The Royal Academy of Arts in the Summer
It's become something of a ritual that every year my mother will go the the Summer Show at The Royal Academy of Arts on Piccadilly. As much as I really wanted to go with her I was really pressed for time that particular day but managed to squeeze enough time for quick coffee and a little time to absorb the splendour of Burlington House. The building really is beautiful, strong in architecture and mixes the old and the new so well. The staircase centred in the entrance is such a dramatic focal point and definitely starts conversations flowing. It sets the tone of whats to come just perfectly. Every room is exquisite, grand and each have unique touches which lead me to think about my own home. Since moving house i've been obsessed with interiors and finding inspiration to make our rented basement flat feel like 'home'. I've been taking pictures and use them to create little mood boards for each room.
I almost didn't go because my day seemed too busy, I just kept thinking 'is it worth it?' It most definitely was. We should never feel that the only reason we go to a gallery is to see an exhibition or to have a look at all its collections, its enough to have coffee and absorb the atmosphere and be inspired for a few moments. Don't feel like you need to have an entire day to dedicate to the wonderful places of London, just go for a coffee, meet a friend for lunch or just have a wonder around for as long as you have. You will be so glad you did. If you have children, take them. Don't stop your life but share your loves and interests. You'll be surprised how accommodating most galleries and museums are for those with children, quite often they run special events and activities for them. I've always taken my girls with me as much as possible and they love it. They have been accustomed to it from a young age and know no different. Having said that, if I can and I want to, I do on occasion go without them. That's ok too.
The sculpture outside is an attraction in itself, it really brings the courtyard to life.
I just couldn't resist a photo on their iconic stairs.
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