The John Snow and the Soho Cholera district 17/09/2015


Thursday September 17th 6:40 – 8:40 p.m.

The John Snow Pub takes its name from Doctor John Snow whose famous “dot map” of 1854 plotted the deaths of scores of Soho cholera victims, tracing their activities to the stand pipe that gave them their drinking water. Snow famously snapped the handle off the stand pipe, and when the deaths stopped abruptly he proved that cholera was spread in water, and not as previously assumed, by miasma in the air.

Meet outside the  pub, ( 39 Broadwick Street W1F 9QJ) draw the vivid soho streets until 8:40 then meet up in the pub to look at sketches and raise a glass to John. All welcome, all free.

Image credit:
Left: Mark Hillary and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Right: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

Serpentine Summer Pavilion 26/07/2015


Enjoy a lazy Sunday in Hyde Park. The Serpentine Summer Pavilion is a fantastic location for sketching people, interiors, light and shade, and abstract architectural forms, all in the great setting of Hyde Park. Enjoy the late strains of Summer among other sketchers -all welcome, all free.

Meet outside the Serpentine Gallery at 12:30
Draw until 2:30 then review the sketches. Retire for refreshments.

 © Copyright David Hawgood and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Trinity Buoy Wharf 07/06/2015


12:30  Meet outside Fatboys Diner, then draw
15:00  Review sketches outside Fatboys
15:20  Retire locally for refreshments

Our return to Trinity Buoy Wharf offers the rare opportunity  to draw on the northern bank of the Thames. The fabulous views across the river towards Greenwich take in the Millenium Dome, the City and Canary Wharf.

The vibe at Trinity Buoy creeps up slowly on you the more you draw – the layered histories of the Michael Faraday workshop – birthplace of the electric motor – remain here above the Chain and Buoy store, alongside London’s only lighthouse. There is no better place to practice perspective drawing than Container City –  the studio and office complex designed from re-cycled shipping containers, and the new Clipper House, recycled form the 2012 Olympic Park Broadcasting Studios.

Eat in Fat Boy’s Diner – the authentic chromium coach diner serving 1940s American classic food -Come and enjoy some time where merchant and naval seamen, dockers and doxies, pirates, privateers and all manner of salty seadogs have walked and worked before us.

Image credit: © Copyright Christine Matthews and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Little Venice and Paddington Basin 26/04/2015


Little Venice and Paddington Basin – Sunday 26th

Meet    11:00 am at Sheldon Square London W2 6EP
Meet    Back at Sheldon Square near Zizzi’s at 1:00 to show and tell, then into a nearby bar for the swift drink

The grace and the grit of Little Venice, stamping ground of Joan Collins, Alan Turing, Obi-Wan Kenobi (actor Alec Guinness) & Joe Strummer before us.

……the Victorian elegance of the houses along the Regent’s Canal, the Westway passing from Notting Hill on its way into West End, the picturesque canal boats and characters in the heart of Paddington basin. Cafes and bars line the way. They have outdoor seats so you can drink, and draw, and be bohemian. Perfect Sunday material.

Photo credit: © Copyright Adrian Scottow under the following license

The Southbank – Festival Hall 17/03/2015

The Southbank – Festival Hall, SE1 8XX
Tuesday 17th March – St Patrick’s Day

18.30  Meet outside the river entrance to Festival Hall
18.40  Sketch…
20.40  Meet back inside Festival Hall for a review of drawings and a well-deserved Guinness at the bar

Drawing on the Southbank at early evening is the sketcher’s dream gig…
Wander along the fabulous nocturnal river and you are in sight of the icons of London: Parliament; The London Eye; Waterloo Bridge; The National Film Theatre. The Festival Hall has a plethora of free treats – there is a large and interesting bar, (free) river and Embankment views from the 2nd floor bar and balconies. And in bad weather there are loads of restaurants and bars, skateboarders under the concrete bunkers, and all those St. Patrick’s Day revelers – drunk as skunks – making a spectacle of themselves.
See you there.

Photo credit: © Copyright Stéphane Goldstein under the following license Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic


Tate Modern 13/02/2015


18.50  Meet in Turbine Hall draw in the galleries.
20.50  Review sketches back at the Turbine Hall
21:00  Retire to The Founder’s Arms, SE19 9JH for refreshment

Friday late at Britain’s national gallery of international modern art. Set within Giles Gilbert Scott’s original Bankside Power Station; experience the scale and spectacle of the old building’s transformation into the most-visited modern art gallery in the world. Sketch the fantastic nocturnal views of St Paul’s Cathedral, inspirational interiors and unsuspecting visitors. No previous experience needed.
See you there.

Photo credit: © Copyright Peter Church and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

SKETCHMOB Friday Nov. 28. 6:45 – 8:45

V&A Mob
Victoria & Albert Museum Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL
Our seasonal end of year drawing session at the worlds greatest design museum. Meet between 6:30 – 6:45 at the right of the main reception desk, main entrance, Cromwell Road. Have a sketchbook in your hand so we know you are with us. Ian Wale  will be leading the session. Drawing review at 8:45 then on for a quick drink at the Bunch of Grapes pub, 207 Cromwell Road.
Bring mates; all welcome, all free. Next year’s complete SKETCHMOB calendar will be on the web-site from the second week of January.

Sketchmob in Venice – SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER 2014


The next Milanese Sketchmob will actually be in Venice! For whoever wants to visit the Architecture Biennale and mingle with actual Venetian architects too.

We will meet Saturday 18 october 2014 at 2.30PM in front of the Moleskine store in Venice’s Santa Lucia railway station.
The first 150 participants will receive a free drawing kit..
Depending on the weather, we will go to the Santa Fosca or Giudecca.

We will also get an aperitivo at Vino-Vero in Fondamenta della Misericordia.

Please register on

Sketchmob Milan – CASA DI RECLUSIONE


WHEN? TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014 16:00 to 20:00
Pre-registration is required for safety reasons. Please bring your proof of identity.
BY: Stefan Davidovici, Irina Suteu Alterstudio and Partners

Please click here for more information.