Lorna Weightman: Chiswick Top 10
A few weeks back, we caught up with fabulous fashion commentator and writer Lorna Weightman who showed us around one of her favourite places in the UK – Chiswick. She brought us to the best hidden gems in the city, from fashion boutiques and cafes, to bakeries and restaurants in Chiswick. Watch her review above! In no particular order, her top hotspots around the city are: 10.High Road House 9.The Old Cinema 8.feather & stitch 7.iris Boutique 6.Celeste & Rose 5.Gelateria Daniela 4.Amanda’s Flowers 3.Orange Tree Theatre 2.The Hummingbird Bakery 1.Damsel Speaking about Chiswick, Laura wrote, The Richmond and Chiswick area is a home away from home for me. With my family living in the location for such a long time, I’ve built up such affinity with it. It’s charming to say the very least; sitting for coffee on Chiswick High Street on a Saturday morning, hopping on the tube at Turnham Green to Richmond to peruse its stylish shops. When I need to be in London for work, this is home. I have the loveliest memories when I was little running around Kew Gardens and as I’ve grown up, I love it even more. It’s shops really set it apart from other London suburbs for me. When I first started work as a stylist in London for the local magazine, The Green, I built up a relationship with its independent retailers. It taught me the importance of supporting them, and informing the local residents what they have at their doorstep. When I first discovered Iris in Chiswick, I fell for its relaxed interior, and moreover, its labels including Tara Jarmon and Etoile by Isabel Marant. Iris actually has four shops and a great website that helps to balance the physical shops with the movement towards e-commerce. Moving down the street to Devonshire Terrace I used to adore Polomo, which sadly closed its doors in 2014 after ten years. This is actually where I first discovered the label Maison Scotch that has become incredibly popular over the last couple of seasons. Since it closed, it taught me to value independence in retailing so much more, and hence I became involved in the crusade to support smaller and more niche businesses in a tough economic time. Richmond is equally a lovely place to peruse. One of its highlights is MatchesFashion.com which first opened in Richmond when Ruth Chapman started her fashion empire. I interviewed Ruth for The Green a few years ago and it was fascinating to hear her story. Down the street is Feather and Stitch, a quaint shop that has a personal feel to it. You will want to buy everything in it, I promise. Suburbs are a great way to discover fashion in London. My second home in the South West has introduced me to style that I may not have found otherwise, and thankfully more and more independent shops pop up all the time. We just need to support them.