One of the many traits I've inherited from my Dad is insatiable curiosity. "Forever remain curious, refuse to remain unremarkable". London is full of hidden corners, eclectic streets and endless possibilities..that mean whenever I have a chance I just have to explore. One of my colleagues has a great little blog on Shoreditch eateries, and coined the term 'Lunchtime Safaris' for when you go on a ramble to explore in your lunch. The last few weeks I've been feeling sort of 'blah'..and as the saying goes, if you're tired of London, you're tired of life. So I decided it was about time I got back to rambling.
I took a wander with no particular plan, from the office towards Shoreditch- where I discovered the Jealous Gallery had a 'Love' themed exhibition on. I particularly love the little one below in the corner, which sums up a blogger's life... 'I just want to be liked and followed'!
The gallery was small but perfectly formed and the exhibition was made up of bright, street-art style colour pops. It was really really cold so it was good to get inside and appreciate the art. Timeout did a feature edition all about London's art recently and I really want to go and see some more of it considering I live in the art capital of the world! I'm trying to unleash a bit more of my creative side too and create some of my own- even if it's just doodles for now.
After I'd finished looking around the gallery I decided to carry on my safari to look what new street art had popped up around the area and spot little details. That's one of my favourite things about London...every time you see something from a different angle, look up or look down you spot something you hadn't before and fall in love with the city all over again.
The whole thing, including stopping at a street food stall to bring back a Turkish salad wrap to the office, only took 45 minutes. I definitely think that everyone who works in London should try and grab just a short lunch break when they can and take advantage of exploring the city on a 'Lunchtime Safari'. Hell, whichever city you live in, just try and get out and see a little bit more of it.