The letter "A" and a triple word score at that: Artillery Passage, Angela Flanders and A.Gold and where are we? None other than Spitalfields. This labyrinthine of streets in the heart of the city offers a glimpse into the dark and often salacious life of old London town with street names such as Catherine Wheel Alley, Petticoat Lane, and Frying Pan. On Artillery Passage – in what is believed to have been part of the former military ground of Henry VII’s solders, is the wonderfully delightful store of British perfumer Angela Flanders. Hers is a unique world filled with perfumes, soaps and scents inspired by imagined gardens and single blooms like her Ode to a Rose. Our favourite grocer A.Gold is nearby on Brushfield Street opposite Old Spitalfields Market. Celebrating all things British, this long-time champion of UK produce is the best store for traditional goods from delectable Scotch eggs to Cumbrian fudge.
A-Z reference: 19 E1
Angela Flanders, 4 Artillery Passage, E1 7LJ. Tel. 020 7247 7040
A. Gold, 42 Brushfield Street, E1 6AG. Tel. 020 7247 2487
Other favourites from the A pages of A-Z include: Arnold Circus in Shoreditch – we just love the old bandstand and nearby Leila’s and Archer Street, Soho for Gelupo.
What "A" do you have marked in your A-Z?