Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Cycling, coffee and Scandinavian crockery
That's me on a Boris Bike, and to the left, the shadow of the enigmatic Mr That's Not My Age. We've had the cycle scheme in central London since the end of last summer, but due to crap weather, the official TNMA road-test only took place last weekend. The bikes are not has heavy as I'd expected - definitely lighter than their Spanish counterparts - and once you've managed to get the damn things out of the dock, they're very easy to manoeuvre. Proper cyclists, drink lots of caffeine. So we had to stop off at one of my favourite cafés, the Nordic Bakery, for a quick shot.
The Nordic Bakery serves excellent coffee and cakes (and pickled herring sandwiches, if you like that sort of thing) and uses top-notch crockery from Finnish design company, Iittala.
We have a small selection of Iittala items at That's Not My Age Mansions, including four of these gorgeous glass bowls in varying shades of blue and green:
After our caffeine-fix, we hopped on the bikes and whizzed up to Regent's Park. Do you remember this garden from The King's Speech? It's where King Colin and Lionel Logue had a bit of a tiff.
The herons in the park were out in full force, That's Not My Age has lived in London for over 20 years and I've never noticed so many before. See how they stand so still, do you think they're trying to look inconspicuous?
I couldn't help noticing the size of this little duck's feet, all the better for paddling with:
And no, that's not TNMA Mansions. It's a stunning Regency House on the edge of the park.
One of the things I love about London is that it's full of beautiful parks. What makes your hometown so special?
Oh and you can buy Iittala at Skandium, The Lollipop Shoppe and Cloudberry Living