It is nearly the weekend! True to form, every inch of London is bursting with brilliant events. For me however, there is only one event that matters: the wedding of my lil' sis. A 'twin-centre' wedding, the day will start in London and end in Paris, crossing the channel mid-celebrations. Needless to say, I am very excited! If you are following City Girl (EC1) on Twitter, you may have heard about my search for the perfect wedding accessories, bridesmaid hair-dos, 'train outfits' and so on. Thank you to everybody for their great help! I will report back on the 'Big day' asap. For now, in the spirit of these two beautiful cities, here are some weekend highlights, whether you are in London, Paris, or both...
- Free Range Art and Design show. Visited by both industry and design/fashion enthusiasts, this exciting exhibition showcases the work of new graduates, from 150 courses across the UK. A great choice for design inspiration. Graduate Fashion Week follows on Sunday.
|Bistro du Vin, St John's Street, Clerkenwell|
- You probably already know that I love French dining. Well, Clerkenwell has long been a centre for French cuisine. One of its most recent openings, Bistro du Vin, has swiftly become a personal favourite. It is a superb choice for lunch, dinner or cocktails (but you just try resisting the food). My review will follow shortly.
|Cybill Shepherd in The Last Picture Show|
- This weekend, the BFI is showing Apocalypse Now and The Last Picture Show, both high on my films-you-must-watch-and-watch-again list. The start of Apocalypse Now has to be one of the very best in cinema history... rivalled by Manhattan? Follow a film with a stroll along the Southbank, or cross the river for Fortnum and Mason's Summer Tea Party (Saturday). As though tastings, tea and cookery demonstrations, beauty treatments and consultations weren't enough, you'll receive 10% off purchases in-store and online.
|Straw bowler hat, by Oliver Bonas|
|'Poem Josie' nautical striped dress, by Oliver Bonas|
|'And Mary' gold anchor necklace, by Oliver Bonas|
- The sun is set to shine this weekend (keep your fingers crossed for the wedding!), so put on your holiday 'best', or treat yourself to something new. I love this nautical-inspired ensemble by Oliver Bonas. Very relaxed, but also very chic.
- Spend the day in Saint Germain. Buy breakfast from Poilâne, shop in select boutiques (like Isabel Marant), then visit Musée Rodin. Once those feet won't walk any further, slump (elegantly) into Hotel Lutetia's art-deco surroundings, for une coupe de champagne, oysters, steak... and don't forget their famous pommes purée.
|La Brasserie du Lutetia, Hotel Lutetia|
- Indulge in movie memorabilia at Cinémathèque Française. The Cinémathèque (housed in a striking Frank Gehry cubist building), hosts retrospectives, cult movies, classics, experimental cinema and Q&A sessions. Perfect.
|La Maison Angelina, Paris|
- On the subject of cinema, where could be better to watch Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris? Time Out Paris lists all Parisian cinemas. After, walk along the Seine and climb 'La Tour Eiffel', as seen in the film.
|Le Bar 228 at Le Meurice Hotel, Paris|
- Soak up the sunshine in the lovely Jardin des Tuileries, before a sugary-sweet afternoon at renowned tearoom, La Maison Angelina. The quiches, eclairs and macaroons are not to be missed. Follow with cocktails at nearby Le Meurice Hotel, and if you can still be trusted to go shopping, you'll be very close to
Lastly, if you are looking for distraction on your trip over to France, or long for the French feeling from this side of the channel, you can enjoy all the best moments from the Cannes Film Festival 2011 by downloading the free CINEMOI Cannes 2011 App. Look out for my post entitled Cannes Film Festival 2011: The Red Carpet.
Images: 2) The BFI, 3) - 5) Oliver Bonas, 6) Hotel Lutetia, Paris, 7) - 8) My own.