Sketching is a great hobby for lots of different reasons: it's fun, creative, relaxing, it helps you bring out the best ideas, and – last but not least – it gives you an excuse to use your favourite stationery (not that you need one).
Of course, all creative activities require inspiration. Most artists will agree that finding the right environment to be artistic produces the best and most inspired work.
Whether it's a world-famous museum or one of the city's best kept secrets, London's streets are filled with great, stimulating places to get your creative juices flowing.
We have listed our top 5 places in London to get some headspace and fill your sketchbook with your best drawings, ideas, whatever is on your mind.
THE BRITISH MUSEUM
The British Museum needs no introduction. Browse through thousands of beautiful objects and sculptures from all over the world while immersed in history and surrounded by stunning architecture. Pick your favourite object, grab a stool, get your pad and pencil out and let your creativity unfold.
If you're looking for a colorful and exciting place to portray in your drawings, you may want to go for a walk in Borough Market. Easily the busiest and most renowned food market in London, Borough Market has more than 100 stalls filled with a huge variety of foods. Draw inspiration from the people, colours, scents and vibe of this unique London spot.
SERPENTINE BAR & KITCHEN, HYDE PARK
Image courtesy of theroyalparks.org.uk
Few cafes in London have a better view than the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen overlooking Hyde Park. If you prefer a chilled place to relax, sip a cup of coffee and get drawing, this might be the perfect place. Grab a table outside and enjoy the gorgeous view.
The Pergola is a true hidden gem located in Hampstead Heath. A charming terrace surrounded by gorgeous gardens, this is the perfect place not only to walk around and clear your head, but also to relax and get creative; the nostalgic vibe, beautiful surroundings and views over the Heath are guaranteed to inspire you.
TATE MODERN CAFE, LEVEL 6
Go to Tate Modern, take the lift up to level 6, sit down, relax, and let this stunning view of the riverside and St Paul’s Cathedral work its magic. And if you get tired of the London cityscape, you’re just a few steps away from Tate’s gorgeous galleries.
Feeling inspired yet? Good. Now before you get drawing, make sure you have all the beautiful and functional stationery you need for your next masterpiece.
Browse The Journal Shop’s Top Stationery Picks for Sketching
- TOMOE RIVER PAPER PAD | A4
- FIELD NOTES SIGNATURE NOTEBOOK - PLAIN 2-PACK
- LIFE PLAIN REPORT PAD // B5
- MD NOTEBOOK - A5, PLAIN PAPER
- TRAVELER'S COMPANY SPIRAL RING NOTEBOOK B6 - WATERCOLOUR
- BLACKWING PENCIL (BOX OF 12)
- 22 DESIGN CONTOUR SKETCH PENCIL
- HMM PENCIL BLACK
- TRAVELER'S COMPANY BRASS PENCIL
- YSTUDIO BRASS SKETCHING PENCIL
OTHER USEFUL STATIONERY ITEMS FOR SKETCHING:
- MILAN CAPSULE SHARPENER + ERASER COPPER
- BLACKWING LONG POINT PENCIL SHARPENER // WHITE
- MILAN NATA ERASER 7024