I am a freelance writer, editor and teacher based in north London.
Published September 17th 2012
I love London. I am a proud Englishman (at least when the football team is doing ok). However, like a lot of Londoners, I am slightly enthralled with le vie Francais. An annual trip to the City of Lights is practically a prerequisite to life in London. The Eurostar is simply an extension of the tube, right? I am still a little shocked when I can't use my Oyster at Gare Du Nord.
Our Francophile obsessions can be sated by this beautiful pair of shops in north London. Selling enough items to satisfy even the most Amelie-inspired romantic notion of the French capital, these shops are a joy to visit. The range of furniture is beautiful, with elegantly rustic desks and quirky, quaint sculptures dominating the shop when I visited. They sell a range of vintage posters, not necessarily following a French theme, but instead built around a typically sophisticated French interior.
This shop contains so many gems that you simply would not see in any other shops, such as metal bathroom units, archaic microphones, linen armchairs and a range of jewellery. It is little wonder that these shops are a favourite with professional designers and decorators as each piece is dripping with atmosphere and style and would be the perfect place to peruse for that café refit. By mixing vintage pieces with the finest contemporary designers, the shop provides a unique experience and an interesting visit.
One day I shall own a little left bank apartment, in which I shall read and relax and generally live the good life but until then I will have to make to do with frequent trips here. Grab a croissant and a coffee and enjoy searching through the many, many treasures on offer.