Almost the weekend…..

Uch. More rain due for this weekend. Still, there’s plenty to do in indoorsy places…..

Alternative Fashion Week

Until Saturday 21st, Traders Market, Old Spitalfields, Free Entry

I really can’t recommend this enough. I had such a great time there yesterday. Presented by Alternative Arts, the event runs until Saturday with a show every day at 1:15pm and a fashion market featuring some of the designers from 11am to 5pm. The aim of the event is to showcase the most original and creative collections by a fresh crop of new designers, promoting new talent to the press and fashion industry. It’s an international event, with over 80 designers from all over the UK and the world, as well as showcasing new models too.

George Strood Handmade Knitwear

After that, perhaps some fooooood….

It’s no secret that I would choose chips over almost any other food….. and I’ve waffled on plenty about how wonderful Poppies Fish and Chips is. But it really is excellent…. a cutesy retro diner, great staff and brilliant food (sustainably caught fish, free range chicken, pies from Stoke!)…. and it’s so very conveniently close to Old Spitalfields!

Vogue Festival 2012

Royal Geographical Society, South Kensington, tickets £75 per session

Vogue Magazine is holding its first ever festival with talks and panel discussions involving some of the biggest names in the industry….. Stella McCartney…. David Bailey…. Lily Cole…. Tom Ford….. Holly Fulton…. Henry Holland. Individual tickets for the festival are available for the morning and the afternoon sessions of each day, and allow you to see three talks and panel discussions, as well as makeovers, photoshoots, trend talks and fashion films. Oh and the venue is worth a nose about anyway!

The Body Adorned: Dressing London

Horniman Museum, Forest Hill, Free Entry

If that’s a bit pricey for you though, you can get a fashion fix at the Horniman Museum’s free exhibition. I’ve been meaning to check out this quirky museum for ages, and this may well be the exhibition I make it there for. Exploring the question of why we wear what we do, the exhibition provides an overview of the diverse functions that can be performed by clothes and other forms of bodily decoration.

Crystal Palace

And whilst you’re that way (I keep having to remind myself how easy it is now, with the East London Line taking us right to Forest Hill and Crystal Palace) the Crystal Palace Prehistoric Monster Trail is well worth a look. Set within the lovely park formerly home to the Crystal Palace made for the Great Exhibition, the dinosaur park has been restored in recent years, whilst retaining the inaccuracies of the original Victorian creations. It’s a great place to have an adventure, especially with the crumbling remains of Sphynx and terraces that were part of the huge glass structure.

The London Marathon

I love cheering on strangers at the marathon every year! I’ve usually lost my voice by the end of the day, and often have a little sunburn too! I don’t think there’s any fear of the latter this weekend…. I just hope the weather is ok for the runners! I’d recommend getting away from the busy spots if you can, as it’s a far more enjoyable experience…. we can hear the music and cheering in the Tower Hill area from our flat which is brilliant, but it gets super crazy crowded around there so I prefer to head to mile 21 at Westferry…. it’s much more pleasant there, there’s a pub with a barbeque, and the runners really need a cheer at that point as it’s known to be a tough point in the run. The interactive map is a handy tool to help choose where to watch.

Good luck to all the runners, and to everyone out and about this weekend…. hope the rain misses you!

Ems x


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