At the end of September I finally got a chance to visit London. I’ve got invited by MINI to attend the London Design Festival and to check out the MINI LIVING URBAN CABIN - a conceptual housing structure created by MINI together with the Sam Jacob Studio, which offers a glimpse into the future of urban living.
I was really excited, because I love design, innovation and I didn’t want to miss a chance to check out the British capital. Believe it or not – I’ve never been to London, despite knowing it better than anything from all the movies, TV-shows and books.
I’ve spent 3 days walking around, meeting friends and getting my first impressions.
Photo of me above left: Holly Cato
This won’t be a guide, since I really am not an expert (yet), but I will share some of the pictures I’ve shot on my visit as well as a short vlog, which tells the story better than written words:
During my short three days I’ve also checked the important sights (briefly) – The Big Ben, London Eye, Tower bridge (from the distance), St Paul’s Cathedral (at sunset) and had a 2 minute glimpse of the Buckingham Palace.
I also fell in love with all the vintage stores in Kensington as well as the colorful houses of the Portobello Road and pastels of Notting Hill (remember that Julia Roberts/Hugh Grant movie?)
All together, I really enjoyed just walking around the city, having relaxed beers in pubs and not rushing though the sights like I usually do in new cities. This time I took a very relaxed approach, since I know I will be back soon, especially after reading a cool guide to Eccentric London, I’ve gotten in the urban cabin during a book swap (another brilliant idea).
By the way, if you are in New York in October, check out the MINI LIVING URBAN CABIN there – it is on exhibit in Greenpoint, Brooklyn starting October 6th! Here are some inspiring images from the Big Apple for you: