Tuesday, 21 February 2023

Let's draw Greenwich - Saturday 18 March 2023


Let's draw London - Find our 2023 sketchwalk programme here



Stop press!
Rail strikes are now scheduled for the weekend of 18 March.
But we will meet and sketch in Greenwich as planned, as buses and most London Underground lines should still be in operation, albeit busy and with delays.

Travel update
Ongoing maintenance works at Cutty Sark DLR Station are posing a challenge for visitors. We suggest you alight at Greenwich DLR instead -- it's just a nine minute walk from our meeting point at the National Maritime Museum (see below).

The City from Greenwich
Photo by Mike Whalley

[Mike Whalley writes]

This March we return to a favourite London location, Greenwich. 


There are many excellent subjects to sketch here, including historic and modern architecture, important buildings by Inigo Jones and Sir Christopher Wren, and a panoramic view across the river to the city. There are opportunities to draw from both sides of the River Thames, as a foot tunnel runs under the river here to Island Gardens, the site of Canaletto's famous painting 'A View of Greenwich from the River'.

Set in 17th century parkland, Greenwich feels separate from and different to London itself. Thanks to its strategic location on the River Thames, Greenwich was a centre of trade and navigation from Tudor times to the 19th century, and in 2022 celebrated its 25th anniversary as the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. The National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House, the Royal Observatory and the Cutty Sark are managed by Royal Museums Greenwich. The Old Royal Naval College is a registered charity under its own management.

The day is run by Mike Whalley and Olga Mackness.

Meeting point


We will gather near the entrance to the National Maritime Museum SE10 9NF, in the open space beside the cannon, just to the east of the Cutty Sark (see location map below).

If the weather is wet, meet under the colonnade that runs between the Maritime Museum and the Queens House.


The Colonnade, our wet weather meeting place
Photo by Mike Whalley


This plan of the site and individual site maps can be
downloaded from the Royal Museums Greenwich website 

Options for drawing


Royal Museums Greenwich include the National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House, the Royal Observatory, and the Cutty Sark. Entry is free to the National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House, but advance booking is recommended to guarantee entry. There is a charge for entry to the Royal Observatory and the Cutty Sark. Visit the Royal Museums Greenwich website to book both paid-for and free tickets.

The Old Royal Naval College includes the Chapel (free entry) and the Painted Hall (paid entry). Visit their website to book your tickets

Outdoors

    The Observatory
    Sketch by Mike Whalley

    Indoors

    If it rains (it’s March, so who knows!) there are plenty of options to sketch and stay dry. If in your chosen venue you find there are restrictions on drawing media (for example dry media only) do be prepared to respect the rules.
    • Old Royal Naval College is open daily from 10am till 5pm. The Chapel (free entry) is a place of prayer and worship. The Painted Hall, also known as Britain's Sistine Chapel, reopened in 2019 after a two year conservation programme and is now open for visits and tours. There is a fee to visit the Painted Hall, and advance booking is recommended.
    • St Alfege Church - the historic Georgian baroque church of St Alfege, 11th century Archbishop of Canterbury 
      • Greenwich Market - There has been a Royal Charter Market in Greenwich for a thousand years. The Arts & Crafts Market is open on weekends, with stalls selling food and arts and crafts. 

      Key times and meeting points


      11 AM

      Meet near the entrance to the National Maritime Museum, in the open space beside the cannon, just to the east of the Cutty Sark.

      If the weather is wet, meet under the colonnade that runs between the National Maritime Museum and the Queens House.

      1 PM

      Meet at the same place for the sketchbook throwdown and group photo before lunch.

      3.30 PM

      Meet at the same place for the afternoon throwdown and group photo.

      Afterwards

      For those who would like to linger, we will meet at the Gipsy Moth for more sketching and conversation.

      Gloucester Circus, Greenwich
      Sketch by Olga Mackness

      Practical information


      Food and drink and conveniences

      There are plenty of places to get food and drink in Greenwich. Greenwich Market opens every day 10 am to 5.30 pm, and offers a variety of food stalls. The Gipsy Moth is an excellent pub with a large outdoor seating area. There are public toilets inside the visitor centre, by the Cutty Sark, in the National Maritime Museum, and in the park (King William Walk).

      Getting there

      Public transport


      Tube and DLR (Docklands Light Railway) -- UPDATE: Although Cutty Sark Station on the DLR is closest to our meeting point, access is restricted at the moment due to ongoing maintenance works. We suggest you alight instead at Greenwich DLR Station, which is a nine minute walk away from our meeting point at the National Maritime Museum. The DLR connects with other Underground lines at Bank, Tower Gateway and Stratford stations.

      National Rail -- Greenwich Station is also nearby. Trains run direct to Greenwich Station from London Cannon Street and London Bridge. Greenwich Station platforms have step-free access via ramp, lifts or underpass. The ticket offices and car parks at these stations are also step free.

      Bus -- Check the TFL website for bus connections to Greenwich.

      Accessibility -- 'Greenwich for an accessible day trip' has useful information on travel to and from Greenwich.


      River boat

      Uber Boat operates the Thames Clippers service at Greenwich Pier, next to the Cutty Sark. Boats depart from all major London piers every 20 minutes. Travel time to Greenwich is 45 minutes from the London Eye Pier, 25 minutes from London Bridge Pier, and 20 minutes from Tower Pier. 

      Greenwich Pier has installed Europe's first Ramp Rider, greatly improving access for wheelchair users getting on and off boats at low tide. For more information about disabled access to Royal Museums Greenwich, please email the bookings team.

      Cycle routes

      Located on the National Cycle Network, Greenwich can be reached by traffic-free routes that run through parks and alongside the rivers Thames, Lea and Ravensbourne. Cycle racks are located in the National Maritime Museum car park in Park Row, and you can access the Royal Observatory via cycle paths in Greenwich Parky. Free illustrated London cycle guides are available from Transport for London

      Accessibility

      All Royal Museums Greenwich sites have accessible toilets, and cafes and gift shops are wheelchair-accessible.

      Further information

      If you're new to Urban Sketchers London, have a look at Mike Whalley's brief history of the international Urban Sketchers movement.  

      Covid guidance

      Urban Sketchers London remains alert to national guidance about COVID-19 and its variants. Even though restrictions have been lifted, it's sensible to take all necessary precautions to keep ourselves and fellow sketchers safe throughout the event. The risk of infection for outdoor events is low, but basic guidance still applies:
      • Please do not attend if you feel unwell
      • Wear a face covering when you're close to others
      • Give people space
      • Practice good hand hygiene.

      Location map


      See you at Greenwich!




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      Thursday, 9 February 2023

      Let's draw Battersea Power Station - Saturday 18 February 2023


      Sketch by Andrea Deng


      For our second sketchwalk of 2023 we will be drawing the recently opened Battersea Power Station SW11 8AL, one of the newest and most vibrant neighbourhoods of London.


      [Led by Andrea Deng and Jimmy Lu]

      The Battersea Power Station, dominated by its four iconic chimneys and deeply rooted in popular culture, is now open to the public as a new shopping and leisure destination with pedestrian-centred public spaces, parkland and gardens.

      This decommissioned Grade II* listed coal-fired power station is one of the world’s largest brick buildings and a prime example of Industrial Art Deco. The recent redevelopment of the area includes the addition of several residential buildings and public spaces designed by internationally renowned architects, with new public riverside access along the Thames.  If you'd like to know more about this exciting new development, here’s more about 
      the master plan.

      There is no cost, just wrap up warm and bring your sketching kit.

      Our meeting point for the day is the North Entrance,
      which faces the River Thames.

      Meeting point

      Our meeting point for the day is the North Entrance, which faces the River Thames (see photo above). If the weather is fair, we will meet in the square outside the North Entrance. If it's rainy, we will meet inside the North Entrance.

      Options for drawing

      Indoors

      Battersea Power Station
      All of the ground floor and Level 1 are open to the public, so you have plenty of choices to draw inside. 
      • Turbine Hall A is Art Deco in style, reflecting the 1930s when construction of the Power Station began.
      • Turbine Hall B is Brutalist in design, a nod to the 1950s when the building was completed. On the ground floor of Turbine Hall B is Battersea Bookshop, an independent neighbourhood bookshop that specialises in art, architecture and design, and showcases ‘some of the unique architectural elements of the iconic Battersea Power Station’.
      • Lift 109, 'London's epic new viewing experience', is a glass platform lift that rises more than 100 metres to the top of the northwest chimney for spectacular 360 degree views. You will need to book in advance to secure a ticket.

        Outdoors
        • Electric Boulevard - A new pedestrianised high street that links the Power Station to the new Battersea Power Station Tube station.
        • The Coaling Jetty - A 110m long Grade II listed jetty with a great view over the Thames and the Power Station. The Coaling Jetty has been redesigned as a riverside garden, opening up a new public space along the River Thames.
        • Phase 3 residential units with iconic twisted shapes designed by Frank Ghery, and the serpentine ribbon designed by Foster+Partners.
        • Battersea Park and the Peace Pagoda - Battersea Park is a 200 acre Victorian park with a boating lake, tea gardens, a children's zoo and other attractions. The London Peace Pagoda is one of 80 around the world built by Buddhist nuns and monks as a spiritual focus for reflections on world peace and non violence. There is a panoramic view of Chelsea Embankment from the pagoda.

        Sketch by Andrea Deng

        Key times and meeting points

        11 AM

        Meet in the square in front of the Battersea Power Station North Entrance, towards the River Thames (see photo above). In case of inclement weather, we will meet inside the North Entrance.

        1 PM

        Meet in the square in front of the Battersea Power Station North Entrance (facing the river) to show sketchbooks and take our lunchtime group photo. In case of inclement weather, we will meet inside the North Entrance.

        3.30 PM

        Meet back at the same spot to look at the day’s work and take the afternoon group photo. In case of inclement weather, we will meet inside the North Entrance.

        Afterwards

        If you would like to linger for a while to chat (and sketch!), we will then move to the nearby Battersea Brewery.

        Practical information


        Battersea Power Station is located in Circus Road West, Nine Elms, London SW11 8AL. 

        The main entrance is in Circus Road North, with another entrance in Circus Road South.

        Entrance to the Power Station is free of charge, although some of the areas on the upper levels are still under development. There are caf├ęs, toilets and plenty of places where you can eat.

        The nearest Tube station is Battersea Power Station (Northern Line).
         Battersea Park (Overground and Southern) and Queenstown Road (South Western) are also within a 10-15 minute walking distance.

        Another option is to arrive by boat, via the Thames Clippers service at Battersea Power Station Pier. The Power Station is a 15-minute journey from Embankment, 20 minutes from Blackfriars, 30 minutes from Putney, and 40 minutes from Canary Wharf.

        For additional practical information please consult the Battersea Power Station website.

        Covid guidance

        Urban Sketchers London remains alert to national guidance about COVID-19 and its variants. Even though restrictions have been lifted, it's sensible to take all necessary precautions to keep ourselves and fellow sketchers safe throughout the event. The risk of infection for outdoor events is low, but basic guidance still applies:
        • Please do not attend if you feel unwell
        • Wear a face covering when you're close to others
        • Give people space
        • Practice good hand hygiene.

        Remember to tag us when you post your sketches on social media!

        #urbansketcherslondon #usklondon


        Location map

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        See you at Battersea Power Station!



         
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