It has been a bit of an exhausting couple of weeks in so many ways, so both of us were feeling a desperate urge to get away from London for a short while. Our train left Victoria early on Sunday and we were in Littlehampton, walking along the coast by 10 o’clock. We had been meaning to visit the two beach cafes here for ages. The East Beach Cafe was designed by Thomas Heatherwick; creative mind behind the incredibly poetic London 2012 cauldron. The cafe is, put simply, a rusted, steel shell that sort of resembles the driftwood lying next to it. It blends beautifully with the beach, the pebble colours and cloud formations high above. We didn’t eat here, instead we had fish and chips at the West Beach Cafe; this designed by our architect friend Asif Khan. Asif’s seafront pavilion opens up completely so that diners can sit looking out at the boats coming and going from the harbour entrance with the breeze on their faces. It is such a cute little structure, and very nicely detailed.
I took an umbrella with me expecting rain but came back completely sun-burnt. It was a great day away from all the people, but we were back in good time to spend another wonderful evening watching the Olympic action.