There was just over one day of exploration before the World Travel Market and I wanted to see something different. Fresh off the overnight flight, I quickly drop off my luggage and take a brisk walk to the V&A for coffee, scone & clotted cream. Must quickly pop over to Harrods’ food hall - Ok - now for the new. 2 buses and one tube ride lead me to a hood called Hackney. I first discover a bakery called "yeast" which tantalizes me with coconut kouign-amanns. A few more steps lead me to a quirky jam-packed indie market offering designer jewelry, antiques, vinyl records, artisan coffee, Prosecco, cakes & savoury treats.
Hit broadway for more decadent offerings such as mini meringues, cheese of all sorts and very popular buttermilk fried chicken burgers. My mouth is watering and my eyes are ogling the flower arrangements, vintage frocks and unique objects. The row of merchants leads to an emerald green canal with whimsical houseboats serving drinks of all kinds. My inner explorer is actualized. This may very well be my TOP market hangout yet.
My next find is at the Barbican center, a unique hub that melts performance, music, fashion, design and fine arts. A perfect place to host a Charles & Ray Eames retrospective. The exhibition proceeds to delight my senses and pushes me to reflect on the evolution of design in the past 60 years. On my way out, I am enchanted by a concert where musicians are stationed within several meters radius. One is placed on the 5th floor balcony, two more on the terrace and another is across the canal. A distinct & meditative harmony is played using percussion instruments of all kinds which I learn is part of a series called "sound unbound".
Thank you London for the little kick of inspiration - you've hit the right spot yet again.