Petersham Nurseries

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If you are ever hiking or passing by Richmond Park, Petersham Nurseries is a must stop by location. Parking in the area isn’t great, I recommend you should approach on foot or by bike. The Petersham Nurseries has a beautifully set restaurant (booking in advance is recommended) as well as a teahouse located at the back of the garden. The teahouse is good for tea, cake, and light lunches, all the good stuff is all gone by 4 pm! Should you wish to dine and enjoy the beautiful and relaxing setting in amongst plants and antiques but don’t have a booking, they have indoor glass greenhouse sitting area with rickety chairs as well as outdoor mismatched wooden dining tables.

Beautiful glass greenhouse and dining areas aren’t the only things that attracted me to visiting Petersham Nurseries. Since I have an obsession with antique and plant stores, they have an open space shops where you can purchase plants, furniture, homeware, dressing, stoneware etc. We had a quick snoop around but found the furniture and homeware were extremely overpriced.

 

New Spot – The Ivy Soho Brasserie

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My friend and I hand the chance to stop by at The Ivy Soho Brasserie,and I must say we were not disappointed!

After hearing the restaurant was designed by one of my favorite interior designers Martin Brudnizki, we had no choice but to book dinner table for two. The restaurant is apparently set to be one of the new hot spots in Central London, the location at Broadwick Street, Soho cannot be any perfect for Central London busy bees such as myself.

The beautiful interior space pays attention to detail throughout, not one corner has been left out! The restaurant, bar, private dining room are all decorated throughout with colorful framed art prints inspired by Soho’s music scene and the famous poet, William Blake.

Food:

I was blown away with the number of egg dishes that were on the menu, I guess since the restaurant specializes in contemporary British cuisine it should not come as a surprise! Also as an egg lover, I was definitively not complaining. I stared off my meal with salt crusted sourdough bread for my appetizer, wild mushrooms on toasted brioche for my starter and steak, egg & chips for my main.

I was stuffed by the time dessert came calling but my friend on the other hand was not leaving until she had tried the chocolate bombe. The presentation for the dessert was stunning, we both had our phones ready to witness the hot salted caramel sauce fall on the melting chocolate bombe!  The chocolate bombe slowly opened up exposing the milk foam, vanilla ice cream and honeycomb that was hiding inside. I took a really crappy video but click on here to watch a similar video. Although I had no room for my own desert, I couldn’t go home without having my usual latte.

 

 

 

 

 

London Edition Hotel

Designers: yabu pushelberg

Location: London

Description: Located in central london’s fitzrovia, lodging preserves the finest aspects of the historic building — formerly the berners hotel — yet reinvents the spaces within to create a dynamic fusion of old and new, past and present. combining the traditional character of the landmark with a simple, sophisticated design sensibility creates a seamless blend of charisma and ease, resulting in a feeling that cannot be pigeonholed into a specific time period or style. the hotel offers a social hub where guests and visitors can work, relax, socialize and dine all under one roof; behind the refined georgian exterior and majestic public spaces, there are two bars, a restaurant, meeting rooms, a 24-hour fitness facility and 173 secluded, intimate and luxurious wood panelled rooms and a buzzing lobby.

Mondrian London

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Designer: Tom Dixon

The Brief:

The Mondrian Hotel, part of the Morgans Hotel Group, originally hails from New York. At Sea Containers the hotel chain sought to brings a bold new energy to London, blending the style and sophistication of the boutique brand with Southbank’s eclectic vibe.

http://www.tomdixon.net/uk/

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Architect: Sou Fujimo

The cloud-like structure on the lawn outside the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens is made from a white lattice of steel poles.

Merchant Square footbridge

Architects: Knight Architects and structural engineers AKT II

Location: Paddington London

The bridge opens and closes with an action similar to that of a traditional Japanese hand fan. This creates a kinetic sculpture whose silhouette is both legible and extraordinary and which is well suited to the position next to the canal.