A Day Out In London

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.


 At the end the day, we had probably covered 5 square miles! Queue a quick snooze on the return journey.

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?

Much Love

Lisa xx

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27 Comments

  1. March 22, 2017 / 10:37 am

    No wonder why London is world’s favorite city. Great place and amazing people.

  2. March 22, 2017 / 10:56 am

    Those cute little dresses…I love….will look out for your review

  3. March 22, 2017 / 11:58 am

    One day I would love to visit London. Cute en lovely things to visit there

  4. March 22, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    I would love to go to London some day. Those stores looked pretty cool!

  5. March 22, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    I do need to go to London….

  6. March 22, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    I am longing to go to London again and this didn´t make my travel fever go away at all, haha! Lovely post as always! P.S You look so pretty in these pictures 🙂

    • wonderlingblog
      March 22, 2017 / 3:24 pm

      Thanks Veera! It is an amazing city! Let me know if you’re ever in town!

  7. March 22, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    My mom and I are planning a trip to London in summer 2018. One of the things she used to always do with her mom and sisters was go to department stores and try on goofy hats. We need to go check out those kids hats – so cute!!

    • wonderlingblog
      March 22, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      Haha I still do that with my friends 🙂 I would recommend coming any time from May onwards if you favour warmer climates! It is an amazing city x

  8. March 22, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    I really want to visit London. Your day out sounds so much fun, it makes want to go shopping and I hate shopping!

  9. March 22, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    I love London, this is one of my favorite destination. I love the photographs and these stores looked pretty cool, i love to shop there.

  10. March 22, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    I’ve never been out of United States but London is certainly a place on my places to visit. The day you’ve described seems like a wonderful & eventful time!

  11. March 23, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    The custom shoes are an awesome find. That’s pretty cool that they customize while you wait. Hopefully I’ll be shopping in Europe next year! Looks like you had a blast and found some very unique items.

  12. March 23, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    Looks like a wonderful time full of shopping! I loved visiting London, and there are so many places to shop!

  13. March 24, 2017 / 1:13 am

    I absolutely love the finds in London you got! I haven’t been out and about around where we live for a while, but love the clothing and bags from London – simply gorgeous!

  14. March 24, 2017 / 2:59 am

    Looks like such a fun day! Love all your photos as well 🙂 And all those shoes!

  15. March 24, 2017 / 3:36 am

    London is also included to my travel bucket list! But due to recent happening chaos in London, that trip will be postponed for the mean time. I do hope that London will maintain its peaceful city, and no hate crimes.

  16. March 24, 2017 / 4:36 am

    Oh we just love London. It looks like you had a great day out. We always go to their many vegan restaurants when we are in London.

  17. March 25, 2017 / 1:48 am

    London never gets bored.

  18. March 27, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    Shopping in London is just awesome. Great trendy place to find some really good unique pieces.

  19. May 2, 2017 / 11:53 am

    i love london, it’s one of my favourite destination . Atleast i would like to spend couple of month .

  20. May 9, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    I have never visited London before and I would love to visit the city one day and watch a tennis match at Wimbledon. I think it will probably be a life changing experience.

    • wonderlingblog
      May 9, 2017 / 10:50 pm

      London is an amazing city. Like no other that I’ve been to. You should definitely visit if you get the opportunity!

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