London: Day 1
Today I arrived in London via a first-class (long story!) flight from Barcelona. I went straight to Martha’s office, right across the street from Paddington Station. Saw lots of stuffed versions of that cute bear! Anyway, here are the highlights of my first day of solo touring around the rainy but marvelous City of London!
I went first to Oxford Circus, and did a little shopping tour starting near Top Shop. I walked past Liberty and towards the Bond Street. Bond Street was only window shopping for me, since although I’m a lawyer I’m a quite young lawyer so my budget still more closely resembles a student’s than an attorney’s.
After turning a few corners beyond this street, and stopping in the Paul Smith sale shop (above), I found the most wonderful shopping street, South Moulton Street. It had colorful shops to occupy hours of browsing and wooed me into some purchases, too. I bought a flowered dress which I can’t wait to wear this spring!
Next I hopped on the tube to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The museum was founded in 1865 and is named after Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. Its focus is on decorative arts and design, and houses a permanent collection of 4.5 million objectsn . As someone who loves art and fashion, but really loses breath over gorgeous textiles, this museum was like a candyland and I was a sugar-starved child. Oh, and it’s FREE!!! For us New Yorkers used to paying $20 at Moma, this is amazing. My senses were all overloaded with the patterns and beauty in every direction, influenced by prints from every continent. I think I could live here.
When I finally reluctantly exited the museum to head back to the tube, a site to my left caught my eye…. Sparkling with red and white lights all around the building’s border was that famous retail mecca, Harrod’s. I couldn’t resist. Fortunately it met all expectations, almost like returning to the Victoria and Albert in fact, but this time with the ability (if I had more pounds in my pockets) to purchase the delectable fabrics. I spent an hour at Harrod’s, enjoying the rugs, pillows, and throws, and the exciting women’s contemporary fashions. The gentleman barrista at Harrod’s Cafe spoiled me with this cappuccino:
Alas, after these adventures it was time to head back to Martha’s office, fortunately only with more fun to come: a night out in her trendy and cute East London neighborhood, Stoke-Newington. Goodnight Central London!