London loves

The Prada cafe, Marchesi 1824 lands in Mount Street



Marchesi 1824 London patisserie Mount Street

Dean & Deluca never made it to Mount Street, but Marchesi 1824 did.

The famous Prada-owned patisserie opened in May on the old Allens of Mayfair butchers site, retaining its façade, marble flooring and original ceramic tiling. You can perch on green velvet couches and chairs, sipping a £6 cappuccino, while sampling a huge array of sourdough pastries, bite-sized fruit tarts and Instagram-fodder finger sandwiches. (more…)



London loves: Sophie Hulme



Sophie Hulme Chiltern street store

Some lovely news for London retail. Sophie Hulme has just opened her boutique on Chiltern Street, joining Marylebone neighbours, Bella Freud, Mouki Mou, Cire Trudon, Trunk and Monocle Cafe (plus, Mr DRG’s fave haunt, John Simons). If you don’t know it, Chiltern Street is such a delightful shopping street, a block or two from Marylebone High Street, with a feeling of stumbling upon a secret discovery. In fact, when one high profile magazine editor discovered Mouki Mou, she didn’t tell her team for months lest they ruin the magic. (more…)



Blue Mountain School – not your average corner shop



floating staircase by Valentin Loellmann at Blue Mountain School London by Alastair Strong for NYT

If you’re planning a trip to London and want to see some retail newness, you’d be mad to miss Blue Mountain School.The name alone is artily seductive with its Rauschenburg-esque ‘Black Mountain College’ connotations, and the building… well you’ll have to see – and feel – for yourself.

The NYT has all the spoilers, but suffice to say a lot of time, money and thought has gone into this unique six-level Shoreditch corner store. (more…)



Burberry photography exhibition: Here We Are



Martin Parr Burberry photography exhibition

I always look forward to the Burberry LFW show but September’s show is going to be even better than usual. Christopher Bailey has curated a Burberry photography exhibition called Here We Are, celebrating some of our British photography greats. On display to the public from 18 September – 1 October it’s co-curated by Lucy Kumara Moore, director of Claire de Rouen Books and gives a hint to the theme of the autumn collection. (more…)