A month ago, we had the opportunity to attend Art14 London, thanks to Riflemaker Gallery. Art14 ran for three days at the Olympia Grand and featured 180 modern and contemporary art galleries from 40 countries. It was such a treat to be able to view works from up-and-coming artists from around the world. 

Here are some of our favourites:

"CAGE Bag" 

Artist: Sri Astari

Audrey Hepburn composed of Gregory Peck's face

Artist: Kim Dong Yoo


Artist: Patrick Hughes

Alternate view of "Perspectivenice"

Artist: Patrick Hughes

"The Baker's Apprentice"

Artist: Serkan Özkaya

Artist:  Recycle

"You Can"

Artist: Serkan Adın

"Living Room with a Forest View"

Artist: Seon-Tae Hwang

Artist: Victor Ekpuk

Artist: Aboudia

"You Are Being Watched"

Artist: Piers Bourke

After spending a couple hours enjoying Art14, we walked over to Notting Hill to try out some food from Ottolenghi, an ideal spot for some creative Middle Eastern take-away run by food gurus Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. There are three Ottolenghi locations, with Islington being the only one with a proper restaurant. Notting Hill and Belgravia, while they have a few seats, are primarily take-away shops.

Ottolenghi's pastries pictured above make a trek here especially worthwhile. Though we were tempted to buy up all the pastries in the shop, we unfortunately had to limit ourselves to just two. C's obsession with chocolate made their rich and moist flourless chocolate cake a must, and we also had their delicate flourless lemon pistachio polenta cake.

Ottolenghi's veggie dishes are also particularly memorable. Our favourite of these was the mixed peppers with burnt aubergine, yoghurt, mint, and pomegranate seeds.

Enough food for a full meal probably costs £15 - £20 per person, so it's unfortunately not cheap.

Ottolenghi Notting Hill

63 Ledbury Road

London W11 2AD

020 7823 2707