Note: Before I got into my main post, I want touch on the events of last night. Luckily, all of us got home safely as terrible events took place in London. I feel so much sadness and anger about what happened around Borough Market and London Bridge but I’m very proud of all the help and support from people around the city. Hate cannot destroy such positivity. London embraces all people and I know it will continue to do so.
Previously, I’ve written about my friendship with Kelly and Rhina. It seems that whenever we meet up, we have a seriously good time. After finding out that Rhina had only had one afternoon tea in her nine years of living in the UK, Kelly and I set out to rectify this ASAP. On our last day out, we spent our time around Kew Gardens in Richmond. This time, we swished about central London. These are a mixture of our photos.
Stop 1: What Katie Did
I’ve been going to What Katie Did for five years. I love their corsets and big knickers! Every time I visit the shop, I bring someone new. This time round, Kelly and Rhina came along. Rachel and the other shop assistants are always incredibly kind and helpful – I never feel worried about how my body looks in front of them. Kelly grabbed a waist cincher (though she did like the effects of a corset). Rhina picked up a whole bundle of goodies and received a stockings lesson from Rachel.
Stop 2: Revival Retro
I totally forgot to take photos while we were actually there (oops). I mainly wanted to go to say hi to the lovely Sarah who works there – she’s fab!
Stop 3: Sketch Afternoon Tea
The reason we were all in pink? This tea room! A great spot to tick off of Rhina’s afternoon tea list. I’d already been to Sketch for my birthday last year and I was more than happy to return. We bumped into Tanya and Boo there too! From the string quartet to the pink-suited caviar man, from the weird egg-pod toilets to the insane patisserie, we loved every single moment (apart from when I nearly smacked a full tray out of a waiter’s hand – thanks for capturing that, Kelly).
Stop 4: Vivien of Holloway
Well, you know – it had to be done. We arrived quite late but we had the shop all to ourselves which was great. Obviously, we all ended up grabbing something. The shop girls were fantastic and made us feel welcome and relaxed even though we were short on time.
Stop 5: The Coronet, Holloway Road
Cider is also a shared love of ours and boy, we needed a few. The Coronet is a converted old cinema a really beautiful space to sit back with a drink. As always, we talked about the good, the bad and the ugly. Such a great way to end an evening and we had chips too – perfect!
After all our antics, we parted ways and headed home. It was one heck of a day and I loved every moment. Our girl gang is made up of some tough, smart and fabulous women!