Please forgive my London overload, but I do use my blog as a diary (and looking back its amazing how much I forget that I've done!!). On our last day in London, Hubby said he fancied Porobello Road, so we went. Whilst it was really interesting, it was far too busy and way over priced - but the street food stalls were great!
It looked a great area and the history of the place is interesting. It was also interesting to be in an area that was mainly where Londoners live.
We walked back through Bayswater - passed one of London's oldest department store "Whiteleys" (now a shopping mall). This place too has an interesting history, Its owner was murdered by his illegitimate son, and Hitler loved the building so much that he had it earmarked as a potential Hitler HQ for when he invaded Britain.
We stopped off for a warm at the newly opened Kensington Palace. Several Royal families still have apartments here - and Wills and Kate are currently having an apartment decorated for them (41 rooms I was reliably informed!!). However they have kitted out a small part of the palace for the public to tour. I don't know what I thought about it - it was done out a bit weird. Some of it was good, and some of it was plain odd.
Queen Victoria was born in the Palace and there are a few rooms dedicated to her. Its a bit sparse on exhibits, but I loved her wedding dress. She was really teeny tiny.
Another famous occupant was Lady Di, and the wallpaper featuring her is interesting!
After the Palace, we took a quick look at the Royal Albert Hall
And the amazing Albert Memorial - a stunning statue.
We walked through Hyde Park where they were holding a Winter Wonderland Fair that looked really busy (and those people are really flying very high in the air!)
The biggest mistake of the weekend was thinking that Harrods might not be too busy at 5pm on a Saturday evening - WRONG!!! It was a nightmare.
I used to love a visit to Harrods, but now it really is just Bling Central, pandering to the taste of Chelsea and Fulham Footballers with more money than taste or sense!
Still a few bargains to be had though!!