Thursday, 20 July 2017

RA Summer Exhibition

We popped down to the Big Smoke on Tuesday for a private view at the RA.  
A little brunch fortified us for our travels.

Then a stroll through Hyde Park to the Serpentine Gallery,

to worship of the Shrine of Mr Perry and The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever.  For anyone who missed them I would recommend his Reith Lectures,  Grayson Perry: Playing to the Gallery: 2013.  I enjoyed these immensely, I've never had so many laugh out loud moments on Radio 4.

In the glorious sunshine we walked down through South Kensington - past the new V&A entrance,  through Chelsea - where we found excellent proper gelato, over the Thames into Battersea and to our destination of Fabrics Galore in Lavender Hill.  We walked through parts of London we'd never been to before, particularly interesting was the Shaftesbury Estate originally built in the 1870's by the Artizans, Labourers and General Dwelling Company, when you see an old bloke leaning on his gate post you know you're going to get gold when you stop for a chat, it was a treat.

Purchases were made and we walked on to Clapham Junction station and gave our feet a rest, 
a mere 7.6 miles from out starting point of Euston.  Fortunately I had left the stilettos at home and had on my sensible Grenson's, not really glamorous enough for a cocktail party but I think I got away with it. We ended the day at the most enjoyable Summer Exhibition.


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