We asked some of our design cognoscenti where their favourite spots are. The ones they are most longing to get back to after lockdown… Here are their spontaneous thoughts:
I’m longing to go to a reopened Royal Academy to wander round the galleries then go and have a glass of champagne in the Academicians Room.
Jonathan Manser – The Manser Practice
I most look forward to crossing Albert Bridge again, it’s my favourite part of my Boris Bike commute to and from work
Harry Dawes – Knight Frank
Richmond Park, and I’m lucky to live close enough to visit during lockdown. It is a magical time of year with the trees and bracken bursting into life and the male deer in velvet and the hinds about to have their fawns.
Lily Paulson-Ellis – LPE Designs
The freedom to wallow in the delights of art galleries and museums – postcards and virtual tours never capture the true wonder of the artist’s palette, scale and light effect. To sit outside a Caffe Nero watching the world walk by.
Philip Blackwell – Ultimate Library
Apsley House, Number 1 London – the most exquisite small museum, Wellington’s mansion, filled with beautiful paintings and silver. Brings alive that Great Man!
Lulu Egerton – Strutt & Parker
The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. It’s a wonderful 19th century building with wonderful collections, and it’s never busy. A true palace of art.
Jeremy Musson – Historian, author, editor and presenter
I’ve been lucky enough to be able to visit my favourite parks whilst walking my dog each day. So I guess I’ve missed the buzz of London, people watching, the busy streets and markets. I think it would have to be wandering around Notting Hill / Portobello Road and Borough Market. I would like to sit outside in a café and watch the world go by on a summers day.
Amanda Bastin – Amanda Bastin Property
I love spending Saturday in Greenwich, walking through the market and the old naval college, lunch at the Trafalgar pub and then on to the queen’s house, Greenwich park and there is a great Nepalese restaurant on Blackheath called Everest which is run by a very kind family who are always smiling…
Guy Oliver – Oliver Laws