Here is the last batch of instagrams from London, but I have plenty of camera shots that I plan to share. I can’t seem to turn off my internal holiday clock and after a busy weekend with 3 back to back events, Robert and I took a mini break up to Whistler to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary. Time sure flies!
Long story short, I was wandering around Bloomsbury and found this solo art show by accident. The show didn’t open until 1pm, but the art around the building was absolutely amazing. Will be posting more soon!
We’ve been experiencing some crazy weather lately – sun / hot ->; rainy ->; downpour ->; sun / hot – in just a span of an hour or two. It is hard to imagine that we started off in Spitalfields (first image) with that beautiful blue sky and ended the day drenched in Shad Thames (last image). To learn about airbrushing, see Luminess Air Reviews.
We took the bus to the Spitalfields Antiques Market, picked up a mocha at Luxe (my favourite), poked our heads in A. Gold, and strolled through to Shoreditch for some goodies at Labour and Wait and lunch at Pizza East. The day ended at London Bridge where I couldn’t resist hopping off the bus ride home and walking to the Design Museum to pick up a slice of Victoria Sponge Cake – yum!
Anamu and I are on Poppytalk today with a new London shop tour of A. Gold – shop and deli! Thursday’s are often spent strolling through the Antiques Market in Spitalfields which ends in a hot drink at Luxe and a tasty sandwich at A. Gold. Remember to head there early on weekdays to avoid the lunchtime queues! Read the full shop tour here!
A stroll through an antique fair or market is possibly one of my favourite things to do no matter which country I am in. I love the thrill of the hunt and sometimes, the heartbreak of losing out to somebody else or the regret of not getting something when I should have. To help make things easier for you, I decided to do a part two of my London, UK city guide (see part one here) and list all of the antique markets that we have visited. Like I mentioned before, I realize that we have only been here for almost a year and have barely scratched the surface, so this is an open list and I invite you to share your favourites!
Sunbury Antiques Market: With over 700 stall holders during the summer months (indoor + outdoor), this has to be the largest market that I have ever been to. Held bi-monthly, it’s quite a trip out here, but well worth especially if you are looking for furniture. Make sure you arrive early though, as some stalls will start packing up around 11am.
Wimbledon Car Boot: This is a hit and miss sale in my opinion. I’ve been twice and came back empty handed, but have spoken to people that swear by this place. Open three days a week – Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, you can find a wide range of items from clothing to crockery to silverware and jewellery. Bring cash and be prepared to bargain. Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, Plough Lane, SW17 0BL | £2 early bird, 50p after the first hour – see here for hours + more info
Bermondsey Antiques Market: For the early birds! The world famous bermondsey antiques market runs from 4am to 1pm every Friday. This is an antiques dealers market, so I don’t recommend it for those looking for vintage / retro goods.
Old Spitalfields Antiques Market: Every Thursday, the Spitalfields market transforms into a treasure trove of antiques and vintage goods. There are some homewares and maybe a smidgen of furniture, but the stalls are mainly filled with clothing and women’s accessories. Worth a stroll as you never know what you will find and a great excuse to stop at my favourite coffee spot for a mocha!
Camden Passage Antiques Market: Camden Passage is such a lovely stroll any day of the week, but make sure to head out here on Saturday for the antiques market. With about 20 stalls, it’s not huge, but there are plenty of shops and restaurants along the stretch for you to enjoy.
Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair: Judy holds vintage events throughout England, so check out her website for more details. Basically, she has two specific ones in London – one focused on clothing and accessories and another called the vintage furniture flea. I really enjoy her events. They are usually in convienent locations, dealers are easy to work with and everything is displayed nicely. The downside of this, is that once it reaches central London, you may discover a matching price tag, so keep this in mind.
North London Vintage Market: 20 handpicked vendors selling mid-century goods, clothing and jewellery, homewares, books and toys. It costs £1.50 to attend, but worth a peek as it is very nicely curated and you never know if you will find “the one”!
Pop-Up Vintage Fairs: To be honest, I haven’t been to this one, but have their next event circled! I have heard great things and am super excited to check out the 40 handpicked vendors and the beautiful Islington Assembly Hall. Don’t miss their pop-up tea room and beauty parlour!
ClockTower Market: Located in Greenwich, we went by last weekend and there were a 10-15 stalls set up with a mix of vintage clothing, knick-knacks, records and some furniture. Keep in mind that it’s January right now, so I’m assuming it will be busier when it warms up.
honourable mentions: Both chatsworth market and broadway market have a few (2-3) vintage stalls. I’ve picked up an amazing vintage Pyrex dish from one of the stalls for £3, so if you are heading there for fruit and veg or for some street food, definitely check it out. If you have a vehicle or wish to sign up for one of their bus tours, the Ardingly Antiques & Collectors Fair is the largest in South England. Thanks to @Minnie_Grace for the tip!
We have another round of guests next week, so we have been staying at home and getting as much done as possible! I want to have lots of free time to hang out and play tourist / local, so it has been early mornings and late nights split between the sewing machine and computer – whew!
How was your weekend? Weather in London(UK) has been absolutely gorgeous lately. We enjoyed some blue skies and sunshine last weekend and headed over to Spitalfields for their Saturday Market launch and to meet some new friends. I discovered a gem of a store while I was there which I am saving for my Poppytalk column, so you are just going to have to wait. It’s well worth it though. The owners are super sweet and I even found J a kendal mint cake as she requested! We then hopped on a bus to Lewisham and visited the Brockley Market after hearing about it at the Tea and Coffee Festival at Southbank that we checked out Friday evening. Robert’s working on a (kind-of) project, so we went to listen to a local coffee shop talk about roasting your own coffee beans.
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