Write a note, send a card, jot it down in a notebook…step away from the iPhone with London’s smartest stationery:
Best Stationery Shop: Papersmiths
A fantasy stationery shop, make time to visit Papersmiths at one of their three London stores in Shoreditch, Chelsea (Pavillion Rd) and Kings Cross (Coal Drops Yard). A sweet-shop for stationery fans, there’s a glorious selection of original greetings cards and notebooks, plus ordinary things like staplers and hole punch’s so beautiful you’ll love looking at them at your desk. Find independent magazines and a small selection of books and travel guides too; everything artful and carefully chosen. papersmiths.co.uk
Best online stationery: Matilda Goad x Papier
Unsurprisingly we adore Matilda Goad’s new line at Papier; there are notecards with scallop-trims in ice cream shades, and these wonderful notebooks that somehow remind us of being on holiday and sitting on a woven brasserie chair. Everything can be personalised too; a set of cards would make a lovely present. Bar basso notebook, £12.99 at papier.com
Best for Cards: Liberty
The selection of cards at Liberty remains one of the very best in London. Their range includes American brands, Rifle Paper Co and Waste Not Paper that are part of Paper Source – our favourite stationery shop in New York, as well as British brands like Scribble & Daub and Esmie that plays with Liberty prints. There’s a small selection online but it’s best to go in store to browse. libertylondon.com
Best for Bespoke: Romeo & Jules
If you’re looking for something bespoke; an illustrated menu for a special dinner and name-cards to match, for example, then we recommend Romeo + Jules. A small business run by approachable and warm, Jennifer – a former Art Director at British Vogue – you’ll receive a very personal service. romeoandjulesstationery.com
Best for Traditional Invitations: Mount Street Printers
Classic and smart, we’ve long placed our trust in Mount Street Printers. They cover every traditional technique – coloured tissue envelope linings, foil stamping, engraving etc. And the service is super professional. Plus there are lots of fun off-the-shelf designs to choose from too. mountstreetprinters.com
Best Children’s Stationery: The Conran Shop
The Conran Shop needs no introduction – their stationery selection is always delectable. There’s something for children of all ages: paper clips, colourful string, and this imaginative pencil tree that just invites you to start drawing. £38 at Conran.
Best for Children’s writing paper: This is nessie
Make thank you letter writing a more pleasant task with a set of notecards from This is nessie – there are all sorts of designs to choose from like tractors, Russian dolls, VW camper vans, balloons and more. They can all be personalised – and you can also find other useful things like sticky name labels, luggage tags and party invitations. From £7.25 for a pack of 10 thisisnessie.com.