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WE know this little place

Ever wondered where London’s insiders shop and click to buy their Christmas supplies? Well, you’re about to find out…

Fergus Henderson
Chef and St John co-founder

knows the best place for
a festive hangover cure

‘Gerry’s on Old Compton Street, an Aladdin’s cave of peculiar spirits, is the place to go for Fernet Branca and crème de menthe. Once you’ve procured these, you have the wherewithal to make a Dr Henderson. A remedy taught to me by my father, it’s more than a cocktail — this has miraculous powers that can bring you back from the edge.’

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Emma Barnett
BBC presenter

hits Brixton for children’s toys with parental appeal

‘Rose & Thorn in Brixton Village offers stunning homewares and children’s toys, which appeal to adults, too. I have a penchant for its leather pandas and elephants that also play music. And the beautiful paper pendants for celebrations or wall-art all year round. Divine.’

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Florence Knight
Chef

says it with a steaming hot cuppa

‘My Cup of Tea Ltd stocks my favourite Earl Grey and matcha. The glass teapot, teak tea scoop and tea caddy make great gifts and they wrap everything beautifully with their signature delicate blue floral paper and fine string.’

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Bree Runway
Musician

says try your hand at second-hand

‘Traid in Dalston is the best for something snazzy and one of kind. It’s my favourite — I always find pieces I can cut up or embellish. They end up looking like a lot of money when I only spent a little.’

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Georgiana Huddart
Hunza G co-founder

looks to the arches of Hackney for the most delish fish

‘The Secret Smokehouse is the best place to buy smoked salmon and paté. It’s a small, family-run fish curing business that uses traditional techniques that date from the 1800s. Its produce tastes incredible and isn’t overpriced.’

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Manolo Blahnik
Shoe designer

says encourage those you love to get creative

‘I have been going to Green and Stone for as long as I can remember. It’s owned and run by a lovely family whom I adore in the heart of Fulham. I go there for all of my art supplies; there is absolutely nowhere else.’

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Val Garland
Make-up artist

finds good food for you and your favourites

‘For any Spanish gastronomy lovers out there, Brindisa shop is where I go for foodie gifts and provisions. It sells an unrivalled range of Spanish food, from cheeses and nuts to exceptional olive oils and vinegars. The hand-carved Ibèrico ham at the counter is beautiful paired with a glass of wine. My favourite gifts are the Torres Black Truffle Crisps and Nunez de Prado Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil — thank me later!’

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Fat Tony
DJ

says it with flowers

‘Dovers Flowers is always great for the most amazing Christmas wreaths, garlands and, on occasion, incredible candles. It’s a family-run business based in Pimlico and has been my local florist for years.’

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Anthony Burrill
Artist

knows just where to find something timeless

‘The store’s amazing selection of “things you didn’t know you needed until you saw them” is so beautifully presented. Every Christmas I choose homewares and gardening supplies for my wife, Emma. We both love the utilitarian look and feel of the objects the team sources. We’ve shopped there for years and cherish what we’ve bought; each item is practical, hard-working and aesthetically pleasing. Our philosophy is to buy good-quality products that last for years.’

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Jason Atherton
Chef and restaurateur

has just the place for quality cards that’ll win hearts

‘I always buy my Christmas cards from Mount Street Printers, they’re really high quality, there’s a great selection and every card is produced by hands-on vintage presses, making each one unique. The cards are really special.’

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Jess Morris and Tim Rockins
Founders of Rockins

know a Portobello powerhouse for the musically minded

‘We’ve got to mention Honest Jon’s Records, which has spent a lifetime supplying Portobello’s wild and varied music lovers. We go for Jamaican rockers, Ethiopian funk, German dub, peerless Finders Keepers reissues and the shop’s own mighty imprint. Plus it stocks books you can’t find anywhere else.’

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Simone Rocha
Fashion Designer

knows a one-off is the way to go

‘Momoko Mizutani has a beautiful selection of objects in her store, Momosan Shop, on Wilton Way: exquisite things for the home and the table. From porcelain Blunk Cups to special glassware by Jochen Holz, a German glass designer — I love the Pink Penguin jug as well as the ceramic spoons by Shino Takeda, a Japanese ceramicist. If you visit in person, Momo has wonderful neighbours, from Violet bakery to Borough Wines.’

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Nicky Haslam
Fashion Designer

wraps it all up in one fell swoop

‘There’s a little stationery shop that’s also handily a post office at the corner of Earls Court and Brompton Road called Krystals. It has the most original wrapping papers — I used one as wallpaper — as well as really cool cards. Sometimes they have some very charming gifts — the other day I found gilt ceramic pineapples that are perfect for filling with Haribos for kids’ presents, or nuts for grown-ups.’

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Eniola Aluko
England footballer

takes the pressure off with a little home delivery

‘Pitanga Restaurant in Fulham is cute and cosy for modern Nigerian cuisine. I go there for the jollof balls and always order from there when I have family and friends at my house. I think they’d all second this recommendation.’

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Tom Brown
Cornerstone chef

doesn’t set out a cheese board without a trip to Tottenham

‘I recently moved to north London and I’d be lying if I said proximity to Wine & Rind wasn’t a draw. The market it’s in is buzzing and you’re guaranteed to strike up a chat with a local while owner Holly makes you one of the best toasties. In the mega fridge you’ll find beautiful cheeses from the UK and Ireland — I can’t get enough of the Colston Bassett Stilton. She puts together selections with crackers, jams — the lot.’

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