The view from the Portrait Restaurant
(image from The Guardian)
Admittedly, our plan had been to refuel with a spot of tea at the Portrait Restaurant, which reportedly has one of the best views in London, and is supposed to be ideal for afternoon tea or a late afternoon cocktail -- after which, we would take in as much of the museum as possible in the hour or so before it closed. Great theory, but we were missing the fact that the restaurant closes before the rest of the building. So instead, we hungrily shuffled through the corridors, eyes glazed, not really seeing but not ready to leave, either.
Mike's Brother by Sam Walsh, 1964
And you know, when you are tired and hungry, wall after wall of centuries of famous faces staring you...well, it's kind of creepy.
Sam Walsh was a friend of Mike McCartney (Paul's brother)
Someday I want to go back (with a full stomach). There are thousands (Over a 160,000 to be exact!) of interesting people to see, portrayed by a myriad of artists. Pop heroes.
Nelson Mandela by Homer Walters, 2008
Anna Wintour by Alex Katz, 2009
Hmmm... What do you think, did Alex Katz capture Anna? I'm not so sure.
Image from Style.com
Queen Elizabeth II by Andy Warhol, 1985
THE Queen. I wonder how she really feels about Kate Middleton? Anyway, I guess it's always good to have vacation regrets -- they are reasons to return, to never get tired of a place.