Who needs to hang about at Stansted waiting for Ryanair to get their act together when you can holiday on the Elephant and Castle roundabout? We ran the first of The School of Life's summer holidays this weekend, and appropriately the sun beamed down on us all day.
We met at 10.00am on the 17th floor of Perronet House SE1, an eye-sore or a modernist landmark, it depends on your opinion. There guerrilla gardener Richard Reynolds brewed up coffee on his balcony and had us survey the local landscape below for evidence of the transformation he has bought about over recent years, as well as to establish our mission for the day - to apply green fingers to various unloved patches of inner-city land.
Later in the day Independent on Sunday garden blogger Emma Townshend led a crash course in urban garden design and had us all rethinking just what can be done with a rooftop, a hanging basket or an old Brillo box. She led us to gardens I never even knew existed – on the rooftop of SOAS, behind Lincoln's Inn Fields, down alley-ways whose names I can't for the life of me remember.
We finished the day here at The School of Life with a feast of foraged delicacies whipped up by Oliver Rowe, proprietor and chef of Konstam, our local restaurant renowned for locally sourcing all its ingredients.
We've been inundated with requests to repeat the holiday so we'll be running it again on Saturday 19 September. Find out more here.
Caroline Brimmer is programme manager at The School of Life.