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Alex Eagle's London Hit List Words by Maria Shollenbarger

"London’s coolest shopkeeper spends a lot of time thinking about the best of everything. Here’s her take on the city she calls home"

Former fashion PR, current It Girl (and Essentialist Globalite) Eagle opened her new digs, in a massive space on Soho’s Lexington Street, in 2016, where she showcases an inspiring cross-section of books and original art, jewelry and scents, and highly sought-after fashion collaborations with the likes of Vilshenko and Blaze Milano. Here, she shares other hometown favorites.

A great secret garden is Mount Street Gardens, which is just off South Audley Street. It’s a tucked-away and beautiful little oasis in the middle of Mayfair. It’s also a short walk from my house and I actually got married right next door!

 

A great bar is The Society Club, a tiny members’ club and bookshop, where you can get the most delicious cocktails. I’ve had many a fun evening here! It’s a secret little spot full of first edition books amongst other hard to find novels and coffee table collectibles.

 

An unforgettable view is the view from 180 The Strand. Incredible. You get a 360 look at London: Big Ben, the London Eye, the Tower of London, the Gherkin, and almost all the bridges that stretch along the Thames. It’s the spot to see London at its best. It’s also going to be home to The Store next year, and it’s right next to Somerset House and the Courtauld, which is one of my favorite galleries in London.

 

The best month of the year is May as it’s got such a hint of promise for the summer to come. May tends to be sunny, and the temperature suits London well; the air feels fresh without being too cold.

 

An ideal Sunday would consist of a morning shopping at Marylebone High Street Farmers’ Market, followed by coffee at Le Fromagerie. Then I would wander down to Regent’s Park for a long walk, meandering around to the Serpentine to see what’s showing. If it’s a sunny day, I’d get a pedalo! I’d top things off with a late, decadent lunch at the Wolseley.

 

A less-known address that should be better known is Sir John Soane’s Museum, which was formerly the home of the extraordinary architect. It’s jam-packed full of drawings and models of his projects as well as an amazing collection of paintings and antiquities he’s collected.

 

A must-do market is Alfies Antique Market, on Church Street. It’s well worth a visit for all the shops situated on the street. I search here for mid-century furniture and vintage pieces. I love spending an afternoon getting lost amongst all the beautiful curiosities.

 

A 100 percent London work of art is the Queen Elizabeth Gate, which is a forged stainless steel and bronze gate situated in Hyde Park behind Apsley House. I always admire it when I’m driving home. It’s been one my favorite London landmarks since childhood—there’s something so joyful about the unicorn dancing with the lions, surrounded by flowers.

 

A great place just outside London is Petersham Nurseries, which is an absolutely delicious restaurant that serves light and seasonal food in a heavenly beautiful garden. And everything is for sale—from the seat you’re sitting on to the cup you’re drinking from.

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