Guidebook for Ingatestone

Martina

Guidebook for Ingatestone

Food Scene
At the weekend, the Amigo bar behind the restaurant is a great place for pre-dinner drinks. Good for home-baked pizzas. Check it out at http://www.pierosrestaurant.co.uk/
Piero's
51 High St
At the weekend, the Amigo bar behind the restaurant is a great place for pre-dinner drinks. Good for home-baked pizzas. Check it out at http://www.pierosrestaurant.co.uk/
This bakery and coffee shop was awarded the best bakery in Essex. The coffee shop is fantastic for breakfast or brunch, or indulge in their lovely cakes. http://www.ravensbakery.co.uk/index.html
68 High St
This bakery and coffee shop was awarded the best bakery in Essex. The coffee shop is fantastic for breakfast or brunch, or indulge in their lovely cakes. http://www.ravensbakery.co.uk/index.html
Good Indian food at this popular restaurant. At the weekend, book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Nirvana Indian Cuisine
72 High St
Good Indian food at this popular restaurant. At the weekend, book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Everything Else
16th Century manor house built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four Tudor monarchs, and still occupied by his descendants. Book in advance for a visit. http://www.ingatestonehall.com/
Ingatestone Hall
16th Century manor house built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four Tudor monarchs, and still occupied by his descendants. Book in advance for a visit. http://www.ingatestonehall.com/
The Olympic park in London Stratford is just two stops away from my house by direct overland train. Reach the Olympics in less than 20 minutes by train. http://www.london2012.com/
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Olympic Stadium
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The Olympic park in London Stratford is just two stops away from my house by direct overland train. Reach the Olympics in less than 20 minutes by train. http://www.london2012.com/
Shopping
This hardware store was established in 1888 and is an amazing treasure. Step back in time when you walk inside the shop selling every single nut and bolt imaginable. http://www.patrickgreen.biz/
Patrick Green
49 High St
This hardware store was established in 1888 and is an amazing treasure. Step back in time when you walk inside the shop selling every single nut and bolt imaginable. http://www.patrickgreen.biz/
If you love horses, this saddlery is famous for its huge stock of everything equestrian. http://www.ingatestonesaddlery.co.uk/
Ingatestone Saddlery Centre
If you love horses, this saddlery is famous for its huge stock of everything equestrian. http://www.ingatestonesaddlery.co.uk/
There are several great shops on Redchurch Street, but my favourite is shoe designer Tracey Neuls. Her style is so British—classic shoes with a quirky twist. I’m in love with her hot pink fur boot, just adding a little punk again into shoe fashion. The shoes hang from the ceiling, so you can view them from every angle. Walk around the corner to Rivington Street, where the Society of Designer Craftsmen has a gallery space that showcases the work of emerging British makers.
Tracey Neuls
29 Marylebone Ln
There are several great shops on Redchurch Street, but my favourite is shoe designer Tracey Neuls. Her style is so British—classic shoes with a quirky twist. I’m in love with her hot pink fur boot, just adding a little punk again into shoe fashion. The shoes hang from the ceiling, so you can view them from every angle. Walk around the corner to Rivington Street, where the Society of Designer Craftsmen has a gallery space that showcases the work of emerging British makers.
My favourite of Calvert Avenue’s small parade of great independent boutiques is Samson Soboye. He specialises in African print fashion and is a great example of London’s avant-garde independent fashion scene. His colourful design collection is just amazing. If you’re looking to spice up your wardrobe, this is the place to come. He stocks both men’s and women’s fashion, avant-garde jewellery, and accessories. I love his bold designs for cushions.
SOBOYE
13 Calvert Ave
My favourite of Calvert Avenue’s small parade of great independent boutiques is Samson Soboye. He specialises in African print fashion and is a great example of London’s avant-garde independent fashion scene. His colourful design collection is just amazing. If you’re looking to spice up your wardrobe, this is the place to come. He stocks both men’s and women’s fashion, avant-garde jewellery, and accessories. I love his bold designs for cushions.
One of my favourite shops on Brick Lane, British jewellery label Tatty Devine symbolises quirky British style and is well known for her colourful laser-cut jewellery. The shop displays necklaces, bangles, earrings, and cufflinks, and the label epitomises the fun side of fashion. Her designs are playful and a joy to wear. There are some truly great London gifts, like the gin bottle-shaped pendant necklace, and I especially love the giant lobster necklace.
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Tatty Devine
236 Brick Ln
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One of my favourite shops on Brick Lane, British jewellery label Tatty Devine symbolises quirky British style and is well known for her colourful laser-cut jewellery. The shop displays necklaces, bangles, earrings, and cufflinks, and the label epitomises the fun side of fashion. Her designs are playful and a joy to wear. There are some truly great London gifts, like the gin bottle-shaped pendant necklace, and I especially love the giant lobster necklace.
This alternative souvenir shop on Carnaby Street champions the work of London’s creative community. Find some truly distinctive London-inspired gifts here, like brick-shaped vases and pipework salt and pepper shakers designed by Stolen Form. The store hosts regular art events and creative workshops, from chocolate decorating to acrylic jewellery making. Check the website.
We Built This City
56b Carnaby St
This alternative souvenir shop on Carnaby Street champions the work of London’s creative community. Find some truly distinctive London-inspired gifts here, like brick-shaped vases and pipework salt and pepper shakers designed by Stolen Form. The store hosts regular art events and creative workshops, from chocolate decorating to acrylic jewellery making. Check the website.
This is a great destination for design lovers, with dozens of studios and retail units on several floors right by the river, selling gifts, homeware, and jewellery. Check out Lauren Shanley on the first floor. She creates colourful accessories from upcycled vintage textiles. And pop by Snowden Flood for unusual souvenirs, such as a set of London Landmark coasters.
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Oxo Tower Wharf
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This is a great destination for design lovers, with dozens of studios and retail units on several floors right by the river, selling gifts, homeware, and jewellery. Check out Lauren Shanley on the first floor. She creates colourful accessories from upcycled vintage textiles. And pop by Snowden Flood for unusual souvenirs, such as a set of London Landmark coasters.
Camden Passage is a little shop-lined alley in Islington known for its antique shops and stalls, but you’ll also find some great craft and design shops here. My favourite is Smug, founded by Lizzie Evans. She stocks great stationery, prints, and jewellery, all designed by her or commissioned from homegrown talents. You could pick up a tea towel or oven gloves featuring a colourful print of pineapples with her signature motif, a guinea pig.
SMUG
13 Camden Passage
Camden Passage is a little shop-lined alley in Islington known for its antique shops and stalls, but you’ll also find some great craft and design shops here. My favourite is Smug, founded by Lizzie Evans. She stocks great stationery, prints, and jewellery, all designed by her or commissioned from homegrown talents. You could pick up a tea towel or oven gloves featuring a colourful print of pineapples with her signature motif, a guinea pig.
At the top end of Brick Lane, the hatmaker Bernstock Speirs is an über-cool, eccentric London hat label that’s been going for 30 years. The hats are reinventions of classics, with an added quirky design twist like bunny ears or netting. Find hip woollen hats, such as beanies with veils and fluffy pompoms, or baseball caps with design quirks like bunny ears in mesh, glitter fabric, fur, or Fair Isle knit. Others have giant bows and thick, padded bumpers around the visor.
Bernstock Speirs
234 Brick Ln
At the top end of Brick Lane, the hatmaker Bernstock Speirs is an über-cool, eccentric London hat label that’s been going for 30 years. The hats are reinventions of classics, with an added quirky design twist like bunny ears or netting. Find hip woollen hats, such as beanies with veils and fluffy pompoms, or baseball caps with design quirks like bunny ears in mesh, glitter fabric, fur, or Fair Isle knit. Others have giant bows and thick, padded bumpers around the visor.
It’s always a pleasure exploring the independent shops around Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell. Some of my favourite shops are here, including Bagman and Robin, which creates beautiful handmade handbags. Some are made from vintage kimono material from different periods. He also does great wallets, perfect for that little gift. I love that you can peek into the workshop at the back of the shop to see how the bags are made.
Bagman & Robin
47 Exmouth Market
It’s always a pleasure exploring the independent shops around Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell. Some of my favourite shops are here, including Bagman and Robin, which creates beautiful handmade handbags. Some are made from vintage kimono material from different periods. He also does great wallets, perfect for that little gift. I love that you can peek into the workshop at the back of the shop to see how the bags are made.
Arts & Culture
This designer studio complex in Clerkenwell runs regular craft workshops, pop-up shops, and exhibitions that showcase different British independent designer-makers each week. Craft Central has a corner shop on 21 Clerkenwell Green, too, whose display changes every week.
Craft Central
This designer studio complex in Clerkenwell runs regular craft workshops, pop-up shops, and exhibitions that showcase different British independent designer-makers each week. Craft Central has a corner shop on 21 Clerkenwell Green, too, whose display changes every week.