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February 2012

    London Life Places

    lost in london

    February 26, 2012

    This post is inspired by a lovely magazine i just discovered. I’m a little late to the party since this is their fourth issue. Lost in london is published to coincide with the beginning of each season. It is aimed at country loving city dwellers and anyone yearning for a simpler life. The next issue comes out in march.

    When I missed the v&a connects event on the future of magazines a few weeks ago, I contacted the lovely lucy scott and tina smith to find out more about why, as a magazine junkie, i hadn’t heard of them! I got the loveliest of replies, together with a complimentary current issue. It’s charming, inspiring and full of goodness and i immediately felt myself relaxing and slowing down! Pure magic! Thank you girls.

    Now i might be an urban chick but i do appreciate all different facets to living in london and often welcome the simpler life so ‘lost in london’ is totally up my ally.

    As i was planning my saturday i thought it might be fun to play tour guide and show you snippets of my london through some of the places i visited. Camera in hand, off i went. What wasn’t planned was the gorgeous weather we had in london yesterday. The first real spring-like day. My itinerary took me to various different areas and i really hope you enjoy this little tour.

    First stop was the british museum. Grayson perry: the tomb of the unknown craftsman, which opened in october 2011 and finished today.

    Here is a section of grayson perry’s ‘map of truths and beliefs’ 2011 wool and cotton tapestry. It shows many possible pilgrimage destinations, both religious and secular. This was taken with my iphone in the exhibition.

    I picked up some macaroons for a present from pierre hermes in knightsbridge. Loved their window display.

    Next stop was chelsea and kensington. While there, i popped into the conran shop for some inspiration. The conran shop is housed within the michelin building, one of the most beautiful buildings in london. Within, you’ll also find the excellent bibendum restaurant where, in the past, i’ve had many business lunches and dinners.

    Here are 2 examples of architecture you will find in kensington and chelsea, today regarded as the most expensive area in london.

    The weather was so glorious at the serpentine that i stopped to get a couple of shots for you. The serpentine gallery is charming, unique and well worth a visit.

    Next stop was mayfair. I needed to stock up on skin care products at aesop and like to get them from their flagship store because it’s utterly devine and was designed by ilse crawford. Do i need to say any more?

    Now while out and about i spotted a few of the fabergé eggs currently dotted around the capital. This subject is covered expertly by annie over at insideology so will leave it well alone. I just had to show you one because it tickled my fancy.

    Can you guess what it’s made out of? Well, can you? I first saw it from a distance away and the sun was beaming on it so wasn’t sure. Upon closer inspection it became clear. Yep, one penny pieces. I just love the mosaic effect, don’t you?

    Then I hopped over to portobello market to pop into a couple of shops, meet up with friends for tea and generally hang out. Here is a selection of photos i thought you might enjoy.

    Then i went to pick something up in primrose hill. A highly sought after and fashionable area in north london, reflected by the prices of properties. It has a charming urban village feel. Gosh, i just sounded like an estate agent!

    Finally i rushed off to to meet up with friends to go to the cinema. Extremely loud & incredibly close is about a boy who is finding it hard to come to terms with his father dying in the world trade centre on 9/11. He goes in search of a message that he believes his father left for him somewhere in NYC. Truly moving.

    I really hope you enjoyed accompanying me on my saturday adventure. I had a really great day and it was even better knowing i can record some of it for your viewing pleasure. Oh, just in case you are wondering how i managed to get around so many different areas and places, photograph it all and how i fitted in so much stuff into one day? Well, welcome to tina’s world. I couldn’t do it without my partner in crime, yes, my beloved vespa.

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