London Thames
View from Tate Modern

Unintentionally ended up with a double whammy of culture since Lawrence and I headed off in the sunshine to the Tate Modern for the Richard Hamilton retrospective.

Tate Modern

The place was heaving with people, but luckily they weren’t all in the exhibition, as that could have been a tight squeeze.

Richard Hamilton

He was one of the pioneers in the Pop Art scene and it looked from the beginning of his life up to the end before his death in 2011.

Richard Hamilton

My personal favourites were the pieces that centred around his interest in interiors and the perspectives that go from viewer to inside the painting and beyond.

Richard Hamilton
Can you see me?

The s*it and flower room, based around an Andrex toilet paper advert was also very interesting.

Make sure you go off into one of the side rooms nearer the end, where he asked all his friends and acquaintances to take a picture of him and the vast number can be seen in here. Each one is individually labelled with who took the picture, including artists such as Andy Warhol.

It was time to continue the day with heading back up to Islington for some drinks and food in the sun.


First stop was The Joker pub on Barnsbury road, that has Tongue ‘n’ Cheek holding residency with some food.

Cheek 'N' Tongue

Food was good but a tad overpriced, the pub is worth a stop though if in the neighbourhood.

Not happy being photographed!

The main event in food was going to end up being up at John Salt, my new favourite watering hole.

John Salt

We got there with 30 minutes left of their daily happy hour, so there was only one thing for it..


I’ve had their burgers a couple of times now and they’ve been heavenly each and every time – would recommend. Although Lawrence claims still not as good as Tommi’s Burger Joint in Marlyebone!

John Salt Burger

We were joined by friends and the night continued ending in Zigfrid Von Underbelly, but I won’t bore you with those details. A lovely day being a tourist and ending back as a local!

Mathew & Laura