MY WEEKEND IN LONDON

Last weekend I went to London because I was nominated as Cultural Nomad of the Year by Leading Culture Destinations. I didn’t win, but London gave me two beautiful sunny autumn days in return and therefore I could make some lovely pictures. And of course, I’ve collected some new spots that I’ve included in The online London Guide already!

 

Paddington

I’ve stayed at The Pilgrm, an affordable hotel near Paddington Station and Kioskafe, the magazine and newspaper café of Monocle.

 

 

Kensington

The Award ceremony took place in the chic South Kensington Club, an intimate member’s only club with an elegant interior and a great spa.

 

 

On the way back I decided to walk to the hotel because then I could check off some cultural highlights. Such as:

 

Multiply in front of the Victoria & Albert Museum was specially built for the London Design Festival.

 

 

The Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo (until 7 October).

 

 

The enormous floating artwork called Mastaba by Christo on the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Do you remember the Floating Piers? This artwork is from the same artist.

 

 

Chelsea

The next day started with breakfast at Granger & Co in Chelsea. Reason? Papersmiths, the most beautiful stationery store in the whole of England, opened a new store last week and I had to see it. Worth going if you love gorgeous postcards, pens, and magazines.

 

 

I also went to the Aesop store designed by Snohetta, which is located around the corner from the Saatchi Gallery.

 

 

Fitzrovia

Then on to Fitzrovia, a new emerging neighborhood between Oxford Circus, Marylebone and Regent’s Park where I had a wonderful lunch at Caravan Fitzrovia. Open since this Summer and located in the former BBC1 Recording Studios.

 

 

Because the weather was so good, I decided to go to Regent’s Park where you can see lots of artworks because of Frieze.

 

 

Unfortunately, I just missed the exhibition of Yayoi Kusama that will open next weekend. I would certainly go there if you’re going to London soon. And do not forget to pack The London Guide for all of my favorite design addresses!

 

 

Love, Pauline

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