London/Paris in Summer – the sun letter

Second edition of our newsletter across the Manche. Charlotte succeeds in her new position in Paris but her heart is still in London so I’m lucky enough to see her on a regular basis. With the summer – hot temperatures in Paris / still uncertain weather in London until recently – it’s more than ever the time to get the most of the 2 cities and to start planning your week-end. Look at eurostar.com or snap eurostar (if you’re more flexible) to spot the seasonal promotions. For this summer, we’ll talk about music festivals: Love Box in London/Lollapalooza in Paris, terraces and outdoors – barbecue versus “buvettes” and we mention a famous palace… All the links and details below, happy Summer across the Manche and let us know what you try !

biere en terrasse

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A day at Kew Gardens

50 minutes from London center, Kew Gardens are the royal botanic gardens existing from the XVIIIth century, located in the borough of Richmond. A green bubble to escape the city gathering more than 30 000 plants, flowers and trees. Plan to spend at least 3 hours in the 326-acre park to enjoy all it has to offer. From a palm tree house to a Japanese gateway, passing by a treetop walkway and Kew Palace – which housed George III and his family – this Unesco heritage is a little gem at the doors of the city. Quite impossible to summarize, discover in pictures some chosen places and have a look at the website, there is always a festival or an event at Kew Gardens.

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London/Paris – the month letter

First edition of our new newsletter, we will share with you once a month from now on,  our best of in Paris and London. Many of you live between the 2 cities for business or personal reasons and the same goes for us. Charlotte is about to start a new professional commitment in Paris, if you look for a flat to buy she’s the one to contact with. Fortunately, she plans to keep going back and forth , the opportunity for us to exchange cross-looks on 3 main topics: the new foodie places, a cultural outing and the event you can’t miss. The Pergola in London vs Papa cabane in Paris, the 200th anniversary of the Dulwich Picture Gallery vs Cezanne at Orsay, the wine week vs the Jazz festival, which city will seduce you this month? Get the most of it with the description and the links below.

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Comptoir Gascon in Farringdon

Duck rillettes, Comptoir Gascon, London

One of the first posts of the blog was dedicated to our favorite restaurants in the Farringdon area. I liked a lot the one star Michelin Club Gascon, the delicacy of the mains and the excellent wine list but I had been a bit disappointed by the decoration very classical without a true spirit. I was so happy to discover they have also opened a gourmet bistro/delicatessen called Comptoir Gascon, just 5 minutes away. There, you will find a true tribute to the south-western France. Ochres bricks, large wooden shared tables and a selection of authentic products to take away, no doubt you are in “Gasconnie”. We chose to eat in for a 2 hour-session of comfort food: rillettes, saucisses au couteau with home-cooked mash potatoes, neck pork with Espelette Chilli, a pastis and a languedoc glass of wine, just the perfect match. If you will find the most delicious products coming from this countryside, Comptoir Gascon tried also to reinvent the classic ones. Why not taste the lillet-based Spritz (Lillet is an old french alcohol based on fruit liquor and wine) or the Eton Mess, plum and cointreau? A perfect address for those who are looking for an excellent touch of sun at an affordable prince – they have also the Baranis and the Cigalon for those who prefer the south-eastern France.

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May in London : The Monthletter

Muguet, Mois de Mai, London, Newsletter

Two bank holidays in a month…. No doubt, May is coming. You will have plenty of time to discover and to enjoy what London has to offer. This month, we’ve made with Marine an eclectic selection where you could see us in our favourite playground. From art and flower exhibitions to open air theatre or Peckham Rye Festival, it’s time to plan your weekend activities. Welcome in May and welcome in London.

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Happy Easter in London!

Easter chocolate, spotted in Chelsea, London

Easter weekend is coming this weekend and with it, a lot of bunnies and eggs will invade all the pretty little gardens. And because England does it better, here are some inspirations that we found all around the city to please your loved ones with chocolate. So please indulge yourself this weekend! Happy hunting and happy Easter!

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April in London : The Newsletter

Oeufs de Pâques, April, Easter

Spring is definitely here! In April, the days are longer, warmer, brighter, and this is one of the best month to  discover what London has to offer. You can walk in the streets and discover all the pink and white blossoms, you can enjoy the sun rays and have lunch outside and you can hunt the hidden eggs left by the Easter Bunny, because April is above all the Easter Month with a very long Easter weekend and therefore plenty of time to plan what we’ve selected for you this month! Happy April and Happy Easter!

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The art of the brick : DC Super Heroes exhibition

The art of the Brick : DC Super Heros, Exhibition, London

The world’s largest LEGO exhibition returns to London from the 1st of March until the 4th of September 2017. This time, DC super-heroes and super-villains inspired Nathan Sawaya to create 120 works of art, using more than 2 millions LEGO bricks. This former NYC lawyer reconverted in an award-winning artist brings the LEGO brick into the Art world. He has created a merging between Pop Art and Surrealism, he is playing with material, color, movement, light and perspective. Walk and get lost between Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and many others (I have to confess that I don’t know all of them, shame on me!) until the life-size masterpiece built with half a million bricks. Here are some pictures of some of the works you could see at The Art of The brick : DC Super Heroes.

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Lunch, drinks and dinner in Shoreditch

Barber and Parlour, Shoreditch, London

Close to the hustle and bustle of Shoreditch, you can find some quieter places to enjoy a lunch, drinks or a dinner. Except for the Box Park (but how could we avoid to mention this first pop-up malls created in 2011 in containers?), we have selected 3 addresses not located on the Shoreditch High Street, the perfect stops to pair with your street art walking. For a lunch: choose Rochelle Canteen, located in an old Victorian house which has since evolved into a co-workers hub. The perfect hidden place to treat yourself with a home-cooked flavors thanks to a short (and affordable) menu changing every day. To have a drink, seat at Barber and Parlour, an unusual building which is simultaneously a grocery, a barber, a bar and which houses The Electric Cinema. A must-do to live a 30’s cinema experience in a comfortable leather sofa. And to end your day with a more refine atmosphere and really qualitative italian food, Bottega Prelibato is definitely the perfect choice. Find all the addresses below.

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David Hockney, exhibition at the Tate Britain

David Hockney, Tate Britain Exhibition

We were a bit surprised when we have heard that the exhibition dedicated to David Hockney (English painter, printmaker, photographer…born in 1937 in the Yorkshire but quickly seduced by the dolce vita in California) would take place at the Tate Britain until the 29th of May and not at the Tate Modern. This major  contributor of the Pop Art in the 1960’s has developed a colorful realism, influenced by the “on-stage” world and the photographic art. Quite impossible to summarize because we have been overwhelmed by the variety of styles – from domestic scenes to Yorkshire and US landscapes-, and expressions: vidéo, pictures, drawings,… But we can say that: we have been very impressed and it’s probably the more fascinating exhibition we have seen for a while. You will not follow there a chronological path giving some clues about his biography but you will dive into a deep creative world. His obsessive theme – how to represent (and to play with) the reality – is revealed from the very first room “play within a play”.  Throughout the exhibition, you will discover his work on the perspective, the scenography, the color and a new form of (pop) impressionism. Hockney uses the pictures and the video to create a bigger artwork which questions our perception and what we keep in mind.  Please, offer you a pure artistic creative session.

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