United Stock Dry Goods owner Sydney Mamane took a short trip across the Atlantic to visit friends and see most excellent things. We asked him to write down who he saw, where he shopped, what he ate and how he packed to have the perfect trip.
"I decided it was time to visit my lovely friend Stuart Archibald who works at The Family Business Tattoo shop in Clerkenwell. It had been over 15 years since my last trip to London, so I decided to mainly walk and take the bus to get a better sense of the city. This is what I did:
- Landed and went straight to Family Business tattoo shop to drop off my stuff.
- Headed to the National Portrait Gallery to catch the Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun exhibition which is on just until May 29th.
- Time for food so it was on to the Battersea Pie Station for Steak and Meantime stout pie with mash and gravy.
- Next it was on to The Army Gym, a concept shop from Nigel Cabourne in Convent Garden (28 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8NA) for a little look around.
- Dinner @ Shawarma Bar Berber Q in Clerkenwell next to Family Business with Mo Coppoletta (tattoo shop owner and very dapper Italian gent) and Stuart.
- Spent the day with Stuart Archibald, AKA The Walker
- Started off with traditional English breakfast at Pavilion in Victoria Park, an airy, waterfront park pavilion serving organic produce breakfasts and sandwiches.
- Find ourselves at heavy metal record shop, Crypt of the Wizard then onto Barbican Centre.
- No surprise, but the rest of the day was filled with checking out some of the world's best manufacturers and producers in the world of style and design:
John Smedley are creators of the 'World’s Finest Knitwear. Established in 1784, they are the oldest knitwear manufacturing factory in the world, crafting beautiful, high quality garments that are designed to last. Made in Britain, distributed the world over.'
Edward Green shoes since 1890. 'Cut by hand from the world’s finest leathers, each pair of Edward Green shoes is made in our Northampton workshop according to the same principles that have guided us for over a century.'
Lock and Co. Hatter, 1676. Just what you would imagine from an old English brand of hat makers. And a must-visit is Taylor of Old Bond St. Jeremiah Taylor founded Taylor of Old Bond Street on September 1st, 1854. He opened the salon on London's fashionable Bond Street and gained a reputation in British Society for his botanical extracts. The brand epitomizes classic British style, understated elegance, quality, and is still a family business.
For a change of pace, a stop in to Beretta, a creepy hunting store for the ultra-rich with beautifully carved shotguns and rifles that cost anywhere from £8,000 to £25,000.
- Obviously high tea was in order. Classic cucumber & cheese, tuna, smoked salmon and sandwiches, selection of sweet pastries and scones of course at The Wolseley. And later that day, St. John (the birthplace of contemporary offal eating) for dinner.
- A bit of a late start given we'd walked 10 hours the day before, so slept until 12:30pm. As much as you want to see everything, sleep is super important while travelling to stave off sickness.
- A trip to James Smith and Sons, world famous umbrella shop. No wonder with options like a collapsible version adorned with a Malaca wood handle.
- And then the best cod and chips I've ever had at Golden Union.
- Back to St. John for breakfast of anchovy paste on toast with scrambled eggs. Sounds gross but was effin’ delicious and I don’t even like anchovies.
- Stopped in to Spitalfields Market and found the perfect antique horn box to be used for business cards on the counter at Sydney's in Toronto.
- Saw some more sights on my stroll down Brick Lane, went to the V&A and Science Museum's, satisfied my sweet tooth with a fix from Fortnum & Mason —Milk Chocolate and Honeycomb (sponge toffee).
- And to finish off the whirlwind trip, a Einsturzende Neubauten show.