My old housemate Poppy recently moved back to Brighton, and last Tuesday as promised she came up to visit. Being a week day, we took the opportunity to stroll around central London without having to deal with the usual hysteria which overtakes it at the weekends. We met at Victoria and made away across to Golden Square to enjoy a coffee and cake from The Nordic Bakery. After running a few errands around Carnaby street, we headed over to Hyde Park and found a spot in the flower gardens to sit, chill, and have a catch-up.
Next we followed The Long Water down to Kensington Gardens to visit the new Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Spanish design duo Selgascano. Covered in opaque and translucent fluoro-based plastic the whole structure seems to glow and reflect every sort of eye-wateringly bright fluorescent colour. We went on a rather overcast day, but I imagine the space is at its best when its sunny and cloudless. Overall I did quite like it, but more as a fun experience, rather than because it was a beautifully designed space. In comparison to the previous ones – yes it was fun and experimental – but it didn’t feel quite as impressive as the others.
Leaving the pavilion we walked across to grab some lemonade and relax at the Serpentine lake – until we were chased off the deck chairs by the park warden – and decided it was time to head over to Shoreditch to meet friends for a couple of drinks. By this point we were feeling slightly peckish and nipped into Vagabond, in Spitalfields for a quick bite to eat, I’d never been before but the food was pretty good, I had a shredded beef bun, Pop a roast vegetable and brie one and Sean a Humous platter.
From there we wandered onto the Well & Bucket, just off Rivington Street, for a pint and a bowl of pickled cockles – If you haven’t been before, I recommend it they have some great brews on tap and a nice selection of bar snacks. And then yes, we rounded off our evening by paying a visit to the Bagel shop on Brick Lane – who can say no to a cheeky salt beef bagel.
Make sure you head over and check out Poppy’s blog!