another favourite meeting place of mine is the national portrait gallery – if you go along now, you can see the interesting photographs from the Taylor Wessing photographic prize – its a free exhibition, but the huge variety of subject matter makes it a lovely exhibition. also its always lovely to see prints in life, not just on screens. next door the national cafe is a lovely ambient space to have coffee or afternoon tea – i went for the clotted cream and scones!
just across the road, you must wonder down cecil court, a wonderfully atmospheric alley of victorian bookshops, specialising in antiquarian books. i stepped into the lovely marchpane book shop, which was filled from floor to ceiling with beautiful old copies of children’s books. you can spend anything from £10 to thousands, you have to just decide what you want to pay, and then see what you like. i chose an early 1909 copy of alice in wonderland for my daughter alice – who now she is older has decided to collect these books. i could have spent hours in there – the graphics and design of the books were so inspirational. so for the perfect and original gift for the person who has everything, take a trip to cecil court.
here is a picture of lauren, another muse of mine, when she was 7 months pregnant, but has that amazing radiance that comes with impending motherhood.