An afternoon at Tate Britain

You know how sometimes you just have a perfect day?

Last Wednesday was like that. The morning was spent attacking the Jimmy Choo sale before a delicious lunch and an amble around Tate Britain all with my lovely mummy. Totally dreamy.

Lunch was at the newly renovated Rex Whistler restaurant at Tate Britain, it was tropically hot so we opted for the terrace and I fell in love with these deck chairs. Surely the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by and have a spot of afternoon tea? I’ll definitely have to pop back and do that soon.

2014-07-16 14.16.32We set about perusing the menu before both deciding on the exact same thing.

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Tomato salad with bloody mary dressing and celery salt to start. The flavours were great, light and refreshing and just what we needed on a hot summers day but I can’t help feeling that it might have worked better with slices or bigger chunks of tomato as it felt a little like a salsa.

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To wash things down, I went for a glass of  Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2009, a fantastic English sparkling from Kent whilst mum went for a yummy and totally bargain-ous glass of Solà Fred from Spain.

Next up came perfectly cooked Sea bass with samphire and a crab and tarragon sauce which was utterly scrumptious. Crab and samphire are two of my favourite things so it was a no-brainer for me.

2014-07-16 14.42.49 2014-07-16 14.42.57 2014-07-16 14.43.08Having eaten our fill we headed inside to get our art on. Tate Britain is one of my favourite places in the whole of London, it always seems like an oasis of calm amidst the hecticness of the city. Couple that with the fact that there was an exhibition by Phyllida Barlow that mum really wanted to see and we were on to a winner. We made our way up the stairs and got suck in.

The exhibition is called “dock” and was designed specifically for Tate, the inspiration largely being the gallery’s proximity to the River Thames. It’s huge, taking over the whole of the Duveen Galleries, the scale is truly staggering.

2014-07-16 15.15.07 2014-07-16 15.16.49 2014-07-16 15.18.21 2014-07-16 15.18.31 2014-07-16 15.18.47I can’t say it’s usually the kind of art I go for but it is seriously impressive and definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area (or if you’ve popped in for lunch). 2014-07-16 15.20.42 2014-07-16 15.21.06 2014-07-16 15.22.03 2014-07-16 15.23.09 2014-07-16 15.23.52

For those more interested in the fashion than the art

My dress is from Charlotte Russe and is even on sale now:

My wedges are from Jimmy Choo (similar):

As is my bag (similar):

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