London Lifestyle – Cooking, Eating, Drinking – and Learning about the Living Wall:
“Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
Do you ever look at your diary and realise there’s just TOO much going on? One of the things about writing a lifestyle blog is that I can be quite overwhelmed by the events going on in London. And, temptation too often gets the better of me. Despite my resolution to spend a little more time with my friends and get to know my own neighbourhood a bit better, I do seem to end up going out far more than I should.
This week saw the start of one of the London Season’s most iconic events – Chelsea Flower Show. I’d already had a taster of what might be happening with the afternoon tea at Sofitel St James’s and although I wasn’t going to the show itself, there were a LOT of special events to celebrate. Even walking down the street in Chelsea you couldn’t fail to recognise what was happening. On Monday I spent the afternoon at a Swedish Cookery event focussed on Vasterbottensost – a unique Swedish cheese. More of that later. I should have gone home, but instead ended up at at Pont Street Restaurant, home to the themed Marie Antoinette tea I enjoyed a month or so ago. Like the tea, floral canapes and a special Chelsea Flower Show menu, Feast of Flowers, had been created by Executive Chef Sophie Mitchell.
Tuesday was the opening party for Yauatcha City. The elegant Japanese dining rooms were full of beautiful people, enjoying a glass or two of Tattinger Nocturne Sec and some fabulous dim sum, including scallop shui mai, venison puffs and a wonderful vegetarian lettuce wrap. It was just a little too busy to explore and find the bamboo forest swing or the tasseographer but a good introduction to a high quality Japanese restaurant in the newly refurbished Broadgate Circle.
Wednesday was lunch at Coya. In theory an introduction to the new Healthy Drinks menu…in reality a fabulous Peruvian Dining Experience.
On Thursday I met Karen to go to a short talk, part of the Chelsea Fringe, at The Atheneaum Hotel. Both of us have walked past and looked up at the beautiful Living Wall, so it was particularly fascinating to learn a bit more from Daniel Bell, the designer who created it, how it was conceived and how to grow our own Living Walls. I do have the perfect space for my own Living Wall in my new home. Not that I stand any chance of growing anything so wonderful as the eight storey vertical garden at The Athenaeum (if you go, do pop in for afternoon tea!)
Probably unwisely, but definitely not with any regrets we went on to celebrate National Vegetarian Week with a Vegetarian Tasting Menu at Zaika.
The newly opened Truffle Lounge at Harrods has been on my to-do list ever since it opened. So, I have no regrets about Friday’s lunch at Tartufi & Friends. In the evening to round off the week, I joined the East London Wine Club for an introduction to the wines of Foncalieu with Isabelle Pangault, the Head Winemaker.
So, am I bored of London? Not in the slightest. Just a little frustrated that I can’t fit in everything I’d like to do. I’ll be writing in more detail about some of these events once my diary permits!