Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Midweek in London

Tuesday: 11 straight hours of work. Which required numbing ourselves afterward with a rich, decadent dinner at Asia de Cuba.

Today, a new day. Though it was also full, it wasn’t so bad: just a little over nine hours at the office, finished with a team dinner at the Wapping Project.

This restaurant, located inside an old hydraulic power plant built in 1890, is remote but casual and cool.

Moody candles and retro television sets adorn and decorate the old machinery.

We had a family style meal of chilled cucumber soup…

… roasted duck, carrots and mash (tres English, non?)

… and black pepper ice cream with the most perfect raspberries. Heaven.

But the best part of dinner was the Yohji Yamamoto installation, a satellite exhibition of the V&A exhibition that I wrote about months ago.

Through an unmarked door, we entered a dank room filled with water and one gondola.

A huge silk wedding dress with bamboo crinoline hung from the ceiling. The lighting and music were austere and atmospheric.

Expectations for tomorrow: more work, lots of rain and cool temperatures, another afternoon of too many Cadbury and Haribo treats, dinner in Soho, and hopefully some news from New York. Life is good.