The Gathering at Glenveagh Castle

The Gathering at Glenveagh Castle  took place yesterday – a family fun day complete with treasure hunt, face painting, kids crafts and delicious home baking and cakes from the Tearoom.

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For those of you not familiar with Donegal, or for those who haven’t visited the place in a while, Glenveagh Castle is a must-see, (check out the reviews on TripAdvisor). It’s described as a remote and hauntingly beautiful wilderness in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains and one of the best ways to experience its beauty is to walk The Bridle Path, pictured below. Bike rentals are also a good option and local company Grassroutes has everything you need to make it happen.

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TATE

A visit to the TATE in London is always good fun. On our last trip we picked up a copy of this print from Nicholas Munro, which now hangs happily in our office.Sheep 1970 by Nicholas Monro born 1936

Peggy Porschen’s Boutique Bakery

We’ve admired Peggy Porschen’s cakes from afar for quite some time, so we were delighted when a visit (or three!) to her Belgravia parlour didn’t disappoint. Open daily, this boutique bakery serves a freshly-baked ‘ready to eat’ collection of cupcakes, layer cakes and coveted confections. Everything we sampled was delicious but the Strawberry and Champagne cupcake was a hands-down winner. Worth checking out next time you’re in London.

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The Panama Legacy – Smythson

To coincide with the launch of the Panama leather goods collection, Smythson has collaborated with young British artist Quentin Jones.

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We paid a visit to the recently refurbished flagship store on Bond Street to check out the exhibition, which consists of a series of ten artworks inspired by the Panama diary. Each of the pieces focuses on an individual high profile figure, from past or present, exploring their relationship with their Panama diary or book. The list of subjects includes Sigmund Freud, Katharine Hepburn, Bryan Ferry, Kylie Minogue and Dita Von Teese.

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In this article in AnOther, Jones talks about her inspiration for creating the collection of artworks

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London Design Festival

A trip to London never fails to inspire and our visit last weekend was no exception. There was lots going on as part of London Design Festival with a programme of over 300 events and exhibitions across the design spectrum.

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In a unique collaboration, Thornback and Peel teamed up with Winter’s Moon to show a range of vintage inspired homewares and mid-century furniture upholstered with their hand-printed fabrics – we love this vintage Ercol day bed upholstered in Pear ivory linen.

As part of the festival, (and for the first time), Karl Lagerfeld carried out an original photographic project for a furniture brand, Cassina

Once again, the V&A was the focal point for all matters festival related, with an exciting array of displays, installations, talks and workshops throughout the museum. Colonial Common, a pop-up bar at The Old Shoreditch Station, had lots of tastings, live music, and food from the likes of Beard to Tail and Anna Mae’s.

And located right outside the Tate Modern, this year’s landmark project, Endless Stair, remains open to the public until October 10th.

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