Travel | Streetwise with StreetHub

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STREETWISE WITH STREETHUB

One of my favourite things about running Girl in the Lens is that I get to explore London in so many different ways than before. As anyone who’s been to London knows, it’s a city where stepping off the tourist trail leads you to beautiful little corners and hidden streets ripe for exploring on a lazy afternoon, especially if like me you’re a shopaholic looking for new independent boutiques to discover. However it’s also a huge city, so help is sometimes needed to help you find these secret gems – and that’s where the StreetHub app comes in! Read on to find out why StreetHub is your new best-friend when it comes to independent homewear and fashion shopping …


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HOW IT WORKS

StreetHub is an amazing new app that lets you discover London’s most eclectic independent shops. It works by showing you the best homewear and fashion boutiques nearby – particularly great if you’re in a part of London you’re not familiar with – and has a feed with top product picks from all the stores that you can shop directly within the app. If you’re passionate about finding products that are a little different and quirky, or just enjoy browsing new stores, then you’ve got to give it a go! On days where I’m in London and have a spare hour or two to myself, I’ll bring up my StreetHub app and take a look at what’s near me. I’ve discovered so many beautiful new boutiques this way! If you’re a Londoner then you’ll know one of the best areas for wandering and exploring is Notting Hill, so I thought I’d share with you two gorgeous stores in this area I discovered recently with StreetHub …


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KUKA-ME

This shop is a jewellery haven! Jewellery is definitely the one type of item I’ll seeking out new designers, British-based brands and pieces handmade with care and love. It’s so personal, and having something a little different to the usual high-street offering always makes me feel special. You can tell a lot of work has gone into each Kuka-me piece. Made from 100% recycled 18ct gold or sterling silver, hallmarked by the London Assay Office and with playful, unique designs that blend craftsmanship and style, their jewellery is particularly great for those times when you want to buy find a really special gift – whether it’s for someone you love, or yourself! And their shop is just beautiful, a peaceful oasis in the heart of London that will have you dreaming of faraway places with sandy shores and a warm ocean-breeze. Ahhh, take me away …


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OLIVER GOLDSMITH

From exotic-inspired designs to ones that are all about London loving! You might have heard of Oliver Goldsmith already as they’ve been a firm favourite with celebrities and anyone who loves playful, stand-out glasses since launching way back in 1926. Even the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn was a fan! I love their quirky styles and how they take inspiration from their vintage designs – which are all on show in the shop – but update them for the modern customer with top quality materials and always a touch of whimsy. If you’re interested in design and love retro styles then their Notting Hill store is a must-visit!

To discover these and plenty more unique shops and boutiques in London, download the free iPhone and iPad StreetHub app. If you aren’t an Apple user then don’t worry – they also have a great website too where you can search for stores and browse and shop just as you would with the app! With Christmas fast coming up, I’d definitely recommend giving StreetHub a try. It’s such a fun way to discover gifts that are totally unique and special, as well as exploring new areas of London and rediscovering familiar ones in a new way x


jacket: The Kooples | jumper: Hollister | jeans: Zara | heels: c/o Next


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