Perfect for hanami – Kensington Gardens cherry blossom

Hanami has reached us from Japan where pretty much the whole country turns out to picnic under the cherry blossom that marks the start of spring. Hanami (which literally means blossom viewing) is a perfect way to enjoy the good weather were having this year (2017), and for Easter weekend Kensington Gardens offers a perfect hanami spot. Continue reading

The Big Zipper – the Serpentine Pavilion 2016

Serpentine Pavilion 2016Every year the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens commissions a temporary summer pavilion to stand next to the gallery and showcase new architecture. They’re always amazing structures, innovative and completely different to each other, and the architect is always one who hasn’t yet built anything in the UK. This year we’ve been spoilt – besides the main pavilion there are four summer houses by different architects to choose from. Continue reading

Architecture for the Instagram Generation – the Serpentine Pavilion

Serpentine PavilionHave you taken your photos of this year’s Serpentine Pavilion yet? I have. It’s irresistibly psychedelic, as though the sixties had come back to life in Kensington Gardens. The pavilion may look odd as you walk past it on a sunless day, but go inside when the sun’s shining and you won’t be able to resist getting out the phone and snapping away.  Continue reading

Yellow water iris – East and West London battle it out

Yellow water iris
The yellow water iris (Iris pseudacorus) is in flower at the moment. I’ve come across it in two very different places in the past week – the Barbican Centre in the east of London and the Italian Gardens in Kensington Gardens in the west. The two locations offer an interesting contrast in style – formal versus lush, modern versus traditional, concrete versus greenery. Which would you go for? Continue reading

London Parks Cherry Blossom Top Five

Kensington Gardens cherry blossom Welcome to my London cherry blossom top five, the definitive guide to the best cherry blossom viewing spots in the capital. Japan may be famous for its cherry blossom but here in London the cherry blossom is just as pretty if you know where to look. All you need is a guide to tell you where to go and when. And here it is!  Continue reading