I have been enjoying a staycation and have had a few little adventures in London with friends this summer. Here is a summary of my many outings around London with maps and links so you could explore these places for yourself too.
3 mile walk
Setting off at Dalston Junction I explored the Dalston Eastern Curve Gardens for a pot of tea and then visited the outdoor market where I happened upon this rather shabby chic looking fabric shop, Dalston Mill Fabrics.
Next, a leisurely walk towards Stoke Newington where I discovered a gorgeous garden oasis just off the high street called Kynaston Gardens. A refreshment stop at an independent organic supermarket called Harvest N16 then down Church Street which is full of lovely artisan cafes, antiques shops, gift shops and the odd charity shop.
Finally, a chill out on a park bench at Clissold Park before a further amble towards Finsbury Park Tube station.
4 mile walk
I had a few friends staying at the weekend who wanted to see some different sides of London, so we started with a bit of culture at the Tate Modern. We perused the regular galleries and also saw the Alberto Giacometti and Fahrelnissa Zeid exhibitions too. My favourite was the Zeid show because of her beautiful use of colour and abstracted pattern.
We then walked along the Southbank towards London Bridge and took Fenchurch Street towards Whitechapel and the start of Brick Lane. On a Sunday Brick Lane is full of amazing food stalls and we ate huge portions of gorgeous vegetarian food from the Ethiopiques stall.
3.2 mile walk
Starting at Kensington High Street tube I walked towards Holland Park for the Design Museum. My friend Charlotte and I saw the California: Designing Freedom exhibition which has a 2 for 1 ticket deal on until the 28th August if you want to check it out for yourself. I really enjoyed it. It's full of colourful graphic design from the '60's onwards and chronicles the influence of new design and technologies from California (skateboards, apple macs, google) and how it has changed the world.
We had a komucha stop on a bench in Holland Park before walking through Hyde Park towards a cafe called Raw Press on Dover Street. The food was lovely but the service was a little abrupt and unfriendly which was a shame.
1 mile walk
The main reason for this visit was to taste the delights of breakfast at Farm Girl Cafe. Absolutely scrumptious food. Service is a little full on at the weekend because it is so popular but you can overlook that when your food arrives! I had the Buckwheat Pancakes and my friends enjoyed an Acai bowl. Both dishes were lovely!
To walk off the food we ambled down Portobello Road and watched the stall holders getting ready for the day ahead. A great vibe in this part of London on a Sunday morning.
2.2 mile walk
A solo adventure in Vauxhall and Pimlico to get to see some art exhibitions before they finished. First up is the free Newport Street Gallery owned by Damien Hirst. A lovely walk from Vauxhall through the gardens, past the City Farm and onto Newport Street. I saw the penultimate day of the Ashley Bickerton: Ornamental Hysteria exhibition which was a rather strange collection of paintings, assemblages, sculptures and mixed media work.
I walked to the Tate Britain along the river and across Vauxhall Bridge to see the Queer British Art exhibition. Which was pretty quiet on a Saturday morning. There is some great art to see here with a wide range of styles, genres and artists exhibited.
What have you been up to lately?