Weekend staycation: part 2

October 4th 2010katie

Portobello Road

Part 2 of my London Staycation weekend!

On Saturday we wandered over to Portobello because we don’t often venture West. Had a peek at the market but it wasn’t much fun in the rain. We had lunch at Santo, a newish Mexican place at the top of Portobello Road – a really great mix ‘n’ match menu and tasty tacos. I want to go back for dinner sometime!

Photos: Retrouvius

Since we were in the area, we then popped up to Retrouvius in Kensal Green, a large shop/warehouse of vintage, reclaimed and salvaged items whose website I’ve long drooled over. It was really fun to explore the maze-like space and see how the owners have creatively styled their salvaged finds. I definitely recommend visiting if you’re in the area, but you can also check the website to see all current stock – prices are really reasonable.

On Sunday we braved more rain to go the Ephemera Society Bazaar – Josh are I are both magpies for beautiful old type specimens and advertising so were pretty excited to go check this out. We ducked into the nearly Bea’s of Bloomsbury for a cupcake on the way – very yummy.

Ephemera Society fair
Ephemera Society fair

The fair wasn’t as busy as I was expecting but there was a great array of stuff for sale, ranging from very affordable to super expensive. We had nice chats to some of the very friendly stallholders (a lot of whom seemed pleased to see some younger people getting into ephemera collecting!) and left a few £££ lighter with a great haul of goodies. There’s another fair in December – check the Ephemera Society site for news.


Some of Josh’s haul above, most of which were £1 or £1.50 – and my favourite find below, a Bulgarian identity document from 1934 – just £2.50! I’m amazed something so old and once-precious can be picked up for next to nothing these days – and it’s simply beautiful.


I bought so much, a few bits have wound up on my Etsy shop – click to have a look.

Vintage advertising

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Comments (1)

  • Dianne

    October 11th 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I had dinner at Santo a few weeks ago – it is SO good!

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