C.P. Hart; Texas tub in King Arthur’s Court.
“Sir, if you wish to have a just notion of the magnitude of this city [London], you must not be satisfied with seeing its great streets and squares, but must survey the innumerable little lanes and courts.”
Samuel Johnson, 1777
As you may imagine, traveling with me is likely to be a different experience. On my first trip to London just after college, I visited the Tower of London to see the crown jewels. I recall standing next to a woman who asked where I was from. When I said “Chicago” she shrieked that she and her mother were from Milwaukee. It was that moment that I thought, “I didn’t travel 5,000 miles to see YOU.”
From that point forward, I take the roads slightly less traveled. Sure, I go to Harrods and Selfridges, but I live at 300-year-old cheesemonger Paxton and Whitfield, Borough Market, Camden and the design areas of Kings and Fulham Roads. I pick a new direction and try new things. I don’t do tours.
This past trip I crept into Liberty’s attic to rummage wallpaper, visited Beardmore for drawer pulls and investigated internet find C.P. Hart. I also dashed into Linley to drool over jaw-dropping bespoke cabinetry and furniture. Oodles of ideas later, here we are.