Being a pattern junkie, I’ve always loved Camille Walala’s work. Her super bold patterns are just so playful and pleasing to look at. Jack and I decided to come down to London and coincide it with the London design festival last weekend, and we had wanted to see Villa Walala too. Things didn’t quite go to plan though as being the shopaholics that we are we actually ended up spending the whole weekend shopping. I had a whole list of things I wanted to see but we just got so swept away on Oxford Street that this exhibition was the only thing we went to!!!
We made a lovely weekend of it though, we booked to stay at the Novotel Canary Wharf and decided to treat ourselves as we never have weekends in hotels – very nice! I was working in London on the Friday so after work I went over to the hotel and had a relaxing evening before our busy Saturday. The hotel ‘upgraded’ us (I was suspicious they might tell everyone that ahaha) to a deluxe room which meant we were on a super high floor with an amazinggg view of London. We don’t have a bath at home so I took full advantage of the hotel bath and was so sleepy afterwards that I got into the huge bed and watched telly. It was amazing!
Jack joined me later on and we went out for a meal at Zizzi’s (my new fave). After this we went onto the hotel rooftop bar to use our free drinks vouchers (included in the ‘upgrade’). Now I know I’m going to sound really old saying this but why do places have to play such loud music?
It felt like quite a romantic place – with the view, sofas, and couples everywhere, but the music was so loud we basically had to shout at each other to talk! It just felt quite strange!
The next day we got up early and went to NOW gallery to see WALALA X PLAY. I loved how it was set up like a maze, with mirrors everywhere so you didn’t really know what was real or what was reflection. But the best thing was that these mirrors made different patterns so that from every angle there was so much to see. There were so many kids running around it must be so fun for them – the BEST place to play hide and seek! It really did feel like such a playful exhibition.
After this was when we got totally consumed by Oxford Street, I didn’t actually buy that much but had a great time looking. Later on (much later on…) we went for a curry on Brick Lane and drank far too much wine. Then some of my friends from Bristol happened to be in London too (such a happy coincidence) so we met up with them in Shoreditch and somehow ended up back at the hotel at 5am (can’t deal with nights like that anymore!). I was sooooo happy when I found the check out time was midday so we had just enough time for a sleep (most importantly) and then Jack somehow persuaded me to go for a swim in the hotel pool.
So we had a great weekend but I’m a little disappointed I don’t have lots of photos from LDF! It really makes me want to move to London, I see so many creative things going on all the time and get FOMO most weeks! Jack is also tempted by all the design jobs, maybe it’ll happen one day…