My friend Alex is currently in training for her Blue badge guide exams, which basically means that her friends get a lot of tours around London for free.
This Saturday I dragged my hungover self to the National Gallery to meet with Alex and some of her other friends. In around an hour and a half she took us to see 6 of the 30 paintings the National Gallery highlight on their website as some of the gallery’s best loved works.
You can find the full list here: 30-highlight-paintings
We visited Bacchus and Ariadne, The Abassadors, The Arnolfini Portrait, The Battle of San Romano, The Wilton Diptych and Venus and Mars. This was a great selection – including some paintings that I hadn’t seen before – I tend to hang out with Impressionsists when I visit the gallery.
It was a real treat – Alex had lots to say about the paintings and now I’ve been spoilt I’m going to find it difficult to go to any gallery without a personal guide!
Now I have no photos of the paintings etc as you’re not allowed to take photographs inside the gallery. However I have some pictures from London Pride which was kicking off outside in Trafalgar Square in the drizzle.
Cool map of London in words on the wall of Byron Burgers – we stopped out of the rain here to get my requisite bacon injection!
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