I’ve had the most perfect day.
I stayed up in London after the awards dinner last night and the logistics of the next couple of days meant I had to stay there before coming to my brother’s place, near Oxford, this evening.
A whole day in London, without an agenda… what a treat.
I did some Christmas shopping. I walked around Soho, Regent’s Street, Bond Street. I went to the Anselm Keifer exhibition at the Royal Academy… it was bliss.
I bought my Christmas cards, I swooned over gowns in the windows of Burberry and Alexander McQueen and the jewels in Graff.
I don’t aspire to own jewels, but I do like looking at them, marvelling at the wonder of nature and imagining who might buy them and who might wear them. Rarely, still, the same person, I fear.
There were the most extraordinary emerald drop earrings – the size of almonds – and they were clip ons! Imagine losing one…
It was such an untold luxury to have time, nothing to lug around (I left it all where I was staying in Soho) and no particular place to go.
My final errand was taking my watch into Watches of Switzerland’s glam new shop on Regent Street, to book a service.
The delightful young man who served me – hi, Ludovic – made me feel like a minor member of the royal family. It was so very nice.
They offer you coffee while you wait. So civilised.
For some reason I can’t make the photos from my phone jump into this iPad like they’re supposed to, which is so annoying, because I took some great ones.
But if you pop onto my Instagram account you will see my whole day in videos and snaps. I got some corkers. I’m @maggiealderson