Last weekend was spent in London, one of our favourite places.
We got the train on Friday morning and after dropping the bags off we headed to Covent Garden where there's a very nice vintage shop called
"The Vintage Showroom"
that we had a browse around,
the tree in the square was impressive with it's hundreds of red baubles hanging from the branches,
and I loved the advent houses in Fred Perry's window, only a few more days and we'll all be opening door No 1,
the house with the blue plaque is where he used to live.
On Saturday morning we were bright and early as we had a date with a "Pashley" bike!!
I'd read about "Tally Ho! cycle tours" around central London in Homes and Antiques magazine so I booked us on it and it was the highlight of the weekend.
Jack Harris, our guide kept us amused with his knowledge and stories, did you know the story goes that the "nose" half way up the wall at Admiralty Arch is Napoleon's and if you rub it as you pass by on horseback it's supposed to bring you good luck?
We rode along some of the streets at the back of Westminster Cathedral where this house still had the signs painted on the wall pointing to the air raid shelter in the cellar.
If you have a couple of hours to spare I'd highly recommend a "Tally Ho!" cycle tour on a wonderful Pashley cycle meandering around London and stopping off for a "wee dram" in one of the little pubs tucked away off the beaten track!!
In the afternoon we went to Camden Market, a lovely bustling little place full of street traders selling their wares and it's also where the lovely "Loop" shop is, I got some tiny wooden mice buttons and a pattern for some gloves.
As it started to get dark we saw the Mayor and Brooke Kinsella (of Eastenders fame )walking along so we followed the crowd and it turns out they were there to switch on the lights in Islington.
After a quick change of clothes and a hearty "pie and mash" we headed over to Hyde Park for the "Winter Wonderland" that's held there each year, I'd got us tickets to go in the Magical ice kingdom that was full of ice sculptures.
It had taken 20 ice sculptures 4 months to carve them all.
brrrrrr it was chilly in there!!
I think I'd better make this into two parts before I bore you to tears but before I go when I said I wanted new boots this winter this wasn't quite what I had in mind!!