Culture in Covent Garden

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After hearing amazing things I knew I couldn’t miss the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and so I booked my tickets and got exited. Unfortunately, photos weren’t allowed but I’ve managed to grab the floor plan to give you more insight into how it was curated. You start the exhibit in modern day and work your way back through the decades which is a brilliant way to see how much things have changed.

Vogue Floorplan

As it’s me, I was (of course!) most excited to get a look at the new additions to the exhibit – two photos of the Duchess of Cambridge looking breath-taking (while also completely natural which is a real accomplishment) from her photoshoot for the cover of the centenary issue.

(Photo Credit: Josh Olins for Vogue)

Overall I was really impressed by the exhibition and actually ended up spending the majority of my time visiting the past and taking in the historical images from Vogue during and before the war years. One particularly surprising delight was an image of Charlie Chaplin without a mustache – something I’ve never seen before! – which totally transformed his face. He was actually really quite attractive…

If you’re a Londoner or visiting the capital this month I’d highly recommend you pop in to view the exhibition. It runs until May 22 and you can buy your tickets online (a must in order to avoid the lines) here.

Having enjoyed a rather cultural start to the day we headed north east from the National Portrait Gallery into Covent Garden proper. A favourite with tourists and locals alike Covent Garden is a brilliant mix of old and new and a lovely (if busy) place to wander.

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From classic…

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…to brand new…

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…there’s a brilliant mix of shops and restaurants to suit your every mood and craving alongside the actual market offerings.

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Music and laughter abounds as street performers posted throughout the market vie for the attention (and pocket change) of spectators.

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After grabbing some sweet treats from Parisian import Ladurée we went in search of proper lunch…

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…ending up at one of my favourite sushi spots in London – Murakami in St. Martin’s Lane. The service is phenomenal, the sushi is sublime and the price is just right. If you love sushi you won’t want to miss this one!

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Stuffed, happy and with macarons in hand we wandered home along Whitehall ready for a well-deserved afternoon nap!

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