Having been summoned to London between Christmas and New Year to see my son's new flat, ( and also to wield a paintbrush and roller ) I managed to fit in a little sightseeing in the East End.
Somewhere I have read about HERE and have always wanted to visit ....Spitalfields.
Fine 17th and 18th century town houses whose history spans the Hugenot and Irish silk weavers to the notorious slums of Victorian London inhabited by Jewish immigrants.
Entering the house from the street requires adjustment, as your eyes accustom themselves to the darkness.
Lit only by candlelight and fires in the ten rooms...your journey starts in complete silence on the ground floor and cellar, winding your way to the top of the house, taking in the smell of wood smoke, food and musty damp in the attic.
Theatrical room sets of unmade beds, collapsed ceilings, chamber pots full of urine add to a magical and very different house tour.
Certainly worth the queue on a Sunday afternoon....
After a quick visit to The Spitalfields Market, I ventured onto Fournier Street,
And directly opposite Christ Church,
I found a fabulous shop....Town House
Full of interesting, quirky, decorative and useful pieces...set in a classic Spitalfields house with logs burning in the stove, creating a warm welcome to those who enter.
Down the stairs and into the kitchen,
Cosy and inviting.....
Coffee and cake was on the menu,
Good coffee and homemade lemon drizzle cake served by a charming Scotsman... Murray, who told me about the shop, its talented owner who spends time between France and London and the history of the area.
It is also possible to stay at The Town House for weekend breaks or longer.....HERE
What a great base to explore London in an old building, surrounded by antiques yet with luxury, modern facilities.
Thank you Murray for your hospitality...so nice to meet you!