Sunday, September 19, 2010

More sore feet in London

Yesterday we woke very early to the sounds of stalls being set up outside our hotel for the weekly Portobello Market. After a leisurely breakfast we ventured out to be confronted with hundreds of people and hundreds of stalls selling everything from antiques (real and fake) to jewellery to fruit and veg.

I liked this coat but at 250 pounds it was out of my budget

I was really tempted with these trays of printer blocks but the letters I wanted were 2-4 pounds each (quite a total if you want the whole alphabet - which I did) so I resisted.

Of course there was food but I had only just had breakfast.

and buskers

Then we caught a few tube trains to the Fashion and Textile Museum which one of my students last week had told me about (thanks Linda). The current exhibition was a history of the Horrockses Label which was the off the peg fashion house of choice for everyone (including the Queen and her sister) in the 40s and 50s.

I really enjoyed it as there were a lot of original frocks with interesting narratives and lots of information about the fabric designers complete with sketches and design books and printing notes.

I was the only one in the exhibition apart from one bored security guard and so I could get up close to everything.

On the tube home a group of young girls had this beautiful bunch of balloons - or were they??


camcas said...

how lovely and clear those balloons are - I suspect they are not taking them home to show mum!!!!!1

That Baptist Ain't Right said...

Just happened onto your blog ... love London! Great city. Diverse. Fun. Thanks for the pics. "Mind the Gap!"

Pamela Price Klebaum said...
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Pamela Price Klebaum said...

This is a fascinating and compelling post. Thank you so much.

kimberley Quilts said...

Just loved the blogs about your trip around London and beyond
makes me want to get on a plane.!!
Very interesting and funny too.