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12 hours in London

I mentioned yesterday that after my day in Brighton last week I headed into London for a couple of meetings. With one meeting in Southwark at 10am and another in Clapham Common at 1.30pm, plus a flight from Gatwick at 8.25pm, we had some time to explore. There wasn’t much I wanted to tick off my to do list, I simply wanted to explore, and perhaps pick up a new purse. Take a look at my day in pictures.

I loved the look of this pop-up champagne bar…

12 hours in London

Popped to the Lego store and did the tourist thang…

12 hours in London - Lego shop

12 hours in London - Lego shop

12 hours in London - Lego shop

Also had to check out the M&M store – and couldn’t believe that you can get your face printed on them! Maybe next time…

12 hours in London - M&M shop

12 hours in London - M&M shop

12 hours in London - M&M shop

I popped by Chinatown and found a really cute shop called JP Books – so much kawaii!

12 hours in London - Chinatown

12 hours in London - Chinatown

12 hours in London - JP Books

12 hours in London - JP Books

12 hours in London - JP Books

We called in to Hamley’s to check out the Harry Potter displays…

12 hours in London - Hamley's

12 hours in London - Hamley's

12 hours in London - Hamley's

Stopped by Liberty and swooned over the pretty stationery…

12 hours in London - Liberty

12 hours in London - Liberty

12 hours in London - Liberty

12 hours in London - Liberty

Turns out there’s pretty street art outside of Brighton

Carnaby Street is sooo pretty!

12 hours in London - Carnaby Street

12 hours in London - Carnaby Street

Spotted Agatha Christie – rather apt, considering I’ve not long finished my first of her books.

12 hours in London - Agatha Christie

Headed to Covent Garden to check out kikki.K and found some rather pretty buildings.

12 hours in London - Covent Garden

12 hours in London - Covent Garden

We spent most of the day running between rain showers but it was still loads of fun.

We grabbed dinner at the Wagamama at Gatwick Airport – fabulous staff and sooo busy. The duck pancakes were really yummy but I think I was a bit too adventurous with the chilli squid (hotter than expected).

12 hours in London - Gatwick Airport

12 hours in London - Gatwick Airport

I’d spent the day keeping an eye out for a new purse and popped into a Cath Kidston in the hope of finding an Alice purse. I ended up finding one at the airport and, because it was the airport, it was even cheaper! I need a purse with a photo window for ease of the commute with my bus pass but I was willing to compromise for this limited edition stunner. Plus the savings I made covered the cost of a ticket holder, which does the job – and looks cute.

Cath Kidston Alice purse

Cath Kidston Alice purse

Cath Kidston Alice purse

Cath Kidston Alice purse

Cath Kidston otter ticket holder

Next time I find myself in London, likely for the next Stationery Show, I’ll certainly be factoring in more exploring time, especially for indie bookshops.

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