Welcome to our July monthly edit.
This month we’re off to London! Dive into our roundup of favourite hotspots for design inspiration right now.
Covent Garden has experienced a foodie renaissance of late with the arrival of new restaurants such as Petersham Nurseries — the urban but no less delightful sister of its legendary Richmond outpost. Other must-visit favourites in the neighbourhood include The Barbary with its Middle Eastern-inspired menu, and Australian chef Sky Gyngell’s nearby Spring restaurant set within the Neoclassical surrounds of Somerset House with exquisite interiors by Gyngell’s sister, Briony Fitzgerald. And for a taste of a true London classic — from the simple but perfectly cooked dishes to the old-world, low-lit, European bistro-style interiors — Corbin and King’s The Delaunay conjures the kind magic that will make you want to linger from lunch well into the evening.
Mayfair and New Bond Street
One of the most-talked about new retail experiences to open recently in London is Casa Loewe, British designer Jonathan Anderson’s new Mayfair flagship for the Spanish luxury fashion and accessories house. Taking inspiration from an imagined collector, the three-level store is a serene cultural immersion into Anderson’s love of art, fashion and craft. While in the area it’s worth dropping by Sketch restaurant for afternoon tea, if only to indulge in the pink perfection that is designer India Mahdavi’s Gallery bistro.
Selfridges and Oxford Street
A trip to London isn’t complete without the high-glamour retail experience that is Selfridges. For an instant design hit in one destination the luxury department store and its surrounding neighbourhood is the bomb. From Faye Toogood to Tom Dixon and Jasper Conran see all the greats of British design under one soaring roof and when you’re done, wander north up Marylebone High Street to the legendary Conran Shop and interiors stores including Skandium — or a little further to the west to the equally fantastic Alfie’s Antiques Market. And if you hit inspiration overload, there’s always the Selfridges champagne bar.
Clerkenwell to Spitalfields
One of our favourite destinations in the city is Spitalfields and nearby Hoxton and Clerkenwell. Our current obsessions include the interiors of the 1950s art deco-inspired Luca restaurant, where you can dine on al dente pasta and delicious cured meats in cosy sage-green leather seated booths; Hostem, a seductive mecca of fashion and accessories minimalism; House of Hackney’s technicolour homewares and textiles; and in dramatic contrast, the super normal magic of everyday home decor from Labour & Wait. And if you happen to be the neighbourhood on a Sunday, Columbia Road’s Flower Market is a must-see.
Kings Cross and Coal Drops Yard
Perhaps one of the most remarkable transformations in London right now is the former industrial wasteland (and home of legendary Bagley’s nightclub) near Kings Cross station that’s been transformed into Coal Drops Yard — a Thomas Heatherwick-designed shopping mall for the 21stcentury. In addition to finely crafted boutiques from the likes of Aesop, Paul Smith and Miller Harris, there’s designer Tom Dixon’s new headquarters, which integrates a flagship store, offices and a gallery inside a series of old railway arches. There’s also the Dixon-designed Coal Office restaurant with its granite and black timber panelled interiors, serving up North-African-to-Middle-Eastern inspired dishes from chef Assaf Granit, the mastermind behind Covent Garden’s The Barbary.