Friday, June 19, 2015

Day 4: Wednesday??

On Wednesday, we decided to do some shopping.  We headed to Portobello Road.



We saw several All Saints stores while in London.  I guess they must be a British brand?  The only store I've seen in the US is on Newbury St. in Boston.  Here in London too, the windows are full of antique sewing machines -- the only reason I even notice these stores.


Just a few of the sights on Portobello Road.




Then we headed to


Liberty London!  What a beautiful building!





Of course I had to go to the haberdashery department.  Amazing!




Look at all that tana lawn!


We had to have afternoon tea sometime, so we chose to have some at Liberty.  I must say, the British know how to make tea!  I also had some Proseco with Pym's.  Got a bit dizzy after.  :D  I'm not a drinker!

After, we headed outside to Carnaby Street.



And totally by accident, we stumbled across a place any Beatles fan would know about.



OMG!!!  So coooool!!!

Then we wandered over to Piccadilly Circus.




And that was another day!

19 comments:

Vickie said...

Very cool Margaret! Showed Madeleine Bag O' Nails. :D

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Liberty is a great store to visit, so many gorgeous things to see.
You certainly got around and saw so many things, it's the only way to do London really.

Vera said...

What a great day for you! Now on to true confessions...what did you buy?????

samplerlover said...

If you go to Portobello Road on a Saturday, there is a huge market where there are a lot more antique dealers who come every week selling the most amazing antiques. It's a wonderful place to buy antique jewellery and other antiques a lot cheaper than other places. It's usually very crowded with lots of people looking for wonderful bargains. It's a place where you go as early as you can.

Annie said...

A really fun day, especially for a fabric lover and Beatles lover. Your DH is very tolerant of your passion!

I Googled and see that we have an AllSaints store in Georgetown, DC. From the street image, it looks like it has the trademark sewing machines in the window too. I hardly ever go down there.

Angie said...

This is great, Margaret! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos! I love the fabric display with the flowers on top. It reminds me of a maypole. One thing I have always liked about living overseas....the Summer temperatures usually don't get too crazy hot and there is always a chance to get out and do lots of walking.

Vicki said...

I am so enjoying touring London with you! Your trip was awesome.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Margaret, this is truly a dream trip! I'm so in awe that you got to got to Cath's. I've always wanted to go there and then Liberty too. Oh it's almost too much to take in. LOL! Seriously, this is just so cool!

Giovanna said...

Nice pics. I have to say that Carnaby Street was a major disappointment when I last went: it's all posh brand shops now, which you find in any town of the world, while in the early 1980s it was all original independent boutiques which gave the street its unique character - "my" Carnaby Street doesn't exist any more :-(

Melissa said...

Oh Lordy Lordy that just makes me drool. All that Liberty! Cath Kidston... I hope you brought back some nice goodies from your trip!

Linda said...

More great pictures Margaret.

Linda

Mugwump Woolies said...

Oh my, what a wonderful trip! Would love to browse around that Liberty shop! Can't wait to see the goodies you brought home with you.
Robyn

Barb said...

It is so obvious that you had an absolutely wonderful trip - love it!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

Melody said...

Very cool! Did you buy anything while shopping? I would have had trouble walking out of the Cath Kidston store empty handed.

Beth said...

Everywhere we went Pyms was the summer drink of choice. I too am not a drinker. Isn't Liberty's an amazing store? Another great day!

averyclaire.org said...

Thanks for taking all of us on your vacation with you! Have never been to London. What a super yarn shop! It is really fun to see all the photos. And I love the photos of you! Lovely. Continue to have such a GREAT trip

Kaisievic said...

Oh Margaret, Liberty of London looks wonderful - on my list for my next London visit. Isn't Portobello Rd cool, we stayed near there so got to go there on Market Day - marvellous!

Annette-California said...

What a marvelous day! LOVED seeing Haberdashery dept. & the May Pole! So nice to see the larger photos on your blog vs IG! WOW what a great day you both had.
love Annette

Brigitte said...

Oh my, visiting all these shops with fabrics, yarns and lace, and then having tea - must have been a heavenly day.