Saturday morning, no rain and so I decided it was going to be market day.
I trotted off to Archie’s Antique Market in Lisson Grove and discovered an old department store filled with treasures. Vintage clothes, furniture, lighting, china and glass. It was good quality, no bargains but a pleasant time was had poking through the various concessions. Emerging on to Church Street, I discovered a plethora of boutique antique shops or perhaps I should say “antiques boutiques.” A meander was in order and so I strolled in and out of the little shops and enjoyed myself immensely. www.alfiesantiques.com
I was close to Marylebone station so hopped on the tube to Waterloo in search of my next market. I walked along Southbank, along the side of the Thames enjoying a water view for the first time in a while. I am missing the Pacific ocean a little if I’m honest having lived near it for a very long time. The great, brown Thames while impressive isn’t quite the same. Still, London has a lot going on and I was heading to Borough Market.
|A bit crowded inside|
Borough Market is a food market which is open from Thursday to Saturday and is well worth a visit. (www.boroughmarket.org.uk) It was my first time there and I’m glad I went when I was hungry because the food options were varied and plentiful. There’s something for everyone! I wandered around (slowly due to the crowds of people) and decided a falafel wrap was my lunch of choice. Good decision, I’m always a fan of falafel and this lived up to expectations.
|Better not tell the French|
|The Shard under the Millennium Bridge|
Under the Millennium Bridge, past the Tate Modern (where I’m in no hurry to see the Damien Hirst exhibition) and then, in a moment of madness, I turned right and headed up to Covent Garden to the London Transport Museum. Crazy!
|A rather dark view of the Tate Modern|
At the LTM I discovered the work of printmaker, Paul Cathrall (www.paulcatherall.com) known for his graphic linocuts of London landmarks. I was quite taken with them and while not quite in the market for a limited edition print, I did buy a few greeting cards. I wouldn’t mind a print though as they’re quite stunning and as I started out as a printmaker, I am particularly fond of linocuts.
By this time I could hear a little voice from my bag saying “Eat Me!” and so I headed to Trafalgar Square and jumped on the number 24 bus. I try and take buses when I can, they’re cheaper for one thing, but also it’s a fantastic view from the top of a double decker and it helps me to remember my way around.
It was time to head up the hill, put the kettle on and enjoy a very delicious cherry and almond tart which sadly I don’t have a photo of because it didn’t last long.