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I've shared my various theatre experiences, plus the beautiful Sky Garden, but I also managed to visit one museum and two galleries.

MPU River Police

I visited the River Police museum in Wapping.  There are very occasional open days, but the curator also does private tours and I arranged one.  Fortunately another couple joined as well, which saved the potentially embarrassing "Why are you interested in the Marine Policing Unit?" "I write fanfic with an inspector from the Unit and thought I'd like to know more."

The museum itself is small, but the history is interesting, and we must have been there for nearly two hours.  The police unit is the oldest one in London, created before Sir Robert Peel began the main police force.

RPMuseum1 RPMuseum2 RPMuseum3

I also visited the Courtauld Gallery, thanks to my Art Fund card.  It wasn't as big as I had expected, but there were some lovely paintings.  I was particularly taken with some of the Medieval tryptiches, and seeing the original of Manet's Bar at the Follies Bergere.  My favourite, however, was Monet's Autumn Effect at Argenteuil.

(Image courtesy of the Courtauld Institute.)

My final visit was to Apsley House, the former home of the Duke of Wellington (again free with my Art Fund card).  There are a number of paintings, plus various medals and gifts Wellington received as thanks for winning the battle of Waterloo.  This included several dinner services.  Quite what anyone would do with that many dinner plates is beyond me.

And lastly, both days I ate my lunch in the Victoria Embankment Gardens.

Embankment Gardens Embankment Gardens2

Date: 2017-08-23 07:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] saki101
Sounds like a great visit and the photos are lovely. I am envying you your two-hour tour at the River Police Museum. That is fantastic!

Date: 2017-08-23 11:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] margaret_r
I've been to Apsley House before and the gardens but not the other two venues, the River Police museum must have been fascinating.

Date: 2017-08-24 09:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vix_spes
What an interesting choice of musuem! I hadn't even realised that it existed! I went to the Courtauld Gallery a while ago and, whilst some bits were great, I felt a little ambivalent towards it. Lol at all of the dinner plates at Apsley House.


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