Waking up last Friday, with the sun streaming through my bedroom window, sandwiched between two very sleepy cats felt like I had won the ultimate lie in award. Especially because waking up late on a weekday feels like the best kind of decadent treat. I pottered around the house and threw open the windows to let the fresh Spring air inside.
Outside in the back garden I tried to catch every bit of sunshine onto my sun starved skin. I watched Louie try to catch his first bee of the year, I let Pepper push me out of my chair with his big Disney eyes, and sang along badly to my cheesy Spotify list. As far as Easter breaks go; I was pretty happy with the start of mine.
It was too nice outside to stay indoors, so we jumped in the car and made the short drive to Walthamstow. For ages, I had been meaning to visit the William Morris Gallery and it felt as good a day as any.
There is a very small carpark right next door to the Gallery, but don’t bother fighting for a space. Instead, drive a few streets over to Walthamstow Town Hall and use the car park there. It’s only a 5 minute stroll away, and if you like art deco, you’ll love the Town Hall here.
Isn’t it all kinds of Wes Anderson dreamy?
So, the gallery!
Let me dust my old Art hat off…
In short, William Morris was a Victorian poet, novelist and textile designer from Walthamstow (hence, the Gallery’s location) He opened a decorative arts company with fellow artists and designers Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones (who were Pre-Raphaelite artists) and Philip Webb, a Neo-Gothic architect. The influences from these movements laid the foundation to that particular William Morris look; beautifully intricate designs of nature.
Eventually Morris focused more on textile designs and embroideries rather than paintings and wealthy Victorian homes all over the country had their homes decked out in his wallpaper and textiles. The Original Morris & Co continues to sell fabric, wallpaper and home furnishings to this day. If you like Liberty of London prints, then you will most definitely like William Morris designs too.
The Gallery is free to enter and peruse. The whole house serves as a museum, and there are pieces of his work throughout his lifetime everywhere. For kids, there’s even a dress up box section (so cute) The back of the house overlooks Lloyd Park which is where we headed to after we were done walking through the exhibits.
There’s a cafe on the ground floor of the Gallery, selling fresh salads, soups and afternoon teas. We sat down for a tea break and it was a good day for people watching- the park was bustling with people and families who were making the most of the sunshine too.
Gone was my winter coat- in fact, if I stood in the sunshine, I didn’t really even need my favourite leather jacket (an oldie from Zara)
And hooray, bare ankle weather! Because I will never be that person who enjoys socks.
Outfit deets below!
It was Friday, the sun was out, and I still had the long weekend stretched out ahead of me.
Add to that, some sunshine and stunning pieces of art and history…I was felt like I was waking up from my Winter hibernation!
London in the sunshine is a beautiful place to be. It’s a great spot to visit; grab some lunch from the cafe and stroll the gardens afterwards.