we had to go up to london for an appointment and took the opportunity to visit the National Portrait Gallery to make a day of it. a morning coffee on the south bank before a bus trip through the city. london sparkles in the sunshine as we pass by famous landmarks. it was great to see the howard hodgkin exhibition and the gillian wearing/cahun show. a walk back to waterloo station,too early for a waterloo sunset but time enough for a curry from the stalls by the festival hall before the train home.