For London residents – unhappily rattling around aimlessly, anonymously, between home, tube, work and home – there is certain requirement for a Happy Place. For those times of disconsolate dejection, the Happy Place can soothe and cheer even the most despondent of troubled, tired Londoners. Hampstead Heath? Waterloo Bridge? No no, for many an inhabitant of the Big Smoke, only one place can fit the bill – Liberty of London. The charming, intricately carved interiors, floors of expertly curated items you’re dying to own, and that florist – oh those flowers! The only possible failing of our favourite London department store? It would be pure perfection with the addition of a food hall. Well folks, your Happy Place has just got an upgrade.

Of course, Liberty has stuck to what it does best, curating the crème de la crème of independent food producers from across the British isles… “On a mission to uncover the best of British produce, we’ve scoured the UK for the country’s finest micro-producers, channelling their passion and expertise into an exclusive new food and drink offering”.


 

There’s the finest of chocolates from heritage chocolatiers Prestat and small batch, single origin bean-to-bar purveyors, Pump Street Bakery. Cornwall-based Tregothnan provide beautifully-blended teas grown on the UK’s only tea plantation, from traditional Earl Grey and English Breakfast to Peppermint and Chamomile Infusions. There’s even a special blend created by Tregothnan exclusively for Liberty London. For delicious coffee, we head north to the Pennines, where Dark Woods Coffee hand-roast and blend their own coffees using vintage machinery in a refurbished textile mill. Try the naturally sweet, caramel-tinged Under Milk Wood in your morning cappuccino.

There’s stronger stuff too – courtesy of Bermondey’s boutique gin distillers, Jensen’s, Yorkshire-based Sloemotion and the capital’s only wine distillers, London Cru. Made with foraged wild fruit, you’re definitely going to want to try the damson vodka liqueur. An updated version of the Kir Royale? Yes, please! Other must-try delights include the addictively-delicious caramel sea salt crumbly fudge, peanut brittle and chocolate-covered honeycomb. Not forgetting the multitude of preserves and jams – and there’s even Mermaid Confetti: an aromatic mix of salt and seaweed to upgrade savoury dishes.

Not content with their culinary innovation, Liberty has also commissioned a super talented collection of emerging British artists and creatives to create bespoke packaging for each and every product. From sumptuous landscape photography and cheeky cartoon-style prints and doodles to bold graphic designs, every single item stands out and holds its own. A happy, happy place indeed.


 

For more information, see Liberty London’s website.