A Saturday in London - Kensington Gardens, Holland Park, the Design Museum, St. James Park and the Tate Britain - May, 2017
We took the train into London from Windsor to Paddington and walked the short distance to the Marlborough Gate of Kensington Gardens. There we found the Italian Pump Room Gardens, where the yellow water irises were at their peak, and headed southwest past the Peter Pan Statue, Henry Moore's "The Arch" sculpture, Simon Gudgeon's elegant bronze "Isis" and the Lady Diana Fountain. We stopped at the recently re-gilded Albert Memorial, then followed the Flower Walk out of the park and down Kensington High Street to Holland Park, where we discovered the Dutch Garden with its yellow tulips, blue and yellow irises, and the colorful 1995 mural by Mao Wen Biao, which recreates the Holland House garden parties of the 1870's.
After resting in the park's tranquil Kyoto Japanese Garden, we had a light lunch in the excellent Parabola Restaurant inside the new Design Museum. We then immersed ourselves for a couple of hours in the museum's permanent collection - "Designer, Maker, User". After scones and tea at Caffe Concerto Kensington, we took the Underground to St. James Park with its beautiful late afternoon light, went around the lake, over the Blue Bridge, through Westminster, and along the Thames to the Tate Britain where we had reserved evening tickets for the amazing retrospective of David Hockney's 60 year career (no photographs were allowed inside the special exhibition.)
As Samuel Johnson famously said, "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."