Getting off the train at Kings Cross Station feels like a million miles away from home, even though it is only a mere 45 minutes away. I love that I have the novelty of living in a quiet and peaceful village, with all of the lifestyle benefits that it brings, whilst still being so close to London, for my shopping and culture fix.
Dan and I travelled down to London for 11am, so it wasn’t a crack of dawn, struggle out of the door with one eye still closed kind of morning! I was so energised and excited for the day ahead; so much so, that I managed to stay awake for the whole journey.
When we first arrived we headed to Covent Garden and passed by three lovely representatives of the London Pearly Kings & Queens Society. After giving a quick donation , they kindly permitted me to have a photo with them. It is so refreshing to be greeted by such warm, friendly people. It really makes me realise that the more I open myself up to others and walk towards people, the more others will reciprocate.
After this we headed to the Covent Garden Piazza Central Avenue Apple Market. We stumbled upon the beautiful handmade clothing made by Bobbi(www.bobbihandmade.co.uk). All of their clothing is fully reversible and made from 100% cotton. The dresses we saw were simply adorable. I love the vintage feel that the clothing has and the handmade quality.
A few stalls up and we met with Karina Caswell from mylittleduckling.co.uk. She sells a range of imaginative children’s hats, which Ethan absolutely adored. Usually I struggle to get him to keep a hat on his head for longer than 5 minutes, but this one he would not take off! Personally, I loved the aviation themed hats. They look so cute and snug. I couldn’t help but laugh (whilst smiling of course), seeing him running around like a mini-pilot! The hats are really well made, well lined and fitted snug to Ethan’s head, which I am sure contributed to him keeping it on so long. Here at Wonderling, we love to support small local business and this is definitely one I will visit again.
Next, I was in need of a beauty fix! We walked upto Pixi by Petra on Carnaby Street, admiring the amazing wall art on display. Now spring has finally sprung, the whole area really beams with life. I spent about thirty minutes studying their meticulously placed wall displays & table features. What I love about Pixi is the great quality, but also the beautiful packaging. The lovely assistants in store informed me of a Mother’s Day Gift they were promoting; the Pixi by Petra Skintreats Rose Oil Blend. I am a huge fan of face oils at the moment. I use them daily on my skin after applying my moisturiser and the result is soft, dewy skin. I picked up a bottle and a washbag to giveaway as a part of my Wonderling Mother’s Day Giveaway!
Whilst I was engrossed in all things beauty, Dan had popped a few stores down to Superga. We were both in love with the custom-designed shoes, especially the children’s range. I think I now realise, whenever we go shopping, 9/10 items are usually for the kiddies. We picked out some white high-tops for Ethan, which were a steal at £16.00! Deciding on a bus picture & Ethan’s name for the design, the lovely Giulia Morselli hand painted this on for us. In total we paid £26.00 for the shoes and the custom design. We waited an hour to collect them, and I was itching to see the results! We were both so impressed by the artwork, and needless to say, couldn’t wait to give them to Ethan.
After all of the shopping, we had worked up quite an appetite. Dan kindly let me choose where to eat and we headed to Ed’s Easy Diner. I opted for an Original Burger & Sweet Potato Fries, washed down with an Oreo Shake. I was absolutely stuffed after eating just half. How annoying that was, when I had the chocolate shake of my dreams within arms reach, but felt too full to properly enjoy it!
Next, we stopped by Liberty. This department store is an all time favourite of mine. I love the old world décor. It feels simple, yet decadent. The brands they have on offer are not just the typical department store finds. I would highly recommend coming here during the festive period. It is simply magical.
We strolled back down Bond Street, past all of the breath taking shop fronts. I love looking in at the window displays, taking in all of the beauty and creativity that has gone into putting these together.
I loved our day out exploring, but returning home to the other two members of our little family was the best part!
Please tune in for my product reviews of the items we purchased in the coming days.
What are your favourite things to do in London? Have you discovered any quirky boutiques on your travels?
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