Buckingham Palace in the distance from the bridge in St James’ Park
I recently spent a couple of days in London, and the first day was spent with my uni project group fitting in some research for my Fragrance project, and getting to a few exhibitions. After a guest lecture from Eli Ankutse on Brand Development on Monday, where he touched on Frederick Wolfe and his ‘smelling pods’, our first port of call was Liberty’s to find out how these worked for ourselves. The idea is that in the pod the fragrance is not disrupted by any other scents, and then afterwards can be cleared through a fan and a filter to ready it for the next fragrance. I can definitely see how this could be necessary, after being ambushed by 50 overenthusiastic sales assistants wielding many different fragrances during a swift walk through Selfridges and Liberty. From there we visited the National Portrait Gallery to see the Vogue 100 Years of Fashion exhibition (post to come), before hopping on the tube to the Tate Modern.
Whilst my group headed back to the coach to head back to Nottingham, I decided to make the most of my trip and stayed overnight to catch up with my friend who lives and studies in London. The morning was spent at a flat viewing (really exciting, interiors are my weakness and the only house viewings I’d ever been on until this point involved student houses with fancy dress cats tails hanging from the stairwells and holes in the walls), before we got on the tube to Oxford Street for some shopping. I had my first Five Guys (Strawberry Fanta? Why don’t they sell that by the gallon?), and then we went on a walk around St James Park. The sun was finally out, and despite my unreasonable phobia of birds and pigeons, and the intimidating outgoing nature of animals in London, it couldn’t ruin the day.
Crumbs and Doilies in Kingly Court was a must on the list, I was told by my friend and her house mates. I as a sugar fiend could not argue: anywhere that sells cake is somewhere I would happily be. Kingly Court is a stunning little courtyard area surrounded by restaurants, bars and artisan cafes and shops, that I can’t wait to go back to. I ordered the cookie dough cake, and the size of the slice could’ve made an effective door stop, but I took the rest away with me for the way home. I had so much fun and I can’t wait to go back
Until next time