14 September 2013


It's London Fashion Week again, but to my disappointment, Fashion's Night Out has moved to Manchester. However, the London Design Festival is also on, so there are plenty of fun events going on to keep me entertained.

1. A damp Friday evening at Bermondsey Antiques Night Market. 2. Wild Art's giraffes by More London. 3. The (Not Really) Endless Stair. 4. Strawberry brioche at Comptoir Gourmand. 5. Reflected London Eye from the South Bank Centre. 6. Discarded skateboards under the Hungerford Bridge. 7. Gwyneth Leech's 'A Year in Cups' display at Anthropologie for the London Design Festival. 8. Trafalgar Square's Coq Bleu from behind. 9. The Blush Bus — an LFW-mobile.

I spent the morning running, brunching and wandering along the South Bank with friends. The weather was very autumnal, but we sought shelter in the members' cafĂ© at the Tate Modern and in the South Bank Centre's lovely design shop, before I crossed the river to pick up a few things in Soho and Oxford Street. Lots of shops were getting into the design spirit — the basement of John Lewis was filled with lots of gorgeous design-inspired pieces, including a Danish designer dustpan and brush, to rival the smoke detector I spotted in Helsinki. There were also some cool coat hangers with geometric designs, but I managed to resist.

The Endless Stair. Actually, disappointingly finite.

Helter-skelter and bubble-chasing on the South Bank.

The London skyline from the Hungerford Bridge.

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