Monday, 31 August 2009

London Weekend

I have been away for a couple of days in London with my daughter. She loves London and shopping so we usually go in the school holidays. It was exhausting as always but the weather was kind and we enjoyed doing a bit more walking than usual and exploring new areas. One of the hi- lights for me was visiting the 'Prints Charming' exhibition in Libertys. I didn't realise it was on until I turned the corner in Carnaby Street and was confronted by the back wall of Libertys that looked as though it had been wallpapered in the most amazing pink flowery paper. On closer inspection you can see it is a heavy canvas but it looks brilliant. The design is 'Betsy' created in 1933 and is from the Liberty archive.

In the front windows were wonderful displays, I was particularly taken with this felt doll dressed in lovely liberty prints. There were more of these inside as well as felt brooches, each one a different vintage style face with liberty fabric hair bows and scarves, beautiful but very expensive ! She is sitting on a chair surrounded by scraps of fabric and with a chandelier made entirely of fabric.

Finally I just had to take a photo of this lovely pub just off Kensington
High Street. The hanging baskets of flowers were just so colourful they made the whole street look cheerful. I did think about the poor person with the job of watering them all though !

I didn't get the chance to visit a few of the shops I had planned to as vintage style really isn't my daughter's thing and the trip was for her. I think I will probably go back myself for a day once she is back at school. I did however manage a visit to the lovely CK shop on Kings Road after patiently waiting around in Jack Wills.I treated myself to a few things including the pretty tin sugar shaker I had had my eye on and a lovely big sewing tin to store all my bits and pieces so I was happy.


Sal said...

Oh how I'd love to visit Liberty!
The pub is really pretty too!
Glad you got yourself a few treats!! ;-)

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Fabulous pictures! I really must go back up there soon. I love the outside walls, a new trnd perhaps? imagine if we could do the same with our houses!
Isabelle x

Mummy Boo Bear said...

Wow love the front of the Liberty shop. Really amazing. And the chandlier made out of fabric, the mind boggles.

Pretty pub too a real colour treat. Glad you had such a lovely day out with your Daughter.


susan said...

How fun is Jack Wills in Knightsbridge! I was fascinated with the Beautiful shop assistants .Just completed a Jack Wills bedroom for a client's daughter, used duvet covers to make blinds and curtains worked a treat since had a second commission look on my website for photos
Regards Susan

myvintageparty said...

Looks like you had a great time in London. The flowers on that pub are amazing, so pretty!
Hope your having a good week!
Laura x

Anonymous said...

The Betsy print looks so pretty and timeless. Sounds like you had a lovely time. There is a tiny Jack Wills in Aldeburgh it's always nice to pop in and see what's new.

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