>A Vintage Emporium and Day Out

>Wandering Around…

Sometimes you end up not exploring your local area unless you’re showing someone around which is really quite a shame, particularly when you live in the capital and there’s more than a lifetimes worth of things to see and do. I was very thankful to play host to my French cousin for a week, who wanted to see how I lived as a Londonite, as it meant I could get myself out of the house. What better reason to explore areas such as Columbia road which I had always wanted to visit since Carries first post on it. I’ll admit something really silly though – nothing was open when we went! All the vibrantly painted doors fling open at the weekends for the Flower Market but in the week, they’re just a passive rainbow road. Still, I spotted some of the pretty things above and am determined even more to explore it another day!

The Vintage Emporium, Bacon Street off Brick Lane, London
My cousin and I took a looped route down from Columbia Road to Barnet Road and along Whitechapel Road to Brick Lane. I took the opportunity to oogle at pretty things by taking her into my favourite shops including Tatty Devine and 123. It was brilliant to be able to show her all East Londons amazing vintage culture; the people on the street and the clothes shops which she all found quite amusing! We finished the trip in true vintage style in The Vintage Emporium, a relaxing, homely cafe and shop downstairs which was introduced to me by my good friend Fiona. Try their big selection of fresh pastries and cakes – the chocolate tart was amazingly melty. Nomnom.

Do you have a favourite Vintage London please?
  • martha September 15, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    I really love your photos !
    And what a wonderful place ! Noted 🙂

  • Georgy September 1, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    >London is a beautiful city!

  • Rhia August 27, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    >Last time when me and my darling visited England we also found Vintage Emporium (by accident) and it was adorable. Staff was very chatty and nice and athmosphere was relaxed and cosy. Definetly worth a visit, even if you don't buy anything from the vintage shop, but just to sit down and enjoy something delicious from the cafe.

  • Wrinkle In Time Vintage August 26, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    >Looks like a great day with LOTS of yummy food!

    -Laura xoxo

  • pinkmate August 24, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    >great photos! What camera are you using? Do you use external flash?


  • Filipa August 23, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    >If all London looked like that I might consider moving there 🙂

  • muse August 21, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    >Très sympa, ça donne très envie…Xx MUse

  • San August 21, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    >This place looks magical. I so wish I could go there right now. Love it.

  • Lauren August 21, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    >incredible photos! i wish i lived in the UK xo

  • Katy August 20, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    >It's beautiful! I really want to go there! xx
    Sirens and Bells

  • styleeast August 20, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    >I love the Vintage Emporium, I did a big post on it when it first opened, back when I started my blog. Coffee and cake there anytime, just give me a shout! xx

  • Jo August 20, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    >Ohh, gorgeous! I truly can't wait to make it to London! The streets look so charming, and like you could get lost in them (in the best possible way!)

    Lost in the Haze

  • alexandratherese August 20, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    >Wow – it certainly doesn't look like London, it's lovely!