“One of the many lessons I learned from Burning Man and that I love about traveling is forgetting expectations and allowing yourself to wander and experience whatever presents itself.” – Nick Domitrovich, Sr. Designer
With fashion-forward citizens, streets overflowing with new restaurants, an iconic art scene, and unique neighborhoods, London draws visitors craving culture and vibrancy time and again. A truly global city with unrivaled offerings. We sat down with Senior Designer, Nick Domitrovich to get a download on his recent trip and the unexpected faces of London he experienced.
You referenced Burning Man (the annual gathering celebrating human creativity) in your delightful insight on traveling – tell us more about the festival you unintentionally ran into.
Well, as I walked out of my hotel Friday night to grab a coffee, I turned the corner and stumbled across this vibrant street festival that could have easily been seen on one of the dusty streets of Burning Man. Brimming with fire dancers, music, interactive sculptures, and open late to create a sense of community, the Light Up Store Street event, which was part of the Bloomsbury Festival, was a completely unexpected treat and just steps from my hotel!
Sounds like that festival that was purposefully set for you! What surprises did you encounter later that night?
That night, I went to check out Kingly Court for dinner, on the recommendation of Kelly (VP of Concepts). The place was vibrant and very lively, but the only disadvantage of winging it while traveling is that it can be hard to get a table on a Saturday night at 8pm…no surprise.
After getting turned down by half-dozen restaurants, I opted to try somewhere less popular. Walking just six blocks away I came across an unassuming French restaurant called Antidote which was tucked away from Carnaby Street. Fortunately they had an available table upstairs, which looked more like a French Country home than a restaurant. After an amazing 4-course tasting menu, I came to find out that the kitchen is actually run by head chef, Michael Hazlewood, under the guidance of Mikael Jonsson, Chef Patron of Michelin-starred and the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Hedone. So there was that!
You really had a full and eventful day. London seems to always be on the forefront of hosting pop-ups and design events. What did you happen to stumble upon the following day?
The next day, I went to grab a slice of pizza at Pizza East, housed in an old tea warehouse in Shoreditch. After a delicious lunch, I walked out and noticed a pop-up market with tons of unique and fun shops including Twisted Time, The Brokedown Palace, Maiden, and Dum Dums Donutterie which of course I needed to stop at in order to feed my kryptonite for donuts! These retail shops are a part of BoxPark Market Place, which I later found out is one of the first pop-up malls in the world.