We're just back from a quick trip to London where we found OODLES of cool new brands and products that we're not going to tell you about JUST yet but in the meantime, we thought we'd share a few of the deadly places we popped by ...
Best Design Shops in London:
SMUG: One of the cutest and teeniest shops we popped by was SMUG. It had a lovely selection of bits and bobs - mostly cute ceramics and stationary perched on retro furniture. Staff were lovely and it seemed to have secret, teeny cafe downstairs!
It's located at 13 Islington high St, London N1 8EA, and is easy to miss - so look left would be my tip! Closest tube is Angel.
Abigail Ahern: I adore Abigail Ahern - I have all her books and she's basically my hero and I've been DYING to go to her store since it opened. It did not disappoint, with opulent faux plants everywhere and moody dark paint on the walls - it was exactly what I had anticipated. The selection included very expensive furniture, affordable ceramics and faux flowers - though there didn't seem to be too much of an expansive range, I was expecting to see more of her lighting etc. but this probably has to do with the time of year.
It's located at 12-14 Essex Rd, London N1 8LN - closest tube is Angel.
House of Hackney: This place is a treasure trove of luxe materials and insane prints - it's FAB U LOUS. With a capital F. There are lots of beautiful own-brand gifting in-store like lavender scented eye-masks and fabric covered notebooks, as well as really magnificent wallpapers, cushions and fabrics. It's so worth a visit.
It's located at 131-132 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JE - the closest tube is Old Street.
The wife having a mooch in House of Hackney
We did pop into other design shops too like Monologue and Twenty Twenty One which were nice but the above were extra special. Also I HAVE to tell you about the Breakfast Club. Yes it's got the best name ever but it also serves DIVINE food, the decor is junk-yard gorgeous and the staff are soooo friendly. Would highly recommend it. It's around the corner from House of Hackney in Shoreditch and really reasonable price-wise.