What do you get the girl/guy who has everything? If you find yourself in need of inspiration, then look no further than Space.
Space’s sky blue exterior and eye catching, innovative window display entices the shopper in from the offset. Step inside to be greeted by a veritable treasure chest. The ceilings are adorned with stars and shimmering lights, while the shelves positively bulge with divine 50s inspired delights. From vintage bags and quirky retro t-shirts to funky, fluffy hot water bottle covers and best sellers: the Marilyn mirror (£8.50) and 007 cuff links (£19.99). I defy you to leave empty handed.
One negative? Proprietors Maureen and Jo are helpful to the point of irritation. This is London after all – we don’t do familiar.
Space, 25a Exmouth Market, (0207 837 1344), Farringdon tube. Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-6pm, Sat11am-5pm NB Times are approximate. We visited at 11am one Wednesday morning to find a shut up shop.
Minimalism reigns at Metropolitan Books – a haven for trendy types desperate to get their mitts on a signed copy of Michael Moore’s Dude Where’s My Country? (£17.99) and the latest offering from Bridget Jones’ creator Olivia Joules (£18)– both selling like hot cakes.
The shop front’s immaculate orange façade, cream walls and varnished wooden floors lends the joint a bright, breezy vibe making it a pleasant place in which to peruse proprietor Phil’s well stocked collection. From history to health, crime to cookery; whatever your interests they are adequately catered for with the amiable, unassuming Phil on hand to offer advice.
Located in the middle of Exmouth market, this stalwart is a gem of a place and well worth making the effort to find.
Metropolitan Books, 49 Exmouth Market ( 0207 278 6900), Farringdon tube. Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-6.30pm, Sat 10.30am-6pm