I’ve never spent a full week in London before. Too expensive, mostly. But this year, I planned to meet my girl here a week after I arrived, so… well, instead of the research day trips I had planned, I ended up staying here. Every day I went for a little run around Battlesea Park and then into Chelsea for tea. And after that? I found a cool place to work. It was supposed to be a place I hadn’t been to before, so I could see the bits of London I’ve not seen on previous trips. In the end, it worked out perfectly! Here’s where I washed up…
The British Library
It was Sunday, so not much was fully open, but I found a quiet place upstairs, worked and people-watched. I’m sorry to have missed the comic book display they had on, but it was closed. Next time! And hey, check out these standing desks!
The Florence Nightengale Museum
I didn’t know much more of the ‘Lady of the Lamp’ than regular common knowledge before I waltzed through this museum, housed in the Thomas & Guy Hospitals on the south bank. Learned a whole lot in this tiny museum, though, and found a good place to work nearby afterwards. Got any nursing questions? Now that I’ve been, I’ve totally got you covered if you’re suffering from dysentary or perhaps need a quick amputation. Call me!
The Southbank Centre
This is a shot taken pretty much right outside the Southbank Centre. Not a bad view! The place itself is an Arts Hub — a huge facility for holding big events. [The London School of Fine Arts was graduating its latest class there when I was in residence], and the focus of their attention this summer appears to be LOVE. A celebration of all kinds of love, using images and text from ancient Greece — the place was humming, and it was great fun to work there.
The Victoria & Albert Museum
So I originally set out to visit the V&A children’s museum, which is on a different site, but I got lost. I have been to the V&A before, but only briefly, so I had a lovely wander through before I settled down to work. SO MANY PICTURES, but will settle on these to give you a tiny taste.
I held lustful thoughts for this beautiful writing box, with lots of drawers and compartments for secreting away pens and ink and Important Documents of Questionable Nature. I have all my ink stashed in an ordinary desk drawer at home [though I do have a beautiful hand-made pen case for all my writing implements, courtesy of the talented Kathy Kenzie].
And to finish today, here’s a shot of a man who has run afoul of someone he should just not have messed with…
I didn’t get her name, but I know I REALLY want her on my side when things get tough!
Well, I thought I could do this all in one post, but clearly I just love London all too much, so