading Culture Destinations is a dynamic new guide to arts institutions around the world. It is dedicated to supporting these institutions by helping cultural travelers navigate the broad range of offerings available across the globe – encouraging them to discover and explore new destinations for themselves.


What makes LCD unique is our Culture Index, which rates and ranks institutions in five different categories:

– Exhibitions & Programming

– Architecture & Spatial Design

– Eat & Drink

– Shop and

– Digital Experience


The rankings are created using feedback from our LCD ambassadors – a group of highly respected experts, innovators and leading figures from the creative world, who have shared their insight with our community. This feedback is then put through a bespoke algorithm, which creates our index – meaning that Leading Culture Destinations is wholly democratic whilst still being an informed and trustworthy, specialist guide.


The index categories recognise a revolution within cultural institutions, which has seen them become not only places to see art and learn, but also destinations in which to meet, socialise, shop and, sometimes, even sleep.


Along with the Culture Index, our editorial features, which include reviews and expert tips and individual city culture packages help us fulfill our mission – to promote ongoing and expanded visitor engagement with cultural institutions around the world.




Leading Culture Destinations was set up by a team of cultural enthusiasts and global explorers, dedicated to sharing our passions and experiences and to promoting the places we love.


We are not bystanders. We are….



We are active in the creative community and hell-bent on giving back to those institutions that have inspired and informed us, by creating a platform that will helps drive visitors to them – connecting a global audience with the art culture and around us all.


Founder & Publisher – Florian Wupperfeld

Florian studied film production at UCLA in Los Angeles before starting his career as a trend scout in 1997, working with Mercedes Benz on the launch of the Smart car. He has acted as a consultant to numerous brands, developing extensive networks with creative communities across the world. Previous clients include BMW, Adidas, The Soho House Group, Andre Balazs Properties, Hermes, LVMH, Value Retail, Colette  and The New York Times.


Editor, Arts & Culture Director – Bakul Patki

Bakul is a writer, curator, producer and PR – driven by a passion for the arts, she has worked across the cultural and creative disciplines for over 15 years. She has curated a variety of exhibitions from pop-ups in empty retail spaces to landmark shows at Somerset House, London and the Gallery of Photography, Dublin. She also consults for brands who want to engage with and support artists and creatives, with recent and on-going projects for Absolut Vodka, Sky, Pernod Ricard and BAFTA.


Staff Writer & Editorial Assistant – Francesca Nicol

Francesca studied Art History and Literature at the University of Kent, and at UCLA in Los Angeles where she worked with the Fowler Museum and the Hammer Museum on new publications, as well as research and communications projects. She’s worked with several London galleries including All Visual Arts and Parasol Unit to deliver new communication strategies, and further engage with arts marketing and PR. Francesca developed her penchant for arts and culture writing through contributions for a variety of publications worldwide, from the Hammer’s Yearbook to Zooey and No Cigar – before joining the nascent Leading Culture Destinations as a core member of the editorial team. 


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