Archive for the ‘Shopping in Marylebone’ Category

Another article purring over the beautiful, old-fashined Daunt Books in the Londonist.

Daunt Books is how a bookshop should be – rows of gleaming books ready to be devoured, comfy chairs placed near coffee table books, helpful staff who read and can reccomend.

It is a sanctury for those who love reading. I often go in there when I am passing, not even to buy a book (although sometimes I cannot resist the temptation) but just to sit among books in a beautiful setting.

It is also the perfect place to get books for travel writing. Every section on the bottom floor is divided by country and has easy to find travel books, cook books, coffee table books, history books, biography, fiction…all about that one place.

On my recent trip to Spain I dipped into the Spanish section on the ground floor to find a book to accompany me on the journey. I found a lovely, small travel book about an English writer living in an obscure Andalucian village called The Factory of Light, by Michael Jacobs.

A gem.

Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW.

(Open Monday – Saturday 9am – 7.30pm and Sundays 11am – 6pm)


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There are some advantages to living five minutes from Selfridges. I popped in there the other day and came out with this Kate Moss Liberty-inspired bandeau dress. Its bright, beautiful and bold and perfect for rain or shine.

I’m not a big Topshop/Kate Moss  fan – which
I find too grungy usually – but this, with its splashes of poppy red, is classic.

There are still some left in the store or go to the Topshop website.


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As an alternative to shopping (in charity shops or on the high street) try a swap shop with your friends (trialled here by Tell! Magazine)

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I went into Cancer Research UK (24 Marylebone HiSTrgh Street) last week and it struck me how marked up their prices are. I saw a lovely spotted red Zara dress that I also have at home – bought in the sales for £12 and (exactly the same dress, but second hand) was £20 in the charity shop.

There was also Max Mara coats for £30 (maybe a bargain if you like your designer stuff), exclusive designs from young designers priced up to £100 and old, worn shoes for £25. Part of me feels good for them, if people are willing to pay hiked up prices for second hand clothes and give to charity at the same time, why not?

Listen to my podcast to hear more…Charity shop – bargain or rip off?

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Just saw on the trade magazine Drapers that there’s going to be a new lingerie store on the High Street. Mmm. Recession anyone?

Here’s a little taster from Drapers:

The 1,200sq ft shop will be styled with art deco and 1960s-inspired furniture and will trade from two separate rooms, which will have a lounge and a library theme

It sounds more art installation than store. Its founder former model Kenya Cretegny says: “Apartment C is about hanging out in a cool apartment in your knickers, drinking gin out of a tea cup and reading Last Tango in Paris out loud. It’s a mix of decadence and retro chic. I want it be like a surprise”

Apparently its all vintage novels, lingerie and gin and tonics (also vintage) and staff who work there will be trained at a bra fitting college (I wasn’t even sure they existed…)





 All sounds like fun for a visit but will anyone buy anything..?

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