Long Weekend in London

Sion Dayson in London phone booth

Well, hello there

Paris is so well situated that jetting off is always tempting. You know how much I like getting away.

Somehow, though, I had never taken advantage of the easiest escape route ever: the Eurostar!

I’ve now rectified that oversight.

In less than two and a half hours I was whisked from the land of wine and cheese to the one of fish and chips.

Of course, London offers much more than that. Between my taste for offbeat adventures and an unconventional guide, I had quite a random visit. Here are a few highlights:

I stumbled into London Fashion Week!

Kokon To Zai fashion show - London Fashion Week 2012

Kokon To Zai fashion show

London Fashion Week

Somerset House

Browsed in Europe’s largest bookstore! (Foyles)

Foyle's Bookshop in London

Tried to get the attention of the King!

Elvis poster aside, people inside this guitar shop on Denmark Street were keen to tell me that John Lennon had used the building’s bathroom!

Oggled cute British boys in cute out-of-the-way cafes

Muxima Cafe

The lovely Muxima Cafe in Bow.

Went for a ride in the English countryside

Horses in Hyde Park, London

Just kidding! That shot’s in Hyde Park where there was also this:

Horse head in Hyde Park

Horse head in Hyde Park

Listened to rockabilly in Camden

(They claimed they lived in China and were trying to get the money to buy tickets back!)

Was tickled by random Britishisms

Toilet sign in Foyles, London

Crossed legs: look at those bathroom signs!

Struck silly poses wherever I went

Soho Square London

Soho Square

The main impetus for the trip was actually to catch up with an old friend and be filmed for a documentary about him. It’s a long story (so long I’ve even considered writing a book!), but suffice it to say, he’s an interesting character.

It was fascinating being a small part of the process and experiencing my nerves. For some background shots, for example, the filmmaker would tell us to walk for a scene and suddenly my legs would go wobbly. Just walk, Sion! Look natural!

I got over my nerves soon enough and was relieved to sound pretty coherent once we got down to business. All the footage from this weekend will get cut down to a cameo of a few seconds, I’m supposing. Writers aren’t the only ones who have to do merciless editing! I can’t wait to see the finished product.

Bruno Wizard, Sion Dayson, Aisha Sabadia in Hyde Park, London

Setting up: Bruno Wizard, the colorful subject of the documentary, me getting ready to read pages from my novel, and Aisha Sabadia testing the sound. Elisabeth Rasmussen, the filmmaker, took this shot.

All these recent trips have been exciting, but I’m looking forward to finding some sort of rhythm in Paris again. Must. Settle. Down.

I feel things a-brewing. I know these experiences are being added to the mix; I hope they find their way into some writing. So…nose, meet grindstone. Alchemy, get to work!

19 Responses to “Long Weekend in London”

  1. 1 RococoReport September 19, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    London is one of the loveliest cities in the world. In case you go back for a second visit: http://rococoreport.com/2012/05/22/from-london-with-love/


    • 2 paris (im)perfect September 19, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Indeed. It wasn’t my first visit to London which is why I could get away with such an unconventional trip this time. But there’s SO much to discover in the city – definitely worth repeat visits. I’ll bookmark your post for when I go back! 🙂


  2. 3 Pamela September 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    You make me want to live in another country!


  3. 5 Jennyphoria September 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Fan.Tas.Tic. I’m glad you had such an inspirational trip. I can’t wait to hear all the details. I wish you tons of alchemy. xx


  4. 7 Amy Kortuem September 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    YES. Turn that long story into a book. Do it.

    (And I laughed harder than was probably proper at those bathroom signs…)


    • 8 paris (im)perfect September 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      I am SO glad you laughed at that photo. I was looking at it wondering if I should put it up. I thought it was hysterical, but I didn’t know if I was just being weird. THANK YOU for joining my club 🙂

      Also, yes, book. Well, I’m glad someone is doing a film about him in any case. I’m toying with another idea, but the Bruno book is somewhere on the burner, too. So many stories to tell in life, eh?


  5. 9 Emma Bentley (@emmabentley87) September 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    That sounds like fun! Glad you enjoyed it and I’ll be looking forward to seeing the result of your weekend away when your project is finished. 🙂


  6. 11 Karin P September 25, 2012 at 2:20 am

    “The main impetus for the trip was actually to catch up with an old friend and be filmed for a documentary about him.”

    YAY!! It’s happening! I am so glad to read and see that pic of Bruno! After hearing about him, it is really nice to see him there, and I am SO GLAD you got to go do this, Sion. That makes me smile very large, and I hope that the film is eventually shown in Denver. 🙂

    Looks like a super-fun time, and that IS a very cute Brit boy up there, I agree!



  7. 15 inbetweenthespeakers September 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Love this post – it really sums up London! Sounds like you had a good trip! xxx


  8. 17 soundlandscapes October 8, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    So pleased you enjoyed your trip to London. It always has a special place in my heart. I lived there in the late ’60’s when it was really buzzing. Carnaby Street, the King’s Road etc …. À la recherche du temps perdu!


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