There’s no doubt about it, Alexa Chung has great taste. Here, we chat to the designer, model, TV presenter, author – not to mention style icon – on where she eats, drinks and shops in London. Get ready to take notes…
From her favourite florist to the boutique that’s great for gifts, her local drinking den to her top east London restaurant recommendation, Alexa Chung shares her hot spots in the capital.
What elements make a great celebration?
I do think flowers really help a celebration. Even if it’s just a few scattered on the dinner table or in little jars dotted around the room. Grace and Thorn do really nice wild arrangements that aren’t overly precious.
What is your favourite local restaurant to celebrate in?
Brawn on Columbia Road, its super-cosy and hyper-tasty with really yummy burrata with sage and hazelnuts. Its bustling but relaxed atmosphere makes it a great spot for a small celebration with family and friends.
What is your favourite bar to celebrate in?
I love Three Sheets in Dalston which is special and vibey and reminds me a lot of the types of bars you get in New York. Their Old Fashioneds are as sumptuous as the cheese board and it feels like only those in the know happen upon it.
What is your go to independent fashion store where you shop when you want to celebrate?
I like the well selected array in Aimé and their own brand of pie crust shirts are irresistible. They also often have good party blouses by Isabel Marant and great gift ideas.
Which Independent store would people be surprised you frequent?
Florian Leonhard Fine Violins – I’ve always wanted to learn to play the violin and lately I’ve been on the lookout for one – Florian Leonhard Fine Violins in Hampstead has the most beautiful violins from all over the world.
I am a magpie and still really enjoy the tactile experience of in-person shopping. I love anything original where you can feel the personality and passion of the owner.
Where is your favourite place to buy a gift?
Pentreath and Hall sell an elegant selection of things for the home, and if you play your cards right I might just buy you a couple of their Ionic column cream candlesticks and Mykonos dinner candles in brilliant blue.
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Where is your favourite small business to buy last minute essentials?
During lockdown I became obsessed with this Di Collina wine they stock at Yield Newington Green. It’s slightly fizzy and easy to drink, in fact it became a fortnightly essential to stock up on. I love to serve it with a delicious cheese board with Neal’s Yard cheeses and natoora dips or whatever attempt I’m making at following a Nigel Slater recipe for something more substantial.
What is the everyday business you can’t live without?
De Beauvoir Deli prepares the most delicious smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels and freshly squeezed orange juice. They keep most of Islington awake with their endless flow of flat whites and have a really thoughtful selection of groceries and fresh breads. Last minute birthday cards and chocolate truffles are also stocked for if like me you’re nearly always forgetting a birthday.
Alexa has teamed up with Amex on their Shop Small campaign, encouraging you to go out and shop in small and independent retailers this Christmas. For more information visit americanexpress.com