Spex in the City

JAM & Sherlock BobbyFor my last day off in London I decided to spend the day in town with a friend.  Nothing too strenuous, just mooching around, visiting some vintage stores, having an afternoon glass of champagne and finishing with dinner at Bill’s. Since it was a lovely day, I thought I’d pop by Mr. Holmes flat and get the obligatory photo in front of 221B Baker Street, before starting the shopping and champagne. Sherlock wasn’t home, but I met a very nice bobby!

The next stop was Alfies – a labyrinth of everything vintage from furniture to clothing.  There were so many floors and nooks and crannies, that it was easy to get lost.

JAM and Gillian Caplan

 

Alfies was followed by Spex in the City - highly recommended by our friend Lydia.  I spent a lot of time in the shop trying on frames and talking to Gillian Caplan about charity work – she donates glasses for Kids in Kenya.

 

I found a cool pair of specs designed by Gillian, and she put lenses in for me while I waited. After all this excitement it was time for an invigorating glass of champagne before moving on to the next place.

 

My final stop was Blackout 2, where I bought a necklace, but surprisingly, resisted yet another handbag!  David and Fumi were lovely and very helpful. The store was laid out nicely and everything was easy to find. I’ll definitely be going back!

 

Inspired by all my fabulous findings,  I visited Can’t Buy me Love and Cha Cha Cha in Muswell Hill the next day – by now my suitcase was packed to capacity!

Can't Buy Me LoveCan't Buy Me Love

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