My weekend in London #3

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!

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London Sketchbook

As a last blogpost for 2014 I want to treat you to the most beautiful illustrations of London I've ever seen. Jason Brooks (°1969) is a well-known fashion illustrator who regularly works for Vogue and Elle, but he can also count the big brands to his clients (think: Chanel, Ritz Hotels, L'Oreal, etc.).

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'Paris vs. London' pt. 2: The Museums

Inspired by the blog (and the book) ‘Paris versus New York, a tally of two cities' I decided to do a set of illustrations on Paris vs. London. Similarities, clichés, differences, etc. As promised, here is part 2:

You probably know by now I'm into contemporary art and museums and all things around it (OK, I love Tate Modern, I admit it!), so that's why I made this illustration. Two amazing buildings, one (Centre Pompidou) built from scratch and opened in 1977, the other one was once a power station (closed in 1981). In 2000, the building was reinvented and adapted by Herzog & de Meuron to what it is today. Or at least, to what it was a few years ago. At the moment they're building a new wing, also designed by Herzog & de Meuron, which is scheduled to open in 2016.

Copyright Daphne Ronse

If you have an idea for a 'Paris vs. London' drawing, don't hesitate to email or tweet me. Or just post it on the Facebook page.

PS: Don't use an illustration without permission, thanks!

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Coffee, books and more

Today I have a lot of great news for you! #1 Soho Grind

Soho GrindShoreditch Grind, mentioned at the the eat & drink part on this site, is opening a new spot in Soho! It'll be opening on Beak Street at the beginning of May and will be called Soho Grind. Beak Street is just off Canaby Street and Regent Street, so it's a great location in the more touristy part of London.


#2 Trotter 48

Trotter 48Trotter, the famous travel guide brand you know, has launched a series of new pocket citytrip guides. Next to Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona and New York they have -of course- also developed a guide of London. It's called 'Trotter 48' because most people just go for a weekend (48 hours), but there's a lot more in the guide. The book is divided in neighbourhoods, so you can easily choose for a walk through the posh part (being Kensington) or maybe you prefer Camden Town of Southwark. I would recommend this guide because it has the good information you expect from Trotter but it also has good pictures and a nice lay-out. It's pocket size so easy to take with you when strolling in London + at the back there's a large take-out map.

So read the book and this website and you're ready to go!

#3 Matisse

matissetateTate Modern opens a new exhibition today: 'Henri Matisse: the cut-outs'. You may know Matisse from his paintings but at the end of his life he started making painted paper cut-outs. The show at Tate Modern (for more info, check the art part on this site) gives an overview of these works made between 1936 and 1954. Critics praise the exhibition because it's the first time many of the items will be seen together and the joy is in the simplicity.

A must-see for art lovers! [Until September 7]

Read a review here.