Sunday, February 26, 2012

Portobello Markets

Pip has often mentioned the idea of heading along to the Portabello Markets. We finally made it and both had a great day. The market is very different to the likes of Camden and stretches right down the length of the road using actual shop fronts as well as markets that spill out onto the footpath. The shops/stalls are dominated by antiques shops ranging from clock shops to tea pot shops and even antique sporting goods shops. We had a wander and picked up a couple of items to take home to our families. The sun was out and we had a splendid day indeed.

Our first stop was a little cafe called "Charlies" It was an old part of a church building converted into a cafe with nice wooden tables, seats and decor. Unfortunately it seemed to be run by a bunch of young friends with minimal knowledge on how a cafe works and who insisted on doing table service. This meant that most of the cafe, including us, took an age to get served and often had to get up and ask. Our waitress completely forgot about us, the pre-cut cake in the display cabinet that we had ordered came out missing half of the base and the below average coffees were made on a machine that was clearly not maintained or cleaned.

After that interesting experience, we hit the markets.

Steve has the burgers, now where is Pip?...
After the markets Pip and I jumped on a tube and rode a couple of stops to the Shepherds Bush Westfield mall where we ran into Bradley randomly, had coffee, bought some clothes and then jumped back onto the tube and headed to Hammersmith's Primark store to pick up some cheap stuff.

Sunnies for 1 pound, Hawaiian shirts in the background and some guy having a cheeky look at what we're up to.