Labour and Wait. Inspired by a dustpan and brush.

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. Designing for the high street wasn’t cutting it anymore. “It had all become very samey and boring.  The design aspect involved reinventing the wheel every six months”  says Rachel.  Simon wondered why design had to be trend-oriented:  “The things I like to wear, I’ve always liked. Why can’t this apply to all the products in my life?”

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The Cross. Crowning jewel of a beautiful community.

The Cross.  141 Portland Road, Holland Park, London W11 4LR

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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.  A small, pedestrianised square called Clarendon Cross divides the road into upper and lower halves; it’s full of shops and flanked by a restaurant/wine bar with outdoor tables and a fairy-lit tree.  I was lucky enough to live in a flat, above a shop, overlooking this gorgeous spot – a little slice of retail flair in the centre of London.  We used to joke that we didn’t need a TV; watching the beautiful people come and go, floating around the neighbourhood, was mesmerizing enough. READ MORE

Petersham Nurseries. London’s glamorous garden centre.

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.  On the eve of a decadent party thrown in their honour.  Which Vogue will be photographing.  And where the Monsieurs Michelin will be dining.  That should give you some idea.  And it’s not too far from the truth.*  Here’s the full, four-seasons story on this shop, restaurant and cafe.



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