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Dr. Martens Boots and memories of London

Dr Martens boots by the Fjord

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Whenever I think about Dr. Martens Boots, I think of some of my first trips to London. Stepping off the tube at Covent Garden and heading straight for the Dr. Martens store – it was one of the first things I did, when arriving in the city.

Now twenty years later (I feel old all of a sudden), I find myself with a new pair of shiny Dr. Martens boots – or – my daughter has borrowed my new pair, so I don’t know if I’ll ever get them back. Back in the days, I loved these boots – never mind that it took forever for them to be comfortable to walk in – I didn’t care about that back then. But given the chance by Footway, to once again walk in these boots, well I couldn’t resist. We’ll see how much I’ll actually walk in them myself, I’ve got a pretty good idea about who’s gonna steal them.

Heading back to London with my family
With these boots, I’m also reminded of all my great memories of walking the streets of London. I actually miss it. I haven’t been back for almost 8 years – which is crazy given the fact that I would go there at least twice a year back then. My husband and I took our daughter to see the city, we both love, when she was around 4 years old – but our son has never been there. We’re about to change that, we’ve booked the flight and hotel for this summer. I cannot wait to show them both all the amazing spots in London.

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Mini-Guide: London

Today, you’ll take a mini trip to one of the cities I love the most. London has always been special to me. I cannot wait for the numerous mother/daughter trips, we’ll take when when my girl gets older.

I recently got to know Geraldine through BYW Blog Boss, and I immediately loved her style. I was so thrilled, when she said yes to write a guest post about London. Thank you so much Geraldine for writing this mini guide. I want to just hop on a plane right now! Get ready for some of the best London has to offer.

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Hello, I’m Geraldine Tan, a medical doctor and the founder and editor of the design blog Little Big Bell . I live in North London with my family and was pleased that Charlotte had asked me to share with you some of my favourite places in London. There are so many places to visit and see, it was really hard narrowing the list down, but here goes:

My favourite lifestyle store is

Couverture and the Garbstore, located in London’s Notting Hill. It stocks a curated collection of eclectic fashion and homeware brands such as Kauniste, Tas-Ka and Mayer-Lavigne. If you have kids, this is the place to visit! You will find stylish brands such as Bobo Choses and Lucky Boy Sunday. Even better, this shop is only a short walking distance from the famous Portobello road, with its vibrant flea and food markets on Saturdays.

Couverture and the garbstore

favourite Meat restaurant is

Mark Hix’s Tramshed located in trendy Shoreditch. The menu is simply marbled steaks with Bearnaise sauce or roast chicken followed by Apple rhubarb pie. Delicious and also well worth a visit to view Damien Hirst’s tank of an embalmed cockerel riding on a cow, suspended in the centre of the restaurant. You will also find many small quirky shops nearby to explore.


The Design and furniture shop I frequent is

The Conran shop located on Marylebone High street. You will find classic contemporary yet quintessentially British furniture designed by Sir Terence Conran, as well as a range of on trend homewares conceptually displayed throughout the store.

Conran shop

I love to have lunch at

Ottolenghi in Islington. The salads and desserts are stunning and truly artisanal. Close by,on the same high street is Abigail Ahern’s shop, packed full of ideas and inspiration on how to style and decorate using dark colours.


Photo credit: Little Big Bell and Ottolenghi

London Style Guide

London has and will always have a special place in my heart. I’m pretty sure that no matter how many cities I visit, London will always remain my number one city in the world. In London I feel inspired, fulfilled, excited, captivated, at ease… and I could go on. In short, London is where I feel at home, when I’m away from home.

And of course, when I was going to introduce my daughter to London for the very first time, I was really excited. And thank God, she liked it – all though Berlin is actually competing with London some days if I ask her.

I haven’t been to London for quite some time, because we’ve been travelling to Hamburg, Berlin and Paris instead. So I’ve decided that I need a trip to London this year.

And after buying the London Style Guide by Saska Graville, I am so ready to book my trip. I’m planning a trip this December, because I’ve never been there during Christmas, and I would love to see all the lights and Christmas decorations in the city.

As we all know, London can be big and overwhelming, the first few times you go there. But before you know it, you’ll have a long list of cute little shops, markets and parks you just have to stop by every time you’re in the city.

We’ve all been there – browsing through these (horrible) guide books, directing you to the key sights of the city. You’ll not find anything new and exciting in them that’s for sure. So that is why I think I’ve found the perfect combination. The London Style Guide and the Independent London Store Guide.

London Style Guide breaks it down by village, and reveals the places that the locals love. The book features some of the Londoners behind the shops, cafes and hotels, and ask them to reveal their city secrets. By delivering a carefully chosen selection of the smaller, most stylish spots that are revered by the residents, visitors feel like locals.

So I’ll keep reading this new and nicely laid out guide. And hopefully, I’ll add a few new spots to my list of favourite places. What about you – what are your favourite tips and places in London?

Take five this week

1. Re-decorating the living room

We finally got around to moving the sofa and the TV. We’ve been talking about doing it for ages now. But somehow never got around to it. But after we hired our old nanny to come and clean our apartment once a week, our weekends have been amazing. We have so much more time on our hands, and can do so much more with the kids.

Here are some of the things we’re going to buy for our new living room.

The Acapulco chair, The String desk and the Stockholm rug

I cannot wait for it to be finished. It’s so much better already. So hopefully we’ll have most of these things by Christmas.

2. Shopping for the kids

This week I found a a cool webshop full of clothes for the kids. It’s called Elle Belle (a Danish shop), and I’ll be exploring this webshop a lot more over the next few days. Maybe I’ll find a thing or two for Christmas. That “Christmas” word seems to sneak in a lot in this post 🙂

3. London – Not for parents

Lonely Planet has created guidebooks for children – it’s such a great idea. I have lost count of all the times I’ve read This is London by Miroslav Sasek with my daughter. We both love it, and I cannot wait to introduce her for this new one. Of course it helps a bit that London is her favourite destination. The new series from LP also features Rome, New York and Paris.

4. DIY lamp

Take a look at this simple DIY lamp. I found it over at Jenny’s Hus. I think I’ll try something similar in our new living room.

5. New member at DIB

This week I became a member over at DIB (Danish Design Bloggers). I’m looking into joining more communities in the near future. DIB looks really promising. So if you know about other networks, don’t hesitate to email me or add a comment.

Sources: OKdesign, String, Ikea, via Apartment Therapy, Jennys Hus