Another week and endless things that have caught our eye – but this week with so much focus on London with the Olympic games in full swing, I thought it was only right to focus on some hidden London secrets.
A Hidden Secret
Arnold Circus is my little hidden gem tucked away in East London off a little side road in Shoreditch- a little den of tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the trendy fashionistas of hip Shoreditch. Built in the centre of The Boundary Estate- a development opened in 1900, one of the earliest social housing schemes built by a local government authority is Arnold Circus, which was created from the demolition rubble in the centre of the estate with a band stand (still in existence) built in the middle. It is surrounded by beautiful trees – giving a sense of peace and calm and it’s raised, circular form allows you to have lovely views down the side streets leading off from it. It is very much top of my list for likes this week. Here it is early on a Thursday morning – just before Spitalfields Market…
A Splash Lost In Time
Brockwell Lido has a piece of vintage history all of it’s own – designed by HA Rowbotham and TL Smithson and opened in 1937 it is a beautiful representation of the stylish 30s. Sitting under the enormous umbrellas outside The Lido Cafe, watching the rain come down onto a deserted expanse of water, imagining the brightly coloured swimming hats of the 30s bobbing up and down was a lovely way to while away a Sunday afternoon. A nice way to block out the early morning training sessions I was using it for this time last year in a build up to our Channel Swim. A lovely London spot, and a perfect place to limber up if, like me you are feeling inspired by the Olympics..
A Land of Hope
At The Serpentine Gallery at the moment you can find Yoko Ono’s exhibition To The Light on until the 7th September. What really caught my eye – was the hope trees, trees full of people’s wishes and dreams and the knowledge they have walked away from this London spot filled with hope and anticipation. Each wish as important as each other and the magnitude of each so personal to each individual – my favourite.. “I wish I had a bunk bed” sent me away with a big smile. One not to miss -make your hopes and dreams come true…