‘A vintage day out’ - Primrose Hill
Bored during the weekend? Fancy trying out something new? Join Rebecca McWattie as she explores different areas of London on a vintage day out.
Is there a lovelier way of spending a grey Sunday in January than catching up with an old friend? After meeting at Camden Town Underground we chatted as we walked, passing the countless kebab shops and scruffy teenagers to pretty Primrose Hill and the Vintage Fashion Fair London. The fair is giving away free tickets to the first fifty signing up for the next event online, but the £3 on the door aren’t much of a pinch if you forget!
Over 30 stallholders specialising in vintage clothing, furs, hats, bags & jewellery await you on entering the hall, with countless women rummaging for hidden treasure. I spotted a lovely pink Fifties evening dress with shoestring straps and beaded detailing, and a touch of Forties glamour can easily be found with cashmere cardigans with mink fur collars at only £50. The stallholders encouraged visitors to try on hats and accessories and were generally very friendly and helpful.
Later we sought out the marvellous Primrose Bakery – decorated in the pastel colours reflective of their famous cupcake icing. Since publishing their bestselling book ‘Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery’ it’s not surprising to find a steady stream of cake lovers queuing for a table or a takeaway. They all peer into the cabinet filled with cupcakes in myriad flavours, struggling to make a decision. I wonder if they make it home before breaking into the box and devouring the soft sponge and heavenly vanilla frosting.
The quirky shops of Regents Park Road are a short walk away. My favourite is Judith Michael & Daughter – Vintage Treasures. It’s impossible to feel the January blues when you step inside – an eclectic mix of perfume bottles, Art Deco cocktail sets, cushions and jewellery all beautifully displayed. It’s owned by Gillian Anderson Price and is well worth a visit if you are looking for decorative items for the home or unusual presents, or just go anyway!