On the 26th January at one of Mall Galleries’ ‘Coffee Mornings for Art Lovers', two of our visitors happened to sit next to one another …by the time they left, just a few hours later, they had swapped numbers and become friends in real life!


Read their story:

Patricia Glasswell & Katrine Storebo

Katrine: I started visiting the Mall Galleries regularly earlier this year to attend the Coffee mornings. It seemed like a lovely thing to do on a Thursday morning; inspiring, cultural and social…It was there that I met Patricia. We shared the same table as we were both there on our own

Patricia: The morning we met I felt a bit reluctant to get drawing in public, so initially we got chatting about how this fear can hold you back…talking to Katrine encouraged me.  Then I noticed she was pregnant so I told her I had trained as a midwife and that was it, we got chatting about loads of things. Having swapped emails, later that week we exchanged photos of our own art and then carried on swapping notes and chatting by email

Katrine: Having sent some photos of my son Alex when he was born, we decided to meet again in June for Patricia to meet him in person

Patricia: “…what a lovely baby

I have been a Friend of Mall Galleries for many years and really enjoy the end of month coffee mornings. They are a great way to meet other like-minded people plus an extra enticement to not miss a current exhibition. It is amazing to have the use of paper and drawing materials. I also usually visit Cass Art in Charing Cross to receive 10% off purchases thanks to Mall Galleries.

Katrine: It’s so lovely to plan to meet up with someone at the Gallery, it’s a really friendly, social place and I feel very comfortable attending events there. I think it is great that I can still come to the coffee mornings with my son Alex, he is now just over 6 months old and it’s really convenient with the lift, plus the staff are really friendly. Patricia has been raising money for the St John’s Hospice for years and so not only are we meeting up again at Mall Galleries but I’m aiming to attend her latest exhibition in November in St John’s Wood…it’s for such a good cause.


Patricia Glasswell has shown and sold work at the Discerning Eye exhibition at Mall Galleries. Her next exhibition is being shown on the walls of The Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth from 6th – 14th November, 10am-4pm. 40% of all proceeds are in aid of St John's Hospice. Patricia has been raising money for St John's Hospice for over 17 years.

Exhibition Address: The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth, 60 Grove End Road, St John's Wood, NW8 9NH (nearest tube St John’s Wood)

Katrine Storebo works as an art teacher at Spitalfield's Crypt Trust (the New Hanbury Project, which was recently visited by Prince William) where she teaches art to people who are in recovery from drugs and alcohol. She is a figurative painter



Our Coffee Mornings for Art Lovers are perfect for those of you who love popping in to have an informal chat about art with other visitors and members of the Mall Galleries team. There is also the chance to do some drawing, with Free drawing materials generously provided by Winsor & Newton

Coffee Mornings for Art Lovers take place on the last Thursday of each month*, so there will always be a new exhibition to see and discuss.

* excluding December 2017