Wednesday 28 September 2022

Hay's Galleria Tuesday 11 October

Our next outing is to Hay's Galleria which is part of London Bridge City. Meet at 11 am on Tuesday 11 October on the Thames side. The address is Hay's Galleria, 1 Battle Bridge Lane, London SE1 2HD. There are plenty of buses and London Bridge Station is right nearby.

Hay's Galleria is a courtyard, originally old warehouses now covered with a glazed roof. It is adjacent to the Thames Path and is open to the river on one side. The remainder of the courtyard is enclosed, so we will be undercover if it rains and also there is some protection from the October cold. There are riverside views. This is an exciting urban space with opportunities taken for interaction and it has thriven for several decades now. appears to be an estate agent's website with floor plans but there are some photos and more photos can be found by Googling Hays Galleria.

The Galleria itself consists mostly of eateries but there are shops nearby and plenty of opportunities to buy a packed lunch. So we can decide on the day where to have lunch.

Bring a sketching stool to be safe.

Sunday 25 September 2022

Our outing to Dalston Curve

Eight artists met up in the Dalston Eastern Curve gardens. This venue is becoming a regular as we went last year at the same time and enjoyed it on both occasions. The garden has become more mature and is very well cared for. The Curve welcomes community groups and hosts a wide range of activities.

The weather was overcast but brightened up later, with better light. The rain held off and it was not too cold.

We had lunch in the garden and exchanged painting tips and it must be said some gossip.

Thank you for welcoming us, Dalston Curve.

Our next outing is on Tuesday 11 October to Hayes Galleria. More details to follow

Pics below from our artists:

Audrey Rapier

Gafung Wong

Janet Payne

Priscilla Worley

Steve Betts

Sue Loder

Tricia Sharp

Sue Lees

Wednesday 7 September 2022

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden Wednesday 21 September 2022

Our next outing is on Wednesday 21 September to Dalston Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane E8 3DF. Meet at 11 am. Do look at their website at

This is a much loved community garden in the heart of Dalston, on previously derelict land rescued from development by locals. It provides outdoor green space together with a cafe. We last visited about a year ago and enjoyed it immensely. 

Please note that this outing is on a Wednesday, not the usual Tuesday. The garden will be open for us and a carers' community group at 11am. After 1pm it will be open to the public. Janet's number for the day is 07815 772857 if you have difficulty getting in.

If it rains the regular Wednesday carers group have priority on the covered seating area. There is a cafe serving hot and cold drinks but with a limited food choice. There are plenty of local cafes, or bring a packed lunch. There are tables and chairs in the garden and loos.

See you there

Monday 5 September 2022

Our Outing to the Cloister Gardens on 3O August 2022

About a dozen artists met in the Cloister Gardens of the Museum of the Knights of St John on a sunny but temperate day. Some great work was produced. The Gardens are a real Clerkenwell gem with historic connections and a flourishing olive tree. 

Workers from the surrounding offices use this garden to eat their lunches al fresco. The garden is very well maintained and a joyful place to sketch on a late summer's day.

Lunchtime throw down

From Alison Sandifer

From Audrey Rapier

From Avril Dennis

From Gill Steiner

From Diane Umemoto

From Gafung Wong

From Janet Payne

From Sara Meidan

From Sue Lees

From Tricia Sharpe

From Priscilla Worley