The Filling Station is the latest pop up from the people behind Bistrotheque. Housed in a former petrol station in Kings Cross, the site has been transformed by architects Carmody Groarke, who collaborated with Bistrotheque on their phenomenal Dining East Pop Up back in 2010. The Filling Station comprises a very hip outdoor bar occupying the former forecourt and Shrimpy’s, a more intimate affair, housed in the petrol station shop. An deliciously eclectic menu with a Latin feel includes tuna tostada and a soft shell crab ‘burger’ with avocado. Thankfully this pop up is open for 2 years, so plenty of time to check it out.
Last night, we went to the private view of Wallpaper*’s annual Architects Directory exhibition. As part of the London Festival of Architecture, artist Peter Crawley has created 20 beautiful hand-stitched illustrations from different countries across six continents, representing a snapshot of emerging young talent. We loved the attention to detail, the hand-stitched typography and the tactile, 3-D feel to each piece. The exhibition runs until 7th July at the SW1 Gallery.
The web address of Mark Hix’s latest restaurant, Tramshed, is www.chickenandsteak.co.uk and sure enough the restaurant offers the simple choice of a whole chicken or steak, both served with chips. The cavernous restaurant is housed in a Grade II-listed building designed by Vincent Harris and built in 1905 to generate electricity for trams. The space is dominated by a specially commissioned work by Damien Hirst, called ’Cock and Bull’ – a Hereford cow and cockerel preserved in a tank of formaldehyde installed 4 metres above diners. A fantastic experience and great value for money, this is well worth a visit.
Brixton Village is the most exciting foodie haven in London right now and at the epicentre of the Brixton Village firmament sits Honest Burgers. I have been many times now and am never disappointed but I finally persuaded Amanda and Lizzie to come South and try it with me. We had to wait just under an hour for our table but boy was it worth the wait! The simple menu consists of a choice of 5 burger options all served with moreish rosemary infused fries, which all come in a fantastically unfussy Falcon enamelware bowl. Believe the hype people Honest Burgers is burger nirvana.
This afternoon, we escaped the hot heat and popped into Holey Books, a small bookstore run by Hole Gallery owner Kathy Grayson. The shop offers a selection of art books, zines and products from artists such as Tim Barber, Dash Snow, Bruce LaBruce and Dan Colen. Each season, a NYC artist has the opportunity to design the storefront on Bowery, luring past visitors back for more.