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est. 2007
  1. 5 good things you should see (and buy) in London right now

    1. The Animal Olympics
    Can you see one of Charlotte Cory’s brilliantly bonkers artworks lining the centuries-old walls of Windsor Castle? Apparently it’s true, and word is that the Queen is a huge fan of the London artist. (I’d believe anything after her starring role in the James Bond skit). You can see what all the fuss is about at Charlotte’s current exhibition, ‘The Sporting Champions’ at her gallery in Greenwich. There are Victorian rabbit wrestlers, parrot cyclists and kangaroo cricketers, as well as hand-crafted Victorian medals. But where are the corgi beach volleyball players? Probably hanging her Her Maj’s bedroom. Until 20 August, 2012.
    The Green Parrot Gallery
    , Greenwich

    73 Lassell Street
    London SE10 9PJ
    Nearest transport: Greenwich rail/Cutty Sark DLR
    Click here for a Wee Birdy map.
    Opening hours:
    Fridays 11am-6pm

    2. The Karl Olympics
    Even the likes of iconic Chanel fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld, couldn’t resist taking on the Olympics with a limited-edition capsule collection for Selfridges. His new pop-up shop on the third floor, named Team Karl, is home to a range of Olympics-inspired fashion and accessories including medal-emblazoned t-shirts and gold-splattered Karl motif tote bags. There are also a few men’s items currently available online.
    400 Oxford Street
    London W1A 1AB
    Nearest tube: Bond Street
    Click here for a Wee Birdy map

    Opening hours until Monday 13 August:

    Monday to Saturday 10am-10pm
    Sunday 10am-8pm
    [Image via Blog Deluxe Online

    3. The PopUp Olympics
    Head to this pop-up shop in Greenwich throughout the Olympic period and discover some of London’s best designer-makers from Cockpit Arts and various studios. Take your pick from art prints, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, homewares, beauty products and lighting by the likes of Lorna Syson, MacMaster Design, Naomi Ryder and Siobhan McIntosh. Until Thursday 23 August, 2012.
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    20 Nelson Street
    London, SE10 9JB
    Nearest transport: Greenwich rail/Cutty Sark DLR
    Opening hours:
    Monday to Saturday 12 noon-8pm
    Sunday 12 noon-5pm

    4. The Goodhood Olympics
    Hackney is one of the host boroughs of the London Olympics, and it’s also home to some of London’s coolest and most fashion-forward boutiques, including The Goodhood Store. Based in Hoxton for over five years, the store stocks a line-up of covetable brands including P.A.M, Antipodium, Surface to Air and Peter Jensen. To celebrate the borough’s Olympic status, Goodhood has designed a limited-edition t-shirt, which goes on sale today in store and online for £35.
    The Goodhood Store
    41 Coronet Store
    London N16HD
    Nearest tube: Old Street
    Click here for a Wee Birdy map.
    Opening hours:
    Monday to Saturday 11am-6.30pm
    Sunday 12 noon-5pm
    5. The Retro Olympics
    London’s legendary vintage shop, Retro to Go, has gone for retro gold with their collection of original sportswear from the ’70s to ’90s, like this Olympic Karate t-shirt. Check out the range in store (there are three shops in London) or online.
    Retro to Go
    110-112 Cheshire Street
    London E2 6EJ
    Tel. 020 7613 3636
    Nearest tube: Liverpool Street
    Click here for a Wee Birdy map.
    Opening hours:
    Monday to Saturday 10am-7pm
    Thursday 10am to 8pm
    Sunday 11.30am-6pm

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