a leisurely Sunday spent at the Columbia Road Flower District in London
After attending many stylized shows with state of the art cutting-edge designs from Tent London, Origins, 100 percent Design and Decorex it was refreshing to sneak away for a couple hours to the Columbia Road Flower Mart and experience a typical Sunday morning activity in London. Behind the row of flower stands, there are many small clothing, art and antique shops dotting the cobblestone streets.
Walking through the crowded square there were a barrage of smells, sights and sounds where the locals convene on Sunday mornings. While we munched on our delicious egg and bacon sandwiches (served up fresh and English-style with thickly cut bacon, a fried egg and on a crusty roll with spicy mustard), a talented Irish band played in the square. Scooping up flowers for a reasonably priced FIVE-a (that would be around 5 pounds, or about 8 American dollars) these Londoners love their flowers and it was mesmerizing to see the value they place on picking up a bunch of fresh hydrangea on their time off from work. While many of our flower markets in the big cities in the States are geared for the trade this market is set up for the locals. I love it!
In typical English style Londoners enjoy a perfect balance of high end style with relaxed elegance.
Cobble stone streets, ancient architecture, all mingle together flawlessly.
Almost too good to be true (and no I didn't hire these two and they are not actors for this photograph -- they just magically appeared before me with flowers in hand) and were enroute to teach a local flower arranging class!
Thank you Tim and Veronika for this fun morning!
Later, we headed over to a hip and young neighborhood for a fun-filled dinner and look what we found hanging on the restaurant's entrance?
We think this is an original Banksy?!
The next day,
two of our generous sponsors hosted us in their showrooms over at the infamous
We sipped champagne and nibbled on treats at the Samuel Heath and Victoria + Albert showrooms set just across the row from each other in London's Design Center. Samuel Heath is an English staple for bath fixtures and accessories and the company dates back to 1852. We oogled their products displayed throughout the showroom. Victoria + Albert offers an array of bath products that seem to combine the aesthetics of traditional english baths with modern twists. The two companies have paired up to create some unique, luxurious and quite comfortable bathtubs (as you will see I gave the Toulouse a spin) which combines both modern and traditional sensibilities.
Stop back next week for Part 4:
Musings from London and the end of this fun series. I'll take you behind the scenes of a London interior and furniture designer plus peek into the the
Victoria & Albert Museum.
thanks for reading art, flowers and bathtubs -- the fun stuff in life that feeds our souls!