Borough Market goodies!

Borough Market goodies!

Another wonderful day walking around London and the maze of rabbit holes! On this occasion, the four of us (moi, my soeur, Mr N and Mr P) ventured from noon past midnight, breathing in the arts and history of this great City.

My sister and I started our journey from Richmond to Waterloo Station, then onto the underground tube to London Bridge to pick up Mr P, who was staying at the The Hoxton in Holborn… next to Drury Lane and the British Museum so super location!

We wandered to Borough Market for a nice fresh smoothie. Whilst sipping and aimlessly taking in the colourful sights of the stalls, we came across a chalkboard inviting folks to write down their wishes before they die… besides the one stating, “Before I die I want to have a ‘happy ending’ with Brenda!”, the rest seemed pretty angelic 😉

Borough Market chalkboard!

Borough Market chalkboard!

Leaving Borough Market, heading past The Shard down St Thomas Street, I took a few photos of interesting symbols… and a cow, perhaps one lost from Milton Keynes!

Ankh on The Shard

Ankh on The Shard

Trinities on Guy's Hospital

Trinities on Guy’s Hospital

A lost Milton Keynes cow?

A lost Milton Keynes cow?

We turned into Melior Street after spotting a glass workshop 🙂 My soeur and Mr P did the honours and posed for my delightedness!

My soeur and Mr P outside a glass workshop

My soeur and Mr P outside a glass workshop

Lovely signage!

Lovely signage!

We soon came to Bermondsey Street, our destination for the White Cube‘s last day of their summer exhibition.

But before you check out those photos below, I came across another glass wonder on the same street – London Glassblowing Studio and Gallery. They were showcasing their lovely Venetian inspired works, but in my giddiness I headed straight for the rear of the gallery to see their glowing glory holes and workshop areas!!

My soeur and Mr P posing again for my delight at finding another glass studio... :-)

My soeur and Mr P posing again for my delight at finding another glass studio… 🙂

Window dreaming for me...

Window dreaming for me…

The workshop of London Glassblowing

The workshop of London Glassblowing

Another workshop pic

Another workshop pic

And just opposite this gallery, I spotted a superb serpent!

Serpent decor

Serpent decor

And an unusual ebike shop with a little cute cafe stop!

Rent an eBike... after taking a latte

Rent an eBike… after taking a latte

The architecture on this street is lovely. I particulary love the tall slim brick houses with the large glass windows and ‘mill style’ facades.

Just LOVE these houses!

Just LOVE these houses!

This little resto intrigued me, Casse-Croûte – apparently authentic French cooking but not tried it! (yet!)

We took our tea and cakes at the Fashion & Textile Museum instead. The cafe is run by “teapod“… very tasty, especially with the Portuguese cake ‘pasteis de nata’. Not quite as yummy as the real thing, thee Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon, but nice all the same.

Opportunity to speak French!

Opportunity to speak French!

Another cuppa tea anyone?

Another cuppa tea anyone?

So, to the White Cube gallery. The building itself blends in with the environment, and doesn’t seek attention! But inside, well… plenty of food for thought! White Cube was showing the works of Gilbert and George, and Rachel Kneebone.

Works of George and Gilbert

Works of George and Gilbert

Food for thought!

Food for thought!

Moi (photo courtesy of Mr P)

Moi (photo courtesy of Mr P)

We are all human sculptors!

We are all human sculptors!

Let go of ALL expectations...

Let go of ALL expectations…

Lifeforce = head, soul and sex! How true!

Lifeforce = head, soul and sex! How true!

Cycling hits the UK at last!

Cycling hits the UK at last!

Theme of our times... whose the next scapegoat?!

Theme of our times… whose the next scapegoat?!

Three serpents & a pinstripe

Three serpents & a pinstripe

Men, worship & love

Men, worship & love

Cosmic egg? (by Rachel Kneebone)

Cosmic egg? (by Rachel Kneebone)

After all that art and chin stroking, we then wandered onto the riverside, towards Tower Bridge.

I just love walking along the Thames. The urban design lures you into a state of relaxation, however busy it is with tourists and Londoners! I’ve sat here all times of the day and night now, and I just LOVE it 🙂

The lure of the Thames

The lure of the Thames

Child wandering

Child wandering

Crossing Tower Bridge, strolling on to the Whitechapel area, we passed some more interesting building decor near Aldgate East tube station…

All is gold at Aldgate Station

All is gold at Aldgate Station

Mer-kah-bah... ah...

Mer-kah-bah… ah…

Mr P and Mr N take in the Islamic art geometry

Mr P and Mr N take in the Islamic art geometry

Heading down Brick Lane, our tummies now rumbling in anticipation for a spicy food fest, we were greeted with wonderful smells and a friendly street carnival atmosphere 🙂 But before filling our tums, my soeur recommended a hearty little visit to a city farm to see some goats and sheep 😉  We passed a lot of sights on the way!

Big open heart!

Big open heart!

Storks and angels

Storks and angels

Food alleys everywhere off Brick Lane

Food alleys everywhere off Brick Lane

Tile work

Tile work

Even pigeons flock to fight for a feast

Even pigeons flock to fight for a feast

A city farm

A city farm

Donkeys take a break from tourists

Donkeys take a break from tourists

Alchemist graffiti artist

Alchemist graffiti artist

All vegan.... and so yum!

All vegan…. and so yum!

Meat eaters not forgotten!

Meat eaters not forgotten!

After enjoying a simple Indian dinner in a quirky little resto, we headed towards Old Spitalfields Market.

The architecture from here to the glassy galactic giants on Primrose Street (where my soeur once worked as a lawyer for a while), is cleverly crafted for an aesethic transition from red brick to twisted metal… the materials, the structures, the shadows, the light, the paving, the lighting… the urban designers have been very busy!!

Brick and wheels, a simple life

Brick and wheels, a simple life

How many bulbs at Spitalfields Market??

How many bulbs at Spitalfields Market??

Neons

Neons

From simple to twisted forms

From simple to twisted forms

From simple to twisted forms

From simple to twisted forms

Steel streets

Steel streets

Herbet Smith and twisted metal forms

Herbet Smith and twisted metal forms

Mr N and my soeur investigate stone forms (that talk... yeah...)

Mr N and my soeur investigate stone forms (that talk… yeah…)

Liverpool Street Station

Liverpool Street Station

Then our thirst kicked in and my soeur and Mr N led us into Shoreditch for some drinking delights! Great place to be at night… so many unusual bars and cafes tucked away in squares and alleyways.. .and Amnesty International HQ…

Power of Girl

Power of Girl

Amnesty International

Amnesty International

Very spoilt for choice to rest our achy feet, but we settled for the Strongroom Bar  and I enjoyed a nice strawberry & lime cider.

Very sweet cider, very strawberry

Very sweet cider, very strawberry

Feeling in the mood for another tipple soon after, Mr N recommended a cool place called ‘The Bridge’ (the studio where he works created all the neon decor inside – very impressive stuff!). Sitting upstairs (this is a must!!), I sipped away on a Irish Coffee, powdered my tongue with yummy Turkish Delight and enjoyed the sounds of 1950s rock ‘n’ roll!

Wit woo!

Wit woo!

The Bridge bar

The Bridge bar

The Bridge bar (upstairs)

The Bridge bar (upstairs)

Feeling soul-less?  Not me!

Feeling soul-less? Not me!

As the night fell past midnight, we bid our Belgian kisses and farewells to Mr N and left Shoreditch for a little memory lane wander through Old Street (another haunt of my soeur). We took in the sights under moonlight as we headed for Mr P’s hotel in Holborn.

Lovely Yorkshire pub sign as we head back through Holborn

Lovely Yorkshire pub sign as we head back through Holborn

My soeur and I then headed to Waterloo Station for our very sleepy train back to Richmond… every carriage full of partygoers, tourists and late-working (nicely sozzled) commuters!

We have beaches at Waterloo!

We have beaches at Waterloo!

Eyes and phallic pleasures

Eyes and phallic pleasures

Night night London!

Originally published: Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 22:08 in Living matter, Monologues

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2 Responses to “Go east and feast in the City”

  1. Mr P says:

    And a nice day was had by all.

    There’s sort of a haze on your smartphone camera which looks rather well on those photos with lower light. I like how it renders brakelights and the bare bulbs in Spitalfields Market.

    Is that a setting or just so?

    • Indeed, the camera on my little Motorola Moto G smartphone is ‘just so’ 😉

      I read that Motorola purposely needed to keep the camera specification as low as possible, to keep costs down for market entry, so made sacrifices on the camera function. I didn’t mind that at all since I have ‘real’ cameras dedicated to the job! But alas, I have started to use my Moto G as an experiment and love the simplicity of it!

      More articles to come, btw!

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