one of the best memories from london and one of priceless gifts for my birthday -
PRE-RAFAELITES exhibition in Tate Modern.
my sister and i dreamed of it since we saw BBC 'desperate romantics' series
which i highly recommend to watch.
|a copy of 'the beloved' by dante gabriel rossetti hanging in my room|
we spent two brilliant hours among original
'Ophelia' by Millais, Hunt's greatest 'Shadow of Death' and my favorite stunning
'The Beloved' by Rossetti. Oh, what an era!
great selection at the best shopping place i found - the LIBERTY store near oxford street -
it's not that scarily huge as harrods and not as sold out as selfridges.
i was impressed by the great vintage section on 3rd floor -
you can find cutest old chanel bags, original dior accessories from 90s and
gorgeous gatsby-style evening gowns. absolutely unique and glamourous approach to vintage!
|lobsters in liberty's window|
u can also find charming tableware on 4th floor - from miniature porcelain tea sets and cake stands,
reminding of marie-antoinette, to pop-art print trays and minimalist glass.
bohemian soho seemed to me very parisian and naughty in day light and totally vulgar and hot in night.
if u've never been to THE BOX cabaret in soho (beloved by prince harry, kate moss
and alexa chung), you will never get what i mean by 'their wild shows',
ugly and fascinating at the same time. unfortunately,
photos are strictly forbidden inside (nothing else :D)
i always knew i would love london.
and i realized it sharply when i first stepped out of my hotel
to a sunny and idyllic Queens Gardens' sidewalk.
i can't name a thing about this place that i didn't like -
even the tube and loads of tourists.
places to eat i've really loved are 'SKETCH' with it's great artistic touch
and fairytale-like teaparties - i would spend every breakfast and dinner there,
switching for the lunch to italian 'CECCONI'S' (mmm mozzarella balls!) -
it feels really casual and chic at a time.
i didn't use cabs a lot, since the weather was fine and
walks around mayfair, soho and knightsbridge were my favorite.
though i loved every district i've been to - a tiny buzzing movie-like chinatown and
deserted gothic southwark, where you always expect to see a tudor knight by the corner.
i'm not a fan of soulless contemporary art, but TATE MODERN was a big deal for me
because of Mark Rothko's hall. i've spent almost an hour sitting in middle of this grey room,
surrounded by several incredibly inspiring paintings in black, pink, red and deep violet.
i love Rothko!
i went to quite many museums and galleries,
including totally great THE WALLACE COLLECTION and totally vain Tussaud's.
i've got hundreds of pictures of english buildings, streets and bridges -
london is so vividly different and always beautiful by architecture.
to be continued