Who else is missing their favourite East London market? Not as much as East London’s favourite market misses you! As we all know, it’s more important than ever right now to shop small businesses to help them weather this storm and come out the other side with as much love, support and backing to make sure they can carry on where they left off. Many of our cherished Spitalfields family have been trading in our market for several years, so this Valentine’s Day we wanted to take the opportunity to show some love to them in the form of our eagerly awaited annual V-Day gift guide- all available to purchase online until the market reopens later this year.
Valentine’s Cards: Delivered With Love
Whether you are someone who loves to go all out on Valentine’s Day and spoil your special somebody with lavish gifts, or prefer to opt for a token gesture, you can never go wrong penning some meaningful words in a beautiful card. London-based illustrator LadieBirdy creates original pieces of fun and colourful artwork filled with unique characters and bold prints. See the new Valentine’s range here. Like her style? Why not upgrade to a piece of wall art- we love the London-themed prints!
The way to a loved one’s heart is through their stomach… right? Make sure this year’s lockdown Valentine’s is one to remember with the deliciously decadent takeaway service from Galvin La Chapelle, with dishes such as Truffle Arancini and Roast Duck Magret, all finished off with hand-rolled truffles. The five course (!!) Michelin-starred meal even has the option to come with wine pairings, which have been carefully curated by Head Sommelier, Stephen Nisbet, to make your night that little bit extra special. Order yours for nationwide delivery or collection from La Chapelle here.
Malin+Goetz: The Gift of Great Skin
Simple skincare? Yes please! Malin+Goetz are on a mission to uncomplicate our regimen and banish the millions of bottles we have cluttering our bathrooms in favour of a couple of multi-tasking skincare saviours. The cruelty-free, gender-neutral collection is suitable for all skin types (including sensitive!), meaning a thoughtful gift for them means a sneaky gift for you too. We recommend the Holy Grail grapefruit cleanser, detox face mask and dark rum eau de parfum– a sexy, spicy aroma inspired by dark rum. Divine!
A to Z Leather: Make it Personal
Treat your significant other to something truly unique this year, in the form of a stunning handmade leather bag from A to Z Leather. Their vast range of beautiful bags includes backpacks, satchels and card holders, all of which can be completely personalised, from the colour of the leather exterior and insert, down to the free embossing service- a truly thoughtful touch and perfect for Valentine’s gifting. They also offer a bespoke build-your-own-belt service which can be embossed and gift wrapped ready to surprise your loved one.