As we hadn't picked up our car yet, Tony was keen that we go into London to explore. We decided that with the weather forecasting quite a bit of rain, we would go to Covent Garden first to look around and then head to the National Gallery, & depending on time maybe get to the Photographic Museum. Well it was raining pretty steadily as we made our way to covent garden. (We had not expected it to be so wet & cold, although we had gone prepared.) We wandered around with a woman singing Puccini in the background. The acoustics are amazing there & it is a wonderful opportunity for individuals or groups to have a ready made audience. We decided to have coffee & scones in Whittards Tea & coffee shop. From there we made plans to walk to the Gallery together then I would meet up with Tony. Meanwhile I scurried to one of my favourite shops 'The Cloth House'.
It was so good to have my walking GPS. Easy to find & walking in the door I just stood & soaked in the smell & visual effects of these gorgeous fabrics. It is still set up like an old haberdashery store, in a very old building with old wide wooden floor boards, wooden shelving & one wooden table for cutting on. Bargains are in the basement. I quickly found the few fabrics I wanted along with Indigo Dye blocks (these they don't send to Australia). I scurried away very happy, past many other fabric shops. This lane way of shops is frequented by many clothing and design Students.
On the way to the London ..
You know you are in London when you see the Red Double Decker Bus
At the National Museum London ..
It never ceases to amaze me, the incredible detail & light in the paintings done several hundred years ago.
Crossing the Thames towards the South Bank & close to the London eye.
Lunch on the South Bank at a favourite cafe 'Le Pain Quotidien'
As it was a very late lunch, it was a lovely finish to the day before heading home in the underground.