Excellent long weekend in a sunny and warm London. We stayed at the Queensgate Hotel on, ahem, Queen’s Gate, just round the corner from the Natural History Museum. The hotel was very welcoming, with a comfortable and spacious room, and was in a good location close to South Ken and Chelsea.
Highlights of the weekend:
- Modernism exhibition at the V&A. This traced modernism from the Bauhaus in 1914 through to it’s impact on present-day architecture and design.
- Americans in Paris echibition at the National Gallery. A really interesting review of American artists in Paris at the end of the 19th and start of the 20th century. Interesting fact of the day: The copyright for James McNeil Whistler’s letters is held by the University of Glasgow. I wonder why?
- My first opera experience: La Belle Helene at the English National Opera. A fun evening out – I’ll certainly try it again.
- Mooching around the King’s Road and the deepest depths of Battersea in the sunshine.
- Good food at Carluccio’s, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Crumpet (right in the centre of Nappy Valley) and Wagamama.