OUT & ABOUT: A Spring Morning in London

Emma Block takes a stroll through some of London’s specialist stores

This morning I visited a number of London’s fantastic specialist shops. First was Shepherds Bookbinders (previously known as Falkiners) for paper. It sounds a bit odd but I love their Rhino Poo paper. I also picked up a sweet letter pressed card for my dad’s birthday. Their shop is an Aladdin’s cave of beautiful hand printed paper; a lot of it’s pretty pricey, but it’s well worth a browse.

Next stop was Standfords‘, the world’s largest map and travel book shop. Unfortunately I walked down Dury Lane ended up lost in Theatre Land (not sure how). There I stumbled across Hope and Greenwood, a lovely red painted shop full of treats. They stock all the childhood favourite in big glass jars, and well as more sophisticated truffles and chocolates and a beautiful range of Easter goodies. I did have more than this bag but Al and Hayden ate some.

Back on track, I popped to Standfords and picked up a beautiful map of Paris for my wall, plus a pack of my favourite Moleskine sketchbooks in Standfords.

Finally I made my way to Foyle’s to meet my boyfriend. Some of you may know that I am currently illustrating a book on tea and cake. The publisher, Hardie Grant, have given me a copy of their book Taste Le Tour as an example of what my book will be like, so it was amazing to see it on the shelves of Foyles and know that my book will be there by Christmas.

Photos © Emma Block. To view them in clearer detail, click on them.

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