To celebrate Georgie's sale on Tat I asked whether she would be willing to participate in This & Tat. As many long-time readers of Tat might know, Georgie has been featured before, she was kind enough to show us around her house for Knock Knock, and she has already bestowed her design insights in This & Tat. That being said, it was a year or two ago so I thought I would see if she would be willing to have another go. She was, and I was beyond pleased with her choices.
The artist Celia Paul, Lucien Freud’s former lover and muse, focuses her work on the women closest to her in her life. The results both captivate and haunt. I recently bought ‘Head of Jean’ for a client as the subject was so reminiscent of her daughter. Her work is available via @marlboroughgallery
Paula Rubenstein is an NYC institution and her shop on Chrystie Street is full to the brim with the quirkiest antiques and extraordinary textiles @PaulaRubenstein
The Hope Worker's Cafe
A 30 year old Holloway Road landmark serving the most honest fry-up you’ll find in London as well as a mix of greek dishes too (the owners are Cypriot). The menu is on a blackboard with about 20 variations to the fry-up, the tea is strong and you feel like you’re on a set with the Classic 1940s decor, photos and pictures of Holloway Road. The Hope also offers free hot meals for the homeless from donations from their loyal customers.
I found Marcus recently while on the hunt for an antique cast iron bath for a project in Spitalfields. He’s regularly in France picking up these gems from crumbling Châteaus and keeps stock in his lock-up in Faversham where he restores them splendidly @vintagefrancedesign
A great eBay seller - the name says it all - delightful kilims at nice prices and no nasty Brexit import charges. This lovely runner is available! Find them here.
Tony Geering who you might recognise from the tele back in the Kirstie Allsop days is the man for all arts and crafts furniture. You won’t find him on Instagram and his website is prehistoric but his enormous warehouse in Hackney Wick is full to the brim with names such as William Morris and William Birch to name but a few. Puritan Values.
I loathe to share this one cos it’s total bliss. On the island of Giglio, just off the Tuscan coast, Pardini’s Hermitage is the totally secluded family home of Ghigo and Barbara who have been running it as a guest house for 50 years. Ghigo does the talking and Barbara cooks the most delicious grub, all served up in their classic 1950’s dining room. You get what you’re given and you’d be mad to complain. Expect to be the only English amongst the chicest Romans on their summer breaks. Pardini’s
Marc always has the best selection of antiques on the Lillie Road and at prices that don’t make you nod your head and then walk out at pace. Stock is updated on the Lillie Road website and on his Instagram @gearantiques
Another North London haunt and, a huge claim, but possibly the best burger in London. Resident chef’s Four Legs have come up with a sensational menu in this no-frills local @fourlegs
Cecilia runs this gem of a stall in Herne Hill market every Sunday. For those that don’t live south (like me) put your Instagram alerts on. I recently nabbed this huge b&w photo @forsbergandsoane