Tuesday 17 May 2022

Let's draw Twickenham - Sunday 26 June 2022

Eel Pie Island
Virtual sketch in 2020 by Sasala Wickramasinghe

[by Helen Hayhoe and Zane Karklina] 

**Please note - change of date**

Due to possible RMT strike action on Saturday, 

we will meet on Sunday 26th of June 

In June we draw Twickenham

We are delighted to be able to meet face to face in Twickenham again, having compromised twice before — first with a virtual sketch in 2020, then a late postponement in 2021.

We are mixing it up to include a location by the River Crane, just across the road from Twickenham Station — you'll find a bonus there for railway lovers. Then we walk a short distance to the banks of the River Thames. Sketch the water, the boats, the bridge, the people walking by the river. Look across the river to the fabulous Eel Pie Island. Visit the Naked Ladies statues combing their hair above their stony pool. 

For locations on this sketchcrawl, see our Google Map below. 

The 'Naked Ladies'
Sketch by Katy Evans

Key times and meeting points

11 am

Meet outside The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station. In The Exchange there is a café and loos, and beside it is an open area with seating and a splash fountain, with a riverside walk beside the River Crane. 

1 am          

Throwdown at The Embankment, Twickenham Riverside. Meet at the bottom of Water Lane, within sight of the bridge to Eel Pie Island. 

3.30 pm    

Final Throwdown at Champions Wharf Play Beach, a raised area with playpark and sculptures, and a curved seat for our throwdown. 

There are many cafés and pubs nearby where we can catch up with one another afterward the final throwdown.

More information and ideas for sketching

The Exchange

Cross the road from the station and meet in the courtyard to the right of the Exchange. Here's a map of the local area showing the location of the Exchange.

You may see children splashing in the fountain, or you can walk by the side of the building to find the River Crane, which leads into Twickenham Rough, a linear nature conservation area 
on the site of old and new railways, with fallen trees and nature to sketch. 

The Exchange
Sketch by Helen Hayhoe

Church Street
Turn back towards the station and right into Twickenham. On the way to the River Thames at Twickenham Embankment, explore Church Street with its independent shops and cafes and St Mary’s Church.

Church Street, Twickenham
Cal Hoy

Eel Pie Island

At Twickenham Embankment itself you will see the arched bridge to the iconic Eel Pie Island (mostly private). From the Embankment there is plenty to sketch, including the boatyard.

Twickenham Riverside
Sketch by Daniel Lloyd-Morgan

Champions Wharf
Champions Wharf, just beyond The Barmy Arms pub has lots of seating and a great view of the river. Follow the path in the corner of Champions Wharf into York House Gardens, which features the Italian Oceanides Statues, aka ‘The Naked Ladies’.

View from Champions Wharf
Sketch by Lynne Flinders

White Swan Pub
A 15 minute walk along the Embankment is the picturesque White Swan Pub, perched by the river.

Orleans House and Gallery
Very near to the White Swan is Orleans House and Gallery, which should be open. The house and the gardens are beautiful to sketch, and the Stables Cafe offers refreshments.

Octagon Room at Orleans House
Sketch by John Swanson

Marble Hill House
The grand Marble Hill House is nearby, the grounds being restored to their former historic accuracy. 

Marble Hill House
Sketch by John Webb

Location map

See you at Twickenham!

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