The weekend was hot. London was sweltering and on Sunday afternoon it became so unbearable being outside in the heat that we crashed infront of the tv watching Breaking Bad drinking cold drinks and feasting on ice cream. We’ve gone from one extreme to the next this summer.
This post is not food orientated but more brainstorming ideas and looking at places and spaces in London for inspiration. Recently I stumbled across Pitfield London when I had 10 minutes to kill in Old Street. This is a beautiful interiors shop situated on Pitfield Street which also has a lovely cafe. The layout of the shop gave me lots of ideas for presentation and branding. Unfortunately my photos don’t do it justice.
Moving on from there I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled and ears open searching for inspiration wherever possible to help develop ideas for Biscocho and future XETH Creative Arts projects. Here is a list of favourites for this month so far…
–Elizabeth Fraser live at Southbank as part of Meltdown . I was particularly excited when she performed Pearly-Dew Drops’ Drops during the first encore ( there were two!) and loved her cover of Tim Buckley’s Song to the Siren.
–Polly Morgan‘s exhibition at All Visual Arts last month was so beautiful and moving. So much life could be seen despite the room being filled with death.
-I finally made it over to Wilton’s Music Hall for a friend’s birthday drinks last week. What a stunning building. This is a great place to go for a drink and you can also have a guided tour of the venue’s hidden stage.
-I’m currently reading Season to Taste by Molly Birnbaum ( and The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk) which is very well written. Being a massive foodie her book has made me feel quite emotional as she talks about her loss of smell and taste after she was hit by a car in 2005. It is a fascinating read though as Molly researches anosmia and tries to overcome her condition.
– I would really like to try the Lardo restaurant in September when I get back from holiday and also Honey & Co. Both menus sound delicious and the interiors and presentation will be interesting to see.
– I really wish I could make it over to see the opening of Essex. Molly Wizenberg‘s writing always inspires me and I would love to sample food in their restaurants. If only it wasn’t a plane ride away.
-My mum and dad have just moved to France to run a B&B for a year in Lauzun (photos and website to be posted shortly). It’s a big change; exciting and scary at the same time. At the end of the month I’ll be flying over for 5 days to see their new home and then travel to Paris for a day before returning home. It’s the first time I’ll be travelling somewhere on my own. Only a day but still quite excited to cram in all the sites and munch on as many delicious treats as possible before hopping on the Eurostar back to King’s X.