Love love love London.
I had a sneaky trip back to sunny, scorching hot London for this Friday just gone, which was just pure joy. I was there for an interview for a potential design internship for a few weeks in the summer in the morning, which I felt went fairly well, but we will have to wait to hear for the outcome!
In the meantime, being finished by 10.30am I had the rest of the day to spend in London, or East London specifically. My first stop being London Graphic Centre around the corner to get a lovely discounted layout pad which is always useful! Strolling about from there I had realised I had unluckily just missed Clerkenwell Design week which had finished the day before but could still see the remains of what had been there with signs in shop windows etc. Stopping for some lunch from a Co-op I sat down outside in a bench area and watched the world gone by for a little while en route to Old Street where the tiny but lovely Kemistry Gallery is. There was an exhibition on just about to finish of lovely topical prints made about the London Olympic Games, and then onto the White Cube looking over Hoxton Square as a short stop too, and on the way coming across some lovely little shops and other galleries around. Then I made my way to Shoreditch to check out the Box Park pop up mall which was interesting and very buzzy with people dining on the top deck, and sunbathing around the open areas. Then wondering where else I could walk to nearby and towards the way back home I discovered I could walk to Liverpool Street in 5 minutes, so that’s exactly what I did! I am familiar with the Spitalfields markets around there which are great to go to especially on a Sunday for more vintage items, but there is something going on there pretty much every day. Reaching there I stumbled upon what must have been the end of a Jive club in the afternoon with many people gathering around enjoying the live music and dancing. And then strolling around the stalls is always interesting with many creative people around to talk to who make and sell their work and designs, also including clothes and miscellaneous items. There’s just never a dull moment in London. After that with some tired feet I had a sit down and read some magazines and leaflets that I had picked up walking around and enjoyed the sun in a central seating area with many others having the same idea. It was such a great atmosphere with everyone upbeat and coming together to enjoy the sun. After a long while I felt it my time to make my way home with a short walk to the station before rush hour began. All in all it was a very creative, productive and well deserved day off enjoying the sunshine while it lasts… I just have to get seriously back to work now for my end of year hand in on Thursday and then I have a wonderful summer ahead of me. I cannot wait! Look out for my work being uploaded on here soon once all my stresses are out of the way!