11.9.12

London shopping

It's the countdown to London and BlogTour London - only a week until we head off.  Watch out London!!  So here's a few more fabulous things to do while there from man about town Will Taylor aka Mr. Bright Bazaar.
image Squint
 ... do you think this will fit in my suitcase?
Squint - one of my faves as it's so colourful and unique - British eccentricity at it's best!
Abigail Ahern - amazing use of moody colour, dark hues and quirky objects, plus fab faux flowers (yes, really!)
... I have been dying to check out Abigail's store since seeing her home in Elle Decoration 6 years ago- can't wait!
Lifestyle Bazaar - located in Shoreditch some cool bits for the home are sold here
Mint - avant-garde curiosity style store
The Cloth Shop - no website for them but they are a fabric shop that sells an extensive range of natural furnishing fabrics, beautiful Swedish linens, antique household goods from Europe etc. 290 Portobello Rd, W10 (Ladbroke Grove tube).
Anthropologie (Regent St store has a three story high living wall which is lovely!)
Zara Home (Regent St, Brompton Rd (by Harrods) and Kings Rd are all good)
Monster Supplies - great packaging inspiration in this store
Habitat and Heals on Tottenham Court Rd (Habitat currently going through a takeover by a not-so-cool company so some of the stuff in there is a little suspect, but still the occasional good pieces!) Both modern - not great for rustic or vintage.
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...love the delicacy of this piece, another one for the suitcase
H&M Home in the H&M store on Oxford St opposite Marks & Spencers. This is one of only two stores in London that carries the home line at the moment, but is worth checking out for great value (and easy to transport home!) buys. Lots of texture etc. Some naff pieces though - sort through and you can find some good value pieces that are quite stylish. Very much depends on the day and the pieces they have in.
SMUG - Fun boutique - lots of textiles and whimsical owls, plus a limited edition range by Donna Wilson that I like a lot.
The Conran Shop - Chelsea and Marylebone High St branches are both good.
V&A - check out the design section for sure
The Aubin cinema - a great place to catch a movie.
The Nordic Bakery - nice place for a coffee.
Flatplanet - great place for a quick lunch.
Of course there's all the markets to check out as well - Spitalfields and Columbia Rd (amazing flower market) on a Sunday and Portobello Rd (good for antiques, but bargain hard on their marked up prices!) on a Saturday. There's some fun normal shops around these areas as well.

So who has a few more faves to add to the list??  

5 comments:

  1. I'll get to London by plane but I think I need to take a truck & ferry back to the continent LOL

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  2. I'm with you-need a ship to get itback to the States....

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  3. Excited for you to be in London next week! Safe travels! :)

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  4. I could add more but your list is pretty brilliant!
    Nice job:)

    BTW, Abigail's shop is easy to get to:))
    6 years, not an excuse!

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  5. I changed my mind. As you're sending them to Redchurch Street, a must is
    http://www.labourandwait.co.uk/

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