Posts Tagged: clerkenwell

london, uk :: here and there

No matter how many times I visit London, I always discover something new. Whether it be a new favourite shop, new treat to eat, or a new neighbourhood to discover. On this trip, we found Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, a hub of activity dating back to the Middle Ages. See that shop called ‘The Family Business‘? Inside, you can browse the portfolios of the local, and many visiting international practitioners that see a term here as a rite of passage. Each artist will create a bespoke design just for you, but if you want a tattoo by owner Mo Coppoletta, you will have to add your name to the year long wait list.

Other favourites at Exmouth Market: GNF (mid-century furniture + vintage fabric), Caravan, Family Tree, Medcalf, Space, and Brill (to name a few).

Oh, and that mac + cheese at Pizza East? I’m still having cheesy dreams!

field trip :: clerkenwell design week pt 2

Our second main stop at the Clerkenwell Design Week was the Farmiloe Building. Now offering characteristic office and warehouse space, this building was first opened in 1868 and used to be the home of Victorian lead and glass merchants. These images don’t do it justice. It is absolutely beautiful with original features throughout the entire building including a small bank vault and gas pump. You may also recognize it from Batman as they used parts of the interior as the Gotham Police Station. The exhibitions housed at the Farmiloe consisted mainly of high end furniture and lighting companies including a small space filled with some beautiful wallpaper.

field trip :: clerkenwell design week pt 1

Yesterday was another amazing day in London filled with blue skies and sunshine. The top shot was from the #87 bus which is a fantastic ride leaving Wandsworth through Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Tate Britain and drops you right in front of Covent Garden. We spent the way exploring Clerkwenwell for the Clerkwenwell Design Week which was amazing. After checking out the website to pre-register, I was most excited to check out the amazing venues that held most of the exhibitions and they did not disappoint!

Our first stop was the House of Detention where we had to pick up our registration packets. The House of Detention was once a Victorian prison dating back to 1616 and was known as a holding prison for those awaiting trial. Apparently, heavily haunted, it was then later re-opened as a private party venue. The nature of the space ensures that exhibitors present their products in new and exciting ways.

images above: craft central, lizzie mary cullen, theo, vitamin – a life less ordinary