Wednesday, 13 April 2011

London

I am just back from a lovely week-end in London. I live close to Ireland west airport so I can get from my home to the center of  London in under 4 hours, the same time it takes me to drive to Dublin. I have the best of both worlds as I can easily take a city break, I don't think city people can enjoy a rural experience as easily.

 My daughter lives in London and she has an insiders knowledge of the most interesting things to see and do and when you are with someone that knows their way around you don't waste any time getting lost or going around in circles.

Our first stop on Saturday morning was at The Breakfast Club in Hoxton, a perfect place for people watching, which is one of my favorite occupations. The White Cube Gallery is just across the road and this was my first time visiting that Gallery. Anselm Kiefer is currently showing there, I love how a visit to London gives me the opportunity to see exhibitions by such internationally acclaimed artists, I usually only get to read the reviews.
We walked everywhere and did not go on the tube once, you get a better feel for a place if you walk. We had glorious sunshine and stopped every now and then for refreshments.
We sat outside at The Albion 



We sauntered through Shoreditch visiting lots of interesting independent shops, no where does new design trends as well as London. The 50's and 60's are now vintage (a sobering thought for someone my age) and that period is being reinvented in a whole new way and is the "in" thing.  I regret I did not keep everything from my childhood as now it would all be so collectable


We went to the Syd Barrett exhibition at the Idea Generation Gallery 
 It was crowded by Pink Floyd fans and just before we arrived a painting had been stolen.What an nightmare for the organizers.
and that was only Saturday!

Sunday started with a terrific breakfast at The Wilton Way Cafe
It is decorated in the most ingenious way with lots of corrugated sheeting and these rolling crates that wheel out from under the benches and can double as extra seating or tables


The walls feature the art of  Camille Walala 


Then onto Columbia Road Flower Market 

The street is full of vintage shops and Galleries, 
Treacle a food shop had a dresser just like one I discarded 30 years ago!

 is a treasure trove and it took all my will power not to buy the makings of a patch-work quilt, 
I have an unfinished one thats been a work in progress for years. 

We stopped at StART which must be the most intimate coffee shop in London.

At Columbia Road Gallery I loved the beautiful hand painted porcelain by Alice Garland.
Image of Mixture of cups


That's it on my weekend, 





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