Thursday 28 January, 2010

Kokon To Zai – Westbourne Grove


The sister shop to Kokon To Zai in Soho (owned by Marjan Pejoski who designed Bjork’s swan dress) but so much more exciting, marrying together my twin obsessions death and clothes…


Art books, graphic design books and magazines which are hard to find is what you get here. It’s a great shop packed floor to ceiling with “flick-through-once-and-leave-around-to-look-cool books” …

Wednesday 20 January, 2010

Book and Comic Exchange – Notting Hill


I have a love hate relationship with the people who work here. They have that mindset that people who work in secondhand book and record stores have – ie…

Saturday 16 January, 2010

Scooter Caffe – Waterloo


The best way to get here is to approach through the Leake Street Tunnel which is a Banksy-created installation of stencil graffiti by artists such as the NYC collective Faile…

Sunday 10 January, 2010

Verde & Co. – Spitalfields


Verde and one giant Victorian display case of fine chocolates, preserves, old fashioned tins of tea, coffee and wicker baskets full of organic vegetables…

Monday 04 January, 2010

Ray’s Jazz Café – Soho


I use Foyle’s as my own personal lending library, buy and take back later and it has a great cafe too. Far and away the best bookshop in London, it’s huge and sells, well everything…

Wednesday 30 December, 2009

Café 1001 – Brick Lane


I feel like I should include Café 1001, mainly because I used to love it before it became a massive tourist trap. It used to be relatively…

Sunday 20 December, 2009

Louis Pâtisserie – Hampstead


Situated on Hampstead High Street, this little Hungarian patisserie has the most delectable cakes you can imagine, page after page…