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Here you can see some things that you need to visit definitely when you’re going to London 🙂

Hampton Court Palace

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Hampton Court Palace is believed to be haunted by a screaming lady thought to be Catherine Howard, and the grey ghost Dame Sybil Penn is believed to roam the Clock Courts. The truth behind Charles I’s mystery disappearance in the summer of 1647 is still disputed when he fled the posh prison of Hampton Court and left on a boat to the Isle of Wigh. Hampton Court Gardens displays over 200,000 flowering bulbs on display throughout spring. The Great Hall, England’s last and greatest Medieval hall, saw the performance of Shakespeare’s company the ‘King’s Men’ in 1603. Three of the walls that surround the tennis court date back to the 17th century, one of them being Cardinal Wolseley’s original

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The library bar

Lined with bookcases and handsome leather-bound volumes, decorated with beautiful wood marquetry wallpaper and furnished with sofas and wing chairs, The Library Bar retains its intimate, club-like atmosphere.
In the distinguished surroundings there is the opportunity for enlightenment, as guests acquaint themselves with the bar’s  “Liquid History”, a timeline of vintage Cognacs that dates back to the 1770s, displayed in glass cabinets.

Alternatively, they may simply choose to enjoy the sound of the piano, the roaring fire and the company of friends.

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Blackout, London

Blackout II was peddling vintage threads long before it became fashionable. For some 25 years, the Covent Garden store has specialised in antique apparel (largely dresses from the ’20s and ’30s) as well as more wearable men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from the ’40s through to the ’80s. The duplex store is heaving with stock, and you’ll need a great deal of rummagers’s enthusiasm to praise through the stuffed rails, but the incredibly knowledgeable staff, together with signs on rails indicating era, make the shopping experience a smidge easier. An ideal place to go if you’re after a specific item from a specific decade.

100% design 2015: vintage places to visit in London

Alfie’s Antique Market, London

At Alfies Antique Market your vintage handbag comes with a few words about its provenance, and a spot of gentle hunting is often rewarded with a genuinely rare piece of furniture. A rambling network of four floors, the indoor market houses some 75 clued-up sellers providing a discerning selection of jewellery, clothing, homeware and decorative items predominantly from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. You’ll find a fine collection of industrial lighting at Stephen Lazarus on the first floor, good vintage ad posters at Dodo around the corner, and distinctive homeware at Decoratum in the basement. Prices may be a little steep if you’re used to a casual browse in Spitalfields, but you can’t beat the place for its dedication to unusual and authentic antiques. Another draw is the humble rooftop café which has a seductive terrace that traps the sun and peers peacefully out over London’s chimney pots.

100% design 2015: vintage places to visit in London

Filippo Minelli

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First London solo show for the emerging Italian artist. Using vivid coloured smoke bombs, the Italian artist transforms seascapes, forest scenes, and abandoned buildings into ethereal settings to explore the sublime. Like an apparition, the smoke bomb, which stems from an act of protest, exists for a fleeting yet durable time in a state of contemplation.

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