South London got lucky when Lucy Payne moved her excellent shop Material from Shoreditch to Peckham, bringing with her an alluring range of prints, ceramics, toys, greetings cards and books. She tells us here how she spends her free time away from the shop.
Would you tell us three of your favourite places where you live?
My ‘go to’ restaurant in London has to be Tonkotsu. I adore their ramen, there’s no other like it, and I specifically love to visit the Haggerston branch, tucked away under an archway. Kitted out with Ercol chairs and giant paper lampshades, it has the most welcoming interior out of all of the branches.
They pride themselves on making all of their own noodles using a machine that they shipped over from Japan. They keep the machine in Haggerston and send noodles out to all of the other restaurants. If you’re lucky enough to go there on a weekday for lunch, you’ll also see them making the noodles – it’s amazing! They also have a great cocktail menu.
I am in love with the new London Terrariums store on New Cross Road. We have been hosting workshops in our own store with Emma over the past year and we are so pleased she has relocated her studio to a space with a shop front. You’ll also find a range of plants of all shapes and sizes plus a beautiful selection of handcrafted pots and ceramics by UK artists. Her colour palette for the interior of the store is outstanding and really complements her beautiful terrariums.
We love going for long walks with our Jack Russell and there are plenty of choices in and around London for this. Some firm favourites are Peckham Rye Park, Nunhead Cemetery, Sydenham Forest and from time to time we’ll venture up to Hampstead Heath.
And your three favourite places anywhere in the world?
I have very fond memories of eating at La Santa Maria in Sitges as a child. We would go on a family holiday to the town every year and stay there. My parents knew the owners of the hotel so we always had a warm reception. People would queue for a table at the restaurant; their paella is divine.
I love visiting Baileys Home & Garden near Ross-on-Wye for inspiration. It’s full of wonderful architectural salvage along with carefully selected home and lifestyle pieces, all housed in converted barns. The owners, Mark and Sally Bailey, also travel the continent to find vintage pieces to add to the collection.
I adore Deyrolle Paris, I can spend hours in there. It’s like being in a mini Natural History Museum but you can actually buy everything.
What is your favourite city to visit?
Paris is my absolute favourite city. It is so easy to get to from London, I feel like I know it so well now.
Do you have a travel tip?
Always travel with someone who is really organised and methodical. My husband (and founding partner at Material) always knows exactly where my passport is and runs through a checklist just before we leave the house. He is also very good at making sure I’m on time. He used to always add half an hour to the clock before we were going somewhere to make sure I would be ready.
I’d also say that my best travel experiences have always been to places where we stay with someone who knows the area. That way you don’t end up wasting three to four days in an unfamiliar place trying to get your bearings; especially in a city.