Tuesday, May 18, 2010

London: Living Like Locals

all shots above from the Salusbury Foodstore
We spent Thursday til Monday at our friends' home in the neighborhood Kensal Rise. It was a real treat to stay with our friends Ariel, Paul, and their five-year-old Daphne, and not in a hotel. And a huge plus to be in a neighborhood that really doesn't have a tourist-y vibe--I kept saying it was the Brooklyn of London. . Ariel suggested we head out to Salusbury Road, in the Queens Park neighborhood, a 10 minute walk from their house, to have lunch at the Salusbury Foodstore .  I just can't understand why nobody can do a restaurant/cafe like that in our neighborhood back in Brooklyn--delicious seasonal salads, pizzas, soups, and desserts. We found a very cute shop called Iris , which had kids clothes and toys, and really nice clothes for women (Isabel Marant, Vanessa Bruno). On the way back we stopped at the Queens Park playground, which had a great zip line, a perfect paddling pool (not that it was open, but it was so sweet, and only for "under-10s". It had a very separated toddler area, and even very clean bathrooms. Also in the neighborhood is Chamberlayne Road, which has a couple of very cute antique stores (Circus was one), a Scando kids shop called Kidsen (we didn't make it there, but our friends say it's great), and even a kids cinema.
above two pictures the shop iris
i just thought these were too pretty to not show...from a flower shop on salusbury rd.
queens park above
love the "engaged" orange door and the changing table in the park bathroom
i love how they plant their bulbs right in the middle of the grass, not just on borders.

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