I had one of those perfect afternoons last weekend with my friend Bee, who is moving to New York very soon. Sshhh, don't say anything. I'll cry...No really.
We spent the afternoon on Camden Passage in Islington, a great little stretch of vintage shops, antiques stalls and cool cafes behind the sprawl of Upper Street. We mooched around lovely knitting shop Loop and found Smug which I'd read about but forgotten where it was. Smug has some gorgeous stock including these wonderful wooden owls by Matt Pugh...
and these triangle necklaces (***TRIANGLE ALERT***) by Lucie Beeston, who I have since found on etsy.
Then to the antique stalls where Bee searched fruitlessly for plastic woodland animal brooches that she swore had been there in abundance two weeks before, and we had some tea and apfelkuchen (yeah, I speak the lingo) at this great Viennese cafe, before catching Bridesmaids. (Wow, that's a brash website, it isn't quite that crass, promise. Ok it has one big gross-out moment but it's also poignant and I haven't laughed so much in ages. Literally tears rolling down our cheeks, unable to breath laughing. It was just what we needed.) We finished up with a cocktail, then dinner at Elk in the Woods.
So if you're planning a trip to London or live here and haven't noticed Camden Passage, it's definitely worth an afternoon of pottering. x