Filled with history, architecture and some proper London charm, Covent Garden is my guilty pleasure. When I moved to London it was my first port of call (before I realised that London existed beyond Liverpool Street). Nevertheless, it’s the atmosphere that pulled me in and it’s what keeps me coming back – those street entertainers sure know how to work it! The area is looking particularly wonderful at the moment due to an influx of creative pop-ups and collaborations as part of London Design Festival. Currently floating around the piazza until the September 27 is a sculptural piece by French artist Charles Pétillon entitled ‘Heartbeat’. It consists of 100,000 balloons filling the marketplace and covering London’s buskers with an ethereal canopy of white. A pulsating light runs through the balloons to symbolise the energy of a beating heart and it’s making for some pretty snazzy Instagram shots. Alongside the installation there’s also a pop-up gallery, showcasing Pétillon’s series of ‘Invasions’ photographs, which focus on some of his previous balloon escapades. Fancy making an afternoon of it? Frolic around the Neals Yard area and find a selection of independent stores and some darn good pizza from Homeslice. If the colourful vibes still aren’t quite enough of an art fix, head to Neal Street before October 14 to catch a glimpse of the ‘Clarks: Rebooted’ pop-up, where 14 leading British artists and designers including Bob & Roberta Smith and Marc Quinn have re-imagined the classic Clarks desert boot.
Emma Jane Palin, 24, blogger and writer, Leyton. Emma was selected to write this article for our reader takeover issue, hitting the stands September 22 2015.