Tuesday, 31 July 2007

london calling

So I took a little holiday and headed to London for ten jam-packed days of art, design, sight-seeing, dining out and drinking. Just what I was in dire need of too. Pictured below are some concrete stairs I liked and an original Banksy 'papaRATzzi' stencil found in Notting Hill. On Banksy's website you can download high-res artwork.

Here are my tips for any London trippers...

Art and Design:
I can highly recommend the BP Portrait Show at the National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition, The Design Museum and The Anthony Gawmley Exhibiton at the Hayward Gallery.

Fab food:
Crazy Bear restaurant just off Oxford Street in the heart of Soho. A beautifully designed luxury restaurant and lounge bar. The restaurant serves contemporary Thai cuisine. The food was amazing, the service was very friendly and impeccable and all in the most ultra-glam setting.
As GQ magazine reported "the best place to impress a date". I agree. Very cool. This crazy pink and mirror-tile is in the ladie's bathroom. Fabulous. I want to re-do my bathroom exactly like this! Price? Cocktails a little pricey at the £9.50 / €14.50 mark. But the meal I had was beautiful. Three course dim-sum meal, including wine for approx £17 / €25.00. Crazy Bear: 26/28 Whitfield Street W1.

Shopping:
One of my favourite little stores in London is Beyond The Valley. Tucked away in the heart of Soho this little store is filled up with beautiful jewellery, clothing, art and lots more. 2 Newburgh Street, London W1F 7RD. Telephone +44 (0)207 4377338

Also worth a visit, is department store Selfridges, if only for the window displays. Oxford Street, London.

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