if you are looking for a great unusual gift for that person who seems to have everything, then go to the japanese knife shop . it has an amazing display of knives for every occasion – you can even have something special engraved on the knife of your choice! however there is a saying that giving knives or scissors is a sign of severing your friendship, if you do receive a knife for a gift, you are supposed to return the thanks by sending a penny – in effect, you are purchasing your gift! depends how superstitious you are!
ernest wright and son have been making scissors for over 100 years – how beautiful to own a lovely pair – there is something so classic about the design for scissors, and such essential items.
I just love browsing through kitchen shops, especially lovely ones. My favourites are Summerhill and Bishop in Holland Park – a beautiful provence style kitchen shop but with a simple modern style, labour and wait – on Redchurch Street- a more utilitarian shop, quite retro and shaker like; toast home – lovely collection of hamman towels, ceramic tableware and glasses; Gill Wing in islington also has a wide range of functional kitchen items. pedlars – again a lovely collection of vintage style kitchen and classic finds, and of course the wonderful Baileys Home Store in ross on wye.