Lindy Wiffen describes her Notting Hill

imagesHow long have you lived in Notting Hill? 28 years. When and why did you set up Ceramica Blue on Blenheim Crescent? After 18 months on Clarendon Road, with a tiny Ceramica Blue, I moved to Blenheim Crescent in the summer of 1989. I hoped that we would add to the fantastic eclectic selection of local shops. What is your best seller? Best seller varies throughout the year. Spring/summer vibrant Love glass tableware from Germany, used to fabulous effect at Ottolenghi. Winter is French stoneware from Jars Ceramistes; great shapes and gorgeous glazes. How has the area changed? It does feel as if we are having a bit of a High Street invasion. I hope that this will not kill off the spirit and mix of the great small shops and market stalls as they make the area truly unique. Should we move East? I love the energy of East but would really miss the green of West. Favourite… Coffee spot? The Grocer on Elgin for a start me up flat white before work. Restaurant? The Ledbury for super special occasions. Goode and Wright on Portobello for a diverse and delicious menu. Bar? E&O. Cinema? Electric. Hairdresser? Murphy’s on Talbot Road. Nailbar? Posh Nails on Westbourne Park Road for a great pedicure. Massage? Chance would be a fine thing. Clothes shop? Sub Couture. Why should we all pop into Ceramica Blue? We are a specialist, independent, creative and knowledgeable shop that will brighten up even the greyest of days. Local secret? Four by Fours do not fit down many of our small streets. One discovers far more on foot. ceramicablue

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