Thursday, 10 March 2011

"London baby yeah" - part 3

Sunday, we left the hotel to the sound of the bells of St Paul's.

Our first stop was Brick Lane - we'd planned to have a look at the Sunday market, and also visit Rough Trade for some 'new' vinyl for Hubby, as well as the Upmarket, held at the Truman Brewery on a Sunday.

We had a lovely surprise though as in addition to the usual market there was also a small craft market and a few antique stands, and we came away with several bits and pieces (post to come).

The day also brought some great London sites...

all around the Spitalfields/Shoreditch area (and possibly elsewhere) are Bicycles for hire, courtesy of Barclays Bank

Some more fabulous artwork, how cool are these owls?

some fab architecture

We then went off to a Vintage Fair being held at the fab Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes in the basement of the Tavistock Hotel...

LOVE this artwork

It is a fabulous venue, it's a shame I couldn't get better photos - I'd love to go there for an evening of bowling (and I'm rubbish at bowling except on the wii) :)

We stopped for lunch at Covent Garden, then decided we wanted to see Buckingham Palace - I've not visited the outside since I was a little girl, and we both wanted to go. 

We cut across St. James' Park...

It was so nostalgic, I think we both felt like little kids again!

Check out Queen Victoria and that dramatic skyline...

We cut across the park (and saw a gorgeous bird)

we headed to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament...

It was a great Birthday; thanks Hubby!  Hope you enjoyed reading about it. x


  1. gah! i love your posts London. They have me drooling as London is my all time favorite....:)

  2. Graffiti-owls?! Oh, that's legitimately cool.

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! ayayayayyayay so so glad you had a great birthday, sounds like a great day well spent! can't wait to see what you got that the craft fair! oh i love those graffiti owls! oh and big ben, i felt like was watching peter pan!!

    someday i will visit! someday!


  4. thanks ladies :)

    those owls were seriously amazing - Hubby found them (he's always on the lookout for owls for us all now)!

    it's a great place and def worth a visit, or a re-visit in Gina's case :) xox


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