When you think about shopping in London you might think about Portobello Road Market, Harrods or Oxford Street... However, I'm sure that Baker Street isn't the first location that springs to mind, NOT for shopping anyway... Maybe for that famous detective, His name escapes me... it's ... um... Oh yes, Sherlock Holmes :)Cath Kidston and Emma Bridgewater on a Sunday, and since there are many stores in London that aren't opened on a Sunday... as they are housed in parts of London that only business individuals tend to gather, and since there is only a trickle of patronage on the weekends, they close shop. (I learned this the hard way! So always check the websites before shopping in London on the weekends).
We met on Baker Street but actually went shopping on Marylebone High Street specifically for these 2 fantastic and extremely effeminate stores.
On this sunny Sunday in March, My lovely friend Lisa and I decided to meet at Starbucks on Baker Street, as Starbucks seems to be one place that an American can easily spot, it seemed the obvious meeting point. Oh... and while I'm on the topic of Starbucks, do keep in mind that when you order anything "skinny" in England, it doesn't mean the same as the States, I almost choked on my Skinny Vanilla Latte, which is sweet at home due to artificial sweetener, however in London it means no sweet at all, zip, none, nadda... As I sat at the table with my bitter latte, I enjoyed people watching and listened to the people on the right side of me speak what sounded like french and the other side of me, well, that table had 2 women speaking a language I wasn't familiar with, but how cool is that? London is so diverse and rich with culture, that coming into constant contact with people from all over the world is not uncommon but actually very common place. I truly love that city!
Marylebone High Street ...
Cath Kidston is hard to walk into without wanting to buy everything in the store, I bought a scarf and left it at that, but I honestly wanted one of everything! There isn't an inch of this store that we didn't explore, it's seriously so very English!
Isn't it hard not to covet?
Personally, I think Lisa should have bought the dress!
So much to look at!
My infamous Cath Kidston Scarf that I would normally never pay $40 for, but you do crazy things on holiday... and well, I was in London! My most favorite city in the World!
Baker Street and Marylebone High Streets are both lovely streets to mosey down, as most streets in London, they have beautiful personality.
The infamous detective Holmes is always lurking about on the Street corners as well!
The Emma Bridgewater store isn't far from Cath Kidston and it goes without saying that Emma Bridgewater has some of the most beautiful pieces of kitchen pottery in England!
I bought a lovely Emma Bridgewater mug for myself
I encourage you to visit Emma Bridewater and Cath Kidston only if you plan on doing more than just looking, as it's almost impossible to leave empty handed!
When walking around London, you're almost always likely to bump into one of these, do make sure you say hello!
The Marylebone High Street Cath Kidston store is located at
51 Marylebone High Street
London, W1U 5HW
0207 935 6555
The Emma Bridgewater Marylebone High Street store is located at
81a Marylebone High Street
London, W1U 4QL
0207 486 6897
Baker Street and Marylebone High Street are both well worth the visit!
I hope you're having a great week,