Time flies when having a good time! Weekends in London are always busy, but so much fun. I'm always a bit sad when I'm back on the Eurostar catching a last glimpse of my favourite city. But, on a positive note, there's always more for a next visit!
Last weekend we stayed at a new hotel in Hackney, called Kip. Location was good (next to Hackney Central Overground station) and the rooms are lovely black & white. The entrance is a bit weird though, which gives you a funky vibe when entering for the first time. They share the building with another hotel and on the ground floor is a Costa coffee. So you have to ring the door (yes, the one that looks like a backdoor) and ring again when you're inside to take the elevator to the first floor where the tiny reception is. The staff was very friendly and you can even get a decent coffee there (not Costa). The rooms have a good rain shower but are rather small, so I would advice you to go for Kip Medium as a double room.
On Saturday we planned to go the Kusama exhibition at Victoria Miro, but the line was too crazy so we decided to go to Boxpark, Brick Lane and Spitalfields instead.
After a delicous lunch we went to the Serpentine Gallery to see the Serpentine Pavillion by Bjarke Ingels and the four Summer Houses. They're on view until 9 October and really worth a visit!
We also visited a mews from my to do list: Codrington Mews. The wall paintings are on the former headquarters of XL recordings. So you see the X from the second album of the XX and also some artwork from the solo album 'The Eraser' by Thom Yorke from Radiohead.
On Sunday we had breakfast at the Attendant and went to Tate Modern afterwards. The extension, called the Switch House, opened a few weeks ago so I was very eager to explore it. The viewing level on the 10th floor is amazing and there are more coffee bars now on the different floors (win!). Because it was very busy at Tate Modern we decided to only visit the Louise Bourgeois artist room and nothing more.
We spent the rest of the day shopping and taking it a bit more easy, because on Saturday we walked 20km. Wow, my feet.