From tartans to tea time, and everything in between.
It's not hard to fall in love with London. From the countless museums and galleries to the literature, the storied architecture to the charming pubs, and the shopping to the romantic parks, London is without a doubt a monumental hub of style, history, and dignity.
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!