I’m visiting London for work quite often, so it ’s always a fun quest to find a new spot to stay. A hotel to feel at home, with effortless design, tasty fresh food, evening cocktails, crisp soft white linens and a memorable bath room. And, if possible I look for a friendly staff, a vibrant neighborhood and rooms with a soul. .. The list of ‚The Squid stories’ approved fab sleeps is getting longer and my booking at The Artist Residence in London was certainly a winner.
During my last trip to London (we were shooting a food trend video for a client), one of the film locations was Borough Market. This gourmet food market – up to 70 stalls and stands – brings producers/farmers from all over the country offering a range of fresh products including fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees, cakes and patisseries. Located right next to the London Bridge, this cosy, crowded spot is a haven for anybody who cares about the quality and provenance of the food they eat – chefs, restaurateurs, passionate amateur cooks and people who just happen to love eating and drinking.
During the World Creativity Forum in November, this year held in the city of Kortrijk (where also the Interieur Biennale takes place), we left for lunch, just to get away from the cc (the creative crowd, 2000 people…) I heard about this little hidden treasure restaurant by a friend chef Dirk-Jan, also from Kortrijk, who runs Taste and Colours over there. (Delicate vegetable preparations with loads of flavors, herbs and inspiration). So the first ‚excuse’ we had to try the ‚Va et Vient’ (French for ‚come and go’), we booked us a table at 1pm.
I love checking out new hotels. Especially when I travel for work. It’s the perfect moment to enjoy, after a long intens day, the hotel to the fullest. As we were shooting for a few days in Amsterdam last week, it was clear that I wanted to go and check out the brand new hip budgethotel ‚Het Volkshotel’ in the city. (just open for about a month.)