Our founder Christiane is London this week launching Living by DwellStudio at House of Fraser(more on that later). So we decided it was time for another city guide... this time we're revealing our favorite London hot spots!
Our design team is loving the Victorian era right now. Tate Britain is putting a spotlight on some of the artistic radicals of the 1800s with its stunning show. The exhibition is full of luminous Victorian Avant Garde paintings, sculptures and photography by champions of the movement, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais.
If you're obsessed with quality and craftsmanship (like we are) then you must stop by this Victorian-era umbrella shop. Founded in 1830 and still owned and run as a family business, the master craftsmen here still construct umbrellas and walking sticks right in the basement of the New Oxford Street location—where attention to detail is of the utmost importance. Plus, we're pretty sure that every dashing haberdasher in London carries one of James Smith's well-crafted parapluies!
We adore this elegantly furnished watering hole, with its lacquered mahogany walls and Dale Chihuly-like glass installations. We suggest sticking to the classics here like the house specialty, the Martinez, which is made with Old Tom gin and recreated from an early 18th-century recipe.
This rooftop resto may seem like an unlikely spot, but the views of London are breath-taking at this little known British gem. Anything but stuffy, we suggest noshing on Butternut squash soup and the Duck Breast while gazing at the London Eye, Big Ben and Nelson's Column.
Sometimes sleeping in high-style is a must, and One Aldwych tops the haute list. We love this tradition-with-a-twist hotel—Edwardian style architecture with sleek modern updates. Central located in Covet Square, the building was actually constructed in 1907 by the same architects who designed The Ritz in Paris.
By Patrisha Z |
Posted in News|Apr 6, 2012 2:22:22 PM
Have you heard about The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt? Central London will play host to the largest Easter egg hunt ever devised this weekend—they’re even hoping to make the Guinness Book of World Records! Londoners will comb the city in search of over 200 giant eggs—painted, bedazzled and decked out in high-art style by super chic creative types including artists Gary Card and Oliver Clegg, fashion designers Diane Von Furstenberg and Tommy Hilfiger, singer MIA, architect Zaha Hadid and many more rad tastemakers. The eggs are also being auctioned off to raise money for the Action for Children and Elephant Family organizations. We wish we could join the hunt!
Christiane Lemieux is the Founder of DwellStudio, the author of Undecorate, mother of two plus a dog and is married to Joshua Young, who is also her business partner. Christiane graduated from the Parson's School of Design with a degree in Fashion design. She also has a degree in Art History. Christiane is inspired by travel and design. Most importantly, she is trying to figure out how to live a life of adventure with her family. Starting this business seemed like the best place to start. Stay tuned as we see how that develops...