I love Impulse trips away don’t get me wrong, that sudden out of the blue let’s go to London and have and adventure type thing, and that what yesterday was.
Out of sheer luck we ended up in Hyde park in the super hot sun and decided to wander over to the Serpentine Gallery to see what was there.
For those who don’t know there is always a guest structure every year gracing the lawn outside of the Serpentine Gallery and this year it has to be one of the most astounding:
He is the thirteenth and, at 41, youngest architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary structure for the Serpentine Gallery. The most ambitious architectural programme of its kind worldwide, the Serpentine’s annual Pavilion commission is one of the most anticipated events on the cultural calendar.
Occupying some 350 square-metres of lawn in front of the Serpentine Gallery, Sou Fujimoto’s delicate, latticed structure of 20mm steel poles will have a lightweight and semi-transparent appearance that will allow it to blend, cloud-like, into the landscape and against the classical backdrop of the Gallery’s colonnaded East wing. Designed as a flexible, multi-purpose social space – with a café sited inside – visitors will be encouraged to enter and interact with the Pavilion in different ways throughout its four-month tenure in London’s Kensington Gardens.
It really is stunning, breathtaking in fact and a wonderful blend of modern architecture that somehow doesn’t overwhelm or detract from its stunning surrounds. You can also interact with it, climb on it, view it from different angles, you feel cozy inside like in a cave but still with the lightness and air of still being able to connect with nature that it shares the space with.
Well imagine my glee when walking up to it I see those stunning gorgeous familiar turquoise shades with the iconic F&M on them, to me genuinely more exciting than the turquoise of Tiffany… the Glory of Fortnum & Mason.
Fortnum & Mason is delighted to introduce its newest arrival: the Hamperling, the latest recruit to our gourmet range of freshly prepared picnics. Modern architecture and picnics are not a traditional pairing, but in Hyde Park this summer, they are proving to be a winning combination. As the Serpentine Gallery’s superb new summer Pavilion shimmers in the summer sunshine, Fortnum & Mason is delighted to play its part in the show by providing the perfect complementary picnic – the Hamperling.
The Hamperling is the younger cousin of the traditional Fortnum’s hamper, and is a modern and lightweight alternative to the full wicker experience. It comes in a chic little cardboard carrier in Fortnum’s signature eau de nil, and contains either lunch for one or afternoon tea for two. Once visitors have strolled through the airy interior of the new Pavilion, a stunning lattice of fine steel poles designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, they can then admire it from a different perspective by picnicking on the grass nearby, enjoying the pleasures of Fortnum’s excellent picnic food.
The Hamperling is available to buy from the Serpentine Pavilion from now until October. The lunch for one is priced at £15 and the afternoon tea for two is priced at £25.
I can’t lie I didn’t have the Hamperling, however I did stop off for a sparkling elderflower drink and possibly some delightful lemon curd ice cream, which truly was blissful.
For me Fortnum and Mason inspires the quintessential british summer and we all deserve a luxury treat in a royal park every now and then!
For a truly patriotic experience this is certainly not one to be missed!