An Interiors day in … Islington, London
Start your day with a coffee at the excellent Euphorium Bakery at the top of Upper Street, Islington. The small chain was started in this store in 1999 and has grown into a cool place to enjoy a coffee – and one of their fabulous cakes. The cafe’s are all well designed and with exposed walls, chandeliers and lots of natural wood, they make a great change from the usual coffee chains.
Moving down Upper Street our next stop is the interiors store Aria, slightly hidden from the main street and located on Barnsbury Street. Aria has been in the area for many years and is a great source of contemporary furniture, and stocks many good brands including Alessi, Flos and Kartell.
Next stop, and just across the road is twentytwentyone. This store has been in Islington since 1996 and is a great source of imported European, American and Scandinavian original design pieces. The name twentytwentyone reflects the interest in not only original 20th Century design but also in new contemporary designers, and the store holds a selection of new items but also vintage furniture to buy.
Time for lunch so stroll down Upper Street until you reach Ottolenghi, a cool sophisticated restaurant that has been on the Islington scene for the last 8 years. The restaurant is decorated primarily in white with large communal tables and has a laid back relaxed feel. They take their food seriously and everything is made from scratch, no reservations are needed for lunch so enjoy the varied menu – but save room for the fabulous meringues.
Next stop and just around the corner in Cross Street is Tribe, a good supplier of contemporary rugs. All of their rugs are hand-woven and sourced from all over the world. Many of their rugs can be made in any size you require and in a range of colours.
Any interior can always be enhanced by adding good artwork and the Cross Street Gallery, located in a former bakery, is a good source of Modern British and Contemporary fine art prints and paintings. They hold a number of one man shows a year featuring contemporary paintings and limited editions prints – and they currently have a wonderful David Hockney exhibition.
If you need paint make a quick stop at Farrow and Ball, and then continue onto our final interiors shop Living Space. In Cross Street since 2000 they carry a large range of contemporary furniture for living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms – also lighting, accessories and products for outdoor spaces. Many of the products available are exclusive to Living Space.
For dinner head to Pasha on Upper Street. Rumoured to be Boris Johnson’s favourite restaurant (but don’t let that put you off!) they serve modern Turkish cuisine in a beautiful dining room. In the evening there is a great atmosphere in the restaurant, the interior design is perfect for a modern restaurant – and they serve some of the best hummus I have ever had.