Lonely Planet Writer

Spice up your life at this Spice Girls exhibition touring Britain

There may be some nostalgic trends we could do without but, quite frankly, the 1990s will never be one of them. Now you can relive your pop memories of the decade with an exhibition on the Spice Girls that has debuted in London before embarking on a tour of Britain.

The Spice Girls at the MTV Video Music Awards, 1997. Photo by Victor Malafronte/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Spice Girls were a pop phenomenon that burned brightly – and quickly – from their debut in 1996 with ‘Wannabe’. The Spice Up exhibition invites fans of all things Girl Power to trace their meteoric rise to fame, the Spice World movie, their break-up and iconic reunion at the London Olympics opening ceremony and even touches on their solo careers.

A taste of some of the costumes on display at the exhibition. Photo by Will Ireland

The majority of the exhibit items are clothing worn by the women, many of which perfectly encapsulates their alter egos of Ginger, Baby, Posh, Scary and Sporty. If you’re expecting to see Geri’s Union Jack dress, however, you’ll be disappointed as it’s on display in Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Cafe. Don’t worry though, there are enough platform shoes to go around.

There was no end to the amount of merchandise available. Photo by Will Ireland

There are also thousands of items of related memorabilia that took off during the Spice craze, including dolls, stationery, lollipops, wallpaper and even mopeds. The curators have designed replicas of what a super fan’s bedroom may have looked like (which some people are bound to find eerily similar). Best of all, the Spice Bus from Spice World will also go on display and the organisers are going to launch a refurbishment project so fans will get the chance to go inside.

Look familiar? Photo by Will Ireland

In London, there is also a special two-hour bus tour which will bring fans to locations associated with the group. A guide will also share Spice-related history and yes, there will be sing-alongs to plenty of the hits.

The Spice Up Exhibition runs at the Business Design Centre London until 20 August before moving to Manchester for a run between 24 August and 4 September. The exhibition hopes to tour the UK well into 2019. Adult admission is £10, with concessions for students, OAPs, children and carers.