Thursday 24 October 2013

Portobello Mooching

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.

Pumpkins for sale on portobello road
Colourful houses on Portobello Road in London

It was a gorgeous sunny day so we wandered and I went into as many shops as Henry would tolerate (3).

Henry outside Couverture and the Garbstore in Notting Hill
Couverture and the Garbstore in Notting Hill - wonderful independant boutique

Couverture & the Garbstore is a full of beautiful things...

Beautiful display of lovely things at Couverture and the Garbstore
... all displayed with impeccable style...

Beautiful display of lovely things at Couverture and the Garbstore

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 colouring at Couverture and the Garbstore

Henry made himself at home...

Childrens rag dolls at Couverture and the Garbstore in Notting Hill

Childrens toys at retro wallpaper at Couverture and the Garbstore

The most tasteful selection of children's toys ever... and very cute/retro wallpaper in their fitting rooms.

Biscuiteers Shop in Portobello, Notting Hill, a Something I made Blog mooching visit

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?

Halloween biscuits on display at Biscuiteers shop in Notting Hill London

Quite a dangerous game taking a toddler into a shop like this... 

Biscuiteers shop in Notting Hill London as visited by Alexis from Something I made

We also popped into Pedlars and I showed Henry how phones used to work...

Henry playing with a old fashioned phone in the Pedlars shop in Notting Hill

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.

Falafel King on Portobello road by Alexis At Something I made blog

Falafel King on Portobello road

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.


  1. Love the look of Couverture and The Garbstore, what a good find! And they've a website too.

  2. Ah I've yet to buy Kinfolk although all the pics I've seen via blogland give me such wanderlust to go camp in a cabin by a lake etc, and slightly inspire me to be a bit more decorative with my toast in the morning! Lovely post, love this neck of the woods - I'm a West London girl originally and lots of my school friends lived around Portobello - I've never been with my daughter and this has definitely inspired me to go so thanks!!