• There is no shortage of weird and wonderful places to do a day’s work in London that aren’t your office. From hole-in-the-wall cafes to a houseboat on the canal, the advent of technology and flexitime means that we can pretty much pitch up anywhere with a...

  • WHAT do artisanal coffee beans, hand soap and bottled water all have in common? Everyday items that you might find in different aisles of supermarkets up and down the country, and yet all three will be lined up side-by-side at Borough Market this weekend as...

  • LET’S get one thing straight right off the bat: Not Just a Shop looks like just a shop. It’s a particularly colourful shop; brightening up a grey stretch of High Holborn with windows full of limited edition homewares, stationery, accessories, and...

  • Jewellery designer Sarah Straussberg is a first time exhibitor at the Goldsmiths’ Fair next week, but her connection with the annual jewellery showcase goes right back to her formative years. “I’ve been visiting since I was about...

  • Financial capital, arts hub, dining hotspot; the City of London wears many hats, but few would label the Square Mile a destination for design. Certainly the London Design Festival, Britain’s preeminent showcase of design and creativity, has always tended to dance...

  • WE have been at Clerkenwell’s Wyvern Bindery less than a minute before a well-dressed gentleman wanders in, getting stuck into a conversation with owner Mark Winstanley about different styles of headbanding; the cord crowning the spine of hardcover books. Our visitor,...

  • When it comes to shopping for silver in the Square Mile, Hatton Garden might have the legacy and Royal Exchange might have the big-name brands, but anybody with a true magpie glint in their eye knows the biggest collection of treasures is underground. Deep below the...

  • Patrick Peal was driving to work at the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity headquarters in Norwich when he received a call from a clerk at the Old Bailey. “My first thought was, ‘Oh my god, what have I done?, but she...

  • Whitecross Street EC1Y This sizable stretch between Old Street and the Barbican is billed as ‘Bitecross’ Street on Thursdays and Fridays for the slew of food stalls that set up to feed the hoards of hungry workers from nearby Shoreditch and...

  • A ‘caravanserai’ was a roadside inn servicing the busy trade routes of Asia and Middle East. They offered weary travellers a place to recover from their journey, swap stories and share ideas, supporting the flow of commerce, information, culture and people. The journey up Brick Lane...