• The pathways to a career in shoe design are many and varied. Jimmy Choo followed in the footsteps of his cordwainer father; Nicholas Kirkwood wanted to create footwear to match the statement hat designs of milliner Philip Treacy, and Christian Louboutin has said his famous stilettos...

  • Amidst the election chaos, the arrival of summer and the return of a new series of House of Cards, you could be forgiven for forgetting that this weekend is all about the most important bloke in your life; dear old dad. But if you’ve left it...

  • Walk into any major bookshop chain and you’ll find a fairly standard layout. New releases and best sellers towards the front, fiction and biographies in the middle, big sections for art, food and travel, and the history books buried somewhere in the back. Things at

  • Canvas the Capital for African threads and you will invariably be pointed towards Wentworth Street. Part of the Petticoat Lane clothing and textile hub since the 1700s, this unassuming street in the City’s East End has, in recent decades, become home to a cluster of...

  • Where is one likely to find ornate printed silk scarves, hand-crafted violins, and ceramic ice cream cones lifelike enough to lick in the same postcode, let alone under one roof? Why, Clerkenwell of course. For centuries, this enclave of leafy streets and historic warehouses just north of...

  • As 1980s popstar and former American Idol judge Paula Abdul once sang, in love, “opposites attract”. But for one young couple, the same has proven true in business; a restaurant/retail hybrid born of the merging of two careers at opposite ends of the spectrum.

  • From upholstery in Shoreditch to boat building in St James’ Market, London Craft Week has arrived in the Capital; a five-day showcase of the best and brightest of British craftsmanship. While the 230 events offer a unique opportunity to meet our...

  • It is a good week to be visiting London Tea Exchange, I am told, ahead of National Tea Day on 21 April. The attaché of the Mexican president is paying them a visit later this week, so their top teas...

  • It was with surprisingly little fanfare that Canadian beauty and skincare company Deciem opened the doors to its London flagship store in Old Spitalfields Market last month. Surprising, because if the Internet’s reaction to ‘The Abnormal Beauty Company’...

  • Of the many questions gallerist Eleni Duke gets asked by first-time art buyers, by far the most common is: “How should I frame it?” So much so, that when space became available for her to expand her gallery Curious Duke...