Vacation in London is always inspiring and interesting. Many people like spending time here doing their favorite things. Few cities can boast of such great amount of design and interior ateliers and shops. We’ve picked up best five of them.
Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road.
West Elm is located at the central street of London – Tottenham Court Road. It’s much more than a simple furniture and homewares shop. This is miraculous experience and they offer amazing coffee! Another reason to visit the shop is that it is located near its English competitor – Heal’s and Habitat. So you can spend the whole day here. West Elm occupies two storeys and more than 110 square meters of space. The assortment is great. There is also the Design Lab where you can have some exclusive advices by the masters of style. One corner of the shop displays objects of the local art and an impressive green wall. 209 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7PN.
Atelier Abigail Ahern
Nearest tube: Angel or Highbury & Islington.
Atelier Abigail Ahern is something independent, unique and very English in its quirkiness. The shop is guided by the Interior Queen Abigail Ahern, who’s famous for her original approach to the design, breaking of all decorating rules and great love to the dark walls. She’s also very popular with Aussies. A couple of years ago there were rumours about possible opening of the brand’s shop in Sydney, and there is no doubt that Ahern will manage to do this. Now enjoy a tiny shop in London created for those who’re seeking for brave inspiration in decor. 137 Upper Street, London N1 1QP.
The Design Museum
Nearest tube: Tower Hill or London Bridge.
This is a wonderful small shop devoted to the design in all its manifestations: fashion, architecture, furniture, graphics, food, transport and digital technologies. The museum regularly conducts interesting exhibitions. You can also visit a pretty cafe and the Fab Shop without entering the museum that will allow you not to pay for admission. Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD.
Nearest tube: Liverpool Street or Old Street.
Are you hungry? Thern go to one of three restaurants of Sir Terence Conran, which is located in The Boundary hotel in stylish district Shoreditch. This Victorian building was officially opened in 2008. The building also includes a boutique hotel and a stunning roof garden. The whole project was designed by Conran himself. And he made his best. 2-4 Boundary Street (entrance in Redchurch Street), London E2 7DD.
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus or Picadilly Circus.
Another popular shop in London and in the whole world. It is recongizable by its black and white front. Once described as «one of the best shops of innovative and eclectic design», Liberty London has been working at the very heart of Great Britain’s capital since 1875. Famous for its textile and original prints, the shop offers products for home, gifts, bags, designer’s cloths and stationery. The interior lovers are recommended to go to the top floor where they will find amazing furniture, rugs and lighting divices. The shop is really stunning and has rich history. Regent Street, London, W1B 5AH (main entrance in Great Marlborough Street).