Townsend House day trip to London

Townsend House at the National Gallery

Townsend House at the National Gallery

Our Townsend House residents decided to take advantage of their visit to London, for our Sapphire’s Got Talent event, with a trip to the National Gallery and some sightseeing afterwards.

The focus at the National Gallery was on two painters – Canaletto and Caravaggio with an in-depth discussion on their backgrounds and styles. Everyone then enjoyed some time to walk around the gallery and enjoy the different paintings housed at the gallery.

I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed the gallery. I’ve never been in one before and found it fascinating. I particularly enjoyed reading all the information cards by the side of the paintings that gave you more info about the artist and the work”

Sally, Townsend House

The next stop for the Townsend House day-trippers was Trafalgar Square, where the colourful fountains put everyone in the mood for some Christmas lights. The group enjoyed a festive walk along the strand towards Covent Garden to see the Christmas lights and check out some of the street performers.

They finished the day with some much-needed food in Chancery Lane before heading back to Hertfordshire with a newfound appreciation of art and many lovely memories.

Our Townsend House team want to say a big thank you to all the residents, who came along, for helping make the whole day such fun and such an enjoyable experience.

London is a great place to find many fun and free things to do. The National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of art in the world and is completely free. There is also the Tate Modern, Bankside. You can also do what the Townsend House group did and just have a lovely wander and see some of the many great sites of London. Attractions such as Trafalgar Square, Borough Market and Greenwich Park are all free and you don’t need to book anything in advance. Find out more at Visit London, free attractions.

Check out some more photos of the trip via our Flickr page.

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