london 2016 part 1 is the first of three posts about my recent trip to london. i was very lucky to have great weather for the entire week i was there and you can see that in the pictures.
the airport bus left me right next to st. pancras and i took advantage of that: the next morning i had a 7 am eurostart to paris and i wanted to make sure that i know where i need to be.
if 2 years ago i stayed at montcalm at the brewery, this time around it was its sister m by montcalm shoreditch, a new hi-tech hotel. i liked pretty much everything about it but the fact that there were no windows i could open. it’s the second or third hotel i’m staying at that goes for the no-window thing and i personally think it’s just wrong. other than that, i could have swum in their versace swimming pool but didn’t manage to make the time. i liked how our room was run via panels: curtains, ac, lights, everything was just a swipe and touch away. and, as a very personal thing, i loved it how they spread current issues of various magazines everywhere for us to read and take home if we wanted. also, the location didn’t hurt: i only took the subway one time and that was the morning of my departure to paris.
after i booked my short 3-day trip to paris, i found out that yoshitomo nara was going to have an opening at stephen friedman the very evening i was coming back. only the opening started at 7 and i was arriving at 10. needless, to say, i didn’t go until the next day. when the gallerist confirmed that not only had i missed the opening night i also had missed seeing the artist in person. well, at least i could see his new works: last year i missed that completely.
the unisex toilets are a source of great controversy the world over. london gets on the bandwagon without any scandal.
the gagosian opened a third space in london, in grosvenor hill. the current show is a dialogue between yves klein and alberto giacometti.
i bought bread and unsalted cashew especially for hyde park. in the past, squirrels and birds begged me for food and i had nothing for them. this time around, i came prepared. but if i could only offer one single cashew, the two loaves of bread i brought were consumed in the blink of an eye.
in mayfair, not only will you see lamborghinis and ferraris, you will see the world’s most expensive pimped out models. below, an eye-popping example: a gold-plated aventador evaluated to be worth 4 million pounds. wow!
stay tuned for part 2!
photo credits: little aesthete