After a quick, and crowded as always, trip on the tube, I emerged at Tottenham Court Road and headed west along Oxford Street. The noise of people and traffic roared in my ears as I negotiated locals trying to get places, and tourists trying to figure out where they were. I knew exactly where I was going - a quick cut down Argyll Street from Oxford Circus and the famous mock-Tudor shop front came into view.
Liberty is one of my absolute favourite places in London to wander around for a while. There's something delightfully old fashioned about this carved wood department store, and yet it is always keeping up to the moment too. I alternate between entering via the stationery department - a notebook addict's dream - or, on this occasion, through the flower shop where I paused to snap a few shots of the stunning blooms on display.
Ambling through the accessory hall my eye was caught by brightly coloured tangles of silk scarves, and then, through a doorway, just crying out for attention I spotted this most incredible handbag. From Anya Hindmarch's new collection, the rainbow coloured graphic pixel design just made me smile. I couldn't find a price tag, but given the old wisdom that if you can't see the price you probably can't afford it, I rather suspect it is out of my reach - still, a girl can dream!
My feet carried me from habit up to the third floor where my spiritual home lies - the haberdashery department. Oh, and even better, there was a sale on! Gorgeously snuggly piles of knitting yarn in every colour, racks of every type of button, reels and reels of silky ribbons... And then, the fabric. Liberty fabric is my complete and utter favourite, the Tana Lawn cotton is a dream to work with and comes in a mind boggling array of colours and patterns. Drawn inexorably to the half price remnants table I fondled carefully folded cuts waiting to be picked up and transformed.
I came away with a metre of this purple cotton speckled with gold, and the last piece of this multi-coloured splatter-effect jersey. They will be made into very simple tops in the not-too-distant future, but then this quality of fabric only needs simplicity to be shown to best effect.
My shopping urges satisfied, I rejoined the crowds headed south along Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus and across Trafalgar Square, iconic London landmarks, familiar but exciting every time I see them, before boarding a train at Charing Cross to carry me out of the city and back towards the Kent countryside of home.
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