So the Southbank Centre is one of London’s great treasures; it is the single largest art-centre in the world and offers major support to creative talent of all disciplines. On top of that, it has the vast free for all Royal Festival Hall, with its great cafe, fast open wifi and lunchtime recitals and performances. I have spent many an afternoon sat on the RFH terrace overlooking the river, people watching and sipping on coffee, or exploring the fantastic farmer’s market out front. There is one more reason that I love the Southbank Centre though – and that is its fantastic shop.
The shop at the Southbank Centre is a homewares collector’s dream, stuffed full of interesting, kitschy and downright cool bits for your home, not to mention a great collection of design focused books and some great gifts and jewellery. The shop is proud to support London talent and features collections from a number of great designer-makers as well as lots of information about the designers themselves. Whenever I wander into this store I find myself losing an hour of my day as everything deserves closer examination!
“But what if I’m not in London?” I hear you cry — have no fear, because you can check out some of the amazing pieces that the shop sells online here
I have selected a few of my favourites, but be sure to check the full range out if these don’t appeal!
First up on my list of must-haves are these super cool bookends based on the iconic London landmark that is Battersea Power Station. Not only can you show your love for London, but what a cool colour right? Although if it’s not for you they also come in black, grey etc etc (Oh and they are a steal at £20)
Battersea Power Station Bookends
Next on my list is this rather nifty cushion which is bang up to date with its grey and mustard colour scheme and has a really interesting print – available here for £40
Southbank Centre Festival Cushion from Mini Moderns
Finally, somewhat less bargainous at £85, but lovely nonetheless is this glass sushi plate by Sue King Designs. Made from fused glass, which allows for the interesting combination of colours and textures, it would be a real talking point at a dinner party!
Fused Glass Sushi Plate by Sue King