48 HOURS IN: LONDON
Some of the places we visited in the London,
where we only had a little less than two days to spend in the city.
Photos and drawings from my travel sketchbook,
the souvenirs and addresses I collected...
1. Postcard I scanned, Gerhard Richter "Cloud" 1970, from the Tate. 2. Book I took home from the Tate, Gerhard Richter "100 Pictures," Photo by me.
The Tate Modern / Gerhard Richter and Taryn Simon Exhibition / This was probably by far my favorite thing we did in London. Since we had such little time, we could only pick one museum to go to. So for me it was either the V&A or The Tate Modern. There was no way I could miss a large scale Richter retrospective, so the Tate Modern it was.
Glad to go this way, Richter's Panorama exhibit with its breadth and the sheer scale of the images was so amazing to see in person. Taryn Simon's exhibits never disappoint, I had a chance to see her Contraband Show at the Gagosian a few years ago and you can see how her work has really progressed in A Living Man Declared, which was just incredible.
Acne / 13 Dover Street / I was pretty much shopped out at this point after Paris and I'm good with the Acne Store here in New York, but wanted to check out this Acne location anyway since it is three floors. This store is decorated so beautifully, with big red blooms everywhere and a yellow grand piano in the entrance that someone was playing while we were there. I ended up getting the Acne Darling Wrap Dress which the New York Store did not carry, it has zero hanger appeal but when on it is just a perfect black dress.
Dover Street Market / 17-18 Dover Street / Right next door to the Acne store, a store very worth taking a walking through as the concept of the shop is the brainchild of Rei Kawakubo. Six floors of beautifully curated Fashion, there is also a Rose Bakery on top.
1. Brunch at the Albion. 2. Record Shopping in Camden. 3. Borough Market post next to Southwark Cathedral, the oldest church in London. 4. Postcard I scanned from St. John Restaurant. All photos above by me.
The Albion and The Shoreditch area / 2-4 Boundary Street / We met up with one of Andrew's friends who played our insider guide for Shoreditch (and also gave us a peek at her office at Erdem). I really liked Shoreditch a lot. It reminded me in a lot of ways of Brooklyn, especially the cozy restaurant we ate brunch in, The Albion. The restaurant also doubles as a little grocery store. Afterwards we walked around the nearby Brick Lane outdoor Flea Market, where so many vintage stores also line the streets, which kind of made up for not having enough time to go to Portobello Road.
Music & Video Exchange / 208 Camden High Street / Did not venture far into Camden, only for Andrew to check out a few Record Shops along the main strip. If you collect records like he does, this is the place to do it.
Borough Market / 8 Southwark Street / We passed through this walking along the Bank to the Tate. A massive food market, which is part outdoors and part under an old Victorian roofed area. You could spend a whole afternoon here trying out all kinds of different of food.
St. John Bar and Restaurant / 26 St. John Street / We were really looking forward to going to this Restaurant. Andrew had to make the reservations months ahead while he was in London for work. It's often always on those "Best Restaurants of the World" kind of lists. It did not disappoint and was worth the wait, phenomenal even. Would love to eat here again someday.
1. Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester, photo by Luxirare. 2. Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Press Photo. My little camera could do no justice to these two beautiful places.
High Tea at The Dorchester / Park Lane / A very fancy place, but if you are in London, might as well do afternoon tea and do it up right - make sure you have a really, really good scone.
Beaufort Bar at The Savoy / Strand / Also a very fancy place, but it's a definite way to make sure your last night counts with one strong drink at an insanely beautiful Art Deco bar. The best nightcap for 48 hours of running around,
short and sweet.