If you’ve noticed that my Etsy shop only has digital items at the moment, it’s because I’m on vacation in London. (But I am running a sale on all my sewing patterns while I’m away.)
We arrived at Heathrow yesterday morning around 6:30am. We took the tube to London and were able to check into our hotel right away. After ditching our luggage and grabbing some breakfast, we headed to Covent Garden for some antiquing and gelato. Then we hit the Victoria and Albert Museum, bought a few groceries, and came back to the hotel for a light lunch and a nap. Then we stayed in for a light supper and some relaxation.
Today, we walked from our hotel to Garden Lodge, Freddie Mercury’s house. Not that you can see the house … more like the brick wall (with razor wire) around the house. But now my husband can say he’s been there. We also walked by Alfred Hitchcock’s house.
Then we were off to the Imperial War Museum to see the World War II and Holocaust exhibits. The museum has a gorgeous rose garden surrounding the big guns in the front, as well as a piece of the Berlin wall. The exhibits were very well done … we spent several hours there.
We took the tube to Oxford Circus, where the flags were still flying over all the streets from the coronation earlier this month.
Then we headed to my favorite store, Liberty. The 4th floor is where you find bolts and bolts of gorgeous tana lawn fabric in their exclusive prints. I circled the room twice before I picked out the fabrics I wanted to purchase. Many of their prints are also available in silk … for £65 a meter (gulp).
Our feet were complaining, but we kept going. Our next stop was the flagship Cath Kidston store, which is going out of business. Cath Kidston is kind of the UK version of Vera Bradley in the US. Would have bought some of their housewares, but they don’t exactly fit in my little carryon bag, so I settled for a couple flat tote bags in pretty prints. On our way back to the tube station, we stopped at Fortnum & Mason, a luxury grocery store with extraordinary food. We just walked around on the main level, stocked with sweets, chocolates, teas, and more. The place was packed with people! We did a quick circle and then left. Maybe another day. Dinner was a steak restaurant known for having chocolate fed beef. Yes, you read that right. They feed the cattle grass and chocolate. Apparently, it makes for a sweeter meat. We ordered one to share, only to be told they had run out. So we got a normal steak instead.
At the end of the day, my husband’s Apple watch said we walked over 5 miles and climbed 15 flights of stairs. Tomorrow, we’re heading to Kensington Palace. Stay tuned.