Last year, at the start of my #365DaysofLondonBaby series, I received a tip from London Guide Miss B on a wonderful event she is running together with 18th century socialite Miss Kitty Pridden – The Georgian Dining Academy (you can see my old post here). At that time, i unfortunately could not make it, so I was very honoured and happy to be invited for a “special edition” of the Georgian Dining Academy, in conjunction with Dr Johnson’s House, celebrating Samuel Johnson’s Birthday at his very own house. You will have to excuse my probably “creative” use of “old English” in this post- i must admit i learnt so many new words this evening and thoroughly enjoyed this “in character” speaking of those who knew it well, that I try to use what i learn and to transport some of the atmosphere onto those virtual pages of the blog!
Welcome back to London Baby! I apologise for the long break – it wasn’t really planned, but summer was busy! Lot’s and lot’s of great places waiting to be introduced via a blog post. Today’s has been on the list for long- and it continues where i ended in the last post – cocktails! This time not outside (having said that, Midnight Apothecary has moved inside for the winter now!) but in a great little cocktail bar.
The Gibson has been probably one of the best secret tips of Old Street. Opened only last November, it is at 44 Old Street (located West of the Roundabout so out of the main Shoreditch Party Zone) between Goswell Road and Golden Lane (opposite Look Mum No Hands). Owner Marian Beke is no stranger in the London Bar world and is considered one of the best bartenders in the world- having previously been Chef de Bar at the Night Jar near Old Street (which has ranked in the Top 3 Cocktail bars of the world 2011-2015). With The Gibson, he has opened his own place aiming to be a small neighbourhood place where people have a good time, leave happy, and come back.
Its finally summer and while the big heat wave has gone, the evenings are just right to sit outside and enjoy the night with some friends and a drink or two. If you are looking for a place to do just that, look no further and head to the Brunel Museum on Fridays or Saturdays. Not the place for a drink? – it sure is. Since the opening of the roof garden on top of the Southern Shaft of the Brunel tunnel, they have been organising Midnight Apothecary.
The sun has finally decided to make an appearance this weekend and I used the opportunity to spend a lazy Saturday in Shoreditch / Hackney with some friends. Even though my picture-taking activity was on the low side, it was so much fun that I thought I share our route with you nevertheless. So here it comes…
Your lazy weekend tour through Shoreditch / Hackney
Note: for the “market” part of the stroll, the market will depend on whether you go on Saturday (then you’ll experience Broadway market, left picture) or Sunday (Columbia Road Flower market, right picture). Both streets are also great without the market, as there are nice shops and good food opportunities anyway!
Good Morning Art Lovers! If you do only one thing this week….get in line at the Victoria Miro Gallery in Wharf Road (at the Old Street Basin of the Regent’s Canal) – to see what might be the most popular Gallery Exhibition of the summer, if not the year.
Yayoi Kusama is one of the most important Japanese Artists of the 20th Century and even though she is 87 years already, this is all new work on display. Kusama is most famous for her Polka Dots and has become known to the London public through her exhibition at Tate Modern in 2012 and her collaboration with Louis Vuitton, transforming Selfridges Windows in 2013.
In this exhibition, there are a few of her sculptures and paintings, but the true draw are the large installations, one in the garden (see above) as well as 3 “infinity rooms” – mirrored rooms where one feels like Alice in Wonderland. They are absolutely stunning in their visual effects reflecting pumpkins and chandeliers millionfold (the pictures below don’t do it any justice).
Last but not least, the gallery space as such is also stunning to experience, a transformed wharf house at the canal basin, making the most of its large spaces and the canal-side garden.
If you want to know more about Yayoi Kusama, check out her Website or Wikipedia. If you want to really know more and see her art in a new context, her autobiography, titled “Infinity Net” is an impressive and touching read.
If you want to visit, the exhibition is open until 30th of July on Tuesdays- Saturdays 10am-6pm. On Saturdays, it can get very busy and there will be a “one in-one out” policy, meaning you’ll have to stand in line (could be up to 1 hour) to get in. Inside, there is more waiting, as the infinity rooms can be viewed only by a handful people at once (but its absolutely worth the wait).
More information on exhibition and gallery can be found at the Gallery Website.
Good morning! I’ve been wanting to write a post again for a long time but somehow never managed, as I was out and about, exploring, travelling etc. Now I realised I am massively late for an event that I’ve been wanting to showcase for a long time (but posting in the middle of the winter did not make sense) – The Greenwich and Docklands International Festival.
It’s my absolute favourite festival of the year. Its a festival in Greenwich and the Docklands, set over 2 weeks, featuring street (park!) performances of theatre, acrobats, dancers, pantomime, art installations etc. with the best performers of all of Europe.
Happy Easter! As I am on vacation without a computer, I can’t write up a long post for you.
But I wanted to share my Easter Post from last year as it contains one of my favourite walks in London for a walk with the family or friends or your partner or even alone.
Hope you have a great day!