After visiting a few pubs during the walk from Somerset House to St. Paul’s Cathedral, we fortunately came across The Viaduct Tavern. It is ground zero for fabulous Gin Drinks. We had two:
The Gin of the week, No. 209, served with grapefruit, thyme and Fever Tree Tonic. Amazing.
The second was a Monkey Tree 47 with nectarine garnish and Fever Tree. Outstanding.
The ambience was lively, the decor charming and the staff very friendly.
Oh, and the ice was chipped off a block of ice.
Set out at 9 am across Tower Bridge and experienced South Bank.
Borough Market is a must visit and it delivered delicious stall after stall of every cheese, meat, vegetable and savory or sweet foods.
We then continued along the Thames for a quick view of Shakespeare’s Globe, followed by a tour of the Tate Modern.
We then hopped aboard the Tate Boat for a trip to the Tate Britain at Millbank. This is the home of the largest collection of J.M.W. Turner paintings in the world.
John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough are also in abundance.
Headed north to Buckingham Palace before walking through St. James Park to the National Gallery.
The National Gallery is amazing. A must visit for Renoir, Van Gough, Monet and Rembrandt.
We finished up with a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral and a great final walk along the Thames to the hotel near The Tower.
Édouard Manet was a provocateur and a dandy, the Impressionist generation’s great painter of modern Paris. This first-ever exhibition to explore the last years of Manet’s short life and career reveals a fresh and surprisingly intimate aspect of this celebrated artist’s work. Stylish portraits, luscious still lifes, delicate pastels and watercolors, and vivid café and garden scenes convey Manet’s elegant social world and reveal his growing fascination with fashion, flowers, and his view of the parisienne—a feminine embodiment of modern life in all its particular, fleeting beauty.
To read more: http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/late_manet/