Lately I’ve Been… London edition
It’s been a hot minute since both my last update on life (and blogpost to be real), but since I took the month of August off I’ve never had more plans. Fun plans of course. So my focus kinda shifted for a week or two, which I honestly think is very healthy. About two weeks ago I had a little trip to London in my calendar, so I thought it would be fun to share I little bit of what I did. I went to London to visit one of my best friends from uni, Emilie, and stayed with her in her cute apartment in Brixton, and we had such a good time exploring the city! I hadn’t been to London since I was a little girl, so I didn’t recognize a thing although I had little memories in the back of my mind.
First up was a Saturday stroll through Chelsea. I thought for some reason that Chelsea in London would be a version of New York’s Chelsea, but I was proven wrong. Boy, a colorful palette of beautiful houses. I’ve never seen anything like it, and although New York’s Chelsea has some beautiful townhouses this was a whole other level. Walking through that area I promised myself, that one day I would own a place right there. A pink one maybe? Or what about those pretty white ones? After looking at picture perfect real estate dreams we went for a coffee and a bite at April’s Cafe located in this little hidden corner on Sloane St. Definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in that area (whilst hungry).
In the afternoon we went to Regent’s Park to see the sculptures set up as part of Frieze Art Fair (I’m pretty sure it was called Frieze Art in the Park). Above is John Chamberlain’s ‘Fiddlersfortune’ and below (right to left) is Emily Young’s ‘Planet’ and Miguel Barceló’s ‘Gran Elefandret.’
We started the day at a flea market in Pimlico, where I bought a cool coffee table book with photos of the old and the new London. Pretty inspiring. I’m trying to build a solid coffee table stack for our sofa table with some fashion books, maybe some architecture or decoration books, and then my newest addition. Emilie bought a floaty floor-long Marc Jacobs dress in a beautiful mesh fabric. Definitely a success.
After the flea market we went to Tate Britain to see the new ‘Forms in Space… by Light (in Time)’ by Cerith Wyn Evans. It’s a neon installation in three parts emerging as you walk through the amazing room. I have so many photos of it, because it just looked so cool every time I saw it from a new angle. I mean, look at that!
After being really cultural at Tate Britain my inner tourist persuaded Emilie to go see Big Ben, the Parlament, London Eye, and of course have a phone booth moment. I’m telling you I have some super awkward tourist photos that will never see the light, but makes me smile when I look back.
MONDAY + TUESDAY
Monday and Tuesday Emilie had to go back to work (the weekend went by waaaay too fast!), so I decided to explore more areas of London to really get a feel of the city. First up was Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, which I though would be the Times Square of London. And although it’s busy and very touristy it was way more manageble than Times Square (where I btw never set my foot if I can get away with it). I both went to Liberty (most amazing shopping “mall” I’ve seen), stopped in Jo Malone to get a new Peony & Blush Suede candle, and had a coffee at Costa. And as I felt very much home I suddenly got lost and ended up walking well over 25K steps. I’m telling you I had a pair of sore feet begging to lay down at the end of the day.
A classic British pub looking very cute with the red details and flower decorations, and the amazing cacti selection at Liberty. If I could bring a cactus back to New York on the airplane I would’ve bought one.
A grey and cold London. I didn’t mind at all because that meant I could borrow a cozy sweater from Emilie and dream about my fall wardrobe. I’m seriously looking forward to fall now!
Before I headed to the airport I took a little trip to Somerset House to experience their Perfume exhibition (a bit disappointing tbh) and had breakfast and very good coffee at Fernandez & Wells (which I also couldn’t help but ‘gram).