Homegirl London is a lifestyle blog featuring the latest design trends, interior design tips and all the best things to do in London. We caught up with the lady herself to talk innovative interior design and the perfect day out in the capital – for this Homegirl London interview.
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As I walk through the doors of The Belfry that have welcomed many a pair of famous feet, I’m warmly greeted, offered a blazer to exchange for my coat (you are not to be seen here without one), and ushered upstairs to the bar. The dining room below is empty bar a trio of white-haired and venerable-looking gentlemen slowly working through their late lunch.
When Juan Floris opened a perfume shop in Mayfair in 1730, it’s fair to say that pleasant aromas as we know them today were in short supply. It wasn’t until the next century that a decent sewage system came to the capital, while graveyards were vastly oversubscribed.
After selling off his various businesses, Roy Moëd became worried about his father who, as well as being confined to a care home, was 70% blind. ‘He didn’t think he had anything to contribute anymore. I took him out to lunch one day, and when we parted ways I told him to not worry – things would be better next week.
A vintage shot of the L’Etranger team
Step inside L’Etranger, an elegant restaurant located on a busy Kensington high street, and you will find a location full of well-heeled guests. While the popularity of the restaurant is pleasing to chef-patron Jerome Tauvron and his business partner, Ibi Issolah, the large number of local affluent patrons has attracted the unwanted label of being a neighbourhood restaurant; one of London’s best kept secrets.
There’s an abundance of food and culture in London, and while none of us will ever get to sample all of it, some might get very close. To brush up on our knowledge, we asked Angie, better known as the blogger behind SilverSpoon London, about restaurants, the capital, and restaurants in the capital.
Money equals happiness, or so we may think. Yet our behaviour in what we buy, whether it’s a loaf of bread or a spontaneous escape to the Maldives, is more of a reflection of our contentment than the money we buy it with. Amit Kumar, currently studying a doctorate at Cornell University, lets us in on why we do what we do when trying to purchase happiness, and how we can better attain pleasure from the money we put towards spending.
Barnard & Westwood is a 90-year old company that specialises in bespoke stationery. Bear in mind that you will be building, from scratch, no ordinary stationery set, as the company like to utilise the best techniques accumulated over the past century and beyond to create a finished article unique from anything else. They are perfectionists in what they do, but a lot of that you’ll discover for yourself.
Tucked away in the most nondescript of side streets in Bloomsbury is a relatively small warehouse that one would struggle to recognise as an establishment with high esteem. For something with such an everyday, run-of-the-mill appearance, the fact it is home to two Royal Warrants is surprising.
As I was about to find out, that’s exactly what sets Barnard & Westwood apart, as it’s the tactile nature of their stationery that’s valued above all else.