Monday, January 30, 2012

The Garrison

A horrible head cold, called for a major pick me up last weekend. As my head was full of mush, the man was in charge of coming up with the goods. And he did good! 

Seeing as all i was capable of doing was bitching (i don't do ill gracefully), he thought the best tactic would be to occupy my mind (and mouth) with food. Enter The Garrison. Now this gorgeous pub is somewhere we constantly lust after, but as Bermondsey is choc full of awesome eateries, it had never made the cut before. How silly of us! 

You know when you step inside a place and it just kind of talks to you. Well, this place did just that. There are so many little eccentricities and quirky goings on, that even before the food was served (which was damn fine by the way), i was hooked! So this is more of an interiors post, but my God, the yummy noises i made whilst eating were so obscene that the poor couple next to me started to blush! And they were French! 

Eat there! 

I am very nosey. So finding myself sitting next to a wall mounted cupboard made my fingers twitch. Yes, i am the kind of person to root through your bathroom cupboard, so a restaurant cupboard is no different! I almost yelped with delight when i found that the contents were a random shoe (yes, a shoe!)and loads of wonderful messages from previous table dwellers. This is part of the eccentric gorgeousness of the place. So after brunch, we piled up all the scribbled notes and lingered over them with a second cup of tea. Pure Joy!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

faceless street art

With my head in the clouds and my eyes to the sky, i happened to come across this strange, faceless character last week. Upon further investigation (exhaustive googling) all became clear and far less sinister than first imagined. This is the work of 'Find the User' - an example of Street Art meets Social Experiment. The sculptures are there to highlight the removed way our society now communicates and as a reminder of all those faceless profiles we seem to class as friends these days. See how many you spot on your travels...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

What's on @ The V&A?

God Bless the VandA for helping me beat my new year blues. Every year they out do themselves, what with all the talks, seminars and extra bits and bobs they put together, and this is on top of all the awesome exhibitions. The January - March timetable is bursting with must see talks, from some super fabulous people. Hurry up and book though...these are hot!

Balenciaga: The Work of the Master
''Discover Balenciaga, one of today’s leading luxury brands. Join author Miren Arzalluz and VandA Senior Curator Lesley Miller as they present the man behind the label, Cristóbal Balenciaga and the roots of his Parisian success''. Mon 23 January 2012 19:00 @ The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre.Angela and Margherita Missoni
''Hear Angela and Margherita Missoni, Creative Director and Designer of the Italian fashion house Missoni discuss the company’s style and the future of Italian design''.Wed 25 January 2012 19:00 @ Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre.Anna Dello Russo

''Hear editor-at-large and creative consultant for Vogue Japan discuss current and future trends in global fashion. Self-confessed ‘passionate fashionista’, dello Russo has made fashion her life''. Fri 17 February 2012 19:00 @ The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre.

Mary Quant: The Best of British Design

''Join fashion legend Mary Quant in a discussion of her extraordinary life and career. The creator of the mini skirt, hot pants, sweater dresses and brightly coloured stockings, Quant was a key figure in the development of Swinging London''. Fri 16 March 2012 19:00 @ The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre.

Henry Holland

''Discover fashion designer Henry Holland's London look which is constantly inspired by the variety of cultures, attitudes and mindsets that exist in the capital. Now firmly established on the international fashion scene, he discusses his ideas and recent work''. Fri 23 March 2012 19:00 @ The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture.