Our first port of call in London is usually the Riding House Cafe. The berry pancakes haven't quite been bettered elsewhere. Me and @Hinisha_ are happy to try various places for breakfast, yet find ourselves returning to our old fave. Speaking of sweet treats. we've also tried gelato from different gelatarie in the big city, yet no place has come close to Gelato Village. If you should so happen to find yourself in Leicester, it's worth your while to make a little visit (The tiramisu and pistachio though).
Hometown wins the point this round, although there's still many sugary morsel to sample. I've heard good things about Milk Train, where you can find ice-cream with a halo of candyfloss. When I was younger, I just had to have a bag of candyfloss every time we visited the fair... until I was a little older to realize a sack of sugar probably isn't the healthiest snack. I'll totally make an exception and give in here - it'd be a fun throwback to carefree days of the past. Satisfied from a delicious breakfast, we set out onto the bustling street.
A quick spot of browsing on Oxford Street and a busy tube ride later, we found ourselves at Westminster. I remember when I was working in London a few years ago and met a friend here. It was fab to see a silhouette of postcard London come into view that dusky evening, The wintry chill of February also springs to mind, with the beautifully glistening Thames making up for frozen fingers. This sunny day, it was nice to see the city in shades-worthy weather.
It was a busy day, where we also wanted to check out an art exhibition. The many galleries and shows that take place here are something I miss about the city. I guess it's about making the most out of the opportunities that are on your doorstep. I recently heard about Chelsea In Bloom, where retailers feature floral art adorning their store. A reason to make a visit next year. I imagine large floral feats in an abundance of different flora, inviting you in to many a different retail space.
The afternoon sun cropped up ablaze, with everything glowing red. The season of cosy knits and autumnal wrapping is upon us. Like the multi-hued palette I enjoy painting with, I'm a fan of colourful coats and tie-up trenches. I purchased a dusty pink one recently, which I'm looking forward to wearing soon. Sometimes I opt for tweed and combine it with a belt, alike our visit to Richmond, this time last year. Scarves and hats in jewel tones would complement the rich browns and ochres of the season.
Wherever I am, I love art-spotting. Pockets of creativity can found pretty much everywhere, especially in London. Be it a play on a famous fashion perfume or an uplifting quote...there's always something to make you smile. The intricate mosaics at Tottenham Court station also caught my eye, where I had just long enough to enjoy the miniature details, before getting swept up in a throng of people. Gotta keep on moving...
We visited the National Gallery, to see a vibrant tapestry designed by Chris Ofili. The Caged Bird's song is a bold triptych which is hand-woven at the loom by skilled weavers of the Clothworkers Company. The collaborative effort translates Ofili's watercolour vision on a stunning scale. What I found particularly fascinating was how the entwined threads blend so effortlessly to create nuances in shade. In the accompanying video, near the 44 minute mark, the artist is taken with how it's 'a pool of pigment, but it's been rendered in wool'. Amazing.
The aptly named 'Threadneedle street' came across our way as we continued exploring. You never know what you'll discover. It also felt like a little reminder to get back in the atelier and create. Even with numerous ideas floating around in my mind, I feel as though I haven't been spending enough time actually putting them on paper and stitching. There's no time like now to get going, without worrying about the outcome. Just starting and getting lost in the process is important... everything else, alike speeding carriages on the underground, will keep on moving like clockwork (most of the time).