Possibly the prettiest geometry?

Life is full of patterns. They’re everywhere you look, don’t believe me?  Then, perhaps you’re not looking hard enough. I mean, take the picture below, what’s the pattern there?

simple shapes, pretty tiles and mirrors in threes

There’s many. The obvious pattern is the tiles, with its pretty pastel triangles that draw your eye along and through creating a pretty geometric pattern.  But there more. The three mirrors, and even how the items are laid out on the worktop.  Stepping back, the wash basins and even the spotlights add a further layer of detail.

rows of basins against geometric tiles

And you’re probably wondering where these fab loos are, well they’re in The Sipping Room in Canary Wharf. That’s where the UK launch of the 4K Outdoor Oven from Everdure by Heston was held, and well, it would have been rude not to check out the loos wouldn’t it? There were certainly more than usual…

Straight lines and triangles.jpg

So, I’m guessing that it’s a popular haunt with the Canary Wharf workers, and it’s easy to see why as the bar and terrace are also lovely. I’ve some pictures of those too, but am saving them for another day, and you never know I might make another visit to see if the decor changes to match the season.

the flower doesn't dream of the bee

Quotes on mirrors, seem to be a bit of a thing in City/Canary Wharf bars. Perhaps it’s one following the other, perhaps it’s a thing more widely and I’ve just not picked up on it. But then again the places I visit outside of town, have a completely different vibe so quotes on mirrors probably isn’t their thing. I do like this quote though, on face value, it’s true but there’s also something deeper that each of us should remember, isn’t there?

lanterns, succulents and fluff

There were lots of fabulous touches around the ladies loo - including this fur ‘rug’ or mat for the lantern - and that’s what I was wondering, as in April when it was a bit chilly the fur rugs were in keeping with the season, but in the midst of summer (if and when it arrives) they might look a bit odd.

The sweets though, they’d be welcome come rain or shine. A great addition to the loos!

sweets in the loos - it's a yes from me
a bowl of succulents

There were also two more of my favourite things (I’ve moved on from the sweets). I meant the succulents, how fab is that bowl or saucer of succulents. I’ve a plan for succulents in my garden this year, which involves a picture frame and a visit to the garden centre. There’s much to do in the garden before I can play with that idea though, so that’s a case of watch this space, but don’t watch too closely as it’ll be a little while.

working with the history of the building

The other favourite thing of mine is mixing old with new. Not everything needs to be brand spanking new, sometimes it’s nice to keep a bit of the building’s history, especially in this case when it seems to be helping to hold the building up! I know a sharp corner looks good, but does it have as much character as something like this? I think not!

Industrial, concrete and a hint of spice

Yes, it’s another post about loos! This latest edition of the Loo Series is from a visit to the City last week, when after a successful meeting and an even more successful time sipping G&T in the pub, we headed home via Nandos at One New Change.

So the title of this post could have contained the word cheeky, and I’m sure you’ll all be familiar with the saying, but well it doesn’t as there was nothing cheeky about this stop. It was all about the fuelling. It’s been a while since we’ve been to Nandos, in fact I think it’s more likely that I’ll have been on a office lunchtime celebration expedition, when ordering a whole or half a chicken probably isn’t the done thing. Although…

But anyway with our menu choices chosen, sides deliberated over and realising that water would be just fine as an accompaniment, and opting for the medium chilli sauce to add to the flavour, a trip to check out the loos was called for.

Red, black and grey in the ladies at Nandos at One New Change

I really wasn’t surprised to find the industrial look here, the whole place has a modern, industrial feel. And the concrete sinks and ceiling were a good fit. The red, or the hint of spice, should have been expected - I mean, it was totally on brand.

A closer look at the sinks
tiles around the door
an industrial ceiling too

The artwork too - small in size, mighty in flavour - with its red on red, on red, meant you knew exactly where you where, and what to expect.

a hint of spice as you'd expect

The floor concerned me though. Not the pattern, I was a fan. But I spent a little bit too much time, albeit from a distance, trying to work out if the lighter tiles were patterned with the darker shadow, or if it just needed a really good clean. If I’m honest, I’m really not sure. The more I looked, the more I wondered, but as it was all over, and outside the loos too on the landing, I could be doing them a very big disservice. But maybe I’m not, although I can’t work out why anyone would want such a lived in feeling for their tiles, so who knows?

A geometric - and possibly grubby - floor

So who knows, but I know if they were mine and it was part of the pattern then, well actually they wouldn’t be mine if that was part of the pattern. I think MOH would be constantly cleaning them too, so at least I wouldn’t need too - small mercies, and all that. But if they were ours, and they turned out to be dirt attracters, wouldn’t that be disappointing as there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the pattern or the boldness.

a selfie but still contemplating that floor

As you know it’s becoming tradition to include a shot of myself, in this one though, it seems I’m still contemplating that floor. Thankfully the rest of the space, and the restaurant was as you’d expect, so phew.

Tiles galore at the Social Eating House

A couple of weekends ago we were off out in town celebrating quite a major milestone. The milestone isn’t important for this post, but I’d recommend a visit to Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House if you get a chance. The food - and the cocktails in the Blind Pig bar upstairs - were sublime. As a special treat, and because I suspected the restaurant that MOH had booked as a treat was a steakhouse, I didn’t even order steak, opting instead for the pork dish. Somehow I managed to choose the dishes, for each course, that came with sauce that needed pouring out as it was served, I think MOH was quite envious.

But this post isn’t about the food either. I mean, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t check out the loos, would it? And I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t!

a high cistern and decorative edging tiles

I’m not sure what your reaction was to those tiles, but mine was definitely wow. I don’t think I’ve ever seen, what I would usually class as edging or topping tiles used in this way, and boy was it effective. I’m not sure it’s a cost effective way of decorating your loo, and that was borne out by the plain, and more usual, tiles on the adjacent walls. But it’s certainly a way to make an impact.

plain and patterned tiles combined in the ladies at the Social Eating House in Soho

Although potentially not the most hardwearing of approaches. The chain seems to have caused some wear, and I can’t decide if that adds to or detracts from its charm.

patterned tiles with some wear by the chain pull

The colour of the tiles, both plain and patterned, meant it was a darker space than we’d have in our bathrooms at home. But while it was moody, it didn’t feel dark. The lights were pretty special too, they had to be really didn’t they?

dark tiles and a ribbed light

I hadn’t noticed the tiles around the sink to start with - I think I was still in awe at those edging tiles, and wondering why (apart from the price) that I’d not seen something like this before. Naturally you’d expect the splashback area by the sinks to echo the plainness of the other walls, but that’d be where you’d be wrong. As instead there was something different, but entirely in keeping, instead.

more ornate tiles above the basins

And just so you can see the whole effect, complete with dark wood, here’s a view from the basins.

A dark but definitely not gloomy ladies loo

And this was the top that when I put it on MOH asked why I was dressed so plainly. Charming hey? I think I’d go with understated, and classic. And it gave me the perfect opportunity to wear some nude heels, although they were later swapped for trainers on the way home.

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