Since we discovered the joy of driving to London and cheap parking, we drove up to meet my school friend. It has been a year since we reconnected again and it is just like all the intervening years never happened – our relationship is very similar to how it was when we were 14. One happy joy of driving up means we can be there early to enjoy London on a Sunday morning before everyone else wakes.
We’d been out and about and were wondering what to do next this afternoon and thought we’d pop to a cafe on the cliffs at St Margaret’s we’d been there before but we took a wrong turn and ended up seeing the Curfew Tea Rooms.
The whole reason for our sojourn in London was because I finally managed to book a table at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. Can you tell how excited I am? We were half an hour early for our booking but I figured better earlier than late.
The kitties did spend most of our visit in the window upstairs. We had a table downstairs but staff explained it was just where we would be served our drinks and food and we were free to wander around. Most of the kitties were settling down for naps as we arrived so I think I’d go earlier than 11 next time but it was a nice place and, for London, not overcrowded so quite a nice atmosphere.
It took all my will power to leave the cafe without cat napping any of the beautiful residents. It is a lovely peaceful place.
Yes, that is it’s real name! It is one of the most brilliant museums I have ever been to.
The Horniman Museum is located in a beautiful part of London called Forest Hill near Crystal Palace. The walk up the hill from the station is quite pleasant and you see this amazing mosaic at the entrance.
As it was a Saturday, there was quite a lovely farmer’s market up there. We bought a load of tasty items for a make-do brunch. This cinnamon cronut was quite delicious. There was a really delicious flaky focaccia bread which we had with hot smoked salmon, too.
A friend of mine describes the Horniman as a big version of Kim’s game. There is a big room of African artefacts..
We visited a few places we’d never normally have visited when we were in London. We went to Notting Hill and Portbello Road for a morning. I spotted my first ever taxi cabman’s shelter.
I had a peanut butter and jelly cupcake which was very tasty. We were a bit disappointed as there was nowhere to sit down inside. They had some stand up counters which you could ‘eat in’ at but it was nice to try something. I think pao wants me to make some cupcakes now.
Isn’t this ice cream van transformation amazing? It was fun to go to Portobello Market and Notting Hill to look around but it wasn’t our favourite place. We got a bit bored looking at stalls after a while and I’d only really gone there to satisfy my Sylko obsession. Several hours of browsing and not one cotton reel! We did find a couple of haberdashery stalls but they were expensive and quite an interesting vintage fabric shop but it was hot and we were tired so sadly no photos.
My friend Anna and her daughter Bea took me to the Textile Journeys Exhibition today which her mum and our friend Jenny were exhibiting in. Judy and Jenny are doing a Level 2 City and Guilds course in Embroidery and it was amazing to go and see their work. We started looking at some of the work of the Level 3 students. This piece was based on the lamp posts in Thanet.
I had such a lovely time and thank you to Anna for driving me and Jenny and Judy for inviting me. I can’t wait for next year 🙂