Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Half Term Trip

Last week we had one of our traditional half term trips to London. We sent to see Mamma Mia and loved it.

We did some shopping as you would expect and also quite a lot of window shopping ! This was the display in Church's shoe shop near Savile Row. Northampton is famous for shoe making and it was lovely to see the display in this very smart window saying 'Made In Northampton'.

We had a wander around some of the beautiful shopping arcades.

We loved this display of pastel coloured macaroons.

We then headed in to Fortnum and Masons

the shop windows were all decorated for Halloween

inside were wonderfully carved pumpkins

and pumpkin cakes.

Of course there were also plenty of Christmas decorations, this staircase looked stunning.

This is Mr Holmes outside Baker street tube station.

I am sure you can guess where this is, we decided to go to the shop on Marlebone High Street as we had never been there before. From the outside the building lacks the character of most of her other shops but inside it was exactly as you would expect.

This patchwork is actually wallpaper

I love this beautiful digital printed wallpaper but it is incredibly expensive

the shop windows were very Christmassy

I treated myself to Christmas crackers, a set of Christmas tea towels( I buy some every year), some serviettes and a tin of Christmas tags. The tags are lovely and I have already decided to use some to make a Christmas garland rather than use them all on presents.


The Cloth Shed said...

That patchwork wallpaper is fabulous...don't you think it would look lovely as a lining for a cupboard?
Julie x

Vintage Tea Time said...

Oooh, that looks a great trip! Lovely pictures. We're long overdue a London trip. I love the patchwork wallpaper - haven't seen that before - cute :) The macaroon tower is cool!

Pennyblossoms said...

Oh wow! What a fantastic day out. You two really know how to do days out/NY visits in style! Can you adopt me next half term please!! I LOVE Fortnums. Harrods is fun-the kids restaurant on the 4th floor- but you just can't beat Fortnums. Happy memories!!
Z xx

Thecraftytrundler said...

Lovely pics, and I must go again soon. Went to Liberty last week, but haven't been to Fortnum & Mason yet.
A great weekend away!!!

Sharon xx

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

OOH I love the piccies, especially the CK ones! Looks like you had a fab time in London!

bellaboo said...

I love all the beautiful window displays!
I've got a trip to a CK shop comimg soon and I can't wait to see all the Xmas goodies.I'll have to be a bit restrained.Could go a bit mad in there! The patchwork wallpaper is gorgeous. :0)

delia hornbook said...

ohhh what beautiful photos. I love the pumpkins wow especialy the first one he looks happy. And the stair way looks so floaty and pretty. I love mama mia i can watch the film over and over again i bet its amazing as a show. And Cath kidstone shop that looks amazing as well, love the decoration in there. What a lovely time you had. Dee ;-)x

Tabbyroo said...

You can never tire of visiting London can you?Looks like a great time Linda xx

Alix said...

Ooh! That patchwork wallpaper is divine! Sounds like a great trip!

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

Another successful trip I see. My grandfather's company was actually responsible for putting in the fountain that is in Fortnum & Mason's and so I have a special interest in that particualr shop. Cannot wait to see the gardland of tags, what a brilliant idea.

Amy said...

Oooh, CK at Christmas, lovely buys x

A Treasured Past said...

Hi Ann, wow, the CK shop looks great. It is very hard to find her things here, although I did manage to buy a lovely mug, which only lasted 1 week before hubby broke it! Doh! The crackers look way to pretty to snap, Bye, Tamara

MelMel said...

I love the wallpaper, she did a file box with the same design on it, I meant to buy it, but then spent the money on a bill...LOL!
I so enjoyed your pictures today, the trip to london looks fab and mamma mia is fab on stage I saw it in Manchester and really loved it!xxx

MarmaladeRose said...

Lots to drool over on this post, love the patchwork wallpaper, not sure where I'd use it though, lol.


Thank you for taking me too London with you through your post, in reality I hav,nt been for years, so I really enjoyed this visit!! I feel all christmasy now, and love the things you bought in Cath,s little emporium,i so LOVE all her stuff, the patchwork paper is great, have you seen the patchwork tweedy bag she is doing?,I am lusting after it a bit, back soon,Linda x x

Amy said...

Next time you're over this way Ann you should pop into Aspire's small and first shop in Smith Street, Warwick. It's my favourite of the shops (although I haven't been to the Oxford one) and the street in general has lots of interesting shops. There's even a tea merchants x

jodi said...

We saw the show in NYC. Loved it. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

Hesta Nesta said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time, and those shopping arcades look fantastic. I miss London and especially at Christmas time.
Jo xx

Hesta Nesta said...

Hi Ann
Thanks for your lovely comments and I meant to ask did you go back and buy the Gladstone bag for your hubby?
Jo xx

Andrea said...

What a great post! A true find!! I loved seeing all your pics, Fortnum and Mason looks lovely!!
Andrea at Fin and Gabs

VintageBettys said...

I love Cath Kidston! I wish she had a shop here in New Jersey. Looks like a wonderful time , thank you for sharing your pictures.