Serving the artistically minded since being established in 1855, one can still find tradition at L. Cornilessen & Son.
Not far from the Tottenham Court Road, near The British Museum, this small shoppe holds an extensive array of artist tools and materials displayed in original Victorian cabinetry. The beauty of the shop and the clientele it attracts makes one feel a part of the art world. There are few left like L. Cornilessen & Son; places that are true to their own essence. Just browsing the quality of the tools and paints, and their display one can’t help but be inspired, whether you be artist or dreamer.
Founded in 1977 by Mr. M Y Khan, the eponymous indian restaurant is still going strong. An institution in my college years, I first visited Kahn’s in 1992 for a dinner made famous in our family. 19 people, dishes and beer for all, cost £60. A quicker, cheaper, tastier curry in London I do not know.
The onion Bhajis, Tandoori specialties and amazing nans are all well known. A standout is the Paneer Tikka, a plate of cottage cheese marinated with yoghurt, lightly spiced & cooked in the tandoori oven. The Biryanis (rice based dishes) are another favorite along with quite delicious organic juices.
I’m happy to say after 18 years, Kahn’s has continued the same traditions that made it a perennial favorite.
11:00 am – 6:30 pm Tuesday to Friday
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Saturday & Sunday
Monday by appointment.
Caravan is a wonderful ‘flea market chic’ boutique, in the heart of Spitalfield’s market, London. Interior stylist and author Emily Chalmers has collected an array of charming little objects. They tantalize with their complete needlessness and their absolutely irresistibility. You know you will be taking something home or for a friend. Who can resist the egg-warming-hats?
Aside from the variety of small objects, the store also carries some interesting furniture pieces, Deborah Bowness hand printed wallpaper, lamps, throw pillows and other home items.
CA4LA (pronounced “cashila”) is more than just a hat shop, it is a Head Accessory Boutique! All sorts of hats abound – including Knits, Berets, Cocktails, Felts, Fedoras, Caps, Hunters and Head Bands, Hair Accessories, Hat Pins, Ear Muffs … and I can go on.
Multitudes of styles are envisioned by a team of ten designers in Japan looking to create a broad variety of affordable fun and luxury. Designers include: Kitazawa, Tanimoto, Yuri, Tamari, Junjun, Aoki, and others.
The London Store In opened in 2006, but the brand has been in production since 1996 and has 24 branches in Japan alone. This boutique is definitely a must for the fashion oriented and those friends that just love to play dress up. ☺
Le Pain Quotidien is the first Organic food franchise worldwide. Created in 1990 by chef Alain Coumont in Brussels as a bakery, it has evolved into a cafe restaurant with over 151 Locations in 17 countries.
The interiors all have a rustic coziness with communal and individual tables equipped with organic olive oils, sea salt, beautiful preserves as well as everyone’s favorites hazelnut and chocolate spreads.
The granola is made in house, while the menu expands with egg salads, cheese and tapenade plates, special seasonal soups, lovely tartines of fresh breads with different toppings from cheese antipastos, smoked salmon and cold meats. Rich Salads, comforting quiches, giant cappuccinos and of course the desserts! A wide variety of tarts, waffles, cookies, pastries and viennoiseries are available to tempt you always!
So use your smartphone, do a quick search and know that there is always an option for organic and tasty!