Our last day as official Londoner bloggers since Charlotte eventually left her flat the day after…It will be the opportunity to develop our London/Paris newsletter and she has already planned to come in August. Phew! The blog will go on. No visit of museum for this special occasion but just a chill and sunny walk in East London. The recipe for some perfect little moments shared with a friend? It can be summarized as below: start with a picnic at Victoria Park, in front of the lake and the Japanese House, talk for hours and explore the surroundings. Find a nice little street, such as Lauriston Road, and chose the tiniest-cutest coffee shop which has a small hidden garden: Loafing. Treat yourself by sharing a chocolate bouchée with your ice coffee. Then, after a 30 minute walk, meet some friends at Old George, a beer garden and a vintage pub close to Bethnal Green. If you still have little time, book a spectacle at the Rich Mix Art Center. Happy East London Day!
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.
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.
Until the 25th of June, the Barbican – this excellent cultural center- houses the exhibition: The Japanese house : Architecture and Life after 1945. Do 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!
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!
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.
After 4 years of work, the new Design Museum (located before in the South Bank of the Thames) has opened its doors since the end of November. The new building conceived by the architect John Pawson gives a fresh start to the museum. It’s quite impressive inside, with a great volume under the roof and some vanishing lines which reveal different points of view on the floors. For the first time, the museum offers a permanent free exhibition in the top floor. “Designer, Maker, User” is an interesting walking through the evolution of Design and questions the links and the interdependence between the 3 parts quoted before. What does design mean to you? Does design has an impact on our lives? Could it change the society? Could we talk about a “positive design”? What is its main purpose? So many questions that are interesting lines of thought.
Hard to define the Barbican, a unique multi-art center in the heart of London which offers a picky selection of concerts, cinema, spectacles, conferences and exhibitions. Without forgetting a tropical garden (the “garden room” opened on Sunday afternoon) at the top and its 3 restaurants. Opened in the last 80’s, this model of brutalism architecture – do not be fooled by appearances- “exists to inspire people to discover and love the arts”, as presented on their website.