Friday, 28 January 2011

Big day out

On Wednesday I spent the day in London (wearing this outfit) and exploring places I had never been before. The first stop was The Strand (OK I have been there before) to visit friend S for lunch. We enjoyed sushi and dumplings in Itsu and I enjoyed a quick shop and drop (the cash) in the nearby Topshop. I bought a shirt and jumper that I'll share with you soon =)

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My first 'new' stop of the day was to visit Primrose Hill and all the lovely surrounding shops. My main mission was to visit the Museum of Everything and Mary's Living and Giving Shop.

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I found Mary's shop first on the main high street and spent a good while rummaging around the racks of colourful clothes. You really wouldn't believe this place is a charity shop, it's more like a boutique. There are wonderful designer clothes and plenty of vintage dresses too. One of my favourite items was a large pink dolls house which is kept in the shop to occupy bored children whilst their mothers shop!! I found a porcelain bowl filled with bow clasps by the till and of course treated myself to one; black satin with a large jewel in the middle =)

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After Mary's I headed over to the museum and it can only be describe as wonderful! At the minute it is displaying the private collections of Sir Peter Blake, the pop artist who drew the cover for The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album (one of my favourites). The collection features impressive artefacts from the circus including old posters, props and scenery. There is a Punch & Judy room , crazy mirrors and a self made collection of fair ground rides that light up and play delightful fair ground music. Everything is colourful and fun but those clown images do have that haunting effect to them. I've never been afraid of clowns but I do appreciate how they might terrify many children with those big creepy grins. The nice thing about the Museum of Everything is that it isn't too big so there's no need to spend an entire day there hanging out. I was there for about an hour which was more than enough time. The museum closes it's doors for good on February 11th so I advise you all to go check it out if you already hadn't.

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(I got told off for taking this photo)

Once I was content with my stay at the museum I headed towards Primrose Hill checking out all the cute little shops on my way. It was a pretty bleak day in all honesty so I didn't hang around too long.

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Before heading home I popped into Drink, Shop & Do in Kings Cross on the recommendation of the lovely Eleanor. This tea shop is a lovely little place, filled with board games a plenty, kitsch jewellery and jars of old school sweets. I treated myself to a peppermint tea and a slice of orange & lemon cake. The cake was probably the most delicious thing ever, so moist yet airy and even though I'm not really a tea drinker I did enjoy the peppermint flavour.

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Overall I had a really lovely day, especially because I discovered new places and for me that's always fun. I generally do these day trips around London on my own because I enjoy the time to think and do what I want to do!! I don't feel weird about going into a place and sitting by myself to have a drink, I use that time to do a little reading and edit the photos on my camera. I almost went to Camden because it's just down the road from Primrose hill but it was too cold for a walk. I haven't been there for ages because I enjoy the shops around Shoreditch more these days so I definitely need to visit soon.

Hopefully going to see King's Speech soon too x

47 comments:

  1. great post! i really need to get my ass to Primrose Hill, dont think i've ever been.

    Great photos of Mary's shop xxx

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  2. Looks lime you had a great day. I went to marys pop up shop in west field to donate but didn't buy anything xx

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  3. Looks like you had SO much fun :) Love the photo you have taken

    Love, Vanilla

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  4. Really loved this post, some great picture you have taken! I love london, really need to visit soon!

    Stacey xx

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  5. Brilliant pictures! I love Primrose Hill!

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  6. Drink, Shop & Do looks like such a nice place! Every photo you've taken just makes me want to live in London more. I always seem to forget that London has these cute little places and that it's not just busy streets with big chain stores! x

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  7. that museum sounds wonderful! I love things like that. The photo o the doll house is so cute, reminds me of my youth

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  8. that looks like a fun day out - i adore mary's shop.
    xo

    love zsara

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  9. Thanks LOTS for the tips! I really appreciate!

    These pictures look lovely.. as the places you visited. I really wish that Malta has similar types of charity shops, but as far as I know there isn't any! x

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  10. Looks a good day! :)
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  11. I'm liking the look of Drink, Shop & Do! I might have to pay it a visit soon!

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  12. I absolutely love walking around london. It's so much fun. I'm dying to have a look at Mary Portas's new store. I think I'm in definite need of a trip to primrose hill.

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  13. I swear Ive lived in London for 18 years and havent even really been anywehere, hahahaaa I swear I need to get out more, interesting post :)

    how comes you got told off for taking a pic LOL what the hell haha???
    x

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  14. i love London :) looks like you had a brilliant time!

    im having an alexander wang esque studded bag giveaway if you want to have a look hon, you might like it xxx

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  15. Hannah you look like u had a great day, so jealous! the pictures are really nice!x

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  16. really amazing photos! Thanks for sharing...<3

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  17. I have lived only a quick 45 minute train journey from London all my life and I have never done any of these things!
    Sounds like you had an amazing time, I love London!:D
    xoxo

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  18. nice pictures ! hope you had a great time, i wish i could go to London someday ! xo

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  19. What a gorgeous day out! I love exploring new areas, especially in London. I really need to get out and do it more often!

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  20. Gorgeous photos. Yay for Banksy! :)





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    xo

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  21. Your day in London looks so fun! I lived in london for 3 years and never went to primrose hill which I feel quite ashamed about after seeing your pictures. I must make the visit!

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  22. Gosh, I love these photo's ^^ it looks so really brittisch and all =) x

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  23. Ah Hannah, you make London sound appealing.. well almost! haha.. I hate London, well not really, but it's just too busy and noisy for me! When I go over, the first day I'm always lke 'this is AWESOME i want to live here, i never want to leave' but then second day im htere i'm always like 'Oh! Now I remember why I don't like so much!' haha! BUt my housemate tells me it's only because I've never been to NICe parts of London, so I might go visit her sometimes when she moves back and have a true londoner show me around..
    BTW Crazy cool tights from the last post! :)

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  24. Wow, that looks awesome! I'd love to visit.

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  25. Thank you so much for this post - I head down to London on the 10th Feb for my birthday and I am always looking for new places to visit and shall definitely be attending one or two of these...

    Carol x
    www.mystylisms.blogspot.com

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  26. I went to the museum just the other week! I felt castrated when I saw you couldn't take photos. It would have made the most awesome blog post! xx

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  27. that looks so a fun day out! lovely photos! your blog is so wonderful to read, i really love it, im following :)
    X

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  28. I love that little tea shop! I'm going to visit my friend who lives near Kings Cross so hopefully I can drag her along and look kitsch and awesome to strangers.

    xx

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  29. Looks like a lovely trip! I used to spend a lot of time in Camden and Chalk farm because my friend used to live around there!

    Also loving the sound of that exhibition. I did my art history dissertation on Peter Blake, that man is awesome.

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  30. oh all the places you've been in one day! It must have been lovely to wander around and discover new places! I looove them all btw, looking at the pics, i think i would love living in London too. The places look so cozy and fun and inspiring<3
    And i like your outfit, it's perfect for a day in city especially when you have to walk a lot.Chic and comfy<3

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  31. and i love green day too :)
    I used to listen to them all the time but time changed my musical taste too and even if i still enjoy their music i don't listen them very often.But Billie Joe is one of the best song writers ever!<3

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  32. Hey there Hannah!

    Looks like a wonderful day! I would love to visit London someday. It looks amazing!

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. I really appreciate the kind words!

    --Ashley
    araeofstyle.blogspot.com

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  33. what a great post! you took lovely pictures that day too.
    x

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  34. wowiee. everything is so beautiful!

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  35. Mary's shop looks so cute. Definitely going to head there when I have a free day. I LOVE Drink, Shop and Do, it's so different from a regular coffee shop and feels so welcoming. x

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  36. sounds like a fabulous day. love all the cute, quaint places...so much character. too bad the museum is closing?!!

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  37. i love all the cute little vintage shops and teahouses you can find tucked away in the corner of London.
    great pics x

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  38. Oh this makes me wish I was closer to London and could afford to go more often! Really need to visit that make shop do though, my friend lives in London so I shall have to take her there :D

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  39. Sounds like you had a great (busy) day! I live in London and never get the time to have a proper explore. I'm inspired now; definitely going to have to take a look at Mary's. x

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  41. Your photos are making me nostalgic for my time spent in London.

    Looks like you had an excellent day and that cafe is so cute. I'm definitely going to have to check it out next time I'm there. x

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  42. wow, just LOOK at that dollshouse. makes me want to break mine out again, haha x

    elle & the fashion folk

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  43. Thanks for the comment. I haven't been to London in ages sounds like u had a good time.

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  44. love love love for london!xxx

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  45. Love that dollhouse! I need one :-)

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