Guest Post: ‘My top 5 shopping spots in London’ from Nicola Doherty, author of If I Could Turn Back Time

Posted April 19, 2014 by Charlotte in Blog Tour, Guest Post / 0 Comments

author of If I Could Turn Back Time

Today I am delighted to be part of the Blog Tour for If I Could Turn Back Time by Nicola Doherty. And as part of it Nicola is going to share her Top 5 Shopping Spots in London.

I loved reading If I Could Turn Back Time (see my review) and highly recommend it for all you Chick-lit fans out there! Don’t forget to visit other blog stops along the tour for other great content. Below Nicola shares her top 5 shopping spots in London.

My top 5 shopping spots in London

None of these are clothes shops. This is partly because you don’t need to know about my favourite clothes shops which are the same as loads of other people’s (Whistles, Mango, Ted Baker, Gap) and partly because these days I often prefer to shop online, at Atterley Road, Shopbop and Asos. I also love Nougat: terrible website, great knitwear and dresses. I find clothes shopping stressful at times: I get confused between liking the top and thinking I should like it because the assistant was nice and says it suits me and … anyway. In contrast, these shops are fun to spend time in.

Liberty’s, Soho

Selfridges might be more trend-driven, John Lewis might be more practical, but for sheer romance there’s no department store like Liberty’s.  For a start there’s the beautiful building, with its mock-Tudor façade constructed from the salvaged timbers of two ships. If you look at the store front from Argyll Street you can even see the little golden ship mounted like a mast-head on the building. I love browsing here: they have everything from make-up bags and stationery featuring the iconic Liberty prints, to some very cutting-edge designers and the most decadent perfume section ever.  Café Liberty is a nice spot for some après-shopping (be prepared to queue though).

EC One, Clerkenwell

I wear the same jewellery all the time, and I’m allergic to non-precious metal (darling) so these days I’d rather have one or two pieces I love rather than a billion trinkets to step on, break or lose. Based in Clerkenwell, where a lot of independent jewellery designers have their workshops, EC One is a brilliant source of cool, edgy jewellery. Designers include Alex Monroe (of the iconic bee necklaces), Lola Rose and Janna Reinhardt, who makes dreamy wing necklaces and earrings. My favourite necklace, the Gold Rocket Necklace by Tina Lillienthal, came from here. Their website is great too. Prices start at around £50.

Cyber Candy, Islington

Woah, sugar rush! This is the place to come for all your sweet needs: they have American oddities like Hersheys, Lucky Charms and Froot Loops, root beers and Pez dispensers and every sort of Haribo, as well as retro sweets like Sherbet DipDabs, Love Hearts dips and Wham bars. Last time I was there I found some Fairy Bait (irresistible to fairy folk, apparently) and freeze-dried Space Food. There’s also a branch in Covent Garden. And they deliver – just saying.

Persephone Books, Bloomsbury

Open the door of Persephone Books and a tinkling bell takes you back in time into a gentler, quainter world. They specialize in republishing forgotten classics, generally by women, including Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (both now films). With their dove-grey covers and colourful endpapers (with matching bookmarks), they make gorgeous gifts too. My favourite Persephone books are Greenery Street by Dennis Mackail, and The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson. The shop itself is beautiful, with gift cards, cushions and mugs on offer as well as books.

Drink Shop Do, King’s Cross

This fun and quirky place is a shop, but not as you know it. There is plenty to buy including cards, totes, homeware (my red retro kitchen clock is from here) and a Beyonce cut-out dress-up book. There’s also a café with nicely eccentric furnishings, perfect for afternoon tea. And in the evening it turns into a place where you can learn to knit, go speed-listening (which involves sharing music with strangers), make papier mache monsters or Lego robots, and generally have a good time. There’s also a DJ and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights (free until 11pm, £3 after). A shop with a dance floor: what more could you possibly want??

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