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A day in the life of a Londoner – illustrated by the capital’s best paintings

Posted at 8:00 am, October 17, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

Waking up at 7.30am

'Abstract Painting No 5' - Ad Reinhardt. © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014

(Abstract Painting No 5‘ by Ad Reinhardt © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014)

Absolute sheer and utter darkness. Cheers autumn, like we had no issue with getting up for work back in September when sunlight was still a thing.

Contemplating the day’s attire

'Rain, Steam and Speed' - JMW Turner © The National Gallery, London 2014

(Rain, Steam and Speed‘ by JMW Turner © The National Gallery, London 2014)

So the BBC Weather app says ‘clear skies and outbreaks of sunshine’, but the view from our window screams ‘bullshit!’ *puts on galoshes and wades off in search of sandbags*

Facing perpetual TFL fury

'The Great Day of His Wrath' - John Martin © © Tate, London 2014

(The Great Day of His Wrath‘ by John Martin © Tate, London 2014)

It’s another morning of blood-boiling public transport shenanigans. Oh dear TfL, is there too much rain? Too many commuters? Too few train drivers? Are you ok, hun?

Nailing another day in the workplace

'The Card Players' - Paul Cézanne © The Courtauld Gallery, London

(The Card Players‘ by Paul Cézanne © The Courtauld Gallery, London)

This whole work lark is a breeze. I mean, booking those train tickets home, discovering just ‘How much of a hipster are you?’ and taking a two-hour lunch break to cruise Tinder with your desk buddy is the height of productivity.

Hitting the pub after work

'A Bar at the Folies-Bergère' - Edouard Manet © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

(A Bar at the Folies-Bergère‘ by Edouard Manet © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London)

Sure, the moody barmaid (see above) may think four quad vods mid-week (with no dinner, obvs) is a bad idea, but sod it – it’s been a tough day at the office, dontchaknow.

Journeying home a little tipsy…

'Fall' - Bridget Riley © Bridget Riley

(Fall‘ by Bridget Riley © Bridget Riley)

The journey home? Huh? Don’t remember it, mate.

… And then relishing the fact you’re horizontal

'Ophelia' - John Everett Millais © Tate, London 2014

(‘Ophelia‘ by John Everett Millais © Tate, London 2014)

Whether you’re crashing out, getting lucky or enjoying the season two finale of Orange is the New Black, there’s never a time when being reclined isn’t the best way to end a day.

 Want to check out more masterpieces in the capital? See the 100 best paintings in London here.

By Liz Darke

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