• 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...

  • Spitalfields is well known for its history of silk weaving; the grand old Georgian terrace houses of master weavers in Fournier Street attracting hoards of visitors each year, and even a bonafide time capsule open to the public in

  • IN December 2011, brand consultant Roger Wade opened the world’s first pop-up mall out of 60-odd shipping containers in the long-disused Bishopsgate goods yard outside Shoreditch High Street station. Six years later and Boxpark has changed almost as much as the...

  • WHEN it comes to the official percentage of adult men who know how to tie a bow tie, the research is mixed, although one retailer puts the figure as low as 1%. Simon Potey, manager of French bow-tie boutique Le Colonel Moutarde, is slightly...

  • THE built environment has inspired the work of many an artist, but for silversmith Andrew Fleming, it was a career that ‘could have been’ that inspired his structural designs. “I actually originally studied to be an architect,” he says. “I really enjoyed the modelling aspects, but...

  • One of the great debates of modern architects is whether their practice constitutes art. American architect and abstract artist Richard Meier argued that architecture is in fact “the greatest of arts”, while Zaha Hadid’s principal Patrik Schumacher demanded we stop confusing the two arguing:...

  • 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...

  • A STRESS-relief toy called the ‘fidget spinner’ has taken school playgrounds by storm in recent months, dominating the Amazon bestseller lists and attracting the ire of teachers across the UK. While much has been made of the fidget spinner’s mainstream popularity...

  • 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...