83 St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1RA
Lewis Carroll studied, worked and lived in Oxford and this delightful little shop, situated across the road from the Oxford University college of Christ Church was actually written into ‘Through the Looking Glass’ around 150 years ago when it was a grocery and sweet shop. A couple of illustrations of the shop were also drawn for the original book, which was described by Alice as ‘the very queerest shop I ever saw!'. It stocks an amazing range of Lewis Carroll gifts and memorabilia and is well worth a visit. While you’re in Oxford why not also take an Alice and Wonderland tour of the City? (See the website below for more information.)
SYON HOUSE GIFT SHOP
Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8JF
Syon House and Park is the magnificent London residence of the Duke of Northumberland situated on the banks of the Thames, just across from Kew Gardens. There are many fascinating stories to tell from Syon’s multi layered history and interestingly, Percy Bysshe Shelley studied at Syon House Academy (now called Syon Lodge) situated on the edge of the Park. Having grown up in West London, Linden has many happy memories of visiting Syon House and gardens with her family and so is delighted to have her designs on sale here.
THE MUSEUM OF CAMBRIDGE
2/3 Castle Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 0AQ
Situated in a timber framed building dating from 1600 in the heart of Cambridge. (Incidentally the place of study for a great many famous authors: Tennyson, Marlowe, Byron and Wordsworth to name a few.) It contains a maze of captivating rooms full of objects relating to different aspects of Cambridge social and everyday life. The museum also houses temporary exhibitions, a Saturday tearoom and of course a shop that is bursting with unique gifts and beautiful, traditionally made toys.
Tighnabruaich, Argyll, PA21 2DR
Located in the picturesque coastal village of Tighnabruaich, two hours west of Glasgow, Tighnabruaich Gallery showcases contemporary art and crafts from up and coming, as well as more established, UK artists/ designers. The gallery hosts seasonal and solo exhibitions as well as housing the open studio of the owner, young artist Robbie Baird.
TOMORROW'S STORE (The Prince's Trust Shop)
9 Eldon Street, London, EC2M 7LS. (In between Moorgate and Liverpool Street tube stations.)
Opened this September by HRH The Prince of Wales Tomorrow’s Store is stocked entirely by young entrepreneurs who have set up in business with support from The Trust. This chic store is situated in the heart of the City of London and features a wide range of design-led merchandise including homeware, stationery, jewellery and fashion.