01/05/2009

A day in London

On Wednesday I was in London for the day and what a perfect day it was - the sun was shining and everyone was out and about enjoying the early summer temperatures - travelling down on the train the 2 ladies opposite me were also ready to enjoy a day out and one of them said they might go to........ The Garden History Museum in Lambeth - well my ears pricked up as I was also on my way to Lambeth for a meeting - during my meeting later that morning The Garden Museum was mentioned - it was suggested that I might like to go there after the meeting as it was just around the corner

AND I DID! - WELL I HAD TOO didn't I!

And was I glad I DID - what a marvellous find - I didn't have my camera with me (always a mistake to decide to leave it at home - this image is from their website) - it is a gem of a place so if any of you find yourself visiting that part of the London (it is on the other side of the river almost opposite the Houses of Parliament) - there is a fantastic cafe inside the converted old church that houses the Museum. I didn't go inside the Museum but enjoyed a lovely cup of coffee and homemade cake sitting in the garden after a ramble around - the salads, in enormous bowls looked delicious too! And it must be the best value lunch in London! I will be back the next time I am in London - so if you want a quiet shady corner with mouth watering food after the busy London streets this is for you! You can even buy plants and they have a lovely gift shop. I will be back there next time I am in London which will be soon as I was not aware that there is a big exhibition at the Hayward Gallery until 25 May of Annette Messager, work - another of my favorite artists. Just need to find a cheap rail ticket!

From Lambeth I rambled along the river path - under the London Eye (another wish for my camera) past the Royal Festival Hall, the Hayward Gallery, South Bank and British Film Institute wishing I had more time, finally ending up at Tate Modern to see the Roni Horn exhibition. It was disappointing which was a surprise as I was looking forward to seeing it - I'm still trying to work out why I was disappointed. I just did not connect to the work - is that what it is about - connection? the work was beautifully presented and her process and subject matter is similiar to my own themes and processes. I should have been bowled over but I wasn't - I felt detached from it - as I said there was no connection. I would love to have your thoughts on this.

Later that day I ended up in South Kensington at the Conran Shop housed in the beautiful Michelin building (this photo doesn't really do it justice - again taken from the website - there is the most beautiful flower shop in the foyer which spills out on to the pavement - the smell is wonderful!) I coveted a huge beautiful aged table, the top looked like it was made from old polished railway sleepers sat on an industrial iron base - it looked perfect for displaying the contents of the disintegration project!
I ended the day with a glass of red wine on St Pancras International Station and caught the train home - exhausted and happy!

I will be posting the REVEAL of my disintegration project later today!!

6 comments:

Char said...

sounds like the perfect place. glad you had a great day.

Margaret Pangert said...

All that in one day! How wonderful! As for your "connecting with art" question, I think that if you're feeling polarized from a piece of art, you can look for a bridge that will bring you closer. I look forward to the big REVEAL! Best, Margaret

Candace said...

Lovely adventures here. My ex pat friend saw this exhibit and said, basically, "Gosh, I didn't know art could be so boooooring."
uh oh.
So you are not alone in being unconnected. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It's just so subjective...
Candace

Annie said...

I love this portrait of your day. So much to see, it's hard not to over do it. I always feel lucky that my trip home from London is at the end of the line - then I can fall asleep all the way back without worrying about missing my stop.

A rambling rose said...

Thank you all for your comments and yes it's very easy to overdo things in London!

india said...

that Garden Museum is just delicious..i discovered it on the Monday before your Wednesday and spent a blissful afternoon painting in the garden
not to mention seriously bruising my credit card in the bookshop...