If there is one thing blogging has given me other than the satisfaction of having a creative outlet, it's that I've gotten to know so many lovely people both in the virtual and real worlds. So it is my pleasure to welcome today's guest post from Style on the Couch. It's only appropriate that she introduce both you, my dear blog readers, and me to her favorite London shops since I'll be off gallivanting there by the time you read this. So without further adieu, here she is.
I’m a little Brit having an adventure in The Big Apple but when it comes to talking about London I’m right at home. With A Girl In Boston’s forthcoming trip to the UK on the horizon, I put my thinking cap on (Sherlock Holmes style) to gather together my favourite London things to see and do:
1. The White Company, 90 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4QZ
The philosophy of The White Company is to create quality clothing and items for the home at affordable prices. Their loungewear range is my favourite, offering “basic” tops and trousers (I cannot say pants, since I am writing an article about all things English here today) that really last. They have some gorgeous swimwear in store right now, like this ruched one piece with a spot design. Service in the Marylebone boutique is always exceptional and the shop is filled with their noteworthy scents too.
2. Liberty Department Store, Great Marlborough Street, W1B 5AH
Liberty London is a fantastic gem of a store. The building itself is magnificent – a Tudor mansion created to give the customer the feeling of walking around in their own home. Since my home holds no such luxuries I always have to visit the store for it and you can spend a good amount of time here browsing through the racks of designer clothing, exquisite lingerie and beauty products. If you have time, do visit the Liberty Print Shop to snaffle a memento of your visit.
3. Hampstead Antiques Emporium, 12 Heath Street, NW3 6TE
This emporium in Hampstead, north London, has some amazing vintage jewelry stalls. I often buy gifts from here for friends and family, since I enjoyed browsing so much and it was close to my home in London. Great finds can be a bit hit and miss, but Hampstead itself if worth a visit for a walk around the Heath (Liberty London Girl is always taking Posetta for walk here and talking about it) and Kenwood House where you can also visit for their open air concerts in the summer months (take a picnic; table and candelabra optional but I have seen it happen here, as we Brits like to make an occasion of these such events!)
4. Borough Market, SE1
Borough Market is the ultimate foodie destination in London. Open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (with the serious and sensible shopper visiting between 8 and 10am for the best picks) this place has THE best cheeses and artisan goods. You might even run into a celeb or two, I’ve seen Gwyneth Paltrow here a few times…
Travel essentials: There is only ONE for London. Trust me.
1. Umbrella. I certainly do not miss the grey and wet weather back home. It is THE travel essential: Umbrella. Make like Mary Poppins and find a fabulous umbrella at James Smith & Sons.
Lissy I hope you have a fabulous time in London and I hope you’ll share your adventures with us, plus any purchases made, when you return! StyleOnTheCouch xx