Sunday, 7 April 2013

Day out in London

It's been a stay at home week as both children have been revising all week but yesterday we had a day out with friends in London. The weather was lovely (which was a welcome change as it's been freezing for so long) and we spent the day just wandering the streets and taking buses everywhere. The aim was to visit the V&A museum to see the clothes through the ages (there were much less than I thought there would be) so everything else was a bonus. We walked along the south bank in the sunshine with all the other people who had come put to enjoy the weather. We visited Borough Market which is by Southwark cathedral. I've been a couple of times before and it was lovely wandering around and tasting all the produce but yesterday it was full of so many people that you couldn't really get near any of the stalls. I certainly wouldn't recommend a visit on a sunny Saturday if you don't like crowds.

We then spent the rest of the day just walking and bussing - to the V&A,

to a fabric shop on the Old Brompton  Road  which sells Liberty fabric for cheaper than the Liberty store (but the shop assistants were certainly not friendly and I wouldn't go back there again), to the Picadilly Waterstones which is five floors of book wonderland and Fortnum and Mason. It was a day that lifted the spirits - great company and wonderful views at every turn. The only drawback is I'm absolutely shattered this morning.

We decided to go to the V&A to see all the textiles but they only had a small display of clothing. However, they had an amazing glass sculpture hanging from the ceiling in the entrance

and some intricate metal work in one of the galleries

We went to a really cheap fish and chip shop in Covent Garden and saw this egg on the way

It was part of a whole group of eggs that had all been painted in different styles. If you get a chance to get up to London, it's worth a look. Oh, and I managed to finish off another bag in the morning

A crazily busy day but well worthwhile.

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