Lucy Chadwick’s London List
If you’re heading to Frieze, here’s where to go.
Lucy Chadwick, the director of Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, may be based in Brooklyn, but the London-born gallerist and best-dressed list fixture hasn’t lost her British cool. As she gears up for Frieze London 2013, Chadwick shares her favorite hometown spots:
Camden Arts Centre
The program of exhibitions, residencies and artists’ projects is internationally acclaimed. And the building, a former library, is itself pretty fantastic.
Regent’s Park Rose Garden – Queen Mary’s Gardens
I was born a stone’s throw from the park so I spent much of my childhood here. The roses are amongst the most beautiful I’ve seen. I never visit London without paying a visit.
London Zoo Aviary
Designed by visionary architect Cedric Price in collaboration with photographer Lord Snowdon and engineer Frank Newby, the Aviary is one of the most elegant structures of its kind and has always felt like a drawing in space to me in the most beautiful and weightless way.
Breakfast at The Wolseley
A London classic and consistently delicious.
Isokon Building, Hampstead
Built in 1934, the Bauhaus-inspired structure was designed by Wells Coates as an experiment in communal living. Once home to the likes of Agatha Christie and Moholy-Nagy, and regularly frequented by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, the Isokon had a legendary ‘Isobar’ on the ground floor designed by Marcel Breuer. It was neglected for many years, but has been rejuvenated and is now home to local workers, including many teachers. It’s a great example of socially engaged architecture.
The London EDITION
A beautiful new hotel in Fitzrovia, courtesy of Ian Schrager, it’s everything you could want in a hotel: fantastic food, design and people. It looks to be the mecca for all after-hours events during Frieze to boot.
The Honest Sausage
A hidden cafe in Regent’s Park, serving basic, but very good, English classics, it’s a good place to run to for lunch during Frieze.
Liberty of London
Founded in 1875, Liberty is my favorite department store. Their collections of beautiful fabrics and accessories are entirely unique and their womenswear department stocks some of my favorite designers. The Tudor revival building adds to the magic of the store: it was built using the timbers from 2 naval ships, HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan.
Church’s Footwear, Regent Street
A British classic, Church’s has some of the best-made shoes in London, with each pair taking 8 weeks produce. The Regent Street store has a great selection; I particularly love the monk-strap brogues and velvet slippers.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
The best time to visit is at night, when the gloriously labyrinthine collection is lit only by candles. Don’t miss Hogarth’s “A Rake’s Progress.”