16 January 2011

a stroll in norf london

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Today we went north of the river for a change. thought we'd have a walk about the uber trendy Hackney areas of Columbia road and Broadway market, to see what fashionable people get up to on a sunday.























i found some inspiring shop displays, and never ending amounts of girly vintage paraphanlia, flowery and spotty tea cups and tiny cakes everywhere, it was a bit overwhelming.











we tried to find somewhere to sit and eat but with no luck, we ended up outside. anyways this happy pig, smiling in her sleep, calmed my mood.
























very nice place to have a walk, and shop browsing. my head is bulging with ideas of things to make and do!

23 comments:

  1. Wow, looks brilliant. One day I'll get to London!

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  2. looks like a really lovely place to go for a weekend stroll. so bustling!

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  3. Thanks for your helpful info Artemis about Sauf Laandaan! Good luck with your house buying lark. Hope you get what you want. We didn't go this weekend...couldn't face the journey in the end. Looks like you had a nice time up North though...we were in 'Little Georgia' the other week...tiny little gem (we even squeezed out little one, Bertie and pushchair in (think we were in a lot of people's ways)! Best tiramisu ever in there, we thought! x

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  4. Wow, busy, cool place to go for a walk! Love the little laneways and cool buskers too.

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  5. Ooh I know Little Georgia. Their cheese bread is deeeelicious. Love Columbia Road and Brick Lane.

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  6. Nice to see you visiting my neck of the woods. Love vintage heaven and all these other places u trawl every weekend x

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  7. When I look at photos like these I really, really miss London and keep thinking I should make my way back there again.

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  8. Inspiring just to look at- I bet it is doublefold to see it in person!

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  9. Great to see your photos of Hackney. I know what you mean about seeing things and then your head bursting with ideas.

    My dad grew up in Hackney, 1930s Although I know it wasn't considered trendy then. His mum was a Londoner, but granddad came from Somerset. it was pretty hard for him living in London and eventually they moved out to a Farm around Epping area, eventually owning a small market garden in Hertfordshire.

    Christy
    Lil Bit Brit

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  10. AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! I miss London soooo much. Its only been a few months since I was there but it feels like way too long.
    It is SUCH an inspiring city!

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  11. I feel like I walked with you, great photos, where/what is the one before last?

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  12. Oh, I do miss my Sunday morning trips to Columbia Rd for arm fulls of cheap flowers.... Lovely pics

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  13. Thank you for this post. I was born in Hackney in a long line of Hackney ancestors so the the pics were of great interest to me. I didn't know there were parts like this. You may have inspired me to visit. xx

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  14. Looks like a lovely afternoon. I know the feeling when your surrounded by such cool pieces, but it's too overwhelming that you end up not buying anything! Less choices work better for me sometimes.

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  15. yes i was overwhelmed but not in a good way!
    so much 'modern vintage' tat everywhere, was just like tokyo. very female orientated. some shops however, were great, i took photos of only them!

    sorry if i offend anyone but im really not a fan of fake old things and cath kidson.

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  16. inspirational walks are so lovely. you make me want to move to england asap!

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  17. Sounds like my kind of Sunday! Stunning pics as always x

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  18. It looks like very expensive vintage, maybe not the place to go thirfting when I'm in London (hopefully soon). The flower market does look lovely. Love your blog btw!

    Love, Betsy.

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  19. Victoria18.1.11

    What a perfect day - and my favourite hat maker too! x

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  20. Ooo love Columbia Road. Never been to Hackney City Farm though, definitely on my list of London places to visit in 2011!

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  21. Thank goodness there's someone else out there who isn't a fan of Ms Kidston... I thought it was just me!!

    Great photos - I could do with some inspiration, but here on the sunny Isle of Wight there are more shops either closing or becoming estate agents and hairdressers than anything else!

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  22. Thank goodness there's someone else out there who isn't a fan of Ms Kidston... I thought it was just me!!

    Great photos - I could do with some inspiration, but here on the sunny Isle of Wight there are more shops either closing or becoming estate agents and hairdressers than anything else!

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  23. Lovely to see all your photos - I used to live right next door to where Little Georgia is now at no.89; it was still scruffy 11 years ago, but I miss Colombia Road and the sunday pastries we used to nip out for!

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