A Valentine’s Day scene: flowers, love hearts and tortuous poetry.
The close opposite, with the poppies, is where Adam Smith used to lived. Later, Lady Haig’s poppy factory was here. At the parliament across the road each MP gets an office with a space for one person to think alone.
These people are here for the cross party cancer group. I’m not, I just sat down to sketch this interesting lobby when they began turning up, so I am happy to draw them instead. The space could feel like a theatre lobby or an airport departure lounge, but it doesn’t, it has a different atmosphere. The architecture contributes to that, but it’s largely the fact that people are here for serious business. Up in the chamber (where sketching is not allowed) they are voting Yes to gay marriage.