First in an occasional series.
What it is: Gorgeous and cool design store – mostly books, but also design-y gifts and cards. Started by a gutsy couple just as online bookselling was taking off. Small, but everything in it is just right if you’re interested in this sort of thing. Places like Magma Books remind me why well-curated small shops survive in a world of high street chains and online megastores.
How encountered: It’s a few minutes’ walk east on Clerkenwell Road from my office.
What it is: A cluster of cheap and delicious Vietnamese restaurants on Kingsland Road.
How encountered: Out with work friends.