Over the weekend, it felt as though autumn well and truly arrived. I woke up on Saturday to a foggy world, which happily turned to a sunny day, but the slight chill to the air that lingered had me reaching for one of my cosiest sweaters before heading out to explore.
London is a city made to be walked. I had the best time over the weekend wandering the riverbanks of Hammersmith and Chiswick, falling in love with parts of the city I’ve never seen before. I seem particularly drawn to the river at the moment: it is so alive with people enjoying the sunshiny weekends we’ve been having. Laughter and chatter fill the air from the picturesque pubs that boast riverside views, friendly gardeners nod hello as they trim the hedges of beautiful gardens only a few steps from the river, and children whizz by on bikes, calling to each other – ‘let’s go to the good ice-cream place, you know – the one in Hammersmith Grove!’ (being curious minded about all things ice-cream related, I did a bit of research online and figure this must be the place – now I want to go, too!).
Saturday seemed to prove that often, the simplest pleasures are the most enjoyable. We had the best day, even though nothing especially exciting happened. Mum and I decided to head back to Skittle Alley Coffee & Pantry, as their delicious croissants were calling our name, and we also wanted to pick up a few goodies from the slow food market in the courtyard outside. The market isn’t huge, but its selection of stalls is fabulous, and we picked up bread, cheese, flowers, fruit and cake.
Little Lake Flower Company do the prettiest posies imaginable, and I couldn’t resist picking out an arrangement of orange and purple flowers to match my outfit!
After our croissants, tea and coffee, we decided to explore a little further afield than we did on our last visit. One of the lovely founders of Skittle Alley Coffee and Pantry, George, gave me a copy of a pamphlet she wrote on the history of the area, and I was impressed by how historically fascinating this part of Hammersmith is. Many notable artists and writers lived in the area, including Eric Ravilious, William Morris and A.P. Herbert (author of one of my favourite humorous poems).
As it was such a lovely day, we decided first on a stroll along the river, making our way along to the historic Fuller’s Brewery buildings. I’d never walked along this stretch of the river before and couldn’t get over how beautiful it is. The streets are lined with the most gorgeous houses, which have their own private gated gardens leading down to the river on the opposite side of the road. I couldn’t resist snapping away with my camera.
After our walk, we were feeling peckish again, so decided to head to The Dove, a pub overlooking the river that the lovely Ashley had recommended to me on instagram. I had the best fish & chips I’ve had in a long time, and I’ll definitely be returning again soon!
All in all, it really was a perfect day!