it must be one of my favourite shops in london, l. cornelissen stocks art materials, but not just like your regular art shop, its a specialist in all types of mediums, from inks, to watercolours, to gouache etc…. there are bottles, jars, tins, tubes of everything that you would ever need. the problem is that i didnt even know what you used most of the things for! its definitely a place for inspiring your creativity – i have decided to buy some calligraphy pens with the beautiful shades of sepia ink (in gorgeous bottles of course) and try them out in the beautiful sketch books that they stock. what a brilliant present to buy somebody interested in art.
10 mins walk away is the fabulous umbrella shop james smith with its beautiful interior and beautifully made umbrellas. definitely a lovely present for somebody who appreciates a real carved wood handle, but not for the forgetful type who will leave it anywhere!