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Meet Bernstock Speirs

The Bernstock Speirs hat shop, open since 2004, is on the northern tip of the famous Brick Lane, away from the hustle and bustle of the shops, galleries and curry houses, as well as the weekend market crowds. The shop location quietly reflects the Bernstock Speirs brand – cool, off beat, away from the main stream and a style leader. In fact, their pom pom hat with veil was recently copied by retail giant Aldo, but luckily withdrawn from sale after highlighted on Twitter by my cousin Style Bubble no less. I sat down for tea and a natter with the lovely and funny Paul Bernstock and Thelma Speirs back in July at their atelier… ...

Sugar Boost

How adorable are these super pretty pastries? Looking back at my London summer holiday photos is helping me forget the awful rainy weather we've been getting in Hong Kong. Check out the pipettes of fruit coulis to inject into the pastries! This stand is a permanent fixture at Maltby Street Market, a food lover's paradise of independent gourmet foods. This food market is an alternative to the more expensive and crowded Borough Market not far away. Market stall holders started to move here when rents increased at Borough Market. Maltby Street Market is at Maltby Street, London SE1 3PA. Open Saturdays, 9am – 4pm. Join me… FAC...

Shoreditch Shops

I ended up continuously popping in and out of shops that caught my eye whilst wondering around the Shoreditch East London area. Such as… Hand crafted birch furniture at Unto This Last… Cute baby chairs! Unto This Last is at 220 Brick Lane, London E2 7EB (020 7613 0882). The front of Cafe And stocks select designer homeware and the back is a light and airy cafe… Cafe And is at 77 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DJ (020 3487 0980). Opening hours: Wed – Sun 10:30am-6pm; closed on Mon & Tue.   Hostem is a men's clothing store selling the likes of Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester and Junya Wantanabe…I hear they are opening a ...

Maison Trois Garcons

One of my favourite past times when on holiday is to chill out and catch up with friends in quirky cafes. Maison Trois Garcons in Shoreditch is such a place but so much more than just a cafe, as these photographs show… As well as cakes, pastries, teas, coffees and fruit juices, Maison Trois Garcons serves up seasonal salads and light meals. Thank you to the manager who recommended this delicious gado gado salad… The draw is that it is also a retail space for vintage bags and jewellery, lighting, antique furniture, homeware and gifts…everything you see is also for sale. Heaven for interior enthusiasts. Maison Trois Garcons i...

Gotta Love High Street

You may have observed on Instagram that I love this printed Top Shop tube skirt. Comfortable, easy to wear, and with a fun nod to the 1990s, it has become one of my versatile staples this summer. Elizabeth wears: shirt, Margiela x H&M collaboration; skirt, Top Shop; sunglasses, Linda Farrow; sandals, Jeffrey Campbell. Join me… FACEBOOK – TWITTER – INSTAGRAM www.elizabethlau.com