10 . 04 . 16 – Barbican Conservatory.


Firstly, let’s address the obvious – I suck at maintaining a blog. Life has been a bit of a juggle as of late, but ‘better late than never’ will always be words to live by.

Four sundays ago (that was when I began this post. It has now been six. Six Sunday’s ago…)  I was sat at home with no company, an evening shift at work and time to kill. It occurred to me that this would be the perfect opportunity to FINALLY visit the longly anticipated Barbican Conservatory. For those not familiar, The Barbican Centre is Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue’; an urban hub for creatives. It looks like a post-apocalyptic ‘nature reclaims the city’ kind of scene.

Lost in the centre of it all is this beautiful conservatory, the second largest in London (Losing only to Kew, but without the hour long journey and £15 entry fee. So who’s the real winner?). It’s brimming with colourful and curious plantation, bizarre exotic life forms and it has an awesome Arid house boasting cacti in every imaginable shape and size. With two huge sectors to explore, so many different levels to climb and over 2,000 species of plant to see, it’s impossible to be bored. 


If I could better handle the humidity (a constant 20ºC heat when you’re almost albino and forever wearing 5 layers can be challenging,) I would’ve easily whiled away the whole day there. So many smart people had brought along picnics and beverages, which is definitely how I intend to do it next time. It’s the perfect escape for every Londoner who is growing a little tried of traffic and smog. 

As much as I want to write more, the brilliance of this place can really only be justified through experience; instead I’ve overloaded on pictures I took whilst there. If you next come to London and want to boycott the cliche London Eye trip, definitely pay this a visit.

C x



3 . 4 . 16 – Rebecca Louise Law.


Here goes my first ever blog post. How very millennial of me.

On Sunday 3rd I found myself lazily ambling along Bethnal Green Road, on route to meet my family. The weather was being kind and the people of East London were out in abundance to soak up some faux summer sunshine.

I had agreed to meet my lovely parents, who were visiting London just for the weekend, a short walk away in Columbia Road to explore the flower market. If you’re familiar with the area, you’ll know that every Sunday people flock in their hundreds to this singular road to browse the array of beautiful flowers and delectable street food, (but we’ll talk about this another time). If you aren’t opposed to fighting through crowds of dawdling tourists with your elbows out, it really is the perfect day trip.

The street is lined with colourful little shop fronts that promise all kinds of intrigue, from home-made cupcakes to freaky taxidermy. It was here that I accidentally, but very happily, stumbled across Rebecca Louise Law’s tiny studio. Upon entering I was greeted by a skull perched above a door frame, looking down at me. In the centre of the room were two large glass domes (according to google they’re actually called ‘cloches’) full of dry flora, very Beauty and the Beast style. Every surface held more flowers. It was really captivating. Law’s installations comprise mainly from dried flowers and alluring objects taken from nature- shells, bones, beetles- all intertwined into a large, tangled formation of beauty. Her work is said to quietly play with the relationship between man and nature, and offer new perspectives on our ideals of beauty. She applies these floral tapestries to everything from mirrors, frames, cabinets and jars. In the back room was a large decorative glass screen, holding thousands of tiny flowers and iridescent beetles. It was exceptional. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of it, because I wasn’t really sure if I was allowed to be taking photographs anyway and was trying to be super subtle about it (with my huge Olympus that echoes a ridiculous ‘CLICK’ every time you take a snap).

This turned out to be one of those cool, serendipitous journeys. Rebecca Louise Law, with her alternative concepts of beauty and nature, is now comfortably up there in my top 10 favourite artists. I’m keeping my eyes wide open for new exhibitions of hers. I’d definitely recommend a visit if you ever find yourself in Columbia Road on a Sunday, even if only to escape from the hustle and bustle for five minutes of tranquility.


C  x