It’s been two years since I’ve been here in London. I was supposed to be here after the 2010 Milan Furniture Fair to see some friends, but the plans were interrupted due to the volcano eruption in Iceland (whose name, Eyjafjallajökull, I still can’t pronounce).

London Eye, London England

This time around, I decided to take more time to explore the City, especially when the British currency has come down a bit this year. In addition, I found some great accommodations in the Bloomsbury area at reasonable prices (compared to the £150+ per night for hotel accommodations) – so the incentive was there. I’ve also combined fun with a little bit of work for my DesignsWelove site, as the London Design Festival just began (today).

So what have I done so far? The first evening (since I arrived in the afternoon), I saw the London production of Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre, which was an awesome show.

The second day, I actually started the day with a press tour (for the design site) at the Victoria & Albert Museum, in which we met curator Murray Moss for a short presentation of the pieces he curated for the London Design Festival at the V&A. One of the pieces is what you see below – it’s the Escapism Dress made of 3D “printed” linen. More on that one later on DesignsWeLove (that’s my plug).

Escapism Dress MGX

Then it was a walk through Knightsbridge to have some light lunch at the Fifth Floor Cafe of Harvey Nichols. Not too bad, but it still cost £14.95. By my American standards, this is very expensive. Add another £5 for a large mineral water and you get the point.

Fish Cakes at Harvey Nichols

One random thing: I do love the fact that in London, there are road markings that remind pedestrians to look in the correct direction when they cross the street. Otherwise, there would be many close calls with tourists…

Look Right

Getting back on track, I ended up at London Fashion Week at the Somerset House, checking out the exhibition as well as attending London-based Irish designer Orla Kiely’s presentation of her 2012 Spring/Summer collection. Lots of good looking, well-dressed people everywhere.

Orla Kiely

It’s then some more walking along Buckingham Palace to Oxford Street and then to Regent Street before heading back to the flat for some hot lemon verbena herb tea I bought from Harvey Nichols to end the evening.

Regent Street at Night

Lemon Verbena Herb Tea from Harvey Nichols

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