The wonderful documentary Fabergé: A Life of its Own hits the cinemas for a general release around the world tonight.
If you have the slightest interest in the Fabergé brand, its renowned eggs or if you are keen to learn more about its rich history then you will certainly enjoy this film. I had the pleasure of previewing Patrick Mark’s documentary and from start to finish, I was enraptured by the Fabergé tale.
You can find out where Fabergé: A Life of its Own is being screened here. And if you are heading to Masterpiece before it ends on July 1st 2015, you may also want to visit the Fabergé Salon for a real life look at some of the world’s most exquisite gems.
The Serpentine Gallery’s Summer Pavilion is now open and with such glorious weather over the weekend, I eagerly made a visit with the OH and Little Man.
This year’s installation was designed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano who together make up Selgascano. Established in Madrid where the majority of their buildings have been commissioned, these architects have created a vibrant and exciting structure for Kensington Gardens.
And with the pavilion being used for private events, especially for the fashion industry, I wasn’t surprised when I stumbled upon an impromptu photo shoot.
As well as feeding the photographer’s compulsion to snap away at every detail in sight, this structure is also a real joy to walk around. Little Man had a field day running around as did plenty of other kids, which was fantastic to see. Crossing Kensington Gardens, Little Man was keen to visit ‘the playground’ so when we arrived at the pavilion I explained that this was an architectural playground. And in a moment he ran off with OH running after him.
There is plenty for everyone to appreciate with this year’s pavilion. I think it has a lot to do with the myriad of shapes and colours.
There are also cafés inside and outside so if you want to linger around this psychedelic wonderland for a while longer you can.
I have generally been a fan of most summer installations at The Serpentine Gallery but this year’s pavilion feels particularly inspiring. It’s always great to see a burst of colour on the London landscape.
This morning saw the unveiling of a very exciting visitor to Duke of York Square. Children and locals gathered around as press set up around them.
First there was some storytelling for the children. An excerpt from Travels to my Elephant which was penned by the late Mark Shand whose charity Elephant Family is the focus for all the Asian elephant love in Chelsea and around London at the moment.
You may have already seen the rickshaws around London. Their eye-catching flamboyance, the result of work by designers such as Caroline Herrera and Zandra Rhodes who designed The Capital Hotel’s rickshaw below.
These rickshaws will be transporting passengers around London until the end of July after which they will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Elephant Family. After the auction they will be raced across to India. Some of the drivers already confirmed include Susan Sarandon, Yasmin and Amber Le Bon, TRH Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
This morning HRH Duchess of Cornwall arrived to unveil Tara.
Here is Tara. Isn’t she lovely?
HRH Duchess of Cornwall also spoke to local school children …
… and stepped into one of the rickshaws herself.
Beside Tara, there is Ella-phant and Maclaren are sponsoring a competition to find a design for this baby elephant, which children can enter by posting their designs into this post box below.
The hashtag for this wonderful campaign is #travelstomyelephant. So if you do visit Tara or if you see one of Elephant Family’s rickshaws around London, please use the hashtag to raise awareness of the plight of the Asian elephants. Because as the Elephant Family’s website informs us, “over the last 100 years, [the Asian elephant’s] population has plummeted by 90% and if current trends continue, Asian elephants will cease to exist in the wild by 2050′.
Recently I’ve been thinking about which direction I wanted to take my blog in. I have learned so much over the years and I wanted my blog to continue exploring what I love the most, be it food, cocktails and all the wonderful culture London has to offer.
But there was something missing and especially given the name of my blog, I’ve realised that I needed to inject some street life into my posts. After all, it makes sense especially if you know me. I love people, I love London and I love photography.
So a few weeks ago, I headed over to Brick Lane – the London capital of street art and street photography to hone my skills.
And here are some of the snapshots I captured. This is just the beginning …
Spotted: the fabulous Fins & Trotters duo whose award-winning fish and chips can be found every Saturday at Duke of York Square’s Fine Food Market
There has been a wonderful buzz this week around the top of King’s Road and along Sloane Street. From Duke of York Square to Pavilion Road and beyond, Chelsea has been in bloom. And what a spectacle it is.
This year’s Chelsea in Bloom theme is Fairy Tales …
… and with this year also being Alice in Wonderland’s 150th anniversary, the stores and businesses taking part have truly given us a range of wonder, beauty and brilliant craft.
Brunello Cucinelli on Sloane Street
There are 40 displays to see, which makes Chelsea in Bloom the most beautiful time of the year to walk around. Saying that, there are also free rickshaw tours on offer (if you can snag yourself a booking at the information point on Sloane Square.) I had a ride and absolutely loved it. It’s a great way to whizz around and take everything in.
As well as the floral displays, there is a bar on Sloane Square from The Botanist and Sipsmith … … and Pimm’s bar on Duke of York Square. I’m going to be very sorry to see The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party end on Saturday. Yes, that’s right – tomorrow (or today, if you’re reading this tomorrow). So, hurry! 😉
This year’s Chelsea in Bloom is absolutely gorgeous and if you get a chance to have a look around before it ends, you’ll see how easy it is to snap away at everything.