The first stop on Saturday was Camden Market - an Aladdin's Cave of vintage clothes, furniture, crafts and bric-a-brac - and it didn't disappoint at all! I'd heard that the quality and value has dipped over the years but I loved it - compared to the selection here in Edinburgh I thought it was amazing. And I loved all the shop facades along the main street - each trying to outdo the next with amazing 3D dragons, runners and angels jutting out from them.
The next stop on Saturday was Brick Lane and Spitafields. Thanks to Cat from the blog Take Courage I had her excellent guide to vintage shopping in Spitafields at my disposal. My absolute favourite shop on her list was a store called Blondie Vintage (114 Commercial Street). I spent over an hour here trying on pretty much every one of their gorgeous dresses. Alas, as is often the way with vintage, the ones I loved didn't love me size wise. I'll be making a bee-line for this store the next time I'm in London though and I'm sure I'll find a gem.
In between vintage stores I loved all of the amazing street art around this area. My favourite being the elephantopus below!
I gave my husband a break from vintage shops and markets on Sunday and we rose early and feasted on museums and art galleries. We visited the Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum. The fact that all of them are completely free makes you very greedy! The V&A building is beautiful and from the second you step in and spot the glass chandelier suspended over the reception desk you know you're in for a treat. The Science Museum was pretty cool too - though the ground floor set the bar pretty high but I thought the next two floors up were a bit of an anti-climax with lots of interactive gadgets but very little besides.
We finished Sunday with a wander around Soho and a quick peek at Trafalgar Square before hotfooting it to the airport and collapsing into sightseeing comas all the way back to Edinburgh.