Yesterday me and Henry had a job to do and found ourselves at the top of Ladbroke Grove with some time on our hands. So we had a little mooch around Portobello Road.
It was a gorgeous sunny day so we wandered and I went into as many shops as Henry would tolerate (3).
Couverture & the Garbstore is a full of beautiful things...
... all displayed with impeccable style...
Do you think that maybe this is what real grown up people do with cushions at night? You know those people who have beautiful well made beds with piles of cushions and pillows on them?
Looks all ready to move in... sit read a book and have a cuppa.
Henry made himself at home...
The most tasteful selection of children's toys ever... and very cute/retro wallpaper in their fitting rooms.
A couple of doors away is the Biscuiteers shop - after seeing their amazing biscuits at the White Company do a few weeks ago I was quite intrigued to see the shop. They had some very impressive Halloween goodies... I came away with a small bag of icing accessories ready for my gingerbread house challenge. I'm thinking if I say that I'm GOING to make a gingerbread house enough I'll have to actually be true to my word?
Quite a dangerous game taking a toddler into a shop like this...
We also popped into Pedlars and I showed Henry how phones used to work...
And I finally forked out the cash to buy a Kinfolk magazine. I had to see what all the fuss is about; I was fully prepared to be underwhelmed but of course I've fallen under the spell. It's beautiful and I really really like it.
Then we got ourselves some lunch at Falafel King.
When Coco was a baby I often used to walk around this little neck of the woods with her in her pram and before that there were lunch hours spent here when I had my very first job at the now demolished BBC Worldwide building… and before that, back in the 90's, my sister had a stall on the Portobello Road selling her home-made clothes in the era when the hippy and raver worlds collided (she once sold some designs to Screaming Lord Sutch).
It was nice to have a mooch with Henry.
It's all changed, but it all stays the same.
Such is life.