It goes without saying that London is a melting pot milieu- when it comes to food and art! It would be nothing short of tragic to not take up an opportunity to immerse yourself in new cultural experiences, and last weekend, I found myself doing just that. After a quick browse through my Instagram feed (if you don't already follow me, what are you playing at?) I discovered that the London Design Biennale was on at Somerset House. Having been to the Venice Art Biennale the year before, I knew this was not something I was willing to pass up.
London Design Biennale @ Somerset House
The concept is simple: countries across the globe are invited to submit their best works by native designers and artists. This year's theme was "utopia". Being an ex-Literature Masters student and currently an English teacher, it helped me conceptualise the subjectivity of utopia. Was it like Lebanon's installation that depicted happiness in a community, or was it like John Malkovitch's argument, that utopia is just simply "elsewhere"? Just so you know, Lebanon was the winner of this year's competition. I loved how interactive it was, how it encapsulated the simplicity of daily life in Beirut and that it had it's own shisha garden after hours, if you're into it!
Just to note that London Design Biennale may have ended by the time this blog goes live but Somerset House always has cool exhibitions occurring all year round.
Brunch @ Chez Antoinette
Again, another Instagram find saved the day! Chez Antoinette is a French inspired nook in Covent Garden Market that specialises in tartines (fancy open faced sandwiches) and mammoth salads. I ordered a salmon salad that came with apples, goats cheese, all the most fresh ingredients you could imagine. I'm not a coffee connoisseur but the flat white was pleasant. I asked very politely if I could take pictures for my blog and the happily let me take pictures in their open kitchen too. Don't you just love open and welcoming restaurants like that?
Sweet Matcha & Cotton Cloud Icecream @ Milk Train
I have nothing to say other than it was solely fuelled by the desire to take cute pictures of Japanese soft serve icecream. An absolutely unnecessary treat- but doesn't it look so good?