WANDERINGS - LONDON
I have been wandering for the weekend and I am sure that I can get at least a couple of posts out of it!!
I went to London to visit my friends Julia and Garry and to see their new house (OK - they've lived there for 18 months but I hadn't been to see them there yet!) They had also got tickets to go and see the spectacular
Arcade Fire at Alexandra Palace! What more invitation did I need!
So after giving a presentation to a bunch of planning students in Edinburgh on Friday afternoon I headed to the airport for my flight to Heathrow. We flew in over the city centre, the view from the window was spectacular. I love to fly at night looking at the cities sparkling below, their lights like spiders webs spreading out across the darkness. But flying low over the centre of London was something else, seeing the London Eye, the changing neon signs of Piccadilly Circus, the red lights of the National Film Theatre and the Oxo Tower, Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament at such close range was beautiful!
Julia & Garry met me at the airport and we went to their place - wow is all I can say! They have made a beautiful job of decorating their 3-storey home! I'll be posting about it soon, but Saturday first.
We had a lazy morning and then headed to the Kings Road in Kensington for lunch in The Trafalgar, a nice pub on the Kings Road where I had a fantastic spinach and lentil burger, followed by a wander along the Kings Road. It is full of fabulous design/homewares shops such as Heals, Habitat, Designers Guild, Osborne & Little and Graham & Green, to name but a few. It was great to see such a range of fabrics and furnishings, giving plenty of ideas!! I must admit it was great to be in a global city, watching the world go by and feeling the buzz!
We then wandered to the Southbank to go for a drink in the National Film Theatre, this area has been totally revitalised in recent years with the opening of the Tate Modern, the Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and once again, at night the lights made the scene even more enticing!