London Shopping with Kate Baxter

Image Kate Baxter
I love traveling and exploring little out of the way places and of course being a Stylist... I always have an excuse to bring back all sorts of odd bits that will some day potentially find their way into a shoot.  Some call it hoarding, I call it "work".
In a few weeks I'm traveling to London for the first time as part of the Modenus Blog Tour.  It's seems odd that I haven't been to London as I've traveled quite a few other places in Europe. I think it always seemed easy, and like I could always go so why not go someplace seemingly more exotic.  Yet I have been wanting to go for ages and am super excited, especially since we are going as part of London Design Festival.  A week of looking at cool design with my design crazed friends, IgorMaryam, Nyla , Christian, Jennifer and the rest....What could be better!!!
So to prepare thoroughly and make sure I don't miss a single cool place I've asked my London based pals Kate Baxter of Fabric Of My Life and Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar for their fave spots to see, shop and so I'm always nourished enough to continue exploring - eat.
Image Kate Baxter
First up -

Kate's fave spots...


Blitz London - a huge five room Victorian warehouse transformed into an all-encompassing department store on Hanbury St, E1 (round the corner from the Truman Brewery where TENT is held) -http://www.blitzlondon.co.uk/
Drink, Shop, Do – an adorably quirky design shop and caf√© bar selling products from emerging designers alongside vintage furniture and homewares, near Kings Cross - http://www.drinkshopdo.com

The Old Cinema - London's only department store devoted to selling antique, vintage, retro, industrial and upcycled furniture, in Chiswick, West London  http://www.theoldcinema.co.uk/
Labour and Wait – offering an evolving range of timeless, functional products for everyday life, based on Redchurch Street, E1 -http://www.labourandwait.co.uk/
Darkroom – independent store with an eclectic mix of hand-made, unusual and one-off accessories for men, women and the home, on Lambs Conduit Street, Bloomsbury - http://darkroomlondon.com/
Ben Penreath - stocking a carefully chosen range of new products and an ever-changing variety of antiques, second-hand books and unusual presents, close to Lambs Conduit Street, Bloomsbury -http://www.benpentreath.com
Lesser Known Museums:
Geffrye Museum - shows the changing style of the English domestic interior in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day -http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/
New London Architecture – focused on London-based architecture, planning, development and construction, and its publicly accessible galleries seek to inform Londoners about the capital’s rapidly changing cityscape - http://www.newlondonarchitecture.org/
Design Museum (probably not lesser-known but has great exhibitions so had to mention!) - the world’s leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to graphics, and architecture to industrial design - http://designmuseum.org
Image Kate Baxter
Caffeine Fixes:
Prufrock Coffee - http://www.prufrockcoffee.com/
Workshop Coffee - http://www.workshopcoffee.com/

Stay tuned for Will's picks....