Picasso portraits

I was lucky enough to get my hands on some complimentary tickets to see Picasso Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery this weekend. The exhibition spans 6 October 2016 to 5 February 2017 and it really is a ‘must-see’, there are over 80 works including portraits of his wife Olga , his friends and lovers. This show was far from ordinary and encompassed many early self-portraits, caricatures, sculptures and experiments in style. I particularly enjoyed the brief snapshot into his family life shown via a black and white short film.

Advance booking is highly recommended, it is worth noting the first 100 tickets every Friday for this exhibition are just £5.

LLM

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NBA Basketball

Last night, I was taken to my first basketball game and really enjoyed the whole experience.

Highlights for me included chanting “D-Fence!”, listening to the national anthems from USA and UK, cheerleaders (shaking their umm… pom poms), trick shots during an amazing half-time floor show and also having “if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands” blasted through the 02!

Denver Nuggets ended a five-game losing streak with a 140-112 victory over the Indiana Pacers in the NBA’s Global Games series.

Some photos from the game:

LLM

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Victoria Park Fireworks 2016

image1-8Remember Remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot! (slash… the 6th of November for Victoria Park’s display this year).

It is my favourite night of the year. Fact.

This year’s theme was the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. Loud speakers read a sort of audiobook/poetic reading introducing the fireworks and a detailed banner of London’s slow burning skyline bordered the display.

I love getting all wrapped up and cosy before heading into the park all excited and following the crowds of eager faces. Big parka, bobble hat and scarf meant I was all set for the evening’s festivities.

The fireworks started fifteen minutes behind schedule at 7:15pm, building the anticipation amongst the swarms of awaiting east londoners jostling around to keep the evening’s chill off. I was lucky this year to have my best friend and also family with me to watch the display. We all abstained from our first mulled wine of the season (I am recently out of hospital, nothing major but still only a few days after having my appendix whipped out I thought it was better to be a sober Sally and like true friends they jumped on this bandwagon. Instead we munched through some sympathy Thornton’s choccies).

When the fireworks began, the jet black backdrop was set alight with glittering colours and twinkling blasts. My favourites were the big swooping golden fingers reaching down to the grass beneath them. If we could make this happen every week it would not be enough. Fireworks are infectious and seem to make everyone happy and in the mood for celebrating. How can anyone be miserable watching such a display? *did I mention its also totally free (unless you want to splash out on goodies from the numerous stalls nearby).

When the display was over, everyone whooped, whistled and applauded before slowly making their way back to toasty houses nearby. My bottom lip was firmly out – I don’t want to have to wait another year!!

I am loving looking though all instagram’s firework videos and photos. Tag your pictures on social media using #fireworksTH

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LLM

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Autumn is Here

Summer has officially past us by. Welcome Autumn and its beautiful smells, sights and sounds.

Last Sunday, I jumped on the train back to Surrey (just for the day). Our spot of choice was near Guildford.

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As I left the chaos of NFL supporters making a beeline towards Twickenham behind me at Waterloo station I felt my whole body uncoil and relax. It was the weekend. It was ok weather and I was on my way to see friends and family. Joy!

We decided in preparation for our enormous Sunday roast to go on a long walk around Ranmore Common (it was particularly lovely as I remember this area from distant School days). The leaves crunched underfoot and the views were breathtaking. It made me realise how easy it was to escape from London for one day (it would also be lovely if you can take a couple days to make this into a little weekend break. Why not treat yourselves?).

My day was made more special by spending some time with my mum.

A few snaps from the walk:

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Fresh air, roast potatoes and family- all my favourite things (not in that order) wrapped up into one day.

LLM

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Want to try a braid bar?

A different bar to the normally frequented locations!!

There are a couple braid bars to choose from but I chose for ease of location and close proximity to holiday shopping – Oxford Street’s Topshop basement braid bar. This will make waking up for a very early flight all the more stress free.

Before

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After

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Prices range from £15 and its very quick and painless. What a transformation, complaitments?

I did feel a bit of a fraud walking around afterwards- I woke up like this, promise…

LLM

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John Lewis Secret Garden

AbsIMG_7772olutely Laven der weather this summer and I am not the only one, everyone has been rocking great summery dresses and boho sunglasses.IMG_7754Now the inventive people at John Lewis Oxford street have added a secret garden to their rooftop (open until 18th September).

It is called the “Gardening Society” and it is host to beautiful flowers and fresh herbs.

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There are numerous pop-ups and over this August bank holiday x20 Etsy makers will be selling their unique products.

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The designers taking part include: pasinga.etsy.com, sincerleylouise.etsy.com, nikkistrange.etsy.com, msspanner.etsy.com,

cookieartlondon.etsy.com, foxintheattic.etsy.com, torilodesign.etsy.com, iamacrylic.etsy.com and MORE…

Arts and crafts

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Beautiful ceramics

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There are Fat Buddah early morning yoga sessions for those that are brave enough to 1. get up that early and 2. attempt to stand on their head or mimic a downward dog. See here for more information.

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Recommend the yummy iced coffees on a hot day as a welcome timeout break from shopping

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The restaurant and bar looked like it offered up some treats…

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LLM

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Where can you watch the Olympics?

The 2016 Olympics kicked off last Friday, promising lots of sporting events to keep us entertained over the next few weeks. Today was fantastic. I really enjoyed watching the Brownlee brothers IMG_7337_2winning gold and silver medals in the Olympic triathlon.

It got me thinking about making the most of the recent good weather and instead of watching sports on my sofa at home I should explore my viewing options.

There are two fan zones:

  1. Beach East, Stratford (bring Rio’s sand to you); and
  2. The Scoop in London Bridge.

Today’s chosen big screen:

Broadgate Exchange Square offers a huge screen in close proximity to lots of great lunch spots.

Other big screens:

  • Summer Screen in Canary Wharf
  • Pop fields in Pop Brixton
  • St Katharine’s Dock in Tower Hill
  • Paddington’s Merchant Square
  • Boxpark in Shoreditch
  • Rio in Dalston
  • The Refinary Bankside
  • Regent’s Place in North London
  • Bluebird in Chelsea

If you know anywhere else that is screening the Olympics and it is worth a visit. Please let LLM know in the comments below.

LLM

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Night Tales

The next chapter of the Night Tales story is here and its on point!!IMG_7024

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Pop ups, street food, great DJ sets and more creative cocktails. My favourite is the frozen margarita of the day- last Friday’s was Mango!!

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Encourage everyone to head down to check this out, its running every Friday and Saturday until August 27th.

A few details that us ladies will appreciate especially for those with a weaker bladder- there are properly manned portaloos and these are kept clean and stocked with toilet roll. Don’t expect Claridges but its not the normal disaster zone you could expect at a temporary summer installation.

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Friday: 5pm – 11:30pm, Saturday: 2pm – 11:30pm

£3 Entry | 1-2 Hepscott Road, E9 5HB

 

Lasting thoughts: Why does the summer have to end so quickly?