Labour & Wait, Marylebone

It’s been 21 years since cult homewares brand Labour & Wait opened its celebrated first shop on Redchurch Street in London’s East End. The retailer, which stocks all manner of goodies from throws to candles, kitchenware and garden gear, has celebrated in style this year by opening a second London shop at 48 Dorset Street – across the road from Monocle’s London base, Midori House. Welcome to the neighbourhood. 

48 Dorset St, W1U 7NE
+44 (0)20 7729 6253


Brilliant Corners, Dalston

This restaurant and jazz bar has one of the best sound systems in London. The food and drink isn’t bad either: think Japanese small plates, saké and a good selection of natural wines. Since restrictions were lifted, the venue is once again hosting live bands and DJs late into the night, with its lineup selected by owners and London music scene aficionados Amit and Aneesh Patel. Expect the chairs and tables to be pushed back at 23.00 to make room for dancing until the wee hours. 

470 Kingsland Rd, E8 4AE
+44 (0)20 7812 9511


‘Sneakers Unboxed’, Kensington

Try the Design Museum’s new exhibition on for size. In Sneakers Unboxed you’ll unpack the work that goes into creating some of the world’s most recognisable trainers, guiding visitors through the history of famous models – including the Converse All Stars, which premiered as a basketball shoe in the 1920s – and showcases cutting-edge technology, such as a shoe-making robot with 3D-knitting capabilities. The show ends on 24 October, so step to it. 

224-238 Kensington High St, W8 6AG
+44 (0)20 3862 5900


Nomad London, Covent Garden

Set in a former magistrates’ court and police station, this 91-key affair is a far cry from the den of thieves it was in the 1900s. Its once-gloomy complex of courtrooms and holding-cells (where the likes of Oscar Wilde and the Krays were once locked away) is now awash with light, adorned in wooden panelling and dotted with handsome furniture, following a comprehensive redesign by Sydell Group and interior design firm Roman and Williams. Even if you aren’t staying the night, make sure to stop by the bar and diner, aptly titled Side Hustle. The pandan negronis there are so good, it’s criminal.

28 Bow St, WC2E 7AW
+44 (0)20 3906 1600

Imad’s Syrian Kitchen, Soho

When Imad Alarnab fled war-torn Syria for London as a refugee, he was leaving his life behind: in Damascus, he ran three restaurants as well as cafés and juice bars. Imad’s Syrian Kitchen opened on Carnaby Street in May, marking Alarnab’s first such venture in the UK capital. Rags-to-riches story aside, the food served there is unforgettable: the jaj barghol (chicken thighs, bulgar wheat and chillies) shouldn’t be passed up lightly.

2.14 Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby St, W1B 5PW
+44 (0)20 7434 2448

Curzon, Hoxton

After a bruising 18 months for the cinema industry, new independent picturehouses are popping up across London. Not least of which is a new theatre from UK-based arthouse chain Curzon, which opened its doors in Hoxton in the city’s east. The art deco building is easy on the eye and its refurbishment is the handiwork of Casper Mueller Kneer, the practice behind Bermondsey’s famous White Cube gallery. But don’t just stand outside and admire the façade, head in and choose from one of its three screens before sinking into a plush seat.

55 Pitfield St, London N1 6BU
+44 (0)12 3355 5644

Images: Dan Wilton, Felix Speller. Cover image:  Ben Quinton

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