5 LONDON finds
5 London FINDS
I love the energy in London at the moment. Somehow it's grand and cosy and unpretentious all at the same time. A world city that has maintained its history and is open to innovation and creativity.
1: The Monocle Cafe, Marylebone
The area of Marylebone is mostly owned by the estates of two families. The shops have been curated to create a village atmosphere: less chain stores, more individual shops & small local brands.
The Monocle Cafe is located on Chiltern St and is small, calm and quiet. There are newspapers to be read along with good coffee and scrumptious cinnamon scrolls. In the cosy back room you can listen to the Monocle radio station.
2: Durrants Hotel, Marylebone
Durrants is in a beautiful Georgian building and the hotel has been in the same family for over 100 years. There are tea rooms and a little paneled bar where you can have a drink surrounded by antique guns and oil paintings.
Best of all when you stay there you can pretend you live in Marylebone and wander out to browse Daunt Books and visit the Wallace Collection...
3: The Corner Room, Bethnal Green
The Corner Room restaurant is located in Town Hall Hotel. Just up the marble staircase, worn by the footsteps of old councillors, is a hidden sunlit room where you can find fresh, lovely food.
4: LABOUR AND WAIT Shoreditch
An antidote to plastic- Labour and Wait is an inspiring store that sells functional yet beautiful objects for the home. Things that are heavy to the touch and that will stand the test of time.
Like Labour and Wait, which is just a few blocks away, Hostem deals with timelessness and quality. High fashion- mostly Belgian and Japanese designers.
The striking interior is designed by innovative James Plumb Studio - all dark and mysterious. Look for the secret door leading to an outpost of the Florentine pharmacy Santa Maria Novella...
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