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Vintage at Southbank Centre

This weekend, dust off your dancing shoes and slick your quiff because designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway are bringing their award winning Vintage festival to the mighty Southbank Centre in London. Held over three days, the festival celebrates art, music, … Continue reading

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The world’s oldest record shop

The world’s most ancient seller of records isn’t in New York or London but Welsh capital, Cardiff. Spillers was founded in 1894 to sell wax cylinders and gramophones, and later traded at the same address in the Hayes for 60 … Continue reading

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Five of the best curious royal wedding souvenirs

There’s a royal wedding on don’t ya know? And what with every Tom, Dick and Prince Harry wanting a slice of the wedding cake and a chance to cash in on the craving for Kate and William merchandise, there’s a … Continue reading

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Six things you didn’t know about Selfridges

On this day in 1909, London’s most famous shop was opened by the flamboyant American, Gordon Selfridge. It was Britain’s first purpose-built store and one of the first to advertise shopping as a great and sensual pleasure rather than a … Continue reading

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Get yourself kitted out at the London Vintage Fair

The prevailing trend of the UK fashion scene is, without a doubt, vintage. There’s something so appealing about snapping up beautifully designed, unique pieces from way-back-when. There’s no better place to find them than The London Vintage, Textiles & Accessories … Continue reading

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Rare and wonderful gifts from London Peculiar

If you’re into classic British design or London paraphernalia it’s worth having a look at the new online shop, London Peculiar. They sell everything from vintage London Underground maps to beautiful old prints, theatre posters and assorted historical objets. If … Continue reading

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Supermarket Sarah: 30ft wall of wonder at Selfridges

Supermarket Sarah’s online store is rather cool and unusual; she takes one-off design pieces of varying sizes, creates a visually impressive wall and photographs it. You can then click and purchase any of the pieces featured. (The place to get … Continue reading

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Leakey’s books: the UK’s best bookshop?

With its log burning stove, dense aroma of old books and cosy café, Leakey’s in Inverness is a real find. Groaning shelves piled high with thousands of books on all manner of subjects line the walls of this former church. … Continue reading

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Top of the Shops: Present & Correct

I have always admired those with an ability to maintain an orderly desk; pens all working and in their rightful spot, documents fastidiously arranged in date order, notebooks full of legible notes and free of scribbles in the margin. If, … Continue reading

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Top of the shops: Marmite Pop-up Shop

The two yellow giants of the UK, Marmite and Selfridges, have teamed up for a limited time with new Marmite Pop-up Shops in the Selfridges stores of London, Birmingham and Manchester. The shops will stock over 150 Marmite-tastic products, many … Continue reading

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