Sunday, 25 September 2011

How things change.

  We were invited to a friends 25th Wedding anniversary near to Hyde Park this weekend and I suggested we book a hotel and stay for a couple of days.  10 years ago Mr T wouldn't even have considered this but middle age seems to have mellowed him and he agreed.

So this is our Friday in the smoke.

Our first stop was the Old Spitalfields Market for a coffee and a look around  Origin
The Contemporary Craft Fair which I had seen advertised in my Selvedge Mag.
It was really interesting with some stunning work and some seriously weird but follow the link
It's well worth a look as I have no photos I'm afraid.

Then we walked down Petticoat Lane to the Tower 

And St Catherines Dock which is very expensive

Pretty pub.

I had to show you this, we think it's a private yacht  
but it's the same size as the Belfast. What do you think?

Anyway over Tower Bridge as our Hotel is just the other side

The view from the middle looking East.

A quick stop at the fashion and Textile Museum
 which is just 5 mins from London Bridge station 
and is worth a visit if your in the area.

The exhibition  at the moment is about Tommy Nutter who was a ground breaking Saville Row Tailor and who made bespoke suits for people like Mick Jagger and Ringo Starr.  This picture is some of the ones he did for Elton John but I took loads of photos here as some of the suits were so iconic. I hope to get around to doing a post on them soon, remind me if I forget.

My husband never fails to amaze me as he knew all about him and enjoyed the exhibition more than I did.

Along the South Bank of the river past London Bridge

And the Globe

to the Millennium Bridge( which I was quite disappointed with)
Over towards St Pauls

and back to the Tate Modern, our next stop

This, believe it or not, was what I wanted to see, the pile of handmade ceramic sunflower seeds which originally you could walk in but had to be shut because it caused so much dust.

Some of the other exhibits were as "interesting" and some were instantly recognisable.

Saturday was taken up mostly with the party but for the first time in my life I saw the bridge open and a boat come through. For me that alone was worth the visit.

I know the wether helped but
We both had an amazing time and Mr T is talking about going again.
Yes it is definitely  his age.



  1. Wow, looks like you had a great time, I love London, so envious of your visit :)

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  2. oooh what a brilliant break away! Your pictures really tell of a great time had!

  3. Lovely pics, Gill. You packed a lot in! Who would have thought of shoving a pile of ceramic sunflower seeds into the middle of a room and calling it art?!Glad you had a good time anyway. x

  4. Looks fab :)

    I wonder if that huge yacht belongs to a rich Russian??

    I'd love to see those ceramic sunflower seeds too.

  5. Thanks so much for the pics. Don't imagine I'll ever get to the UK so I really enjoy seeing pics whenever I can.

  6. A pile of handmade ceramic sunflower seeds? Now I know where I've been going wrong! Sounds like you had a great time.