My Most-Loved Saturday Breakfast Spot; A Walk Along The Thames; Chiswick House and Gardens; The Happy Coincidence of My Jacket
I know April in Paris is all the rage, but honestly, when the sun is shining in London in the Spring, there’s no where I’d rather be. On Saturday, I had – to my mind – a truly perfect day in London celebrating the start of sunnier, longer days. The happiest pleasures are often the simplest; we didn’t do anything fancy, but it was a day that reflected so much of what I love about London: its sense of community, walks along the Thames, graceful buildings and beautiful gardens.
We started the day at my very favourite place to spend a Saturday morning: Skittle Alley Coffee & Pantry in Hammersmith (which I’ve previously written about here and here). This charming cafe and small market is a real oasis, and I always feel my weekend is off to a brilliant start whenever I come here.
There are a few market stalls right outside the cafe, and one of my favourites is Little Lake Flower Company, which always has a lovely selection of plants and flowers. Isn’t their shed charming?!
It was so warm that I could sit and bask – sleeveless! – in the sun for a bit.
I absolutely adore the Skittle Alley Manifesto that hangs above the fireplace in the cafe: I wholeheartedly agree with every sentiment, and it makes me smile every time I see it.
I went for my usual breakfast: a croissant with jam and butter. We sat in our favourite nook and chatted to George, one of the lovely ladies who runs the cafe, as well as the wonderful Nicola, who as usual had a fabulous selection of cakes on offer!
After enjoying our leisurely breakfast, we set off for a walk to Chiswick House and Gardens. I always love walking along this stretch of the river, which is particularly picturesque, especially in the sunshine! Everyone seemed to be out walking their dogs, nodding friendly greetings as we passed.
Even though it was windy, I couldn’t resist a walk along the banks of the river – why does water always offer such an irresistible pull?
There are the most beautiful houses along this stretch of the Thames: old and rambling and covered with vines, they’re the sort of house that make you feel would be an excellent setting for a novel.
We walked by the most beautiful church and graveyard, with camellias the colour of raspberry ripple ice-cream dangling out the front. If it weren’t for the distant hum of traffic, it would be hard not to believe we weren’t in a sleepy English country village.
We ambled along, coming across Hogarth’s House, but, not being particularly impressed by its small garden (and wanting to make the most of the sun), we headed straight on to Chiswick House and Gardens, where the camellias are blooming gloriously as the moment.
I realised the happy coincidence that the camellia design on my jacket’s lapels perfectly matched the beautiful flowers around me.
For those interested in the fashion details, I’m wearing a Chanel jacket, Rachel Riley dress, L.K. Bennett shoes and Alex Monroe jewellery. They’re all years old, but here are some alternative suggestions:
Along with the camellias, the daffodils were also out in full force, doing their best to delight. It was hard not to quote Wordsworth when I came across this glorious patch:
It really was a simple, but wonderful way to spend a spring day in London.
Where are some of your favourite places to go in London (or wherever you live) in the springtime? How are you making the most of the better weather?