Between two heatwaves I spent a surprisingly 'chill' weekend in London: 22°C, a breeze of wind and even a few raindrops. Perfect temperature to walk an average 12 km a day!
I was really looking forward to visit the Serpentine Gallery and its Pavilion and to finally see that Mastaba with my own eyes (see my previous blog post 'Summer at the Serpentine'). This year's Serpentine Pavilion by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo was a bit disappointing (but maybe I'm just spoiled by seeing so many cool pavilions before?). It was all very dark and when I was there the water seemed to have dried up, which otherwise gives a nice reflection from the sky.
The Mastaba and the accompanying exhibition in the Serpentine Gallery were really interesting. The (free!) exhibition with sketches, photos and maquettes gave enough background information after seeing the impressive London Mastaba on the Serpentine Lake.
On the photo you can already see I encountered some swans, but I came across more wildlife at Hyde Park! Many squirrels (never sure if they want to attack me or pose for the perfect photo), two herons and other birds.
I also finally visited Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street, being the oldest bookstore in London! It was really beautiful (and full of Asians taking photos, haha). More bookstores should adopt their way of sorting: they arrange books principally by country, whatever the nature of the book – fiction or non-fiction, biography, history, guide or novel – and in so doing creating wonderful browsing both for the traveller and the general reader.
Another really nice experience was Frieze Sculpture in Regent's Park. Frieze Sculpture features works by 25 contemporary and modern artists presented by world-leading galleries in the beautiful English Gardens (designed in 1866) at Regent's Park.
A few of my favourites:
Frieze Sculpture is free to the public and still on view until October 7. View the artworks and listen to a tour of the park by curator Clare Lilley here.
Here are a few more snapshots of my weekend in London: