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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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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A day in Dulwich Village

Dulwich Village, London

In the South part of London, Dulwich village is a green and protected area far from the hustle and bustle of the Center of London. Easily reachable by train from London Bridge or Victoria, you will discover this “chic village” spirit specific to the English countryside. Get off at the stop “West Dulwich“. 3 minute walking, you will find the Dulwich college, a boy boarding school created in 1619 by Edward Alleyn. More than 1.500 students today, the college welcomed before some famous characters such as Raymond Chandler. Walk through the Dulwich park then and grab a tea to the tiny and charming pavillon located in the middle. After that, you can head off to the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Founded in 1811, but the building dated of 1817, by Sir Francois Bourgeois it’s the first gallery, the purpose of which is to open art to public (usually a museum’s mission). To celebrate its 200 anniversary this summer, a temporary outside pavillon will open its doors on June 2nd. Discover the creation by IF-DO, the architect who won the competition organized by the gallery. The exhibition I don’t want miss? Sergent, watercolors. Easy peasy, it will be at the same dates, at the same place…It’s time to hit the road again, ok time to walk to Dulwich village Road, the high street of the area. Excellent lunch at the Italian restaurant Rocca, also present in South Kensington, with a special mention to the parpadelle with rabbit ragu! Get lost in the charming streets nearby to admire the huge houses (Do people own only manors there?), the little churches and the endless schools. Welcome to Dulwich!

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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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The Japanese House at the Barbican

The Japanese House,Exhibition, Barbican Center

Until the 25th of June, the Barbican – this excellent cultural center- houses the exhibition: The Japanese house : Architecture and Life after 1945Do not miss this opportunity to better understand  the evolution of the lodging after the WW2 in a country devastated by the bombs and in which a large part of the population is homeless. Under the US occupation (1945-1952) the Japan is influenced by the Western culture, its magasines, cinema, etc…Nevertheless, building houses is re-building a nation and a so-called “tradition debate” took stage in the society. The new accommodations should be inspired by the Palace style with raised floors, airy and open spaces or by a rural come-back with earthen floors and large roofs? A new genre called “home drame” emerges until the 1950’s and considers every social change under a domestic perspective. You will discover the famous directors Azu and Naruse who testify of this intellectual current. From the 1960’s, the Japan know a new era of prosperity. But the growth of the economy creates overwhelmed and contaminated cities. More and more, the architects reject the urban life and think the house like a safe heaven. The Tea house, silent and independent small room, build outside the house become a must-have. You will end the exhibition by a more immersive approach, you will enter the gardens, the kitchens, the bathrooms of the Japanese houses where some shoes and food products seem to be given up, to help you to project yourself in this domestic life. Enjoy your travel in Japanese land!

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A day at Chelsea

Chelsea, Pink Love Door, London

On a sunny Monday (it’s always better when it’s a workday), we headed with Charlotte to the Chelsea Harbour, a tiny marina, close to the Imperial Wharf station. To enjoy the view, choose the Chelsea Harbour Hotel, whose interest lies in its terrace. After that, pop in the Design Center, a building as interesting as the stores dedicated to the decoration and refurbishment it houses. Walking along the Thames (or trying to – unfortunately you have a lot of buildings in progress), you will reconnect with the famous Chelsea spirit, these small colored houses. Did I mention the famous painter Turner set his sights on the 119 Cheyne Walk? By chance, just in front of the famous river…sunset admirer forever. If you are a plant-savvy, push the doors of the Chelsea Physic Garden (as usual, all the links to the websites are in the main text), the 2nd oldest botanical garden in GB created in 1673. Then, leave for the Saatchi Gallery, the famous contemporary art Gallery where I always prefer the temporary exhibition rather than the permanent collection. For those who are fancy to do some trendy shopping, the King’s road should be the answer to the stores you look for. Have a nice Chelsea day!

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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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An afternoon in Stoke Newington

Stoke Newington, Church Street, London

We have spent an afternoon in Stoke Newington, the new trendy district at the North of Dalston (still the Hackney Borough) defined by some people as the “new Shoreditch”. A bit exaggerated for me, because Stoke Newington is the not the place-to-be to chill out but above all because its architecture is far more beautiful – oh the lovely Victorian houses – and its atmosphere evokes a trendy village. Even if all our addresses are located in the Stoke Newington Church Street, we advise you to come from the Canonbury station to enjoy the neighborhood and feel the calmness and the sweetness of the area. In the main street, you won’t find the usual utilitarian stores: Boots, Supermarket, falafel and co..but some design shops, stylish coffees and a small furniture flea market (Marton Street). Have lunch at the Antica Pizzeria di Michele to taste the famous double Mozza pizza (simplicity is sometimes effectiveness) and the adorable Green Room café hidden in a flowers shop. Enjoy then a glass of wine at the Stoke Newington Tea House (jazzy nights and beer garden). Look for the hidden Bansky “Royal Family” in the streets nearby and admire at the design Shop the English chess game conceived with UK famous buildings.

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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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Zaha Hadid’s exhibition at Serpentine Gallery – until Feb 12nd

Zaha Hadid's exhibition, The serpentine Gallery, painting, architecture, london

Stopping at the Serpentine Gallery, especially during the summer, will be the opportunity to discover the works of a foreign architect who has never built in the UK. Since 2000, this project has welcome Olafur Eliasson, Zaha Hadid and last year the danish Bjarne Ingels, among others. A brillant idea to open minds to the architecture through an ephemera  and outdoor construction which takes place for 2 months in Hyde Park. But even in winter, the Serpentine has something to offer. Until Feb 12nd, a tribute to Zaha Hadid’s “early paintings and drawings” is waiting for you in the main extension, built by Zaha Hadid herself in 2013. Inspired by abstractionism, deconstructionism, Russian avant-garde and perhaps a bit of personal utopia, you will share with the artist her vision of  the biggest cities. A really impressive work about volume, scaling, colors and perspective. Please don’t chose a crowded Saturday and enjoy the VR corner realized in partnership with Google to make you live an immersive approach: you will enter in a painting and you will see that how the things take on a live of their own.

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