Citizen Hip: Paula Goldstein’s London Lairs

Yesterday we introduced you to Paula Goldstein, who divides her time between her home city of London and her adopted city of Paris as Creative Director of Purple Fashion’s Digital Projects.  After a rundown of her must-see Parisian picks, today comes an offering of her favorite hometown haunts.


Town Hall Hotel
8 Patriot Square E2 9NF / +44 (0)20 7871 0460
Neighborhood: Bethnal Green
Recently opened, they keep a bottle behind the bar for me which always makes me love somewhere a little bit more – fickle moi? Hidden away in East London it is literally like stepping back into the 1940s, yet with all the usual 5-star luxuries. Highlights include Chef Nuno Mendes’ amazing cooking and the screening room in the imposing old council chambers, which really have to be seen to be believed.

Acne Studio
13 Dover Street W1J0 / +44 (0)20 7629 9374
Neighborhood: Mayfair
Dover Street and the surrounding area seem to be the latest hub of exciting luxury fashion and Acne’s freestanding store is no exception.  Obviously they do amazing clothes (about half my wardrobe) but it also features a little roof terrace where clients can escape the bustle of the city, as well as take in some of the prettiest store staff around.

The Bull and Last Pub & Kitchen
168 Highgate Road NW5 1QS / +44 (0)20 7267 3641
Neighborhood: Hampstead Heath
This is my favorite food in London – bar none. I’m lucky it’s so close to my house, opposite the beautiful slightly untamed expanse of Hampstead Heath. This is the perfect place to drink Pimms and order a cheeseboard (Stylist Valentine Fillol Cordier will not let a visit here pass without one!)…spending many a summer’s eve here has become a bit of addiction amongst myself and my friends – I only worry as half my month’s receipts are from here…

Liberty of London
Great Marlborough Street W1B 5AH / +44 (0)20 7734 1234
Neighborhood: Carnaby Street/Soho
My favorite department store in the world. The old building with its crooked wooden floors and beautiful rooms around balconies makes just buying shampoo here seem a little more special. It terms of clothing I really feel the buying team can do no wrong and it is the only store I know in which my boyfriend and I both agree on visiting due to the fact the men’s department is just as well thought out and full of those brands which draw you into that overdraft as the women’s section. Liberty print is, of course, famed world-wide and if it’s your first visit I must insist on visiting the homewares and fabrics sections on the top floor.

WAH Nails
420 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA / +44 (0)20 7812 9889
Neighborhood: Dalston
I probably spend way too long debating fruits or animals as decoration, but the perfect nail salon WAH is now not only hidden in hipster Dalston but also has a concession in the Mecca that is the Topshop flagship in Oxford Circus. Perfect for a quick fix during my lunch break. I’m constantly getting bored with my look and since I have let my hair grow out and be blonde rather the a series of colorful crops, being inventive with my nails seems the safest alternative. WAH and WAH zine are an homage to the best bits about being a girl!

Bang Bang Vintage
9 Berwick Street W1F 0PJ / +44 (0)20 7494 2042
Neighborhood: Carnaby Street/Soho
Full of treasures and just down the road from my office = deadly!

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