Postcard From London

Postcard From London

London is always overwhelming. It’s a city I know pretty well, having lived there for many years, but that just makes a visit that much harder. The more I know to do, the more difficult to fit it all in!

In the grounds of Chiswick House; the Ionic Temple and obelisk in the Orange Tree Garden. Even I can take a beautiful photograph of such a perfect vista.

In the grounds of Chiswick House; the Ionic Temple and obelisk in the Orange Tree Garden. Even I can take a beautiful photograph of such a perfect vista.

In this visit, I had a long list of things I wanted to take in, and I managed to squeeze in quite a bit: a great morning at Chiswick House, the beautiful little architectural gem first built by Lord Burlington to house his art and entertain his illustrious friends; a trawl through Lassco Architectural Salvage; Columbia Flower Market on Sunday; a visit to Primrose Hill village; Westbourne Grove an old favourite area, endless antiques and showrooms along Pimlico Road and Lillie Road; a visit to Dulwich to visit the beautiful little picture gallery and see a new show on Cy Twombly and Poussin, and meandering around Barnes Village in South London, my old stomping ground, to name but a few of things Imanaged to fit in. There is a much longer list of all the plans that I just couldn’t squeeze in, but next trip for sure…

Lamberty; one of the many beautiful antique shops along the Pimlico Road

Lamberty; one of the many beautiful antique shops along the Pimlico Road

Besides all that, I have a few new great restaurants to tell you about as well.

One has to eat, a favourite place to lunch, simple, with long communal tables, Daylesford Organic on the Pimlico Road

One has to eat, a favourite place to lunch, simple, with long communal tables, Daylesford Organic on the Pimlico Road

I also have some great design interviews to share with you, one of which is with David Linley, probably best known as the grandson of the Queen, but those passionate about design may know him for his furniture designs, his showrooms on Pimlico Road and Albemarle Street and his appointment as the new chairman of Christie’s UK.

All of this coming up in a series of future blogs… now on to Paris…

Primrose Hill a great little village high street with lots of restaurants and shops, above is Graham and Greene

Primrose Hill a great little village high street with lots of restaurants and shops, above is Graham and Greene