A Long Hot Weekend β˜€οΈπŸ”₯

For those of you in the south of England like me, you would know that we have been hit by a massive heatwave πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ (red warning alert! 🚨) With Monday and Tuesday forecasted to be the hottest days ever, I am so glad that my workplace has decided to switch to remote working for the two days (like come on, we don’t even have air con!!), which means I also got a β€œsort of” 4-day long weekend as I head into my final week in London! πŸ˜‰ My work colleagues have been so nice doing leaving-dos with me going bowling and meals for two days in a row, which means I only got some alone time until Sunday and I sure kept my day busy that day!

On Sunday, despite a massive broke down in the Central line, I managed to cross back to the other side of London via the overground visiting the Van Gogh exhibition I have been wanting to see for weeks. (Like literally it’s popping up every other day on my Instagram lol! πŸ˜‚)

The signature sunflowers marking the the entrance
Van Gogh
The famous Starry Night at the top
CafΓ© Terrace at Night – always get a sense of nostalgia seeing this painting as we used to have one back in my old family home
And of course the Sunflowers! 🌻 🌻

I was so surprised when I learnt that Van Gogh has been heavily inspired by Japanese culture (a favourite of mine!) Moreover, it was so amazing to see many of his arts brought into 3–D form.

Wasn’t sure if it was a geisha or a mermaid lolπŸ˜‚
A 3-D replica of Van Gogh’s bedroom
Going back in time πŸ•°
Can you tell this is 3D?

I then also had a play around in the colouring room! 🎨 πŸ˜‚

Everyone is showcasing their skills here hehe!
How does my colouring skills look? πŸ˜‚

And finally into the Immersive Room watching the show as the amazing arts are projected live in the giant room. Here are some of my favourite snapshots!

Swallowed by the big waves! 🌊 🌊
Such beautiful night sky! 😍✨✨
Ambushed by sunflowers haha! πŸ˜‚

After the exhibition, I spent more time exploring the hipster neighbourhood of Shoreditch and the famous Brick Lane, and ended up eating lots of street food. (Was supposed to cut down a bit but I got so tempted! πŸ˜‚)

Yay Shoreditch!
Wow! Curry fish balls from my childhood – and so nice to pump into some fellow Hong Kongers running a stall here! πŸ˜‚ πŸ‘
Cheeeesy corn dog! πŸ§€ πŸ§€ πŸ§€

And after 5 years in London, I finally got around visiting to the famous Brick Lane Beigel Bake! Worth the wait though! (A massive chunk of salt beef covered with gherkins and mustard- what’s not to love? πŸ˜‚)

Very busy inside the store – but the queue moved really quick thank goodness! (Wasn’t sure how long I could bear standing in the sun!)
The world famous salt beef bagel. Look at the size of the meat! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ (And now I am already craving to come back for another one!)

After a rather lazy day on Monday shading away from the heat, I eventually managed to brave the heat in the evening to see the new Minions movie! πŸŽ₯ 🍿 Such a cute and whole movie, have you seen it yet?