Are you staring at the wall or is the wall staring at you? Discuss. Welcome, sweet locked-down Londoners, to the return of our quarantine coping mechanisms. For some it’s alphabetising bookshelves, for others it’s the ‘Snoop Dog Special’, but for us, it’s doom-scrolling through restaurant websites to buy certified Nice Stuff. Every week we’ll be updating this guide with everything from candles to the best cookies from London restaurants that are helping take the edge off of 2021.
Poems With A Side Of Pancakes
“I am living through a pandemic, I deserve this”, you say as you click ‘add to basket’ on yet another pair of pyjamas, a hand-blender, and a full-body pillow. Who are you talking to? Dunno, presumably your bank account. Treating yourself has really come into its own lately and that’s exactly why I'm encouraging you to buy Where The Pancakes Are’s gift kit. For yourself. Not only does it include everything you need for their 10/10 pancakes, and prosecco, but it also comes with a book of poetry. You can even add a gift note. My suggestion: ‘To me, Love me <3’.
A Very Attractive Jug
You ain’t gonna drink enough H20 without a cute water jug, hun. That’s the kind of profound thing I like to tell myself when buying artsy things from bakery-turned-homeware folk, Pophams. You see, this hammered glass (!) jug is much more than a vessel for cold beverages. It is a talisman that I like to stroke and convince myself of a successful, grown-up future whilst starting my second (sixth) viewing of Moanna this week. Only successful people require a beautiful amber glass middle-man between tap and cup, don’t they? Yes. Maybe. Who cares, it’s pretty.
Pecan Pie Babka
We’re living in a post-banana bread lockdown. Say it outloud with me, ‘I will not make any more banana bread’. I know you probably feel like this is some betrayal, like you’ve given lovely Captain Tom the finger or described Tiger King as mediocre, but no. It’s time to break free of the chains of lockdown one and turn instead, to babka. Sweet, comforting babka. And better than just any old babka, The Good Egg has created this holy union of babka and pecan pie. It’s the crunchy, syrup-loaded antidote to that void left by mid-day sweet treat runs from the office. And you can freeze it to enjoy whenever you fancy a slice.
This Funky Green Face Covering
It’s rare that a fashion choice saves your life and the lives of others. Unless you’re talking to my flatmate, a stylist, who will inform you that wearing anything from Suitsupply will indeed lead to the instant demise of your immortal soul. But when it comes to 2021’s ultimate accessory - the face covering - it’ll keep you safe and, importantly, make you look pretty, pretty cool. Also, the bright green makes it ten times easier to find when you’re stomping around your flat asking if ‘anyone has seen my bloody mask’. Alas, style and practicality collides via Doughnut Time. Who’d have thought it?
Freshly Baked Cookies
At the urging of beloved history nerd and electric blanket expert, my mother, I have taken to keeping a journal through - dry-heave - ‘these unprecedented times’. She believes it might one day be published, but I’m pretty sure this generation’s Vera Brittain wouldn’t write ‘added chilli flakes to my baked beans today!!!’ or circle ‘Britney survived 2007, you can do this’ in gold Sharpie. She also probably wouldn’t have dedicated an entire entry to these New York-style cookies from Crumbs and Doilies, but I did. That’s just how good these cookies are. Get involved.