The Best of London: Hipster Scene, Cheap Eats, Gourmet Coffee & Pubs

My husband Roy and I lived in London for 2+ years while I was on faculty at the London School of Economics and he worked at Shazam. We’ve been back in San Francisco for over a year now, but his Google Map of favorite places has lots of the best places to see and be seen in London, complete with descriptions (written from our Bay Area perspective). We always share it with friends going to visit and in the process we fell in love with Google Maps for quickly sharing our favorite places with friends going to visit London in a format that they can actually use.

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Creative Current at Future Human Salon

Creativity gets people riled up. That was one thing I learned as a panelist at “Creative Current,” the topic of Wednesday night’s Future Human salon, run by Bad Idea magazine and held at The Book Club in my lovely neighborhood of Shoreditch.  The other panelists included Paul Epworth (2010 Brit Awards’ Music Producer of the Year, of Bloc Party / Florence / Plan B fame) and Tiger Savage (former Creative Director at M&C Saatchi, recent creator of Tigers Eye consulting). Continue reading “Creative Current at Future Human Salon”

Summer at the LSE

Summer at the LSE. Londoners seize the day & students pause from their exams to enjoy the brilliant sun at Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

Another sunny evening : ) – courtesy London Summers

London sky at 9:00 PM. Kid you not. Summer nights are anazing up here. It’s hard to remember to stop work and go home sometimes. (Took this shot outside my office at the LSE, near Holborn station)

Locals vs Tourists: Where Photos Get Taken in London

Locals and Tourists #1 (GTWA #2): London

Blue pictures are by locals. Red pictures are by tourists. Yellow pictures might be by either. (Base map © OpenStreetMap, CC-BY-SA)

A gorgeous info visualization map by Flickr user Eric Fischer.  {Thank you for sending this to me, Kevin}

Art & the Artists

My favorite Sunday in London is a stroll of the lovely Columbia Road Flower Market.  The flowers are beautiful, the people watching sublime, and Cockney accents are just as an expat would hope.  Best thing about it I think is the relaxed pace, which makes it distinctly different than any market I’ve ever been to in the U.S.  

My find this weekend was this bit of collaborative street art.  This piece is mixed media – colored paint & poster-size photocopy image looks done by the first artist, sharpie embellishments done by the second. 

Doubt the first artist intended for her to ever wear nipples drawn up so high on her chest (or are those a second pair of eyeballs?) but it adds to it, I think.

{…does anyone know the anything about this one’s artist(s)? please reply…}