London, Here We Come!

Porter and I will be in London for the next week running around buying old Barbour jackets and toy soldiers in between shoots for our book! If you're in London or Norfolk and know anyone who's done a beautiful job incorporating heirlooms and personal mementos into their decor and might be willing to let us invade, please ping me at or @hollisterhovey on Twitter! 

Or - if you have any suggestions of great shops or eats, send those our way, too! We've started this map, which has loads of dots all in one big bunch (which is always kind of nice).

Many photos to come!


  1. Oh! That's wonderful. Definitely go to Drink Shop Do on Caledonia Road, Le Relais De Venis in Marylebone for the best steak ever! They only serve steak and fries and they really aren't that expensive. Amazing food but no bookings so go for a semi late lunch or an early dinner. Have a Pimms or Crabbie's ginger beer. It doesn't have the best name but is such a summer drink! Try Gordons Wine Bar off the Strand. Amazing! Have an awesome trip!

  2. Definitely visit Sir John Soane's Museum in Lincolns Inn Fields (there's a review of our visit on our blog). There can't be many small collections in the world that can rival this place for quality & eclecticism.

    Oh, and pop into The Society Club in Soho for tea, cake and literary inspiration. It's run by former New York publisher Carrie Kania.

    Have a great trip.

  3. Be sure to visit Ben Pentreath's shop on Rugby St.

  4. Lily says:

    have a peek at Lisa's blog A Bloomsbury Life- she's just done a few charming posts on her trip to London with lots of lovely suggestions... bon voyage!

  5. Unknown says:

    Lewis Leathers on Whitfield Street for the best English made leather jackets and boots

    Reilly Rocket on Kingsland Road for coffee and vintage motorbikes

    Mess on Amhurst Road for the best English breakfast in the city

    The Albion on Redchurch Street for great English cuisine, fish and chips, steak and kidney pudding etc.

    The Counter @ Stour Space for amazing coffee and views of the Olympic Park, and a gallery of East End artist's work

    The Pavilion Cafe in Victoria Park, the best park in the city and bloody good breakfasts here too

    Scandinavian Kitchen on Great Titchfield Street

    Sofie x

  6. Lamb's Conduit Street (lots of interesting shops. Ben Pentreath's shop on Rugby Street is just around the corner)

    Geffrye Museum (interior design through the ages)

    The Royal Arcade (runs between Bond St and Albemarle St - bespoke shoes from Cleverley, bespoke glasses from Meyrowitz, vintage watches, antique silver and chocolate truffles, all in the most perfect Victorian arcade in London)

    Hawksmoor's churches. Easiest to get to are St George's Bloomsbury (around the corner from the British Museum) and Christ Church Spitalfields.

    Columbia Road flower market (Sunday morning)

    You listed a couple of shops for toy soldiers. I also recommend Andy Morant on Portobello Road (Saturday mornings, on the first block north of Westbourne Grove, about 4 or 5 stalls up, on the right. He's also there on Fridays, further up the block). A lovely chap, with a massive collection of soldiers for very fair prices.

  7. Have a wonderful time!! London is so much fun!

  8. thea says:

    I second the recommendation on Gordon's Wine Bar, and I saw that you already have Sir John Soane's Museum on the map (and it was suggested in the comments), but make it a priority. It is freakin unbelievable.

  9. peggy says:

    if you love meat...The Hawksmoor - best Sunday roast i've ever had, and they're supposed to have the best steak around... also known for their incredible cocktails.
    if you love art... The Wallace- it's just the best.