CITIZEN HIP LONDON: Andrew Ibi

Founder of unique fashion boutique, The Convenience Store, Andrew Ibi is a well-known personality on the London fashion circuit. Opened in 2008, the intriguing concept boutique is set in a social housing block in West London, hosting an exclusive selection of designers including Rick Owens, Ann-Sofie Back and rare vintage pieces from the likes of Annie Sherburne and YSL.

Pizza East Portobello- Eat & Drink
310 Portobello Road W10 5TA / 44 (0)20 8969 4500
Neighborhood: Ladbroke Grove
The latest edition to Golborne Road, a lovely hang out with a great selection of pizzas. Here I’m always very happy with a tall pint of Peroni and a San Danielle pizza.  Great atmosphere as the environment is not too self-conscious and very local. I have yet to experiment with some of the non-pizza options – but I’ve heard they are good and the bill is usually on the right side of value for money. Don’t take it too seriously and head out to a local pub afterwards, possibly the Metropolitan!

Rellik- Shop
8 Golborne Road W10 5NW / 44 (0)20 8962 0089
Neighborhood: Ladbroke Grove
My closest and dearest neighbours, Rellik has been sitting on top of the ‘cool vintage’ pile for over a decade, the stock is always pristine and the owners visionary. I often enjoy a trip across the road and a browse through the rails picking out yesteryears gems. Yohji, Comme, Galliano, Dior, Chanel, Westwood, Ossie Clarke- they really do have it all. To add to that, they were pretty much the original destination store, who would have had the foresight to dream up a store at the wrong end of Golborne Road in 1999???

The Dock Kitchen- Eat & Drink
Portobello Docks, 344/342 Ladbroke Grove, Kensal Road W10 5BU/ 44 (0)20 8962 1610
Neighborhood: Ladbroke Grove
UK designer Tom Dixon’s cleverly executed lunch and dining space. Experimental, original, spontaneous and local- I’ve spent a few afternoons mixing business with pleasure here, returning back to the store relaxed and probably slightly intoxicated…


The Museum of Everything- See
Various London locations- see website for details
The Museum of Everything is filled with curiosities for all- it is incredibly accessible, light-hearted and alternative. It has an odd approach to creativity, displaying witty and extraordinary art from unknown or unrecognized artists. It is just a great space to visit and typical of London’s current quirky and creative image. Even my son loves it- use it for inspiration or simply as a family day out. 

Layers- Shop
16 Conduit Street W1S 2XL / 44 (0)20 7495 1296
Neighborhood: Mayfair
An excellent addition to London’s retail-scape, the brands here are well sourced, hard to find and original. It sits well with my personal aesthetic and offers a unique approach to menswear. Not local, but very convenient.

Golborne Road Food Stalls- Eat & Drink
Golborne Road W10 5PS
Neighborhood: Ladbroke Grove
Also known as “Little Morocco” and the heartbeat of The Convenience Store. Hamed at the Moroccan food stall prepares a very attractive sea-bass platter and you can really count on the Palestinian food at Maramia. My current favorite has to be Trini Flava, ran by Sheldon and Tina, their stall oozes culture, authenticity, honesty and offers a great Trinidadian Chicken Curry. Simple but effective food, the menu is short and to the point!

The Wapping Project- See + Eat & Drink
Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, Wapping Wall E1W 3SG / 44 (0)20 7680 2080
Neighborhood: Wapping
I’d been meaning to take a trip to this place for a little while and finally got the opportunity to see ‘Yohji, Making Waves’ last year. The installation was a small boat ferried around and upside down and a glowing Yohji Yamamoto wedding dress. After we had a family lunch in the dining room amongst the disused machinery. A trip out to the bookshop (housed in a green house) was the clincher, this place is what contemporary London is all about!

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