The showroom building itself was beautiful. The juxtaposition of the rough, aged brick and clean, sleek designs of the kitchens provided the perfect yin and yang atmosphere. Poggenpohl shares a showroom with C.P. Hart, maker of beautiful bathrooms. This rustic showroom is actually built into an arch under the bridge. The brick ceiling was amazing and added just the right amount of warmth to the otherwise sleek design of the showroom.
Poggenpohl provided us with a lovely brunch while we toured the showroom. I learned the many concepts this German company has incorporated to make kitchen design efficient as well as beautiful. A huge thank you and shout out to the crew atPoggenpohl for your hospitality. Poggenpohl lined up an architectural tour of the city for us as well It was led by Timothy Bruce-Dick of TBD Architects. Mr Bruce-Dick is a British architect, but lived for many years in California. He was simply delightful, as well as knowledgable about London’s architecture. If you are going to London, and are interested in architecture, I highly recommend joining one of his tours.
Our bus tour began by getting stuck in a tiny street alley, due to construction. If you have traveled the narrow back streets of London, you can commiserate with our bus driver who brilliantly turned the bus around in an area that looked impossible for a Prius. We all held our breath, as though we could magically shrink the size of the bus!
I documented the name of the street for anyone interest. Should I return to London, I will make sure not to drive a bus down this street anytime soon!
Next we were off to a walking tour around the Tate Modern Museum. Above our heads, was the renovation currently happening to the Tate Modern.
Our kind tour guide Mr. Bruce-Dick, who was so knowledgable and informative
about London’s skyline buildings
We toured an interesting place called “More” London which is a business community adjacent to the Tower Bridge and across from The Tower of London with incredible views of London’s cityscape.
“The Rill” down the center of the plaza points straight to Tower Bridge
These incredible fountains on the plaza at More, London are a lesson in defying gravity.
Lots of interesting architecture at More, London.
Here we have a 3-D bronze map of the buildings of More, London
Visitors love the pop up fountains on the plaza overlooking Tower of London
and Tower Bridge. It was the perfect place for photos.
Tower Bridge is a thing of beauty. Doesn’t like picture look unreal? We all wanted to sing “London Bridge is Falling Down” from our childhood nursery songs, when we saw this, but then we remembered this was the “Tower Bridge not London Bridge”, although it does look like something straight out of a fairy tale book.
To the left of the plaza was a view of the Walkie Talkie Building (20 Fenchurch Street),known for melting a Jaguar which sat opposite the building one hot day, The (Leadenhall Building) or “Cheese Grater” aptly named because Richard Rogers was told the design looked like something his wife would use to grate cheese and The Gherkin Building.(30 St Mary Axe) aptly named for its highly unorthodox layout and appearance.
(Left to right).
Bright Blue Lamp posts are stationed along the side of Tower Bridge
Beautiful Views of The Gherkin Building
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Richard, Courtney and Corey
There were tons of prizes given away at the launch too. citizenM, our fab hotel gave away one nights stay and guess who won….Courtney Lake (@courtneyoutloud)
Corey, Lisa and Courtney
The launch was so well attended, even Kate left baby George to come by for a visit.
(Kidding aside, we did have all of London’s top bloggers, as well a a plethora of design professionals and a few Blogtour LA people in attendance. It was an exciting time for Modenus and Blogtour. I can’t wait to see what is in store for this company. For now, I’ll close by saying, how very lucky I feel to be part of blogtour London. It has been a very fascinatingly amazing trip! Anytime Veronika comes calling, I’ll gladly pack my bags!
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