Shoreditch has in recent years been overshadowed by its near neighbours. But if you’re sick of Dalston and fancy an after work drink, an interesting place to take a date or a full blown night out, why not give Shoreditch another chance? This part of London is packed with pubs and bars, and still has an enviable offering for the urban explorer inside us who is striving to find something different and less over-subscribed.
I’m one of those people that becomes interested in certain sports for about a 3 to 4 week period immediately after that particular sport’s most prestigious tournament has been on TV. Awful isn’t it? Yes it is. After Wimbledon I love tennis, after the Ashes I love cricket, and after the Olympics I love everything except sailing which quite simply is not a spectator sport. At the moment, having just watched Europe win the Ryder Cup, I love golf (patriotism is marvellously fickle isn’t it? English one minute, British the next, and now European. All that’s left is for earth to take on another planet is some sort of sporting tournament).
Having a dog in London is tough. Anyone who has ever been on a train from London Bridge at 5.30 in the company of a massive dog (I have), will know just how difficult it can be. The last thing a commuter wants to see on a wet tuesday night is a slobbering, gormless-looking alsation peering out from the one space there seemed to be available on the train. Plus, London is full of very smart and logically-minded people who are fundamentally dismayed by man’s obsession with domesticating this particular animal whilst eating its way remorselessly through most others. And those people are right to be dismayed. It is weird. And cities are ostensibly inappropriate places for animals that don’t use toilets. And most London flats are barely big enough for humans. And isn’t living in a city stressful enough without looking after a dog!?
So I took my niece to Hamleys recently. Hamleys in Regent Street is the world’s largest toy store. It is a beautiful and historic building, established as a toy store by William Hamley in 1881. It was bombed five times during the second world war. It brings in up to five million people a year, and is a major tourist attraction. My thanks to the good people at Wikipedia for that short introduction.
Since the 1960s there has been a constant trend of exploring the ways in which we can use cheap and lightweight materials. Innovative industrial designers are always trying to push boundaries with the intention of reducing the use of expensive and finite building materials. At Insider London, we think cardboard is a great eco-friendly response to our disposable lifestyle. And cardboard is great from a creative perspective: durable yet light and versatile. Here are some amazing examples of cardboard-retail in London, from temporary concept shops to luxury flagship stores.