columbia road, a bacon sarnie & some seriously cool art {nelly duff}…

after more than six years of living in london & much coercement on my part, i finally managed to drag my better half off to the columbia road markets last weekend…

as you can imagine, the notion of getting a man {who, by the way, is seriously averse to spending money on things that die in a handful of days} to go flower shopping on a bitterly cold sunday morning was a feat in itself…

but the fact that it took us the best part of an hour, three tube lines & a 10 minute walk to get there pretty much ensures this kind of outing will be a one-off in our relationship {it amazes me still that i could be halfway to paris in the time it takes to cross from one side of london to the other}…

when we finally arrived at the markets it was already way too late to enjoy any serious flower ogling {by lunchtime this tiny enclave is positively awash with bodies}, so we quickly resolved to dive down a side street in search of grub & contented ourselves with some piping hot samosas chased down with a breakfast bap slathered in hp sauce {the food of champions}

now ordinarily there’s not much that can beat a freshly-cooked bacon sarnie on a bitterly cold day, but by far the highlight of my day, & the purpose of this post, was my encounter with a tiny art gallery called nelly duff {cockney rhyming slang for ‘life’}…

nelly duffy

{pure evil, chris bourkeangelique houtkamp}

established in 2005, nelly duff was reputedly one of the first physical spaces to exhibit street art internationally…

today you will find the shop front, walls & the perimeter of the floor plastered with an assortment of works from artists at the forefront of the street, tattoo and graphic art world, including a certain cheeky chappy bearing the moniker ‘banksy’…

nelly duffy

{chris bourkehinpatrick thomasmark pawson}

iconic pieces aside, i was surprised to learn that several of the artworks available were actually very reasonably priced {less than £60, whereas banksy retailed for upwards of £2000}…

so it wasn’t long until i had mentally curated an entire artwall of affordable pieces for my home…

nelly duffy

{sam chiverskozyndankozyndandan hillier}

& some obvious themes began to emerge: victoriana references, feathers & nostalgic imagery featured heavily…

nelly duffy

{serge seidlitz, alex binniechris bourke}

as did birds, bears & tatts…

in fact anything with body art or animals incorporated was pretty much a sure bet…

so, whilst my boyfriend might be spared future outings in search of temporary beauty, he may not escape so lightly when it comes to acquiring some more permanent pieces for the home…

images via: nelly duff

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6 thoughts on “columbia road, a bacon sarnie & some seriously cool art {nelly duff}…

  1. Aha, I see…

    Now, I’m not sure I’m more surprised it took you 6 years to get to Columbia Road flower market on a Sunday, or that you actually mention AND consume hp sauce! Yuk!!!!

    What took you so long and maybe next time hire a zip car for a couple of hours instead of navigating through London by public transport. That sort of trip in itself would put me off going anywhere further afield.

    So you like Nelly Duff? Great! Columbia Road is still one of the streets with gorgeously individual little boutiques. It’s creative and has great community spirit. I do love it there and visit often. Most shops are open between Wednesdays and Sundays. Many people don’t know that!

    Next time you go check out: 2 Columbia Road and Atomic Antiques….both lovely and of course Choosing Keeping:)

    Your salon style future wall sounds fab. I’ve bought some prints at the Foyles exhibition…. off to bed, have you seen the time?? Night. Glad your tea arrived:))

  2. You had me at cockney rhyming slang, haha. My cousins ex girlfriend taught me a bunch one night over takeaway years ago. Tables and chairs! Dog and bone! Those are the only ones I remember 🙁 But I love this art. The one of the two men with jaunty mustaches is my favorite, I don’t know why.

    Also, I have to say, I love that you quantified how long the trip took you in comparison to the trip to Paris! I do that constantly, with things like, “That bag costs HOW much? That’s half a flight to Paris!” etc etc etc 😉

  3. for some reason i always compare the time trips to get anywhere in england take to the time it takes to travel from london to paris! i think it’s because i temped for eurostar just before it opened its doors to the public and actually got to travel on it to paris before it officially launched! i’m still wowed by the convenience all these years later!

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