Passing The Time On A Rainy Day

Sometimes the weather just doesn’t want to collaborate. At all. After a week of gorgeous blue skies, we woke up to a rainy Saturday. To be exact, it was not too bad early in the morning, but we knew it was going to rain. The BBC’s weather service is actually pretty accurate and had forecast rain from mid morning until mid afternoon.

What were we to do in the meantime? We mulled over these three alternatives:

  1. Laze about at home until the skies cleared.
  2. Make a dash to the pub and hole up there until the rain stopped.
  3. Go to a museum.

We decided to get some culture and after bundling up in our rain coats, started walking towards Trafalgar Square. We wanted to see Lord Snowden’s photography exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. By the time we got close, the heavens had opened and the rain was coming down sideways. Despite our winter gear, we were pretty wet so we decided to pop into the National Gallery, thinking that the two might be connected. We spent a couple of hours looking at the art and in the end it was much better than the photography exhibition we really wanted to see since we’d already seen most of the photos online. The National Gallery, on the other hand, offered room after room of pretty great art. These are some that caught our eye:

Caspar David Friedrich's Winter Landscape made us think of Christmas.

Caspar David Friedrich’s Winter Landscape made us think of Christmas.

Simon Denis's Sunset in the Roman Campagna

Simon Denis’s Sunset in the Roman Campagna

We wished there was a way to stroll into Richard Parkes Bonington's La Ferte. It looks peaceful and the perfect setting to sip a chilled cocktail.

We wished there was a way to stroll into Richard Parkes Bonington’s La Ferte. It looks peaceful and the perfect setting to sip a chilled cocktail.

Or we could steal this lady's beer from the painting by Eduard Manet.

Or we could steal this lady’s beer from the painting by Eduard Manet.

Another peaceful scene, this time by Theo van Rysselberghe.

Another peaceful scene, this time by Theo van Rysselberghe.

Claude Monet's The Grand Canal, Venice.

Claude Monet’s The Grand Canal, Venice.

Too much culture made us hungry so we headed towards home. We thought about stopping by the food market close to Waterloo Station, but it was still raining too hard. Instead we ventured to The Cut to check out Greensmiths since one of our favorite butchers, Ginger Pig, has an outpost there. We were pleasantly surprised by how big the place is and the great merchandise. We left laden with bags of groceries, including some lamb shoulder, pork shoulder, and a selection of sausages, apart from vegetables and cheese.

A couple of hours later, just as often happens in London, the weather did another 180 turn and suddenly the sky was blue. We ventured out again, this time to go for a cocktail and took the short walk to one of our favorite haunts, Porky’s BBQ. We’re not ones to seek American-style places, but this place is a treasure, with fantastic food, great cocktails and friendly staff.

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