A Day in the Life | Illuminations, Millennial Pink & Winnie the Pooh

I spent last Sunday in London with a couple of my friends and thought I'd write about what we got up to, from visiting Instagram's most photographed cafe to seeing how a honey-loving bear was brought to life...

One of my favourite places to visit in London is the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Some of the best exhibitions I've been to have been at the V&A, from Savage Beauty celebrating the artistry of Alexander McQueen to Club to Catwalk which explored London fashion in the 80s, but the most heartwarming exhibition I've been to has to be Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic that we had the pleasure of visiting on Sunday.

Most definitely for adults as much as it is for the children, the exhibition features a collection of drawings, photographs and letters that document how A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard created Britain's most beloved bear.  I loved seeing E.H. Shepard's illustrations; the way the sketches were very simple but how he drew the characters with so much expression just shows the talent that went in to creating Hundred Acre Wood and it's residents.  The exhibition is on until 8th April and if you can pop in for a couple of hours of nostalgia, I would 10/10 recommend it.

After seeing everyone rave about Elan Cafe on Instagram, we knew we head to check it out and see what all the fuss was about.  Now, I don't like to be too negative in this little web space of mine, but I also believe that honesty is the best policy, and I have to admit that Elan was a complete letdown... I ordered my favourite, a Spiced Chai Latte, but what arrived was basically just lukewarm, frothy milk; in no way was it "spiced" as so described on their menu.  We were there for brunch and I chose the avocado toast with poached egg, and oh my soul, I wish I hadn't.  I've never had a plate of food with so little flavour.

From the waitress who tried to take our plates from under us as we were still eating from them to the lady who delighted in telling us as we asked for the cake menu that we had 10 minutes until we had to vacate the premises, the service at Elan was so poor.  I know of plenty of restaurants that have a time limit policy, but never have they told us of their policy when we are asking for the dessert, or in this instance cake, menu.  We decided to order a slice of cake each to scoff in the less-than-10 minutes, in the hope that where they had failed miserably at the savoury, they might redeem themselves with the sweet.  (You probably know where this is going) I could have closed my eyes and would have had absolutely no clue what I was eating.  It was just flavourless sponge and cream with a sh!t ton of red food colouring.

Sadly, no amount of fake pink roses and calling us "darling" can make the food taste good, and whilst the cafe is incredibly aesthetically pleasing, I'd probably have to say this was the worst cafe I have ever been to.  Do not waste your money just to get a picture for the 'gram, there's plenty of other gorgeous cafes in London that are much more deserving of your hard earned cash.

After our brunch and exploring the exhibition, we headed to the Barbican to see Tunnel Visions, a free half hour light and sound installation in the Beech Street tunnel.  We stopped off at a pub for a couple of hours on the way and tucked in to pies, mac'n'cheese and a couple of pints of Hop House, much to the delight of our deprived taste buds.  Tunnel Visions was incredible and quite overwhelming.  The digital projections responded to the piece of music, recorded by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and what I loved was that everyone would have a different perspective as they looked through the tunnel, no two people would see or interpret the performance in the same way.  You can find out more about the Barbican and what else is on there here: https://www.barbican.org.uk/

Despite our rocky start at Elan, we ended up having a really lovely day and it reminded me how much I love living so close to London and how fortunate I am that I can just pop in to the city whenever I feel like it.  

Have you visited London? What's your favourite thing to do there? 

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Thanks for stopping by,

Naomi xx

1 comment

  1. These photos are INSANE.

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