Thursday, 4 July 2013

sketching in London

Can you guess where we sat yesterday?
My daughter and I went up to London to see my eldest daughters work in the DandAD New Blood awards. (she couldnt go as away on a well earned end of degree holiday!)
We then spent a couple of hours in the city sketching, and having coffee (again!)

The top sketch was the wonderful view opposite Liverpool Street Station, looking across Liverpool Street old rooftops toward the modern sky scrapers. The iconic gherkin is gradually being surrounded with more and more new development around Bishopsgate.

Sad that what remains of Liverpool Street Station architecture is now McDonalds. But at least some of the station has been saved. We were perched against the Jewish Kinder memorial to sketch this.

We then wandered down Bishopsgate, admiring all the new architecture, until we reached Leadenhall market. A special place in my family history, as a (several times) great grandfather was the landlord of a pub here in Bulls Head Passage. The pub survives but now as an Optician... and was disguised once again as a pub for the Leaky Cauldron in Harry Potter number 1. Interestingly, when it was originally a pub, it was called the Green Dragon.

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