its lovely when your children start to recommend art exhibitions or places to go – i think that i have spent so many years telling them to get off their computers and go out. so I went to the newly refurbished Hayward gallery – one of my favourite buildings in london; not only is it positioned in one of the most iconic spots – by Waterloo bridge, but its concrete structure sets it apart against the wonder of the houses of Parliament. the exhibition Gursky is definitely worth visiting – the scale of the photos and the mass of people really made you wonder how he achieved them. I didn’t realise that he had composed them from several pictures and obviously he must have been raised quite high to get the angles. the cafe and gift shop are also quite good.
after all this rain, we were lucky enough to catch a sunny and bright afternoon on the south bank – we passed the wonderful skylon restaurant at the royal festival hall, the skateboarders, the booksellers, popped into the british film theatre. did you know that you can go into the mediatheque and watch any film on their archive for free? there are quite comfy booths, so what a great thing to do on a rainy day!
or why not go and see an early show at the bfi and then take an evening stroll along the river, get a bite to eat or have a drink in one of the many cafes – its a lovely thing to do. watching the sun go down on westminster bridge has to be one of the most romantic views in london.