From dazzling diaries to perfect pens, here are London’s best stationery shops.
1. Present & Correct, Angel
This east London stationery shop is like a little chapel dedicated to the Goddess of Organisation. Their Instagram account, meanwhile, is a borderline obscene gallery of minimalism, right angles and pastel colour schemes sure to make any neat freak blush.
2. Choosing Keeping, Hackney Road
If you’re more Downton Abbey than Wes Anderson, Choosing Keeping is the stationery shop for you. There are beautiful notebooks, pens, rolls of wrapping paper, gift cards and more, all immaculately laid out, as you might expect. Quiver-inducing stuff.
3. London Graphic Centre, Covent Garden
Whether you’re an artist or just make to-do lists that essentially are works of art, the London Graphic Centre has got you covered. You can find every last combination of pen, pencil, notebook within their two floors, plus Proper Art Gear upstairs.
Just imagine being here:
4. Paperchase, Tottenham Court Road
It’s not exactly ‘secret’ London, but the enormz flagship outlet of Paperchase is essentially Disneyland for stationery obsessives. Across three floors you’ll find rainbow displays of coloured card and paper, gifts and trinkets, and somewhere, I promise, the type of diary that will enable you to finally organise your whirlwind lifestyle.
5. Quill, Clerkenwell
This seriously high-end London stationers stock some proper fancy goodies. Think fabulous fountain pens, books of sumptuously thick notepaper, wax seals, and other top-notch stuff for sending letters with attitude. They also run calligraphy classes (it’d be a shame to waste all that stationery on your illegible scrawl, wouldn’t it?) and create customised wedding books, cards and invites.
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