Slow Summer And How We Did It In The Time Of COVID

There's always something to see in town Slow Summer outings were defined like this: Choose a quirky/unusual destination in townGo and look at itTake photosGo for coffee and cakeGo home And that's exactly what we did. I wasn't trying to reinvent the wheel. I did, however, make great use of this book. Where possible, we … Continue reading Slow Summer And How We Did It In The Time Of COVID

The Tusk Lion Trail

Opposite the Canadian High Commission, Trafalgar Square The charity Tusk currently has a pride of lions spread across Central London - an art trail with a difference. Forty seven life-sized lion sculptures, designed and made by some of the planet’s foremost artists, musicians and sportspeople, are roaming streets around the city to highlight the threats … Continue reading The Tusk Lion Trail

Slow Summer | The Churchill Arms

The Churchill Arms, Kensington Church Street The Churchill Arms, in London's Kensington, is a traditional pub marked in summer by its beautiful award-winning floral displays. Fun Facts: The pub claims to be the first in Britain to serve Thai food (when the landlord back in 1985 teamed up with a Thai cook.)I've never set foot … Continue reading Slow Summer | The Churchill Arms

Slow Summer | Giro the Alsatian

In Central London, at 9 Carlton House Terrace, is the grave of Giro the Alsatian, whose owner Dr. Leopold von Hoesch was a well-respected diplomat under both the Weimar Republic and Nazi governments (and famously received a full Nazi funeral in London in 1936). Giro had died two years earlier, after chewing through an electrical … Continue reading Slow Summer | Giro the Alsatian

Slow Summer | The Ultimate Blue Plaque

One of the most celebrated blue plaques in London is for someone perhaps not everyone has heard of. At 16, Eaton Place, Belgravia is a plaque commemorating William Ewart, MP, the father of the blue plaque system. 🙂 Ewart lived on Eaton Place from 1830 until 1838, and was a notable reformer who, as well … Continue reading Slow Summer | The Ultimate Blue Plaque

Wander Art Trail in London’s Mayfair

The Boy and I spent a few hours meandering around the quiet streets of Mayfair and Belgravia following the Wander Art Trail. We didn't follow the whole trail, but found a few fun pieces before The Boy had had enough. I think there are 12 installations in total and you can find out more about … Continue reading Wander Art Trail in London’s Mayfair

Summer Installation | Serpentine Pavilion 2021

This year's temporary installation is now in place (delayed from 2020) in London's Kensington Gardens outside the Serpentine Gallery. Built of white concrete and black cork, the structure resembles an art deco Doric temple, if such a thing could exist and is probably the largest work in the Summer Pavilion series since the project began … Continue reading Summer Installation | Serpentine Pavilion 2021

Weekday Walk | Elephant Spotting in Chelsea

It's not every day that you happen across a herd of elephants in West London's Chelsea. 🙂 The elephants are part of the CoExistance herd and are made from a natural plant material called Lantana Camara, an invasive species that can damage ecosystems and is toxic to grazing animals. Close up, they are absolutely stunning. … Continue reading Weekday Walk | Elephant Spotting in Chelsea

Weekday Walks | Holland Park

London's Holland Park is a favourite place to soak up colourful houses, pretty mews, and gorgeous gardens. 🙂 Holland Park itself is popular with locals and visitors alike. You can meander along woodland paths, visit the Kyoto Garden and admire the huge tulips in the Dutch Garden. Along Melbury Road, Abbotsbury Road and Ilchester Place … Continue reading Weekday Walks | Holland Park