I started the weekend edit many months ago and have shamefully struggled to keep the posts going. The reason? I think it’s safe to say that life got in the way. Whilst I’ve had one eye on what’s going on in London through my favourite blogs, Instagram, and Time Out Tuesdays, I’ve also been busy at hen dos, weddings, birthdays, a holiday, and sorting stuff in the flat. So I haven’t been gathering those thoughts about what looks fun to share.
But with the summer ahead, more free time, and a new blog design coming up (!), it felt like a great time to get back into these posts. I’ve changed the format a little and I’m hoping to share these posts once a fortnight rather than attempt once a week.
So let’s catch up on what we could be exploring and enjoying in London then…
The Queen’s House – Just when you think you’ve explored most of the grand houses that border Greenwich Park, along comes another. I spotted one of the house’s main attractions, the Tulip Staircase, on the @London Instagram page and instantly thought – I need to see and snap that staircase.
Audrey Hepburn – Portraits of an icon – The combination of a style icon and stunning photography is what draws me to this exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. It might also be a great excuse to pop up and see those views from the gallery’s restaurant, Portrait.
Leighton House – The former home of Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton, looks like a feast for the eyes. A purpose-built studio, its main attraction, the ‘Arab Hall’, is complete with golden dome, intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles.
Clifton Nurseries – With a tiny concrete garden I don’t have much need to visit a garden centre and plant nursery, other than to sip tea whilst surrounded by pretty plants that I don’t have to tend to myself.
Petersham Nurseries – But if I fancy something more substantial to eat, I’ll head to this nursery near Richmond instead!
London Riviera – The beauty of the long summer nights is that you can spend your evenings outdoors and you’ll find plenty of places to pop to. With a riverside location boasting views of Tower Bridge, cocktails and street food, the London Riviera seems like the perfect way to spend a summer evening (or two, or three…).
Pop Brixton – At first I thought it was another street food pop up but after reading more about it on A Lady in London, I discovered there was so much more to explore, including boutique shops and cute cafes.
Blixen – I’ve simply seen enough reviews to tell me that this new(ish) Spitalfields restaurant deserves a visit.
Ice Kitchen: 50 Lolly Recipes – You’ll probably find the Ice Kitchen along Southbank this summer, but if you want to cool down at home its recipe book sounds like it will help create a tasty alternative to popping your head into the fridge after a sweaty commute.
The Culpeper – I’ve think I’ve mentioned this place before but after spotting that they’ve opened a rooftop for the summer, I’ve found another reason to head East.
Follow of the fortnight – @AboutTimeMag