Monday, 7 April 2014

Bailey's Stardust and a date night dinner

Sunday was overcast and dull in London Town - the perfect day for a gallery visit. 

Alice and I had been wanting to go to Bailey's Stardust at the National Portrait Gallery for absolutely ages, so we managed to find a few hours to go and look at Bailey's beautiful film shots. 

Zara jacket, ancient Topshop top and Gap jeans, H&M skate shoes, sample sale bag

They wouldn't let us take pictures inside the exhibition (meanies) so you'll have to make do with this taster from the website instead - or go yourself! If you're interested in portrait photography and/or the celeb icons of the last 50 years, it's definitely worth a go. I particularly loved his underexposed close ups of Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher, as well as his iconic shots of Jean Shrimpton. Ali loved this 2013 Vogue shot of Kate Moss. He also showed a lot of travel photos, portraits taken in Delhi, Papua New Guinea, and even exotic old East London. There was a lot of nudity so not one for the kids, but very interesting. It's made me want to revisit my old film camera and learn the basics - I'm currently a point and click girl. 

As is Ali - although we're thinking she could be the next David Bailey! 

Afterwards, we grabbed a coffee and joined the tourists for a wander around Trafalgar Square. 
We spotted the leftovers from Pillow Fight Day...

... and Yoda was there with some mates, just hanging out. 

This is the current Fourth Plinth resident Hahn/Cock by Katharina Fritsch. I'm not sure of the meaning behind it, but I love the colour and the impact he makes. What a cheery ole' bird. 

I played at being a tourist on the steps for a bit...

...until this lady wanted to get in on the act, too. 

So we swapped for Ali by the muscle-and-porpoise-bound fountain.

It started to rain so I headed home to cook a date night dinner for T.

This roasted beetroot and garlic recipe is from the Great British Food Revival cookbook, which is full of great ways to use seasonal British food that have fallen out of fashion. 

We ate it with a huuuuuuge juicy rump steak each, buttered kale, watercress and horseradish. Amazing. 

Just before we fell into a food coma, we had to eat pudding - of course. And there's nothing better than wolfing down chocolate pudding with absolutely no guilt whatsoever. How, you ask? Abel & Cole's recipe for avocado chocolate mouse! 

It's literally just avocado, cocoa powder, honey and water. No baddies. And it tastes... really good! You'd never know it was actually mega healthy.

Check this out! 

Just before we slipped into a food coma, we managed to catch the brilliant Endeavour. Rainy Sunday, done. 


  1. Urm, can you come and cook for me please?? :)
    I love London, this post has just reminded me of what a colourful and vibrant place it is! Pillow fight day? Who would've thought! xxx
    La Lingua : Food, Life, Love, Travel, Friends, Italy

    1. Thanks Lucy! I know! I didn't go but how much fun? Apparently it nearly got cancelled and there was outrage...