Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Princess Diana Garden Tablescape

Welcome to London, England this morning for my 

We are setting up for breakfast in one of the
gardens that Princess Diana helped to plant. 
Thus our Airbnb was called Princess Diana House.
It was built in 1608 and she was a patron of the
preschool which occupied the building, so she 
was a frequent visitor to the house.

At the time the preschool occupied numbers 61 and 63 
of the building.  Our Airbnb was number 61.

(The two above photos come from their Airbnb website.)

This morning is one of those fine English mornings
where it might rain, but for now it is nice 
enough to set a table.

This tree is the sole survivor from Princess Diana's 
ceremonial planting of the garden.

The kitchen on the basement level leads 
right out into the garden.  

(The above two photos are taken from their website on Airbnb - 
not as well appointed anymore - you can tell it has had a lot of use now - 
only one of these chairs are left, the small table is gone and so are the 
darling cushions on the settee.)

As you know, Miss Madi K did a lot of carrying for me 
in Europe,

and she brought along a couple of 
MacKenzie-Childs Berries and Blossoms plates. 

My Berries and Blossoms were also brought along on 
our B Bakery Vintage Tea Bus Tour, which I highly 
recommend next time you visit London (book early, 
they sell out!)

When I saw that the kitchen was stocked 
with these great placemats and coasters, 
I had to put together a small table for two 
out in the garden. 

I used the mismatched flatware from the kitchen, 
but I think that adds a bit of charm.

And I also used the stemware from the kitchen.

They have since changed the name of the home 
on Airbnb from Princess Diana House to 
Gorgeous Historical Home Minutes from Kings Cross.

That is true, it was about a 10 minute walk through 
a lovely part of town to King's Cross Station with 
a bus stop right in front of the door.  Remember as 
you walk to look right first, not left, since they 
drive on the opposite side of the street.

I will be posting this with


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Loved reading this post and travelling along with you...what a lovely Airb&b ...with great history . Perfect table setting, too!!

  2. You and your hubby are too cute! I bet you smiled when you saw those great placemats and coasters! Your table for two in the garden is adorable. I forgot to bring dishware on my trip but did bring the mug :-)

  3. Each time I see your lodging accommodations I'm convinced I need to look into this for travel across the pond. We enjoyed spending our vacation in an Airbnb with our family in DC so we are familiar with them I love your garden and the history here. The breakfast setting is lovely and I did the same with Berries and Blossoms with a beach theme. They do carry so well. Cute pic of you and your husband and the tour sounds delightful. Thanks Jackie for sharing your trip, so much fun following along with you on your tour.

  4. What fun to play with your MKC plates while visiting London! I know you loved your accommodations and the location, a trip of a life time with your family!


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