National Gallery – The Sunflowers

Blow away those winter blues and visit room 45 of The National Gallery.

See paintings by Van Gogh, Cézanne, Gauguin, Rousseau, Toulouse – Lautrec.

So, what are your plans for lunch today?

The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN.
Website: http:/www.nationalgallery.org.uk
Cost: Free

See this link for paintings in Room 45.

Why not download an audio tour from here, provided by the National Gallery, includes Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.

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Jerwood Space

Jerwood Space is lunch and a break. The art gallery has different exhibitions on during the year along with Cafe 171 providing healthy meals from seasonal ingredients at a reasonable price.

I recently went along to see Photoworks Award 2015 and Luke McCreedie’s work “Be in the air, but not be air, be in the no air” And that is quite fitting because I couldn’t find it. Eventually found it in the cafe area.

Jerwood Space
171 Union St, London SE1 0LN
Jerwood Space:http://www.jerwoodspace.co.uk/
What’s on: http://www.jerwoodvisualarts.org
Cafe 171 Menu: http://www.cafe171.co.uk/cafe-menus.html

Sky Garden , 20 Fenchurch Street

Some people call this building the “Walkie Talkie”, others the  “Walkie Scorchie” but one thing is for sure, 20 Fenchurch Street has the most amazing views of London.

And the Sky Garden is just that, tropics in the sky , 37 floors up.
Well worth a visit, very relaxing. I spent about 45 minutes here, but could have done in less if time was an issue. I hear they have a yoga class at 6 am.

Tickets must be booked in advance, there is no charge, but you must bring ID.

Sky Garden
20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 4BA
http://20fenchurchstreet.co.uk/sky-garden.html
Cost: Free
Note: Book in Advance

Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar and Cafe

(Open Daily 10 am to 10 pm until late September)

Although I have strolled along the South Bank for many years, I’ve failed to notice the sign to Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden. So, just to give you a gentle hint, look for the GIANT YELLOW CONCRETE STAIRCASE.

I enjoyed a coffee here from the café bar. The menu looked appetising.  I had a stroll around the wild flower meadow and mini allotment, not what you expect in London, a real secret garden, serendipitous.

There’s also a family craft centre, someone asked me if I wanted to join a clay workshop. Alas I would, but I had to get back to work.

Wonderful hideaway, useful to know to impress family and friends when taking them along the South Bank on a sunny day.

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Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden
South Bank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
Website: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/venues/Queen-Elizabeth-Hall-Roof-Garden
Open Daily 10 am to 10 pm until late September
Cost : Free