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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

miss b loves ......a trip to London (Part One)


We are so fortunate to live just over two hours away from London by train and last week I managed to spend a couple of days there..... Day 1..... a mild day with gorgeous blue skies...


The hotel was in a perfect location opposite Marble Arch and two minutes from Oxford Street and the tube station......


 

First port of call, my favourite department store......


....cute cushions........


and a trio of warm pastries in Café Liberty...


A quick look down South Molton Street...........


....and back on the tube to Sloane Square. I popped into the Saatchi Gallery......


and Kate Spade........


and then went in search of a certain little cake shop.... but on the way there I couldn't resist a few photos of these smart Chelsea houses....





Finally I found Peggy Porschen Boutique Bakery and Parlour in Belgravia...the prettiest little shop and just as I had imagined it to be.......





It took no time at all to choose my Champagne and Strawberry Cupcake which was so light and tasted every bit as good as it looked.......


Back to Sloane Square station via Pimlico Road past the pretty Wild at Heart florist.......




I soon arrived at the Victoria & Albert Museum........


and headed over to the Fashion Gallery which displays European fashion, fabrics and accessories from 1750 to the present day.........


In the 19th century, the 'cage crinoline' made of light steel wire replaced heavy layers of petticoats..... 


These lurex platform sandals by Emma of London were retailed by Biba about 1972-73.........


After a quick lunch I went to the Light From The Middle East Photography Exhibition which I had seen advertised in the tube station......


A fascinating display by thirty photographers from thirteen countries (no photos allowed though. Click here to read more and see some of the photos)

I would love to go back to see the forthcoming 'David Bowie is' exhibition which starts on 23rd March until 28th July 2013.........


So that was Day 1 ........If you enjoyed this little tour of London then please join me for Part 2.......'floating' human statues, a stroll around Notting Hill and my search for perfectly iced biscuits!!


63 comments:

  1. Love this post! Makes me want to book another trip to London! Soon! You really are soo fortunate to live just outside London, in my opinion the greatest city on earth (even though I consider Stockholm to be most beautiful:)
    xo Caroline

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  2. Looks like you had a great day in London!

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  3. I have some exhibitions to get to when I get back! Looks great especially that cake...

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  4. It's wonderful to see my neck of the woods through someone else's eyes! And you did all of my favourite things! I used to work down the road from that Peggy Porschen bakery and it was not good for my waistline! Can't wait to see part 2!

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  5. What a fab day you had. I totally missed out on the shopping last time I went - I was too busy gabbing away to my bloggy acquaintances which I had the chance to meet up with and for once their company took precedence over the shopping. But next time - I am definitely going to stop by Comptoir de Cotonniers. I really would like to see their clothes close up and personal.

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  6. Wow, wow, wow! How wonderful to spend a day like this! I loved taking this tour with you ;-)
    Waiting for part two now! Love from Mirjam.

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  7. Hi Miss B! You just made me want to travel to London!:) Are ages from my last trip there, I really love to go there soon!:) Awesome photos, in particular I've enjoyed the Peggy Porschen boutique, the cupcake looks so good, have to remember this place:) Have a good day dear, kisses! xo

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  8. I'm so in love with London! Thank you for sharing these fascinating pictures!

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  9. How beautiful! London is the best! It can offer so much in just a day or two. When our flights have stop-overs in London we always take a stroll in one area or the other.
    Great post miss B!

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  10. I adore Liberty! Haven't been there for a while so it's lovely to get a reminder of what it's like. And that boutique bakery looks so gorgeous! I'll have to pop in next time I'm in the city :)
    Great post!

    Much love,
    Jennifer x

    Artstylelove.com

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  11. What a delightful "day 1" you treated yourself to. You definitely know your way around London, a favorite city of mine, and made the most of your time there. I recognized some sites and landmarks along the way and will remember this itinerary should I be lucky enough to visit a dear friend of mine in London next July. Merci, miss b. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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  12. i've never been to london but i've always wanted to go. i love those cushions and that bakery looks so adorable! it looks like heaven on earth to me.
    xoamy
    www.cupcakesncouture.com

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  13. Merci pour cette jolie balade à Londres....ça me donne vraiment envie d'y retourner !

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  14. Wonderful post! It looks like you had a wonderful trip...I love your photos! xoxo

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  15. Its so great to see a view of London from someone who lives in the same country. The Kate Spade store display spells summer, so bright and cheerful. I love the quaint look of the lovely cake shop, its so pretty. Would love to visit the Fashion Gallery, sounds like a wonderful experience!Thanks for taking the time to drop by hun!

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  16. I love liberty also it is just so different to the many other high street stores

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  17. What a lovely tour of London you had. You always go to the most interesting places. The girls visited London a few years ago and had a wonderful time. That little bakery is darling, and what delicious goodies they have. I really enjoyed looking at the dresses from the 1700's. I imagine there is a bit of history in that shop. I would have had to stop at the Wild Heart Florist too, as I adore flowers. Nel just got back from her honeymoon trip to Paris. She will post pictures soon. Be sure to stop by and see them, as I know you love to travel. Happy spring day, sweet friend.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  18. Such a pretty post! I can't wait to visit London:). That little bakery boutique is so darling.. and I have a weakness for cupcakes;). Yours looks do good! Such a beautiful day! Thanks for taking us along:)

    xxL

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  19. The Peggy Porschen shop looks so delightful! I will make a mental note of it and visit when possible. Looking forward to more beautiful pics in your second London post.

    LUXESSED

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  20. Looks like a wonderful time You are like me with NYC about a 2 hour drive away Very lucky I hope to visit London one of these days A great photographic city!! Look forward to more of your photos!!

    Rosemary
    NYC Style and a little Cannoli

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  21. Love all your trip posts! My favorite department store is Liberty too! You make me want to go to London!

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  22. That was a fun tour. I loved the wild at heart shop at Pimlico Road. The flowers there are lovely. I might go to London this Spring. I'm excited to learn about the David Bowie Exhibition at the V&A. The bakery is so pretty too. The Chelsea townhomes are my favourite. Looking forward to your next post about Notting Hill.

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  23. Those pastries look delicious , great post hun .

    xo Meg<3

    Meghan Silva's Blog

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  24. miss b, miss b, miss b! i love London town! this post was fabulous!!! i'm jumping up and down that you went to Peggy Porschen!!!! Remember when I did a post on her (my old blog). I'm so glad you got there and enjoyed. I'm also glad to hear that her pastries were good. Yaaaaay! Liberty hotel sounds interesting. I've never heard of that hotel. Will definitely look it up. It's in a great spot! I want to go to the Victoria & Albert museum. Those gowns are lovely and I didn't know about the upcoming David Bowie exhibition. I can't wait to read PART 2!!! LOVED THIS!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Thanks, Kim. Glad you enjoyed it. Liberty is a wonderful department store which I'm sure you would love. I'll be mentioning hotels in London Part 2 which I hope you will find helpful too.

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  25. How wonderful! Thank you for magically transporting me there after so many years:) x

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  26. I love a trip to London and your photos are amazing as always:) Hope you are having a good week!
    ~Anne

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  27. Oh I need to get to V&A to see that exhibit - looks wonderful. And those Biba's - I could wear them right now.
    Thank you for sharing the photos and your finds.
    x

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  28. I've been craving a trip to London since I got to France, but alas, for some reason it's just brutally expensive for me to get there! But when I do, which I really hope will be soon, I think I will be recreating your day, everything looks just magical! If you have any hotel recommendations, I'd love to hear them :)
    xox,
    Cee

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    1. I do hope you manage to visit London soon. I'm sure you won't be disappointed. There is so much to see and do. I'll be mentioning hotels at the end of my next London post.

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  29. I'm hoping to visit London before the year end. I love that city!

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  30. I absolutely adore London, and your pictures are taking me back! :)

    Can't wait for part 2!

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  31. Wow, you must have been exhausted but very lucky to have had such good weather! x

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  32. I've tagged you in a post - The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag - a few questions about beauty routines! Hope you can take part, if not then don't worry! Here's the link:

    http://www.artstylelove.com/2013/03/the-procrastinating-beauty-blogger-tag.html

    Much love,
    Jennifer x

    artstylelove.com

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  33. I love London - I lived there whilst at uni and am actually going to visit my friend in London next Saturday so definitely checking out the boutique bakery- never heard of it before, thank you!

    http://forcailini.blogspot.com

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  34. london is one of my favourite citie! cant wait to go back

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  35. I so enjoyed my day in London via YOU, darling Miss B! Oh, to be just two hours away ... I love weekends like that, booking a hotel and wandering around just enjoying myself. Love the look of that sweet little pink bakery and recognize it from photos on Pinterest ... that darling little cupcake looks delicious! What a wonderful day, can't wait for Day 2! XOXO ~S

    SANDY M Illustration
    http://oohlafroufrou.blogspot.com

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  36. Next trip to London i'm visiting Liberty! What a fascinating trip

    oxoxoxo from San Francisco
    Amy
    http://bridechic.blogspot.com

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  37. Thanks for sharing bit of your trip. It's a wonderful place. I really want to make it to the Bowie exhibit, not certain of my agenda yet. Great photos. Happy weekend miss b.xx

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  38. I think everybody loves a trip to London. For me London is the capital of the world.
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
    http://margaretcruzemark.blogspot.com/

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  39. Thanks for sharing your treats from London...such a chic city!
    xo
    Sharon

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  40. I do appreciate all these wonderful comments and I'm so pleased that you enjoyed my little tour of London. I hope you will follow along with me on Part 2 !

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  41. Awwww how nice to see these pictures of London! I used to live just by Selfridges! I'm looking forward to going back there in April ;)



    http://fashion-gourmet.blogspot.com/

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  42. London!! I love it, I was there only for a few days, but can't wait to go again. Can't wait to read your part 2.

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  43. wow london. seriously love your taste, and LOVE this post xO!
    www.thehautecookie.com

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  44. I used to live in Ireland for a couple of years, never made it to London, even for a weekend..

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  45. Wow what a beautiful day you had, and with that blue sky! I miss London so much, hopefully this year I can visit again. That cute cafe is a must try. And you visited all my fave areas and shops too : ) I am looking forward to 2nd day of London escape : )

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  46. Love it! I LOVE London!! And hope to come back soon!!
    The V&A Museum is also one of my favourite places...
    xoxo
    Patricia

    http://misstoptenimage.blogspot.com.es/2013/03/that-touch-of-pink.html

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  47. Ohhh, miss b I LOVE London! It is such a gorgeous place, especially to go shopping! I love those cute cushions.. must have, especlially since I just moved to my new place and still need some to decorate my couch!

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog!

    Have a beautiful (hopefully with a bit more spring weather, than here -- we have snow...)
    Svenja
    xx

    Happybluebird

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  48. I just love Liberty it's like no other store in the world...!! xx

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  49. I definitely won't miss part 2, love London, and I'm sure you had a great time there,you shouldn't miss Covent garden area and Harrods supermarket they have delicious cupcakes just like the strawberry one you showed us.
    Kisses

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    1. Covent Garden will be getting a mention in Part 2! I haven't been to Harrods for a while but next time I'm there I shall have to try a cupcake.

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  50. Happy Easter, my lovely friend.

    ~Sheri

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  51. great post, I realized I missed london already =) I don't know if you've tried or not but try hummingbird bakery's cupcakes -sooo delicious! :P

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    1. I've tried them and they are delicious. Red Velvet is my favourite one!

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  52. Really think I need to go to London. I always thought I'd rather go back to Paris over London, but after looking at all the great photos and lovely shops I've changed my mind! Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

    :)
    mikky
    www.todaloos.com

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  53. I've always been fascinated by the retail design, shop windows merchandise and interiors in London. Reading through your lovely post feels like I've traveled there too.

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  54. London is one of my favorite citys! Looks like a lot of fun ;-)

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  55. MissB, Loved this! So many wonderful things and I hope I'll fit them all in. I love Liberty. I hope to get to the V&A too and this darling cake store! I'm going to pin this post to my Travel Style folder on Pinterest.


    Kim :)

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