A date with the King’s Road!

03.12

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Last week, I had a date with the King’s Road. I’m in London all the time these days, but it’s always on a tight time schedule. Dashing from one train station to next, from one appointment to another, always with one too many or too few layers on and an undercurrent feeling of being harried and stressed.

So on Friday, I took the day off. I needed to be in London at 7pm to see my friend performing in a show over in Belsize Park, so headed up on a late morning train with the intention of visiting to a museum or gallery first, then going over to the King’s Road for a spot of Christmas shopping later on. But once I arrived in Waterloo I thought, well, maybe I should go and do my shopping first! My excuse was that I wasn’t sure what the Black Friday crowds would be like so thought it would be best to tackle them fresh in the day, but really- really and truly- I just wanted to get on with the shopping. ‘I’ll go to a gallery later!’ I told myself. Ha!

You can guess what happened. Hours, and hours, and hours of shopping and stopping for coffee breaks and lunch, and I never once made it anywhere more cultural than a quick sit down outside the Saatchi gallery. Not inside it, mind you. Just outside. All plans of spending a civilised couple of hours wandering solo through the National Gallery or the Tate, with coffee in one hand and camera in the other, were lost the minute I found King’s Road to be relatively quiet, and the sales to be generous. Coffee was bought and photos were taken though, of course…

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Most of my time spent shopping was for other people (hand on heart, I promise!), though I couldn’t resist picking up one of the Christmas Pine scented candles in The White Company. Even if I’d intended to walk right by the shop (which I didn’t, since I needed to pick up a few other bits for gifts) the smell of the store alone would’ve tempted me in. It’s the very essence of Christmas!

I got peckish after a few hours of shopping (‘shopping is my cardio’), so stopped into an Italian cafe I’ve been wanting to visit for years now- Ca’puccino. And since I’ve always wanted to eat at that cafe AND sit outside doing a spot of people watching, that’s exactly what I did! November chill be damned! I’m eating al-fresco!

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The cold didn’t wasn’t able to get to me for long, thanks to the big mug of ‘cioccolata calda’ that my waiter brought over (at my request, of course, not just because he was kind like that). That hot chocolate was incredible, worthy of a place on that Buzzfeed article I mentioned last week! Ca’puccino itself is a delight- minimalist, and with a light, modern Italian menu. And they had patio heaters outside, which is always a winner in my book!

I spent my shopping lunch break reading Christmas magazines (Country Homes all the way!), watching elegant Italian couples and Mums with Bugaboos and well-groomed men with even better groomed dogs walking past the cafe, and eating a cheese and ham frittata that came served in its own (totally adorable!) mini frying pan. It was peaceful beyond belief, that mellow half hour or so lunchtime. I could’ve sat there all day long, just revelling in the quiet and watching the sun sink lower in the sky- but no! There was more shopping to be done!

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Last on my hit-list for the day was Anthropologie- not least because they had a 20% off everything sale! I found the hat of my dreams (honestly, it would’ve looked good with every single item of clothing I own), but kissed it goodbye in favour of buying Christmas gifts instead. A feat of self-control if ever there was one ;)

Call me an introvert (and you’d be right!) but it really was one of the nicest days I’ve spent in London in a long time. There’s something to be said for taking a whole day to yourself, every once in a while. Even though I’m home solo a fair bit, what with social media pinging non-stop and emails filling the gaps in between, it’s rare that I feel truly, nourishingly, soul-soothingly alone. And I hadn’t really realised that until I took a day away from it all, and didn’t say much besides ‘another hot chocolate, please’, the whole day long.

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Posted in CHRISTMAS, DAY TRIPS, LONDON, WINTER
  • http://blog.pollyrowan.com/ Polly

    Such a lovely post Rosie! This is giving me King’s Road cravings – I might have to pop there this weekend. Your lunch looked delicious and pine scented candle sounds AMAZING!

  • Cath

    Oh this post makes me nostalgic. I love having a small person to spend all my days with but I do remember a time when I could just pop up to Lunnin and pootle around pleasing myself, crossing things off my list and reading a book (not one in the Worst Witch series) over lunch. Golden times.

  • http://www.blesstheweather.com Siobhan

    Sounds like a heavenly day. I haven’t had a day like that all to myself for a very long time, it needs to happen again! Well done on your hat buying restraint :) x

  • http://www.followyoursunshine.blogspot.co.uk Polly

    Lovely post, Rosie! As an expat in Qatar you now have me pining for cold winter days and London cafes…and of course my favourite street in the whole wide world. Polly x

  • http://theoriestosuitfacts.blogspot.co.uk/ Kate

    Lovely post! Looks like you had a fab day. If I lived closer to London I’d do the same thing – I’d love to spend a day to myself in a city like this!

    Kate,
    theoriestosuitfacts.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://polkadani.blogspot.com Dani

    Your photos are lovely, what a blissful afternoon that must have been! I don’t venture over to the King’s Road often enough, I must change this :) x

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    When I was a study abroad student my housing was right on King’s Road (opposite the Pain Quotidian) and I love it more than any other place in London because it’s where I spent 5 months as a undergrad student wandering, getting my first impressions of England, and ultimately making the decision to come back to England immediately after graduation. x

  • http://letuswanderlust.blogspot.com Carly

    Such a lovely post, as always Rosie! And I love all your photos, especially your sneaky lunchtime ones! I’m a huge fan of Country Homes, I could read it all day every day and I do love a good spot of people watching! Sounds like such a lovely day out in London, one where it was filled with only what you wanted to fill it with and a lovely day to just spend by yourself!

    I hope you made a dent in your Christmas shopping! I’m still yet to start…

    Carly xo

  • http://www.littleobservationist.com Steph

    Ha! You were like a minute from my flat :) I love the King’s Road too. I’ve spent many Saturdays just like this.

  • http://www.lucyjlove.blogspot.co.uk Lucy-J

    This sounds like such a perfect day! I love Kings Road, although I haven’t had much of a chance to explore it properly yet, and I honestly can’t think of anything more appealing than taking a day off to myself and taking myself off somewhere new. Unfortunately, living up north means there isn’t anywhere quite as glamorous as Kings Road/Chelsea however! xo

    LJLV | UK Personal Style

  • http://nannaemma.blogspot.com Nanna

    Of those wreaths at the end of the post are just wonderful!
    I’ve never seen one with dried apple slices before, such a good a idea :)
    x

  • http://aaleeriaz.blogspot.co.uk Alliyah Riaz

    This sounds like my kind of day, perfect!

  • http://the-adventures-of-maria.blogspot.co.uk/ Maria

    It sounds like a lovely day! I love spending time on my own now and then and I find shopping on my own better than with other people usually. I love people watching. Maybe I’m nosey. x
    http://www.the-adventures-of-maria.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://mutedmornings.blogspot.com Mimmi

    Sounds like you had a really lovely day :) I love wandering around town by myself once in a while. It’s nice being able to walk around at your own pace, looking only at what you want to look at. And that part of London looks beautiful!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • Josephine Penelope

    I love this post, thanks Rosie! Usually I can’t stand London but I was also there this weekend to get that festive feeling that London does so well. I also took myself along to Anthropologie, it’s my happy place, love everything they have in there, especially the mugs and Christmas decorations! They inspired me to make these little beauties: http://www.josephinepenelope.com/diy-christmas-decorations/

  • http://ancaslifestyle.co.uk/ Anca

    Lovely post xo

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

  • http://wishing-for-chanel.blogspot.co.uk Ria

    King’s Road is so stunning – I was up there recently for work and wished I could have a proper wander around! Am hoping to get a chance to go up again in the New Year for January sales ;) Xx

  • http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk Lauren

    Sounds like a perfect day in London! I can image it’s nice and relaxing to sit on the Kings Road all day, much more calm and collected :)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.ailishgoes.blogspot.com Ailish Goes

    How funny, Ca’puccino has come up on my radar three times in just as many days… definitely a sign! ;-) These kinds of days are good for the soul, glad you were able to take some time out :-) Ailish

  • http://citycalm.org/ Cheryl Clarke

    This sounds like such a lovely day.. I know exactly what you mean – I love to spend a day shopping all to myself :)

  • https://swanlake1701.wordpress.com/ NGOC LAN

    Drinking a big mug of ‘cioccolata calda’in such a cold weather is so inspiring and interesting. I love your photos and your inspiring words. Guess you have a lovely time in London. ^^

  • http://www.madeupoflittlethings.com Rachael

    I love this post! Your day sounds wonderful and I am deeply envious xx

  • http://www.beautybaeshay.com Shay

    I just wanted to say how beautiful your blog is, and how I felt like I was there on Kings Road while reading this:) so lovely…

  • http://www.sheandtell.com/ she

    lovely, what a nice way to spend the a day off!

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