It’s hard to believe that it’s already August and that we are a third of the way into the holiday season. As I did last year, I have asked all the team here to suggest things you might do if you have a spare day or two in towns so here are some suggestions and ideas that they came up with that we thought you might enjoy - it has certainly inspired me to think what to do on a day in and around town.
We have added a few offers that also might inspire you for last minute travel or add bright accessories to your wardrobe with a few handy pieces that might be useful as you ‘London town tour’!
Its Bright and Beautiful
We have developed our Ostrich offering over the years and this year we have now included a new belt that has removable buckles in either nickel and brass in a range of six colours. Alongside the belts, and in true Pickett style, there is a myriad of fabulous colours in the women's collection so with the introduction of the understated men’s range and the women’s colourful range we are offering 20% off all the ostrich products for the month of August only use Code OST20
Ostrich is durable and with wear gets a perfect and beautiful patina
Harriet, who you all know is in charge of our bespoke department (and for those who haven’t see the leather library, it is well worth a visit) recently spent an enjoyable day at Kew Gardens where the highlight for her was The Hive, a temporary installation at Kew until November 2017 and it encapsulates the story of the honey bee. Along side the tree top walk which has amazing views over London. There are cafes in the gardens for breaks, but if you fancy a treat you can leave the gardens via Victoria gate for a short 5 minute stroll to The Glasshouse (next door to the station) where you can enjoy a delicious set lunch menu before heading back into Kew for a final wander round to finish the day!
One of our new collection of our summer stoles and thought it would add to the invertebrates theme for the day.
This smart / casual ‘crossbody’ handbag is perfect for a hands free day out to carry all your essentials.
Over the past year I have been spending a few more weekends in London so I have been thinking of the perfect Sunday.
Never usually having breakfast and getting up later than usual, I feel the urge for popping round to Baker and Spice for a coffee and a tempting pastry or if I am feeling really indulgent (and can find a reason to celebrate) nothing beats breakfast at Claridges! Being close to the RA it is then an opportunity to see the David Hockney exhibition and at the same time peruse the Summer Exhibition.
After a late breakfast I will then skip lunch but a martini and olives at J. Sheekey's is always a special treat. Close by is The National Portrait Gallery so you can wander along to see the Spotlight exhibition as well as the BP Portrait awards and then an early film is a good end to a perfect Sunday and my guilty pleasure at the moment would be Absolutely Fabulous! Or, I would see what was on at the Curzon Soho or Shepherd's Market where I can enjoy a foreign film and suffer the subtitles!
Today I think is for the understated pared down look.
We have just introduced wheeled luggage to our luggage range so to celebrate we are offering 10% off in August as a limited offer. Included in the new range are two additional wheeled bags in our classic range of either canvas and leather or full leather. Alongside this we have our new collection in a soft tumbled calfskin leather featuring a traditional structured wheeled suitcase and a soft lightweight suitcase so lots to come in and see! Use code WHEEL10
Start with breakfast or brunch at Urban Pantry- it is a great place to start the day and a friendly place to relax. Recommended is their delicious ‘Avocado Smash’ on sourdough or the ‘Shakshuka’
A perfect place to walk off the calories is Chiswick House which is set in the beautiful backdrop of gardens and Palladio architecture
Having built up a thirst there is always a gentle meander down to the river towpath to Strand on the Green where there are a few pubs and if you have built up an appetite head to The Bulls head for a late lunch.
The chain pattern design references a bit of 18c detail in the architecture of Chiswick House and it's teamed up with the new suede and leather 'Max bag'
Outdoor cinema is cropping upall over London with a lot of nostalgia in the content.
Luna open air cinema offers different locations every week of August to enjoy a current or classic film.
And if you are close to Somerset House there is the opportunity to sample Korean street food at the restaurant ‘On The Bab’. Their fried Yangyum Chicken together with their Baek Ban with Bulgogi Beef is a specialty not to be missed with some Plum Soju is the perfect compliment.
Add Glamour with Lace if you are seeing Funny Face or Breakfast at Tiffany
Granger & Co in Notting Hill makes a good start to the day, and afterwards, if you are looking for some pre raphilite culture, a gentle walk away is Leighton House with its beautiful garden open to the public. It’s always worth a wander up Portobello Market and then perhaps on through Holland Park to escape the bustle and crowds of Notting Hill Gate. If after that you fancy a dose of fun outdoors design to complete your day make you way to Pergola on the Roof at Television Centre for a little bit of the mediterranean in London. This picturesque rooftop is covered in flowers and hosts a bar and several roof top restaurants. With delicious dining and drinks it’s the perfect relaxing backdrop to a summers evening with friends. Makes for a varied tour of west London.
Should you be tempted to make any purchases during your visit to Portobello then this will be a handy bag to carry them in!
London A to Z
John Metcalf Decorated by Edward Bawden With a new introduction by Peyton Skipwith
As always I like to promote friends books or ones with associations. Charlotte Metcalf (whose family have been customers of ours for many years) mentioned her father’s book to me the last time she was in the shop so I have included this treasure of a volume in our newsletter. It is beautifully written and very much of its period and as the Metcalf's lived in Albany there is another link with us too.
A classic music case to compliment the nostalgia in the book alongside a leather book cover to protect beautiful books.
I am assured that a walk through Highgate cemetery is not quite as macabre as it seems and with almost two centuries of memorial architecture it is really interesting - whilst also doing a trail of the great and the good who have been buried there! It does sound a bit spooky for me and definitely a sunny day activity! I often find myself reading wall plaques in churches when I should be concentrating on the service and the William IV or Hope influences always catch my eye in particular, so Highgate would definitely be a place of interest for me.
Not so far from here Teresa has suggested a visit to The Roundhouse which has a very interesting upcoming installation in the form of a 360 degree curtain by artist Ron Arad, which aims to offer an innovative interactive platform for films and other visual imagery.
I thought a back back might be perfect for the expedition and I guess a folding umbrella is good insurance against the rain!