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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

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Cocoa Locale. The ‘cake boutique’ that’s a one-woman show.

December 2, 2013

Cocoa Locale.  4807 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, Québec.

Cocoa Locale is no cupcake shop.  It’s not a bakery that churns things out for other businesses.  Nor is it a cafe.  It’s a “home kitchen”:  a single room with an oven and a display case. … 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