Monet & Architecture has arrived in London.  I snuck into the members preview this morning, and what a treat it was.  This is the largest Monet exhibition to come to London in 20 years. About 19 paintings have come from private collections, so very rarely seen.

© LLW Monet in London

This is a huge deal for the National Gallery to have scooped such a body of work. It is breathtaking. It is divided into three chapters of Monet’s life. North & South of France, Italy, and London, before he retired to his gardens in Giverny, where, as they say, the rest is history.


Annoyingly when I went I couldn’t do the audio, as the wifi doesn’t work downstairs, so take cash £5 non-members £2.50 members, and lose yourself in his masterpieces. I will have to go back, because the curators talk was so fascinating, I’d have gone back in after it AGAIN if I’d had time.

© Luke Abrahams

The exhibition open on Monday to the public, and expect it to be busy.  If you are in London on Monday, try and go to the lunchtime curator’s talk. They are few and far between I’m told, so get your seat, and listen to Richard Thompson talk you through Monet & Architecture. If you can’t get there, it will be live streamed on You-Tube.

What else to do:

Catch the new fourth plinth art installation whilst you are there. It is by the artist *** and is made of tin cans. I rather like it, I think it will look even better with the sun reflecting off it during the sunny days us Londoners dream of.

© LLW Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square

Walk through St James’s Park and catch the daffodils in all their glory.  It is quite breathtaking how beautiful the park looks at any time of day, but I particularly love walking through earlier in the morning, watching the water catch the light.

© LLW St James's Park

Where to eat :

Head into Covent Garden : Try the new cafe Abuelo. Delicious food in this gorgeous new small cafe.

National Portrait Gallery: Up high they have a great restaurant with beautiful views. Check the opening hours, as they aren’t open every evening.. annoyingly!

Fumi :  St Martin’s Lane for Italian food. Anything from pizza to pasta in a beautiful room. We tried this recently and it was delicious.

The Trafalgar Rooftop : Sundowner cocktails with views of London and Trafalgar Square.


Check out our other recommendations for April in our Monthly Super Seven.