My favourite shop

Last week I stumbled upon my New Favourite Shop. No, it’s not Shop at Maison Bertaux (although that also is just marvellous, with its Eley Kishimoto tees, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel stripy socks and APC everything, all with a side serving of pastries and coffee), but good old Waterstones in Piccadilly. This amazing building used to be the old Simpsons store (think quaint old-school department store that no one ever went to) but was revamped to become a five floor bookshop extravaganza.

On the top floor is the Fifth Floor Café which is café heaven, and happens to be adjacent to the fashion and photography book department. I bought Andy Warhol, The Day The Factory Died, a wee photo book of all his friends and associates arriving at his funeral – a veritable 80s-fest of Chanel bags and black Rayban Wayfarers. But I had to self-restrain from buying David Bailey’s NY JS DB 62 (a visual feast of photos of Jean Shrimpton in 1960s New York) and Richard Avedon’s portrait book In The American West as well.

There was also a nicely genteel bar adorned with framed posters taken from the book Cult Rock Posters by Roger Crimlis and Alwyn W Turner. The icing on the cake? A huge selection of Moleskine notebooks, diaries and travel guides (yes, I’m a stationery junkie) on the ground floor. What with all that and the magazine section I could practically spend an entire day there. Actually, I think I did.

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5 Responses to My favourite shop

  1. Kiera says:

    Sounds like great fun! I really like the few posters you shot, it looks like a fun store! Thanks for the advice on designing my blog, but I couldn’t find it. Thanks anyways! That’s so cool that you saw Orlando Bloom! I think I would have fainted… The only person from that movie that I’ve seen is Keith Richards. I met him at a party last year, and he’s great! But, I must say, I’d rather see Orlando Bloom any day! Cute blog!


  2. muze1990 says:

    That store sounds like it suits me very well! Too bad that we don’t have anything like that in the Netherlands. Maybe we do, but then I’m not aware of it!

    And I love stationery too! I’ve tons and tons of notebooks lying all over the place!

  3. Jennifer says:

    that place looks amazing and artsy!

  4. Mrs Fashion says:

    Oh no, the bar is my secret after work cocktail spot (when I’m dodging being dragged down the pub)! P’raps I’ll see yout there?! Go on bonfire night for a great free fireworks show!
    PS – I never really made it to the books – too thirsty on my way up and too tipsy on the way down. Damn.
    Mrs F x

  5. rollergirl says:

    No way Mrs F! I guess nothing’s secret in London town, right? (Esp with me blabbing to all on here. Doh!)

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