Every year the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park delights us with a new, fiercely original Pavilion commission for the summer. So I was eagerly looking forward to the arrival of 2017’s design from Francis Kere, for the 17th summer Serpentine Pavilion and was not disappointed. Continue reading
Touted as THE restaurant opening with Clare Smyth at the helm the Michelin Female Chef of 2017, former chef and chef-partner at Gordon Ramsay 3 star Michelin restaurant and in charge when the stars were earned and retained. Could anything live up to that? Very short answer: yes, Core by Clare Smyth is wonderful! Continue reading
This year’s special exhibition at Buckingham Palace is Royal Gifts and it showcases gifts that Her Majesty The Queen has received in her official capacity. Sadly we don’t get to see what Prince Philip might give her on her for her birthday but the Royal Gifts exhibition is worth a visit. Continue reading
Zip lines, I’ve known a few…. It began with a 3 sector zip in Jamaica, which went well apart from a slightly strained arm caused by grabbing the wire too vigorously in an attempt to lose speed as I hurtled towards the cushioned tree at the finish line. Then I moved up to an 11 stage zip line back and forth across a deep ravine in Swaziland which was rather ambitious and I have to admit to being a little scared despite it being perfectly safe. So when I heard of a big zip line coming to London so I was excited and apprehensive at the same time. Continue reading
There’s a new ride in town called Mail Rail, the undoubted star of the new Postal Museum in London, although for those reading this before 4th September you should know it’s not open til then! The rest of the museum is fun too and for more info about that, do scroll down. Continue reading
The V&A has a second museum in Bethnal Green which is dedicated to celebrating childhood , full of beautiful exhibits that take you right back to when you were little. Their special exhibition is just that, special, and is all about the extraordinary work of Michael Morpurgo. Called a Lifetime in Stories, it takes us on a journey through his life and his incredible body of work, including of course his most famous book War Horse. Continue reading
Barrafina is a mini chain of tapas restaurants in London that have claimed a Michelin star for their owners the Hart brothers. Sam and Eddie. Their original site on Dean Street was always hard to get a seat at and has recently relocated inside the nearby Quo Vadis restaurant so I doubt it’s any easier to get into. However they have other sites and I was looking for a good local lunch to complement an uplifting visit to the British Museum’s Hokusai exhibition when I remembered there was a Barrafina in Drury Lane. Continue reading
It was one of the hottest days of the year and I was off to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London to explore the story of Franklin, lost in the arctic! Continue reading
The Wallace Collection is one of London’s hidden gems, a small and beautiful museum with a wonderful collection of art, porcelain and armoury, housed in a fabulous London town house. I’ve been to visit many times and thought I was familiar with most items in their collection but their new special exhibition Gilded Interiors highlighted some stunning pieces I’d missed.
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So here you are, my pick of what’s on in London over the summer: Continue reading