June 22, 2004

London – Day 1

I think we arrived in London with a sense of trepidation. Christine because there was so many things she wanted to see and do and she didn’t know how she was going to fit them all in, me because there was so many things I wanted to see and do, I had almost decided already to not get stressed about the planning, and not do any of them!


However we started with the Vic & Albert Museum because of the Vivienne Westwood exhibition going on that we both really wanted to see. It was fabulous. From her punk period with Malcolm McLaren and store on the Kings Road, to the most amazing, beautiful evening dresses and all the bits in-between. And girls, did you realise that without Vivienne we probably would not have known tube skirts or that whole ‘buffalo girl’ look? Just a couple of the many little influences she’s had – I’m sure they’re not her most profound, but certainly my biggest ‘aahhaa’ facts� Afterwards I headed off to see the Bill Brandt photography exhibition, to stroke my new flame of interest in photography, and Christine to the Sshh Exhibition (Sounds in Spaces) which sounded very interesting – a selection of artists who compose a soundtrack to different objects and spaces in the museum (perhaps Christine will provide some details in the comments(?)).

It was actually the first time I’d ever been to the V&A Museum and it was really worth it. Claiming to be “the world’s greatest museum of applied and decorative arts” I really enjoyed it. Had I known that there was a exhibition called ‘The other flower show‘ on, I would have definitely gone for a visit also. It’s an ‘installation’ exhibition where ten designers and artists have been invited to transform a shed in the V&A garden. If I can, and they are both still on, I will go back and do the Sounds in Spaces tour and the flower show exhibition, the next time I’m in London.

In the evening we used our Sunday Times �15 three course dinner vouchers at L’escargot another Marco Pierre White restaurant near Leicester Square. Milene and Gabriel joined us and we actually had a lovely evening. The meal was just so-so, but for �15 it’s hardly possible to complain. The menu itself looked amazing, but when the meals were presented they were tiny, and it seems that the seasonings were off. It was down to chance really, if you had ordered the parma ham for an entr�e and the duck for a main – it would have been perfect! The wine, port and of course the company certainly made up for any shortcomings however, and to give them it’s due, the full menu was probably of another class entirely.

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