London is a vast and varied place but I tend to stick to the bits I know – The South Bank, Soho and Covent Garden, every now and again Shepherds Bush and Greenwich. Unless I’m going to a gig or exhibition, I rarely explore further afield – there needs to be a pretty damn good reason for me to step outside of my London comfort zone. Which is why for the past few years , I have failed to visit Present and Correct. There was nothing that required me to be in Islington.
After yet another afternoon spent going through every product on their website, I texted Tim that we had to find a reason to go to the shop. I think we then both wondered why we needed a reason – why couldn’t the shop be the reason? And that’s how we found ourselves wading through the thick humidity outside Angel tube station yesterday.
We had a really great day on the whole, but I’m going to do a separate post about our North London wander – I think Present and Correct deserves its own post. And if you’re wondering how I can do an entire post about a stationery and ephemera shop, then you clearly don’t know I am the type of person to write over 500 words on a candle megashop.
Everything in the shop was beautiful and set out like art. Both Tim and I said we wanted to look at every single item of stock so we didn’t miss anything – obviously, this meant we may have come across as a couple of weirdos but I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to physically see all the items I’d been lusting over online.
We finally decided on our purchases (it was a hard decision, believe me), and had a great chat with the owner who guessed we were the dorks who tweeted him on Friday (admittedly, he didn’t say dorks. But we are). He recommended a ephemera fair in Bloomsbury which is now on our list of places to visit, and another cool shop in Camden Passage which we visited afterwards. And offered us some Tunnocks Tea Cakes which I accepted, as I had only said at work on Friday that I had never had one to the astonishment of my co-workers. Now I have, all thanks to Present and Correct.
Just before we left, Tim had a go at the stationery gumball machine and got a rather dashing letterpress number clip with the number 3. I was jealous as I didn’t have any change on me. Sadface.
I bought a rubber stamp with “From the Desk of” (& ink pad), some beautiful Herb Lester city guides, and something else which I can’t show as it’s for Husband’s birthday. The very cute letterpress timetables were thrown in for free because this shop is AWESOME. But I spent the whole train journey home regretting everything I didn’t buy.
This is my favourite shop in the world. I’m sorry Co Bigelow, Tatty Devine, Magasin Du Nord – you guys are great but Present and Correct is my new retail BFF. Now I’m back off to the website to somehow set up a “anything Danish” alert.