london showers

May 20, 2012  in my london

sania pell london grey

April and May are usually rainy here in the UK but it’s been especially wet for the last few weeks, making up for the fact that there wasn’t much rain earlier in the year. On one particularly dark and wet Sunday last month we hopped in the car and drove across London to Tate Modern to check out the Damien Hirst exhibition. It’s a pleasant drive on a Sunday as the traffic is less, you can park on the back streets for free and we get to see the amazing architecture on the route, from the historic landmarks to the new architectural structures.

sania pell london grey

Shooting from the car whilst moving meant my shots were abstract and blurred, reducing London to a range of grey tones with splashes of red – post boxes, telephone boxes, buses and traffic lights glowing in the monochrome views.

sania pell london grey

sania pell london grey

Maybe it’s why I love the use of grey, it surrounds me in my every day London life. I painted my front door dark grey about six years ago and with a slate front path and basalt chippings, my house often matches the the stormy sky.

sania pell london grey

sania pell london grey

sania pell london grey

We have the annual family membership which give you access to the paid exhibitions like Picasso, Kusama and Hirst at all of the Tate museums. If you live close enough to visit regularly it is brilliant and will pay for itself many times over.

sania pell london grey

Even a run down the steps to the Turbine Hall in the rain became fun and my kids loved it. We all enjoyed the Damien Hirst exhibition and although it was very busy, it intrigued and amazed the children and my husband and I enjoyed it too. It is well worth a visit.

We’ll be back again soon for more artistic inspiration, especially on these rainy London days.


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  1. I love this post, it reminds of my London days when I use to study there at Central Saint Martins College, and visiting Tate gallery and other places was so easy. Thanks for a moment of tender nostalgic feeling 🙂

  2. Franka says:

    Extraordinary and lovely images!

    ♥ Franka

  3. Toni says:

    Your images are j u s t amazing!

  4. Chi@106 says:

    Gorgeous photos as always, Sania. It just goes to show that there is truly beauty all around us – even in the weather we often delight in complaining about! 😀

    Glad to hear you all had a fun Sunday despite the rain. As children we are all fascinated and excited by the variety and adventure that weather represents but we somehow lose that as we get older, don’t we?

  5. Kathryn says:

    Absolutely stunning photographs and a refreshingly positive response to the gunmetal skies of late. The other two splashes of colour (your children) made the set perfect. Beautiful.

  6. Jo says:

    Amazing pics, really moody. Love the little pops of red. Jo x

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, art/creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 20 years, and is well known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for architects and property developers. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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