Oh, hey! We’ve scored ourselves a spring semester correspondent: Our girl Mattie Kahn landed in London for a study-abroad program (or, in British, programme), and she’s going to grace this site with her neighborhood adventures and her exceptional taste. In a word: YAY!
Sandwiched between tourist traps and tri-level eateries, a handful of storefronts near super-central Carnaby Street make it a favorite place to play hooky. And given that the adorable, shop-studded strip is just minutes from my university? Well, I often find myself doing just that. —mattie kahn
In case you’re itching for a Kardashian fix, this beauty spot serves up all the US Weekly and People you can handle—hard to come by in London!—alongside its top-notch pedicures and vitamin C facials.
(31 Foubert’s Pl.)
This British department store is a real print master—it’s recently collaborated with the likes of J.Crew and Nike—and being in close proximity has made me fall for its iconic patterns. Can you O.D. on microflorals? Don’t answer that.
Speakeasy Espresso & Brew Bar
Here’s your chance to escape the West End’s inevitable crowds. The tucked-away café is hidden on a narrow side street—a fact that somehow makes sipping its superlative cappuccinos that much sweeter.
(3 Lowndes Ct.)
The coolest British babes have no use for normcore—they head straight to Size? for experimental sneakers that stand out in a big way. They stock hard-to-find brands like Onitsuka Tiger and Surpa along with exclusives from Adidas, New Balance, Puma—NBD.
(33-34 Carnaby St.)
Flesh & Buns
After you’ve emptied your wallet, fill your belly at nearby Flesh and Buns. Dinner here ought to entail the life-changing broccoli with yuzu-kosho mayo and the way-better-than-it-should-be salmon teriyaki.
(41 Earlham St.)