Pip, pip...cheerio and all that! Later this week, I'm off to London town! The airfares to the U.K. are quite affordable these days, so this Friday I'm off for a very special week-long birthday trip to London. In that spirit, I thought I'd share a bit of the brilliant and stylish Brits with you today. I've scoured the design*sponge London Design Guide and made lots of notes - a great resource if you're planning your own trip! And if you've got any must-sees for me, by all means, please share them with us here. And, if you're craving a bit of Britain, but can't make a trip...take a trip to London online with homewares and accessories from some of the wonderful shops below.
If you want to plan a trip yourself and don't want to stay in a pricey and impersonal hotel, try out Home Away Vacations. We were able to find this charming pink two-bedroom flat on Portobello Road at a much more reasonable price than a nightly hotel rate, and it has a kitchen, so not every meal need be eaten in a restaurant. Quite so, a home away from home! Does anyone else think it might be severely dangerous to have planted myself smack in the middle of one of London's largest flea markets?!
I can see getting into trouble at Paul Smith's vintage furnishings shop!
Emily Chalmers, and author of one of my favorite books Flea Market Style.
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Cute cushions at Lisa Stickley.
I really look forward to exploring Spitalfields Market.
*Top image courtesy of shuma.rani.