Scott and I went to London recently – I had to travel to London many times for London but I never really explored it fully – I was there for a week and had plenty of time to explore. One of the hilights was going to Matthew Williamson’s installation at the BLAKE HOTEL. It was one of the most incredible places I have ever seen and especially eaten at – the food was yummy and the decor and concept so incredible – I was in this bohemian English garden and I loved every minute of it. More photos proceeding.. Check out these birds in Kensington Garden so beautiful there were so many interesting birds
A hilight was getting to see this incredible installation at Serpentine Gallery – in Kensington Gardens Learn more on the website but I pulled this from website – Spanish architects selgascano designed the 15th Serpentine Pavilion. The award-winning studio, headed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano, is the first Spanish architecture practice to be asked to design the temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine’s lawn in London’s Kensington Gardens. In keeping with the criteria of the scheme, this is the studio’s first new structure in the UK. The Pavilion is an amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure consisting of panels of a translucent, multi-coloured fluorine-based polymer (ETFE) woven through and wrapped like webbing. Visitors can enter and exit the Pavilion at a number of different points, passing through a ‘secret corridor’ between the outer and inner layer of the structure and into the Pavilion’s brilliant, stained glass-effect interior.
More in Kensignton Garden so lovely …
On the first day I went to the National Portrait Gallery and I got a timed ticket to see the Audrey Hepburn exhibit and saw so many incredible photos of this celebrity and fashion icon – she was so incredible – it was so nice to see all her photos from her films as well her work for Unicef. We found a delicious Indian restaurant the last night to eat and had COBRA beer .. if you can see behind our food is on fire …. on purpose http://www.punjab.co.uk/- So good there is a lot of hype over this nouveau Indian place down the street but I had such an incredible traditional yummy meal at Punjab I would visit everytime I am in London That afternoon I ate at BAO which you have to wait in line outside – I lined up at 5pm with it opening at 5:30pm so I was able to get right inside and I loved it – I had one of the most delicious ice cream sandwiches in the history of my love for ice cream and this incredible iced tea with this sweet foam on top and a bao with daikon – and eggplant ! Everything was incredible – I suggest to go on the earlier side – I hear the queue gets rather long So funny there is a Joe Snow bar makes you think maybe George R.R. Martin visited there .. to get the name a little shop I really enjoyed was this spot that had all different kinds of hand rolls – a great concept I passed a parking garage and noticed they were having an exhibition presented by the Vinyl Factory this time by http://brewerstreetcarpark.com/
Carsten Nicolai – unicolor
German artist/musician’s Carsten Nicolai’s practice investigates the boundaries between visual and audio art forms within an integrated artistic approach. The Vinyl Factory is proud to present the European premiere of unicolor, Nicolai’s ingenious examination the psychology of colour perception. Submerged in panoramic wavelengths of blue, red, green and grey that grow, evaporate and meld into one another, the viewer is confronted with an infinite, visceral expanse of colour and sound. Also presented in a new version of bausatz noto (1998) featuring 12 vinyl records pressed in 12 unique colours.
I read up that Tracy Emin was also having a bit of an installation and it happened to be right across the way …. While in London I hear if you are a foodie you need to visit Borough Market and there were so many finds there – a lovely place and so many choices – this is where I catched a short play in a Caravan I heard of this place called CARAVAN which so amazingly yummy and lived up to the Caravan name but while there I ventured around Kings Cross to find this lovely waterfront area including a boat that sold books called WORD ON WATER – there were several other boats that were quite interesting along the pathway
Caravan is an incredible coffee shop and restaurant – the decor is so cool and the staff friendly and the menu so interesting – I was so happy to have learned about this spot and it is so funny how I did… I stumbled upon a shop called Brooklyn in Shoreditch area and they were selling Caravan coffee and I said that is so funny and they told me about the restaurant so happy they did !
a favorite store I love to visit is BLUEBIRD while in London We did not get as much as ice cream as I would have hoped for but we did have some .. GELUPO it was pretty good but the BAO ice cream sandwich was memorable Blacklock is an interesting concept if you are not a vegan or vegeterian they had very cool decor and very friendly staff and the food was yummy I am currently in love with all these coloring books above – I own some and have gifted some to my father who loves to color … while in London I found one of my top 10 favorite places of all time to dine – BLIXEN – I hear it is a favorite of Conde Nast and I know why – the decor and ambiance are incredible and the menu is delightful – I loved this spot ! This was Brooklyn coffee in East London – these guys moved from Brooklyn to London alias the name – great branding – great spot On to some street art …….. I ventured to Brick Lane to go to CEREAL KILLER CAFE – such a funny name and such a great menu – I forgot how much I like to eat sugary cereal – such an amazingly smart concept ! Such a cute spot I went twice while in London ! I did not visit this spot in London proper but I did in outskirts with Scott’s good friend and it was so delicious – home made pastas and delicious sauces – some of the best pesto sauce I had – it must be a bit of a chain there because I saw one near Scott’s friends in the suburbs and then again in East London – so yummy – we need this in New York Burro e Salvia
Learned about the artist NOIR while in East London who is so fun – reminds me of Bart Simpson meets Keith Haring a bit – so whimiscal and fun – this exhibition was titled “JAZZ” So happy to have seen a Shepard Fairey – I remember when Scott stopped him in Wynwood Miami and I got to meet him – such an incredibly nice person this wall is interactive you can go online and see more of it – there should be more of this interaction Mast Brothers had a huge factory there and store in East London it was quite beautiful Had to see a BANKSY This is gum so crazy – this artist paints on old gum We saw this play at the National Theater while in London and it was so good – we laughed so much – great acting – great concept ! Another fun concept DARK SUGARS CHOCOLATE – so good – chocolate that you can pile into a box and so many good flavors and such beautiful chocolates that seem raw without perservatives – so natural and delicious – we need one of these in New York too – this was in East London on Brick Lane as well I stopped at the Box Park in East London which is by the creator of Box Fresh – brilliant pop up concept… this was such yummy broth with so many great veggies and healthiness While in London I visited Carsten Höller exhibition which is totally sensory overload – this is the 2nd time I went down one of his slides – I did so as well in New York and I believe I saw some of his work before in Berlin … In walking distance from our hotel we had delicious traditional pub food – very hearty and yummy THE VICTORIA – it is delicious and well decorated and they had incredible STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING – we were on the search for it and found it here One night after the play we saw we went to this new hot spot that was hysterical BUNGA BUNGA – it is like a Bachelorette party haven with live Karaoke and disco balls – we ate the largest calzone ever – we were able to customize it More photos of the Matthew Williamson installation at Blake Hotel that I loved so much
I dragged poor Scott to the Portobello Market – Notting Hill is so beautiful and the shops are so sweet
In Notting Hill there is a yummy brunch spot called RAOUL so delicious – these were these yummy corn cakes – I loved this brunch ! We need a pet cafe lounge – somewhere we can hang out and bring our loved ones The Shed not far from our hotel was so cool – great ambiance and all local farm food – great story to this place – a blogger recommended it to me and we loved it ! I went to Selfridges to find this incredible project they were doing with elephants that were all painted by different artists – I brought a small one home – not the guy in the photo he was expensive but a very small pink one
Had to check out Liberty London while in town such a magnificient store – I love visiting this shop
I never went to NEAL’s Yard before filled with yummy energy cafes, green juice spots and spas… Thanks London for such a great time !!!