Girlfriends Share London Shopping Secrets
Little White Company...
A one-stop shop for children’s
clothes and interiors (and furniture if you can manage to
get it back!). The gorgeous clothes for kids from babies to
10 year olds come in tasteful neutral colours (soft
pink and blue of course, but mixed with beige, grey, chambray
and lots of white), and you’ll find the sweetest nightwear
– my favourite junior jammies. All simply styled with
lovely details (pin tucks, neat pockets etc) and designed
with longevity in mind so it doesn’t go out of style,
which means it’s a good investment for hand-me-downs.
If you’re a parent or grandparent, I defy you not to
leave with at least one item!
Address: 261 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP (and
Nearest tube: Sloane Square
Bio: Janine Phillipson is a Beauty journalist,
mum and now blogger – click on goldilocksbeauty.com
for great beauty tips, tricks and info for mums and mums to
be. I grew up in Toronto and have lived in London for over
Twitter address: http://twitter.com/goldibeauty
This is an insiders secret!
Nestled a few streets behind Oxford Circus and next door to
the Topshop offices, you'll find everything from vintage clocks
and mirrors to fabulous vintage dresses, shoes and jewellery.
main Fever collection is a beautiful vintage inspired range
of dresses and shirts, which feature sweet little details
like precious buttons. Items are very reasonably priced, plus
every time you make a purchase you get 10% off your next purchase.
The shop interior is worth a visit in its own right, stunning
wallpaper and vintage clocks adorn the walls. But best of
all are the fitting rooms - old fashioned telephone boxes!
They are fantastic, each one is individually styled inside
and it is a treat to try something on. This shop is a must.
Address: 78 Margaret Street, London, W1W
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus
Bio: Orlagh O'Reilly is a Brand Consultant
& Designer in London.
Twitter address: http://twitter.com/OOR_Creative
Sitting behind the bustling
Portobello Market is a far less famous road, with far less
famous shops - but it is here that you’ll find one of
my favourite stores in all of London. It’s called Fez.
on Golborne Road, an area sometimes known as ‘Little
Morocco’ you’ll find a variety of market stalls,
shops and restaurants selling all things Moroccan; and in
my opinion, Fez is the gem in this hidden jewel. A fairly
small store, the owner imports some of Morocco’s best
goods including decorative lamps, traditional ceramics and
colourful caftans. Beautifully presented, prices in Fez are
cheap, and the chatty owner will happily tell you more about
the products and help you pick out something that will suit
you. Of course, with all the antiques, artwork and fashionable
clothes being sold throughout the nearby Portobello Market,
it would only be fair to have a browse through these whilst
you’re here too!
Address: 71 Golborne Road, Kensington,
Nearest Tube: Westbourne Park (more fun to
walk from Notting Hill)
(not official, but closest I’ve found)
Bio: Katie Silcox is a London based travel
journalist, specialising in producing multimedia content and
available for freelance contributions. Find out more at Katie’s
Twitter address: http://twitter.com/katie_silcox
This tip is all about
bras fit for a queen. I learned it when I was an expat Canadian
living in London. Want
to know where Queen Elizabeth reportedly buys her bras? I
didn't see her there myself and you shouldn't expect to see
her in the next dressing room either -- but the word is that
a shop located close to Harrod's and called Rigby and Peller
is her Royal Outfitter (LINK TO: http://www.rigbyandpeller.com/about-us/RoyalWarrant.aspx).
Want to arrange a fitting appointment while in London? You
can do it online (link to: http://www.rigbyandpeller.com/stores/index.aspx).
Any travelling woman is generally assured of finding her fit
in this boutique. Sizing goes from 32AA to 46FF but be forewarned.
Prices here are very posh, indeed.
Address: 2 Hans Road, Knightsbridge, SW3
Nearest tube: Knightsbridge
Bio: Leslie Ehm, CEO of www.3training.com
is an advertising training guru who travels the world delivering
Creativity and Presentation Skills Workshops.
Twitter address: http://twitter.com/LeslieEhm
-- James Smith & Sons
family business has been making umbrellas and canes for over
170 years. The Victorian shop, still with it's original signs
and fittings, is an attraction in itself. Inside are racks
crammed with umbrellas in every pattern -- stripes, checks,
paisley, frilled parasols for the sun, small wedding umbrellas
in pastel colors -- and walking sticks with curious carved
Check out their website instructions for umbrella care. Click
Address: 53 New Oxford Street WC1
Closest tube: Tottenham Court Road
Excerpted from: London e-guide Website: www.elondon.dk.com
providing indepth reviews of what London has to offer.