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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Designer offers top shopping destinations

13th December 2011

Those staying in hotels in Park Lane may be interested in snapping up items at the top London shops, as listed by acclaimed designer Matthew Williamson.

Speaking with Time Out magazine, Mr Williamson urged visitors to central London hotels not to let the Christmas shopping rush squeeze the fun out of some quality retail therapy.

The designer, whose self-named label has proven popular with celebrities such as Sienna Miller, touted LN CC in east London as the place to be.

"[LN CC is] a great concept store designed by set designer Gary Card," he explained.

"I love the interesting mix of Japanese and British brands with quirky installation pieces."

Furthermore, he suggested that shopaholics looking for home furnishings may like the items on offer at Regents Park Road's Tann Rokka.

"[Tann Rokka] is one of my regular interior-design haunts. My favourite electric blue suede sofa was bespoke-made for me here," he remarked.

Mayfair's Thom Sweeney is given a big boost by the designer, who claims he wears the company's suits for events and special occasions.

"They are tailored to the perfect shape for my frame and come in a vast selection of luxurious fabrics," he continued.

"My current favourites are a pale-blue seersucker suit for the summer and a chocolate-brown velvet one for the winter."

Founded by accomplished tailors Thom Widdett and Luke Sweeney, the bespoke tailor sits within a converted townhouse and offers a made-to-measure service.

Now that the fashion conscious have their house and wardrobe taken care of, the fashion expert suggests that men pick up grooming products at central London's Geo F Trumper.

"Not only does Trumper stock a fantastic range of gentleman's grooming products, it also offers traditional wet shaves in the privacy of chic, mahogany-walled cubicles," he commented.

Finally, foodies looking to bring an element of style to their home kitchen were urged to hit Natural Kitchen in Marylebone.

"The Natural Kitchen encompasses a delicatessen stocking a wide variety of organic and locally sourced produce, and a great cafe, where I can get a 'Londoner' sausage sandwich for breakfast," he concluded.


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