London weekend

August 16, 2013

When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.

Samuel Johnson

After partying on Saturday night I went out to do a little bit of exploration. I walked 6.5 miles that day and it was well worth it, the weather was nice and a bit of exercise is never too much for a lazy sod like me. Here’s the usual bits that caught my eye during my city explorations. Beware of the image heavy post!

Food market and the South Bank.

Mr Nelson Mandela, whom I had the privilege to shake hands with back in the day but that’s a story for some other time.

Asian lady sat on a bench (or me being a stalker)

Some old folks.

Pink hair. I find it funny how it’s become so common and accepted – only a few years ago it was something only alternative tribes people would be wearing. Not that I am complaining, if difference and self expression are more accepted, it can only be good in my book.

A pause for a selfie with the Thames in the background.

I don’t wanna be buried in a skateboard cemetery… 

One of my stops for the day was at the Tatty Devine store on Monmouth Street. the magic word ‘sale’ was written all over the window, so I had to go in. I left with this necklace in my bag. One day the giant lobster necklace will be mine, though…


Horus or just a generic pharaoh character? Also, why are the winged solar disk and the uraeus  represented in this building? Is it a mere aesthetic choice or did they have some more esoteric purposes in mind? The more I think about it, the more curious I get. But as I didn’t remember to jot down the actual address to do some research, I will have to just keep wondering.

A magnificently preserved 19th century facade for a stick, whip and umbrella shop.

A very short visit to the British Museum. I will definitely need to go back some time in the future. to make a long story short, it was difficult to leave my weekend bag in the cloakroom and the crowds were hard to negotiate as it was so I gave up and left. Instead I found a piece of green grass and just lay down for a while, to rest my bones for a little while.

And finally what I wore: Turban – Present from my friend Maud, Leopard Dress (we all know it’s a neutral)  – TK Maxx (£2!!!!), Tshirt – Zara, Phone Cover – Ebay, Polkadot Tights – Primark, Boots–  Dr Martens

Pretty red black and gold on an old lamp post.

Some very stern looking caryatids on Euston Road. Lighten up! The sun is shining and the sky is blue!

And then I went home. I hope you enjoyed walking with me in London. Won’t you join me one of these days?

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  • Reply OHLALALI August 16, 2013 at 08:20

    I do! We should arrange meeting in Lnd soon and explore it together!

  • Reply Amber of Butane Anvil August 16, 2013 at 10:58

    Really neat details as usual, Sara! Cool turban too.
    Skateboard cemetery, aww! (now I’ll have the Headstones in my head all day, thanks!)

  • Reply Jet aka Punk Glam Queen August 16, 2013 at 12:53

    Well well things keep getting freakier around here… the quote you used from Samuel Johnson… he was a dear friend of direct descendent of mine who was also a famous British literary figure. I had just written to Westminster Cathedral yesterday to see if I or they could procure a rubbing of his plaque for me so I could pass it down to my daughter. Samuel Johnson was actually responsible for getting the plaque placed there as my ancestor died a pauper (he was quite the character, give everything to a beggar while owing the butcher!) and wasn’t able to afford being buried in the cathedral where he should have been. Now how about that? Well I don’t believe in coincidences so there’s a reason there! Love the pics you took… London is like NY to me, if you look for the beauty & expect to meet nice people you always find it! Love your dress (yes of course leopard is a neutral!) and the pics have me drooling. Can’t wait to visit! XXX

  • Reply ariane August 16, 2013 at 17:04

    Wonderful post, i love this city! I went in 1978! Can you imagine, it was the punk years there!
    I wish, wish to go back, i talked to Mr D about it, Paris and London maybe next year…i have to stop and spend all my money on DocMartens!

    Tks for sharing your lovely style on my blog hop!

    Ariane x0

  • Reply Annika August 16, 2013 at 20:50

    These pictures are great, so many details that you would just overlook when not taking the time.

  • Reply pastcaring August 16, 2013 at 21:13

    So many fascinating details, and you have captured them beautifully as usual, Sara, you have a great eye.
    I love just wandering, whether in London or anywhere else, and seeing what you can see.
    Leopard print certainly is a neutral, and you look fab in it! xxxx

  • Reply Connie* August 17, 2013 at 04:14

    Oh I just love going on walks with you!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Tami Von Zalez August 17, 2013 at 21:53

    Your images were a feast for the eyes. Makes me want to visit – I don’t know when that will be …

  • Reply JGRuddock August 18, 2013 at 05:06

    ‘Stopping for a selfie at the Thames’. What fine words. Wish I was there too. xo xo

  • Reply Hollie August 18, 2013 at 20:27

    gorgeous photos! I love the skateboard cemetery. Wish I could go to London someday!

  • Reply jane at the flight platform August 22, 2013 at 18:08

    what a fab day, i love London! x

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