On my last trip to Selfridges, I stumbled across a new concession freshly arrived from France. Mariage Frères has been specialising in tea for over 130 years and carries over 500 varieties.
The selection is amazing and I really never knew tea could smell quite so good. In addition to pre-made tins, you can even make your own blend right on the spot.
Even my very English husband has been enjoying the fine French tea instead of his usual cuppa.
Best of all, it's reasonably priced and packaged nice enough to make the perfect gift.
Why not treat yourself or someone you love?
I must admit it's been quite a while since I've been to my beloved Selfridges. Luckily, some things only change for the better and the basement is better than ever.
Like the new Anthropologie home section.
Anthro + Selfridges = true love
Plus a selection from Prince Charles' Highgrove shop.
Best of all?
The Christmas shop is back in it's original home.
Instead of Santa, this is the year of the reindeer.
I must admit I kinda wanted one.
Rococo Chocolate can't be beat!
I have finally found it.
The best antiques market near London is at Kempton Park.
For those of you without a car, don't fret- there is a train station in the parking lot and plenty of vans ready to deliver your goods straight to your door.
Word of warning? Arrive early. We arrived at 6.30am and 4 hours later, I still felt like I wasn't finished. Upon opening, many dealers will only have a small selection of their items out. An hour later, every stand will be unrecognisable and new goods will appear with every pass.
I brought the above home with me and if the sideboard wasn't so large, you can bet I would have bought more! Many people bought the large baskets on wheels (laundry baskets?) and then used them to hold everything they bought which was genius.
Kempton Park Racecourse
Station: Kempton Park
Trains depart from London Waterloo and take 45 minutes direct.
The market takes place the second and last Tuesday of each month.
Don't worry about bringing food, the food truck makes surprisingly yummy toasted breakfast sandwiches.
This weekend I discovered the charming little town of Dorking. The antiques on West Street are definitely not to be missed.
If antiques aren't your thing, Dorking also has a variety of modern shops and a little bit of American history to boot.
Dorking can easily be reached by train from London if you don't have a car.
The London street sign is an icon we all know and love. I remember when I first moved to London looking in my A-Z to see if there was a street with my surname.
There is. Oh, how I wanted it for myself!
Luckily, you no longer need to do anything illegal to have your very own street sign. You just need the money!
Thanks to TFL's new service, it doesn't even matter if your name is a real street or not. Best of all, these are real genuine signs made by the same people who make the ones you see all over London.
If trains are more your thing, they even offer railway signs.
Aren't they amazing?
For you fellow expats, these would be great souvenirs to remind you of your time spent in this glorious city.
All pics from TFL
If you know me at all, you know how much I love M&S for groceries. When I read that they were overhauling their foodhalls again, I was a bit unsure. The last change they made (introducing other brands) I didn't like so I wasn't sure whether this new improved foodhall would impress me.
Well, M&S, you did it. The first of the new foodhalls is at the High Street Kensington branch and I love it. Deli counters, made to order fresh pasta and specialist international food items combined with tradition own brand products make this M&S something special.
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