On Thursday, my friend and I were walking around South Kensington when she exclaimed: “Oh, we HAVE to pop in there! Cake?” I was a bit taken aback until I realised that we had come across a Hummingbird Bakery… I must admit, it was as much a feast for the eyes as it was for the palate. Look at that rainbow cake! The choice was a difficult one; my friend eventually bought a carrot cupcake and I settled for a lemon one. Delicious.
Our next stop was the V&A for some Italian glamour… What a gorgeous display of dresses, outfits and shoes, ranging from 1945 to 2014. Pucci, Valentino, Miu Miu, Giambattista Valli, Dolce & Gabbana, all the famous Italian designers are represented. I loved the Roberto Cavalli leopard print sexy, floaty dress – how could I not? – but my absolute favourite was the Nicola Trussardi leather dress… The main sponsor of the exhibition being Bulgari, Elizabeth Taylor’s jaw-dropping emerald and diamond necklace also shines behind its glass case in all its glory; the actress received it as a present from Richard Burton while filming Cleopatra in Rome. If you are interested in fashion, I totally recommend it. The Glamour of Italian Fashion runs until July 27th.
An impromptu visit to the Natural History Museum saw us coming face to face – if I can put it that way – with a pair of friendly skeletons! And then of course more walking along the Thames. I offered my congratulations to the couple about to do a wedding photo session, her long veil gently fluttering in the breeze. The shiny VW bus almost made me want to go on a camping adventure. And the light. That golden light was just so beautiful.
During my recent London trip to attend BritMums Live, I was fortunate enough to have time to enjoy what I love most in big cities: To walk around for miles, soaking up the vibes and the atmosphere. Sexy Hubby would probably tell you that I am ready to do anything to avoid public transport. Not entirely untrue, but it is more than that. How can you really experience a city by sitting in the tube or in buses, just dashing from one place to the next?
The first evening, my friend and I had dinner in a restaurant in Covent Garden, sitting outside but grateful for the heaters that had been turned on. The second evening we went to the OXO Tower for cocktails and nibbles. On both nights we wandered around quite a bit before and after, admiring the views across the Thames, bumping into a slowly performing ballerina… or a cheese shop with the most mouth-watering display! There was even a trip down memory lane for me, realising that The Lion King was still being played at the Lyceum Theatre. The show was a birthday present for First Daughter many, many years ago…
On the longest day, I was in London attending the BritMums Live 2014 conference. Not too many opportunities to enjoy the glorious sunshine that day, but the garden set up in the courtyard of the Brewery, with its comfortable sofas and fake grass, was perfect to chill out for a little while.
I had flown on Thursday already to meet a friend and spend some time together before the event (more to come about this). In the evening, I met her and we decided to head for the OXO Tower. Getting off at Embankment, we very much enjoyed our stroll along the Thames before arriving at the bar. We were lucky enough to get the last table, as this had been a spur of the moment decision and we had not booked anything. I had been there before but still appreciated the fabulous views as much. Inside, people-watching is always interesting. I thought we both looked pretty glamorous until a party of four arrived, from Ascot presumably. Stunning outfits and hats for the ladies.
Champagne-based “Brief Encounter” cocktails were our choice and the nibbles we had were so delicious we ordered some more. A truly lovely evening spent catching up in a beautiful place, the notes emanating from the piano adding a touch of nostalgia.