Today, our friend and artist Lucy Mahon takes us on a journey through her neighbourhood, East London, and shares her favourite spots and some hidden gems with us…
Hi Lucy, I’m so excited to chat with you today! Can you give us a little intro to your universe?
Hello! I'm a London based artist working out of my studio in Hackney. I’ve lived in East London for about ten years and as much as I like to travel, I think I’ll always base myself here. My studio feels like a second home because I spend so much time here; the studio sofa is definitely the best investment I’ve made in the past year!
What does a perfect day in your neighbourhood look like?
A swim in the lido or a bit of basketball in London Fields, a walk up Broadway market (scotch egg & a book from the book shop), treats from Violet Bakery, drinks on Wilton Way which is a real sun-trap. Early dinner or cinema - I recently bought a Curzon pass which is more or less unlimited.
You live in (our beloved) Hackney - what do you love most about your neighbourhood?
The community and my friends. I love having them around the corner so we don’t have to plan as far ahead.
What’s your go-to spot to get inspired?
I think it’s walking about rather than one particular place. Buildings and signs, seeing people’s rituals, overhearing things. I get a lot of inspiration from my friends, family and day to day things.
Best place for coffee?
Wilton Way Deli.
What’s your favourite place for a low-key brunch with friends?
I think Brunswick East is the best brunch in London (my favourite one is the Dalston one).
And for a romantic dinner/drinks?
BRAT Climpson’s Arch.
Any shops we absolutely can’t miss?
This isn’t in Hackney but the CHOOSE LOVE store on Carnaby Street has to be one of the best places you could spend your money. House of Vintage (Broadway market) has a great selection. I also recently found a laundrette that does really good, quick repairs - it’s called Suited & Booted on Kingsland Road. They took up some pleated skirts I got on eBay and fixed my favourite old jeans.
Best place for a good sweat?
Studio Anatomy in London Fields; the space is idyllic, full of light, and I never dread going. My favourite classes are the power classes with the springboard.
And for self-care?
SALT Salon in Stamford Works for my hair, JP does my cut and Oliver does my colour. It’s a sun-filled space with really good drinks.
Any hidden gems that you’d like to share with us?
It’s not so local to me, but the Ladies Pond in Hampstead Heath during the summer. The private meadow next to it is like no other place in London, bring a book and a blanket. I also recently discovered the Barbican Library which is free and beautiful.
Just in time for the gifting season, we partnered up with Lucy… to bring you the perfect gifts!
Cut from sustainable linen and printed with a hand-drawn artwork, we created a versatile bandana and a pouch.