The world’s best art and design comes to London (Picture: Supplied/Metro.co.uk)
After the couple of weeks we’ve all had, we’ve decided we need something a little soul-soothing, which means we’re squarely in the mood to take in a bit of local culture with a lovely dinner nearby.
So how about a barge on the water after going to a flower festival? Or basking in Italian art and then feasting on a comforting pizza? Or if you still can’t decide, there’s always an immersive art show or one of the world’s best design events to visit.
Go forth and fill your life with beauty and good food. We deserve it…
Garden Party (Picture: Janne Ford)
If there’s one thing we do spectacularly well in Britain, it’s flowers. And the best of the best will be showcased this weekend at the Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival, where the cream of British growers will be wowing us with sustainable, planet-friendly blooms in the beautiful surroundings of this gothic revival palace.
Whether they’re fresh or dried (it’s very on-trend, the whole dried flower thing), the installations are set to be mind-boggling under the expert curation of Leigh Chappell and Janne Ford.
There are guided tours, demonstrations and, when it’s all done and dusted, you can try and recreate the magic in your own home with a couple of bunches from the garage on the corner.
From Friday to Sunday, Strawberry Hil House, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1
Art attack (Picture: Supplied)
Fancy something to stare at on a wall just down the road, instead? We love finding new places to see art, especially when they are in as lovely a spot as Twickenham.
At Orleans House Gallery, you have two exhibitions to peruse, the first of which is Lines of Dissent, artist Dzifa Benson’s show inspired by the lack of work made by women in her local borough collection.
By going through the archive, she has unearthed some incredible pieces and has got creatives from the worlds of poetry, theatre and music to respond to them.
Add to that a show called Objects of Disquiet, which speaks for itself, and you have a pretty cultured day out in a beautiful building that dates back to the early 1700s.
Orleans Road, Twickenham, TW1
Barge your way down to the river
Wa-ter treat (Picture: Supplied)
After all that visual/natural loveliness down the road in Twickers, we reckon there’s nothing more soothing than some nice food and drink on a boat, which is why we’re excited at the launch of Peggy Jean, a Thames-side floating restaurant in Richmond.
The boat itself is a beautifully restored former Jesus College barge while the project is actually Daisy Green Collection’s 12th opening, so we presume they know what they’re doing.
The vibe is Aussie – so great calamari, T-bone steak, pizza, their Very Fancy Bacon Roll and award-winning banana bread sandwich – while the 360-degree views across the water are to die for. And …read more