Month: February 2014

Greenwich

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A week late on this post. Went to Greenwich for a little wander. A UNESCO world heritage site, Cutty Sark- the world’s only existing tea clipper is now  a small museum of itself. Raised 3 metres above and supported structurally, definitely an architectural marvel! Next off, the maritime museum, the most current exhibit is Turner’s paintings of the sea. Realistic scenes of ships at war.

Then trekked up a hill for the observatory. I could feel the temperature drop as the altitude rose! Maybe a slight exaggeration… but it was worth it. Managed a picture with Greenwich Meridian Line

Simplicity

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Just a short post- Really love the simplicity of this dining table. The earthy tones of the glassware and table are brought together with the green fern plants. However, where is the food going to go? I suppose the dinner party on this table would either be served by waiters or butlers wearing penguin like uniforms OR an informal ‘help yourself’ from the kitchen counter. Dimly lit candles would create the utmost intimate atmosphere, perfect for dinner with friends!

 

Winter calling

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Decided to go for a walk on Friday morning. Wandered through Sloane Square, Victoria and ended up at the tourist’s destination- Buckingham Palace. I haven’t actually visited the palace since starting university, think the last time I stood right outside those grand gates was back in 2003. Nothing has changed, although I was more fascinated by the details around the palace walls.

Its still lovely to see healthy green grass, it would be summer if it weren’t for the frosty winds!

Dinner Party!

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Londoners had to suffer through a 48 hour Tube strike that started on Tuesday night, almost all tube lines in central London were closed. The horrible wet weather dramatized the situation and a long day at uni was  worse! A change to the mundane mood of a Wednesday was a lovely dinner at my friend’s flat. Although I had to endure a long and crowded bus trip to hers.

Food- She prepared a delicious, comforting meals of steak pie, oven roasted vegetables and mushrooms- just what we needed! As usual, I was the last to finish, scavenging on the last few bits of each dish. Homemade sticky date-toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream, was the highlight of my meal, it was really such a treat for a windy winter’s night. It wasn’t anybody’s birthday, incase you were wondering about the pudding with the sparkler- it was just for shits and giggles! And I got a good picture out of it! Oh, and the drink is a tasty mix of ginger ale and grenadine juice, plus the berries.

The evening continued with a game of Cards Against Humanity. It really is a game for ‘horrible people’. Some of our creations were hilarious and some, just offensive. Take a look at the pictures! It was all good fun and a great evening of mid-week ‘madness’!

181 Piccadilly

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Walking though the Food Hall of Fortnum and Mason’s, takes you on a trip through every child’s imagination- brightly coloured sweets, biscuits of every flavour and candied chocolates- everywhere! Definitely a place you wouldn’t mind getting lost in! This quintessentially British department store has been around for three centuries and survived both world wars. Famous for their luxurious picnic baskets and loose teas, Fortnum’s does everything to perfection. I know I could spend the whole day admiring the intricate designs of every package, unique to the product it carries. Instead, I was dragged to their Fountain Restaurant for Sunday brunch. Savored their egg’s royale, accompanied with good company and still had space for lunch.

Second row of pictures are of their window display. Stunning, don’t you think?

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Sensing Spaces

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Architecture reimagined.

The Royal Academy’s first exhibit of the year, ‘Sensing Spaces’ is an inspiring and intriguing exhibition that challenges our perception about the spaces we live in. Some of the greatest architects of the 21st century have created stunning exhibits that take up a gallery or two.

From the Second Row of images- Installations by Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Diébédo Francis Kéré,Li Xiaodong, Grafton Architects and Kengo Kuma.

It was my first time to the RA, finally made the 15 minute bus trip!

My favourite had to be the bright, vibrant installation by Diébédo Francis Kéré. Made out of polypropylene honeycomb, viewers are invited to add their own choice of colourful plastic straws to the structure. The natural light from the ceiling (and the gallery turned playground) gave a fun outdoor feel to the room. There were a couple of poolside-like chairs inside the installation, where one could sit back and enjoy the view.

Diébédo Francis Kéré has an inspiring story himself, did a bit of googling and here’s him speaking at a TED talk.

Enjoy!

Hyde Park Sunset

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First sunset pictures with my DSLR. Walked to Kensington Palace with the intention to visit the exhibits inside, but got carried away by the beautiful grounds and the palace had closed by the time I was done taking pictures! Probably a silver lining as I managed to capture some beautiful sunset moments of the naked trees of Hyde Park this winter.