Last Week in London: Suzy Menkes at Christie’s, Sou Fujimoto at The Serpentine, & The Grain Store

by Sasha Wilkins on July 15, 2013 · 3 comments

Kings Cross CSM redevelopment

London is so beguiling in this glorious heatwave. Everyone slows down, the pace of life seems a little more languorous, and lunches outdoor seem obligatory. On Friday I met with my friend Virginia and her Dachshund Doogie Howser for lunch at Bruno Loubet’s The Grain Store in the newly redeveloped part of King’s Cross, just by the Regent’s Canal.

Kings Cross CSM redevelopment

The restaurant has an outside seating area, so we parked ourselves there and basked like sealions. It was so ridiculously hot that my photos look as though they have been lit: that’s what 31C direct sunshine does…

Seaweed butter with borage and oyster leaves.

grain store Kings Cross

grain store Kings Cross

Doogie lurked under the table, hoping for snackettes.

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The night before Brig and I attended the preview of In My Fashion: Suzy Menkes’ private fashion collection that is up for sale online at Christie’s.  London’s fashion people were out in force, and it was standing room only for the panel talk later on in the evening. Alice Rawsthorn, Jasper Conran, Erdem and Mary Katrantzou joined Suzy and Meredith Etherington Smith to discuss their fashion memories.

There are some lovely Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell pieces,

ossie clark celia birtwell suzy menkes christies

And a lot of Lacroix too.

lacroix suzy menkes christies

Then we took a cab into Hyde Park to the Serpentine Gallery for COS’s Serpentine Nights Party, to celebrate this year’s summer pavillion by Sou Fujimoto.

serpentine pavillion Sou Fujimoto 2013

serpentine pavillion Sou Fujimoto 2013

serpentine pavillion Sou Fujimoto 2013

We finished the evening on Dover Street, at The Arts Club, eating pizza.

arts club pizza

Home before midnight.

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