06 November 2011

off on my travels...in london town

so, last weekend, me and p went off off on our travels to london town. we travelled south on the train through the grand stations of the north. the station at darlington was especially lovely with soot-stained bricks, old school signs and sculptured building parts.

we stayed in spitalfields, in the hoxton hotel, which had been in my favourites for a long, long time. the room was fab, newly designed with lots of interesting quirky features...

and a very different big light to what i'm used to

on the saturday afternoon we walked along the south bank of the thames and wandered into the design museum for a spot of product design plus quite a bit of telling off of shoppers in the design museum shop from the shop manager for photographing pages of books. we also swung by city hall and tower bridge - i liked the juxtaposition between the old and new.

and the different blues of the bridge and the framework of girders underneath it.

on sunday, took us columbia road flower market, which i'd only ever seen on the television, in magazines and on blogs! it was such a bustle of people and a fabulousness of flowers.

we also a dog in a little green jumper (or was it a cardigan?)...how we laughed (quietly).

and a cream cheese and salmon bagel was a perfect snack...yum, yum, yum

from the flower market, we found the top of brick lane (visiting tatty devine and unto this last) and wandered all the way down it stopping off for some street food before calling into spitalfields market for p to buy a new jacket from albam. he popped back to the hotel to do some work and i visited labour and wait and aubin and wills.

we had a lovely meal in a caff i discovered on my solo travels called albion. here's my tea - shepherds pie with sides of buttered cabbage and bugs bunny carrots. it's definitely a place worth checking out next time you're in the spitalfields area.

on monday we tried to go shopping but p had to do some emergency work but not till after we'd had our lunch at the riding house cafe. it was very nice but quite different to what i expected - quite a tidy place rather than relaxed, more of a restaurant than a cafe. the toilet was very nicely designed, with copper pipes holding a light, a mirror and a tap.

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