London

Labour & Wait via Unique Boutique Blog

Labour and Wait. Inspired by a dustpan and brush.

December 12, 2015

Labour and Wait, 85 Redchurch St, London E2 7DJ

Rachel Wythe-Moran and Simon Watkins’ shop was born of discontent.  Bored with their respective jobs as menswear designers and disillusioned with the fickle world of fashion, they were both looking for an escape.… Read More

The Cross via Unique Boutique Blog

The Cross. Crowning jewel of a beautiful community.

February 5, 2015

The Cross.  141 Portland Road, Holland Park, London W11 4LR  
The Cross is one of my very favourite shops, anywhere.  In fact, it was one of the shops that inspired me to write this blog.  I once lived on an exceptionally pretty street called Portland Road in Notting Hill, London, where terrace houses are painted in a rainbow of pastels.  … Read More

Petersham Nurseries via Unique Boutiques Blog

Petersham Nurseries. London’s glamorous garden centre.

November 7, 2014

Petersham Nurseries,  Church Lane, off Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AG

Glamorous and garden.  Not words that normally go together.  But Petersham Nurseries, a place “garden centre” does nothing to describe, exploits this beautiful paradox.  Picture, if you will, an English country garden, but one behind the home of, say, the Rolling Stones’ best mates.  … Read More

Drink, Shop & Do via Unique Boutiques Blog

Drink, Shop & Do. The marvellous result of dreams, made real.

July 29, 2014

Drink, Shop & Do.  9 Caledonian Road, London N1


Six years ago, a couple of best friends sat on a pub bench in the summer sun, nursing a pint of cider. They were 24 year olds on the cusp of change; one becoming bored with her job, the other in a reflective mood because of an illness in the family.… Read More

Semmalina / Starbags via unique boutiques blog

Semmalina. “Full of things you don’t need, but suddenly want.”

October 31, 2013

Semmalina-Starbags, 225 Ebury Street, London SW1W 8UT

Every city has a toy shop.  London has several.  There’s years old and wonderful Benjamin Pollock’s; Notting Hill’s lovely Dotty Dot and HoneyjamTraditional Toys, the wooden toy specialist in Chelsea Green; and of course, grand old Hamley’s, “the biggest in the world.”  What sets Semmalina apart — a shop full of toys, children’s clothes, arty prints, vintage bits of kids furniture, a party/gift bag service and even a self-contained sweet shop — to make it a truly Unique Boutique, is the highly personalised customer service its owners provide.… Read More

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Tobias and the Angel. A shop that feels like home. Part Two

October 25, 2013

Tobias and the Angel, 68 White Hart Lane, Barnes, London, SW13 0PZ

(…continued from last week’s post)

When it opened 23 years ago, Tobias and the Angel was smaller than it is now.  It was, from the beginning, full of all sorts of things – a combination of cloth, furniture, china, even gardening tools sat alongside one another.  … Read More

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Tobias and the Angel. A shop that feels like home. Part One

October 25, 2013

Tobias and the Angel, 68 White Hart Lane, Barnes, London SW13 0PZ

When I interviewed Angel Hughes, owner of the eponymous shop, I forgot to ask her a question.  Going her shop of 23 years in Chiswick feels like visiting her home.  … Read More

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Fortnum & Mason. “So nice to be treated like a duchess when one is buying a pound of coffee…”

October 22, 2013

Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER

If a single shop can embody a country, its history and in some ways its very spirit, Fortnum & Mason is it.  A very English company with a very English way of doing things, F&M is famous for its tea, wicker hampers filled with luxurious foodstuffs and for its iconic Piccadilly windows, but is perhaps most famous for serving the British upper classes — for over 300 years.… Read More