Barbican Centre, London

Whenever I'm asked about my favorite place to visit in London – hidden gems, must-visits, that sort of thing – my answer is always the same. It's funny, because my favorite "hidden gem" in my former town is actually right out in the open. It's a museum, gallery, theatre, event space, and a place most Londoners have at least passed by on a bus, if not visited.

My favorite place in all of London is the Barbican – that giant cement block of greatness in East London.

We paid a visit earlier this summer before leaving for the States and it was perfect. See, aside from all of thoes things I mentioned above, the Barbican is also a public park designed in the Brutalist style. I posted a few photos of it here, but had to share a few more – it's just too good: 

Any favorite "hidden gems" in your city? Favorite place in London, or otherwise? I'd love to hear!

Photos by D Watterson III

Around London: September

Because everyone else was doing it, I recently gave into peer pressure and signed-up for Steller.

If you're not familiar with Steller, it's a beautiful storytelling app that allows users to create simple stories using photography and text in a perfectly templated micro-blogging format. 

Honestly, I don't really know what I'm doing, but I'm going to give Steller a try. I plan to share some of my photos around London and otherwise, as well as a few from the cutting room floor. 

I recently shared a few photos from last month in my cleverly-named September story. Here's a sneak peek, and the whole mini-story is available over on Steller.

All photos by D Watterson III

Budapest Travel Diary

Remember when I went to Budapest?

I do, because it was me who went, and because it was earlier this month, and because it was amazing.

Luckily, Mr & Mrs Smith also remember and earlier this week posted my SUITCASE Magazine x Budapest travel diary on the Smith Travel Blog. 

Give it a read, and see more of my Budapest adventures here and here.

I Hardly Know Her

My lovely pal Isabelle and I have been friends since we shared a desk at Refinery29 and lip-synced KEXP to each other. She's a beautiful half-French art director with a twin sister, and she likes pizza and stuffed animals.

She's also a seriously talented little lady. Aside from her graphic work, she also dabbles in photography and recently shared some of the photos she took while visiting London last fall. A few of my favorites:

Not bad, eigh?

For more of Isabelle's work, check out her photo blog I Hardly Know Her, her Flickr, and her graphic work

Good Reads: The Best Links This Week

Today marks the start of November which is the most exciting month because it is:

  1. The start of my birthday month (gloat gloat gloat)
  2. The start of the holiday season

I can't wait for either. My birthday means everything is perfect, the holiday season means I get to head home to Georgia, and just after the holidays (i.e. New Year's), my sister, bro-in-law, and hubsers are going to Amsterdam.  

Stuff is awesome. Have a great weekend! 

A guide to social etiquette, presented by LA boutique TENOVERSIX

So glad that Tim Kreider wrote this piece for the Sunday Times about writers being paid nothing for online writing jobs in exchange for "exposure". As a freelance writer, I feel pretty passionate about this. Unfamiliar with the topic? You would be shocked to know how common this is. (New York Times)

I'm obsessed with Everlane's products, but also their transparency. This is the way fashion and beauty need to be, folks! (Buzzfeed)

Photographer, vintage seller, traveller, kindergarden teacher Kate Jennings. (Need Supply Co.)

Bored Couples, a stellar photo series by British photographer Martin Parr. (Wolf Eyebrows)

David Lynch shows us how to make quinoa. (It's Nice That)

Sesame Street parodies Homeland. (Time)

Another wonderful story this week from The Bitter Southerner, this time on East Fork Pottery in Asheville, North Carolina.  

You should totally date my friend Charlene Chang. She's one of the most Eligible Bachelorettes in NYC, you know. (Refinery29)

Kind of obsessed with this glow-in-the-dark holiday sweater - I'd definitely do the black or the navy. 

This is my favorite branding ever.  (thisispaper)

One big problem with working from home. (Inc.)

Looking for reliable book reviews, or maybe something new to read? You're welcome.  

and finally: 

An unbelievably great photo series from The New York Times.  

Weekend Getaway: Devon, England

The south west of England, right on the coast. Coincidentally, near Plymouth on the (suspected) anniversary of the date that the Pilgrims left England for the U.S. - a few weeks ago on September 6th.

We spent a weekend with friends in a lovely old cottage in Devon and drank tons of tea and cider, ate too many hand-cut potato chips and scones. We took hikes, ate chewy candy in seaside towns, and flew a kite. Three hours from London and worlds, worlds from the city.