Please Keep Left: Exploring London

Hello! I'm so happy you've joined me here. I'm a San Franciscan currently living in Switzerland who's just returned from London. 

London National Gallery_Eva Rose Studio.JPG

 This was my first visit to the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. Paintings housed here are from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, but after awhile one oil painting of British nobility starts to look like the next, which is why I was delighted to find the Australian Impressionists exhibit. It includes works from Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder, Tom Roberts and John Peter Russell. I love creating art but I didn't study it, so it's always interesting to learn more about the art world and those who have left their mark throughout time. JPR was my favorite of the mix. Also, is it too late to take up oil painting? 

In The Morning, Alpes Maritimes from Antibes  by John Peter Russell

In The Morning, Alpes Maritimes from Antibes by John Peter Russell

I stayed at the centrally-located Haymarket Hotel. What a dream! Those who love color and pattern mixing will be in awe of every room here. The Haymarket is in the theater district, just a few blocks away from the Piccadilly Circus Underground Station and around the corner from Trafalgar Square. Luckily the hotel is tucked away on a quiet street and feels far removed from the rush outside. 

The library at The Haymarket Hotel

The library at The Haymarket Hotel

The hotel is filled with art from floor to ceiling (elevators, too); this is one of my favorites.  Joan Crawford Alphabet  by Donald Urquhart.

The hotel is filled with art from floor to ceiling (elevators, too); this is one of my favorites. Joan Crawford Alphabet by Donald Urquhart.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

I love to draw products with interesting packaging and needed to look no further than my hotel room for inspiration. Meet RikRak. So cute and scented like an herb garden. 

The Haymarket Hotel's RikRak bath products

The Haymarket Hotel's RikRak bath products

After eight years in San Francisco I'm not especially intimidated by public transit, but taking the Tube to, from and within London kept me on my toes. Google Maps is a lifesaver. 

Mind the gap

Mind the gap

I'm looking forward to my next trip to London with or without fog, but definitely with more Indian food.