How to Decorate Your Home Like a London Flat
And it also happens to be a terrific source of inspiration for the discerning interior designer. Ambling through the different neighborhoods, from Kensington to SoHo to the South Bank, one is sure to be taken by the beautiful homes that line the streets of Britain’s capital city.
If you are looking to spruce up your digs with some across-the-pond inspo, we've got you covered with a collection of London-inspired home décor that will have you booking a trip to the Big Smoke—for more ideas, of course—in no time. We've selected from the best of the best: pieces that pay homage to the distinct British elegance, grace, and character of London homes, as well as the city's history.
There will, of course, be some staples. You can't go without a good set of tea cups and saucers, a working kettle, plenty of cozy throw blankets, and a sturdy bar cart. And it doesn’t hurt to have an eye for good antiques—when it comes to London décor, a little vintage goes a long way.
Some of these items will feel traditional and classic—a gold-rimmed glass coffee table, velvet upholstery, needle-point pillows, and no shortage of tartan—pieces that pull inspiration from London’s long royal history. We've included things that nod to London's iconic social culture, like wall art of the Beatles in black and white, coffee table books about the city's esteemed designers like Alexander McQueen, and cookbooks from trendsetting chefs like Yotam Ottolenghi.
And, of course, we paid special attention to one of London's most important traditions: tea time. Pulling inspiration from royal patterns and turning to British institutions like Fortnum & Mason, we've pulled together a collection of fine bone china and tea accoutrement to leave you perfectly prepared for entertaining your guests with high tea.
Below, you will find our finest picks: a mix of patterns and materials, different mediums and designs, both modern and traditional. London flat designs vary quite a bit, so don’t be shy when it comes to mixing and matching. By the time you're through shopping, you'll be more than ready to snuggle under your tartan wools, curl up on your stately leather couch, and pour a fresh cuppa. Cheers!
Vintage Aerial Map of London
To buy: restorationhardware.com, $375
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $116
Cambridge Leather Sofa
To buy: restorationhardware.com, from $4,495
The French Bee Vase
To buy: onekingslane.com, $825
Adele Crystal Large Chandelier
To buy: potterybarn.com, $699
Spode Blue Italian Teapot
To buy: bedbathandbeyond.com, $130
Dolce Spa Cocktail Ottoman
To buy: crateandbarrel.com, $1,299
To buy: potterybarn.com, from $159
Terrace Bar Cart
To buy: westelm.com, $399
Banded Glass Chandelier
To buy: westelm.com, $349
Silver-Plated Monogram Tea Strainer with Scroll
To buy: fortnumandmason.com, $60
Tower Bridge Infographic Screenprint
To buy: uncommongoods.com, $39
Le Creuset Tea Kettle
To buy: amazon.com, $100
'London: Portrait of a City'
To buy: barnesandnoble.com, $58
Anna Suri Alpaca Wool Bold Plaid Throw
To buy: saksfifthavenue.com, $1,350
Fortnum’s St. James Tea for One Teapot
To buy: fortnumandmason.com, $125
Alexander McQueen Coffee Table Book
To buy: amazon.com, $40
Velvet English Fireside Chair
To buy: anthropologie.com, $2,698
'White Teeth: A Novel'
To buy: amazon.com, $10
Fortnum’s Provisions Storage Jar
To buy: fortnumandmason.com, $53
To buy: amazon.com, $1,670
'The Beatles Anthology'
To buy: barnesandnoble.com, $44
To buy: anthropologie.com, $398
'NOPI: The Cookbook'
To buy: amazon.com, $22
Lacquered Round Coffee Table
To buy: anthropologie.com, $1,198
Fringed Alpaca & Wool Blend Blanket
To buy: saksfifthavenue.com, $1,025
'Brave New World'
To buy: amazon.com, $7
The Beatles, Black and White Print
To buy: art.com, from $10
Highland Tartan Tweeds Scottish Wool Blanket
To buy: amazon.com, $470
To buy: diptyqueparis.com, from $34
Ralph Lauren Benny Tartan Wool Throw Pillow
To buy: saksfifthavenue.com, $150