Alexandra from Alexandra Llewellyn Design
designs and creates unique backgammon boards, bespoke games sets and gaming tables. Every detail is created in close conversation with the client, creating a truly original way to illustrate memories and life achievements.
How did you start creating backgammon baords and what inspired you to?
I was first introduced to backgammon in the alleys of Cairo with my Egyptian step-grandfather as a child. Over time, as my travels broadened, my interest in the game evolved. After countless games of backgammon with people from all over the world, I was fascinated by the idea that board games operate as an independent vocabulary requiring neither common language nor culture.
What is your favourite spot in London and why?
An afternoon wandering around the National Gallery is my idea of heaven...followed by a cup of tea in the cafe in the National Portrait Gallery which has the most phenomenal views of london. I like anywhere that takes you above the skyline - I just had an amazing diner at The Shard and gives you a sense of perspective to see what London looks like from above...
What has inspired you the most about London?
I love the sense of history and the eclectic mix of cultures. The incredible resources that we have - museums, theatre, incredible food, and of course the parks when the sun is shining.
Your advice to a newcomer to this city?
Look up! There's so much amazing stuff and no one ever notices. An ideal day off would be spent during the week, when there are less people around. It would be a sunny day and I'd walk through Hide Park from Notting Hill down to Green Park. Breakfast at the Ritz followed by a morning atthe Royal Academy. A morning spent reading in St James's Park watching the world go by, and then to a long lunch at Hix in Browns Hotel, finished off with a cocktail in the Brown's bar! I recently made a backgammon board for Mark Hix so perhaps some backgammon over a dirty martini, and then an early night!
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