Monday, February 25, 2008

Intense & Funky - Wood Green

Despite its weird name and appalling window displays, this shop on Wood Green High Road has a very nice collection of Men's and Women's wear. The store's strength is the men's collection, ranging from high-end street labels to designers such as Vivienne Westwood, to old classics, such as Levi's big Es. Similar designers are sold for women, but the collection isn't as broad. However, there is a nice selection of shoes and bags.

136 High Road, Hornsey
London, N22 6EB
020 8881 8377

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Gay's the Word - Russell Square

One of the few independent gay & lesbian bookshops left in London.

Gay's the Word
66 Marchmont Street

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Main Street - Rye

Village shopping, especially in Medieval towns like Rye, that cater to tourists, is sometimes disappointing, sometime very nice. Rye falls into the nice category because there are a lot of antique and junk shops. The antique shops are overpriced, but the junk shops are lovely. They range from little holes in the wall barely large enough to turn around in, to two floor emporiums filled with manufacturers premium items from the past 50 years.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Ah Ha Ha Ha - Grassmarket

The sign alone is worth a visit. However, the inside is so crammed with jokes, novelties, toys and magic tricks that it's sure to bring out the 10-year-old in anyone.

99 West Bow
Edinburgh, EH1 2JP, United Kingdom
+44 131 220 5252

Sunday, February 03, 2008

The Stables - Camden Town

Still one of the best places to buy old tat. The Stables gets points for merchandise, historic provenance and atmosphere.

Stables Market
Camden Town

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Laduree - Burlington Arcade

Everything works in this small, French Aladdin's cave of a sweet shop, the golden walls, the lovely macaroons, and the beautiful little boxes to take them away in.

71 - 72 Burlington Arcade,

(020) 7491 9155