Is it bad to admit I quite like going to Ikea? Even on a bank holiday when it was totally packed and with most of the train lines down, so we had to go via four different modes of transport (tube, train, bus, tram)? Still good!
We ate meatballs and chips, of course, and then pottered around the display area before hitting the marketplace. The main shopping list items were more glasses, as we always seem to run out, a small rug for just inside the doorway, and a cheap bedside table for James, to work for now as I begin my next great ebay hunt after the media console - for the perfect midcentury pair of bedside tables!
We ticked off all three things, along with a few other bits and bobs which made it into our basket as well - thankfully going to Ikea by train does somewhat reduce the amount of stuff you can buy, or else I'm sure I would have overdone it! I mainly picked up some more kitchen things - tupperware as all of ours seems to be in constant use, a pizza wheel and an ice cream scoop - both vital implements, and extra clips for the excessive number of half open bags of things we always seem to have in the cupboards.
My favourite purchase was probably the Brokig side table/stool which we are using for James' bedside table. It was only £7 (I think it used to be £12 but they reduced it) and I really love the style. It will definitely get reused somewhere else in the house once we find the illusive vintage bedside tables I want.
I'm also really pleased with the Pluggis waste sorting bin, which we are using for corralling all our recycling into one place at the moment (Also £7), and the hallway rug which was £20, but feels really sturdy and well made, and should stand up to a decent bit of wear and tear.