Inspiration

INSPIRATION

 

4 days ago

I do hope that Hackney Wick will not become "over-gentrified" with all the developments - such a quirky and charming place! ... See MoreSee Less

I do hope that Hackney Wick will not become over-gentrified with all the developments - such a quirky and charming place!

5 days ago

Hackney Wick, what a fun place to visit on a Sunday afternoon! Full of "cool" bars, restaurants, old barges serving afternoon tea with home made cakes and doing cocktail cruises on the canals, all mixed with music coming from the Lovebox festival in Victoria Park. Constantly changing street art, here a van painted by "Sweet Toof" the pseudonym of well known graffiti artist. The pizza at Crate is great! ... See MoreSee Less

Hackney Wick, what a fun place to visit on a Sunday afternoon! Full of cool bars, restaurants, old barges serving afternoon tea with home made cakes and doing cocktail cruises on the canals, all mixed with music coming from the Lovebox festival in Victoria Park. Constantly changing street art, here a van painted by Sweet Toof the pseudonym of well known graffiti artist. The pizza at Crate is great!

6 days ago

Another view of Smithfield Market by Sir Horace Jones, it does remind me of a railway station. Interesting to note that it was built with the idea of ventilation and to keep the meat in the market cool. I do wonder how the architects will transform it into the new Museum of London. ... See MoreSee Less

Another view of Smithfield Market by Sir Horace Jones, it does remind me of a railway station. Interesting to note that it was built with the idea of ventilation and to keep the meat in the market cool. I do wonder how the architects will transform it into the new Museum of London.

6 days ago

Before most pubs by Smithfield Market were open all night to cater for meat traders' peculiar working hours. Porters in white coats and hats dashed around carrying carcasses and looked forward to a pint with their breakfast fry-up. This is changing but apparently The Fox and Anchor still follows the old tradition. What about a pint of beer for breakfast? ... See MoreSee Less

Before most pubs by Smithfield Market were open all night to cater for meat traders peculiar working hours. Porters in white coats and hats dashed around carrying carcasses and looked forward to a pint with their breakfast fry-up. This is changing but apparently The Fox and Anchor still follows the old tradition. What about a pint of beer for breakfast?

6 days ago

What a transformation that is taking place in Smithfield. I hope some of the original ambiance will not be lost! ... See MoreSee Less

What a transformation that is taking place in Smithfield. I hope some of the original ambiance will not be lost!

1 week ago

Having fun working on my Hackney Wick tour for V&A Friends. There is such a mixture of artist studios, microbreweries, salmon smokers and new developments. Wonder what is going to happen to the Victorian Lord Napier Pub, now full of graffiti including the inscription at the top "Meanwhile in East London Lunatics Decorate Buildings"? ... See MoreSee Less

Having fun working on my Hackney Wick tour for V&A Friends. There is such a mixture of artist studios, microbreweries, salmon smokers and new developments. Wonder what is going to happen to the Victorian Lord Napier Pub, now full of graffiti including the inscription at the top Meanwhile in East London Lunatics Decorate Buildings?

2 weeks ago

'Impenetrable Room 2017' neon light sculpture play by Chilean artist Iván Navarro, feels haunting, claustrophobic but is elegant in an unusual way. He grew up under General Pinochet when electricity was often shut off to keep citizens at home and under control. As a child he had pre-occupations of being abducted. #masterpiece ... See MoreSee Less

Impenetrable Room 2017 neon light sculpture play by Chilean artist Iván Navarro, feels haunting, claustrophobic but is elegant in an unusual way. He grew up under General Pinochet when electricity was often shut off to keep citizens at home and under control. As a child he had pre-occupations of being abducted. #masterpiece

2 weeks ago

Super interesting little exhibition at Kensington Palace about the three enlightened German princesses Caroline (pictured), Augusta and Charlotte and their interest in art, medicine and science etc and how they educated their children in the most recent thinking. For example Isaac Newton taught the children about gravity and they were inoculated against smallpox at a time when considered highly risky. ... See MoreSee Less

Super interesting little exhibition at Kensington Palace about the three enlightened German princesses Caroline (pictured), Augusta and Charlotte and their interest in art, medicine and science etc and how they educated their children in the most recent thinking. For example Isaac Newton taught the children about gravity and they were inoculated against smallpox at a time when considered highly risky.

2 weeks ago

Couldn't resist taking a picture of Antony Redmile's peculiar 1970 "Nautilus" made using coral, conches, semiprecious stones, from the collection of Roland de la Poype, Musée de la Marine in Antibes. Another place to visit! #masterpiece ... See MoreSee Less

Couldnt resist taking a picture of Antony Redmiles  peculiar 1970 Nautilus made using coral, conches, semiprecious stones, from the collection of Roland de la Poype, Musée de la Marine in Antibes. Another place to visit! #masterpiece

2 weeks ago

Had a very nice chat at Masterpiece with this charming Chelsea Pensioner. He explained how great it is to a be a CP with perks such as perfect living location, beautiful dining hall, lots of friends, free entry to events like this and always curious people who want to chat and know more about the uniform etc, which incidentally, is the same for summer and winter! ... See MoreSee Less

Had a very nice chat at Masterpiece with this charming Chelsea Pensioner. He explained how great it is to a be a CP with perks such as perfect living location, beautiful dining hall, lots of friends, free entry to events like this and always curious people who want to chat and know more about the uniform etc, which incidentally, is the same for summer and winter!

3 weeks ago

Taking a Brazilian couple for a V&A tour today. Will be interesting for them to see Amanda Levete Architects' £55mm new courtyard and exhibition space, tiled with porcelain and behind the 19C Aston Webb screen (also did Buckingham Palace's façade) that faces the new focus area - Exhibition Road - part of the Albertopolis project. ... See MoreSee Less

Taking a Brazilian couple for a V&A tour today. Will be interesting for them to see Amanda Levete Architects £55mm new courtyard and exhibition space, tiled with porcelain and behind the 19C Aston Webb screen (also did Buckingham Palaces façade) that faces the new focus area - Exhibition Road - part of the Albertopolis project.

3 weeks ago

My favourite London spot on a sunny day - Swedish architect William Chambers' 18C Somerset House. Nice views over the river, good breeze, bars and restaurants - and always a new exhibition - this time called Perfume. You follow a trail and smell very unusual, new fragrances such as smokey wood. ... See MoreSee Less

My favourite London spot on a sunny day - Swedish architect William Chambers 18C Somerset House. Nice views over the river, good breeze, bars and restaurants - and always a new exhibition - this time called Perfume. You follow a trail and smell very unusual, new fragrances such as smokey wood.

3 weeks ago

Today's tour of the V&A Jewellery Gallery included the actual yellow diamond and pink topaz seen on the Marchioness of Londonderry's shoulder. Interestingly the gems were gifts - not from her husband - but from Tsar Alexander I of Russia! ... See MoreSee Less

Todays tour of the V&A Jewellery Gallery included the actual yellow diamond and pink topaz seen on the Marchioness of Londonderrys shoulder. Interestingly the gems were gifts - not from her husband - but from Tsar Alexander I of Russia!

3 weeks ago

Just back from a private tour in Bath. The angels climbing ladders on the façade of the late 15C Bath Abbey always make me smile. What an amusing idea to depict climbing angels! I wonder what people thought of it at the time? Afternoon tea in nearby Castle Comb's Manor House Hotel is definitely worthwhile. ... See MoreSee Less

Just back from a private tour in Bath. The angels climbing ladders on the façade of the late 15C Bath Abbey always make me smile. What an amusing idea to depict climbing angels! I wonder what people thought of it at the time? Afternoon tea in nearby Castle Combs Manor House Hotel is definitely worthwhile.

3 weeks ago

Did a private tour of Berlin with with a delightful Sri Lankan couple. Sanssouci Palace is definitely the gem in the royal gardens of Potsdam. Built mid 18C for the intriguing Frederick the Great on top of a vineyard in an unusual Rococo style and painted in a warm yellow. Interestingly the palace contains a bust of Frederick's hero - Charles XII of Sweden. ... See MoreSee Less

Did a private tour of Berlin with with a delightful Sri Lankan couple. Sanssouci Palace is definitely the gem in the royal gardens of Potsdam. Built mid 18C for the intriguing Frederick the Great on top of a vineyard in an unusual Rococo style and painted in a warm yellow. Interestingly the palace contains a bust of Fredericks hero - Charles XII of Sweden.

3 weeks ago

Did a private V&A tour for two lovely American ladies. I showed them my favourite ceramic piece - a mid 16C Iznik plate with a delicious combination of colours and decoration. #islamicart ... See MoreSee Less

Did a private V&A tour for two lovely American ladies. I showed them my favourite ceramic piece - a mid 16C Iznik plate with a delicious combination of colours and decoration.  #islamicart

1 month ago

Don't miss a "mini" version of British Museum and V&A at a "pop-up" exhibition in 5 Cromwell Place called "Every Object Tells a Story", Oliver Hoare's collection and beautifully curated by Charles Marsden-Smedley, detail from mid 16C Safavid Qur'an from Iran. ... See MoreSee Less

Dont miss a mini version of British Museum and V&A at a pop-up exhibition in 5 Cromwell Place called Every Object Tells a Story, Oliver Hoares collection and beautifully curated by Charles Marsden-Smedley, detail from mid 16C Safavid Quran from Iran.

1 month ago

Annika Hall Guides added a new photo.

Preparing my Clerkenwell tour I discovered this gate of 1860s Smithfield Market. Made in magnificent wrought iron work painted in vibrant viridian, magenta and violet-blue. By Victorian architect Sir Horace Jones who also designed Leadenhall and Billingsgate markets and Tower Bridge. It is going to be a fabulous venue for the Museum of London when it moves there in a few years time.
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Preparing my Clerkenwell tour I discovered this gate of 1860s Smithfield Market. Made in magnificent wrought iron work painted in vibrant viridian, magenta and violet-blue. By Victorian architect Sir Horace Jones who also designed Leadenhall and Billingsgate markets and Tower Bridge. It is going to be a fabulous venue for the Museum of London when it moves there in a few years time.

1 month ago

Annika Hall Guides added a new photo.

Want to have a bit of thought provoking entertainment? Head to the Serpentine Gallery for the Grayson Perry exhibition. How does he come up with all these ideas? Detail from "The Battle of Britain" tapestry of 2007.
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Want to have a bit of thought provoking entertainment? Head to the Serpentine Gallery for the Grayson Perry exhibition. How does he come up with all these ideas? Detail from The Battle of Britain tapestry of 2007.

2 months ago

Incredible how quickly East London is changing. Lots of fun architecture like the Ravensbourne Art College building with its round windows. It received the British Construction Award and houses one of London's digital communities. If you want spectacular views - and feel courageous - you can climb the O2 roof, apparently best at sunset! #northgreenwich ... See MoreSee Less

Incredible how quickly East London is changing. Lots of fun architecture like the Ravensbourne Art College building with its round windows. It received the British Construction Award and houses one of  Londons digital communities. If you want spectacular views - and feel courageous - you can climb the O2 roof, apparently best at sunset! #northgreenwich