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Tallulah Lingerie, Islington

Tallulah Lingerie, Islington

A little jewel of a lingerie shop...

Knickers. That's a wonderful word isn't it? So quintessentially British. You can imagine it being boomed out by Brian Blessed or Melchett from Blackadder ("KNICKERS!") It feels like a word that should have faded away with the Victorians, it sounds so antiquated. But yet, there it is. I do love knickers - not just the word but actual knickers in themselves. And lingerie in general. I think many women would spend more on underwear than outerwear - and why not? They're the most intimate garments you wear after all. And posh underwear has a wonderfully old-school Hollywood quality to it, Like a classic perfume by Caron or Guerlain, you can imagine yourself in Marlene Dietrich or Catherine Deneuve's dressing room circa the 1960s. And one boutique that captures that dreamy appeal of lingerie is Tallulah, tucked away on Islington's Cross Street.

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The Village Bicycle, Shoreditch

The Village Bicycle, Shoreditch

When I was working for a website, reviewing boutiques in London, one place that really stood out was The Village Bicycle in Drays Walk, Shoreditch. A passion project dreamed up by eccentric heiress Willa Keswick, she first opened in Notting Hill but didn't attract the kind of clientele she was after, so she swapped the 'shampoo and set' types of West London, for the tourists and art students of Shoreditch. 

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