My London: Tim Little – Owner of Grenson Shoes

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Cordwainer Tim Little has dressed the feet of Robbie Williams, Tina Turner, Ant and Dec, Sir Elton John, and even the Chelsea Football Team (they wore his Chelsea Boot at their victorious FA Cup Final in 1997). As well as his eponymous brand he is also owner and creative director of Grenson and has been a contributor to GQ online. We caught up with him to uncover his preferred London haunts.


Favourite neighbourhood:

I’ve recently discovered the whole area south of the river around Borough, Bermondsey and the South Bank. For me it’s like East meets West- you can walk to the West End but it feels more like E1.


Favourite place for brunch:

Saturday morning, Bar Tozino on Maltby Street Market. If you haven’t been to the market, it’s a must. Railway arches taken over by street food vendors and bars.


Best coffee in London:

I’m old school, so it has to be Bar Italia in Soho. The coffee is enhanced by the surroundings.


Favourite gallery or museum:

I love the Serpentine Gallery in the summer and I think the annual redesign of the summer pavilion is an incredible idea. I also love the British Museum for its content and the Geffrye in Hoxton for its clever presentation.


Favourite building:

Centre Point. It’s not an obvious choice, but when I first came to London I worked around the corner. It stood tall, on its own, with nothing in its way, and I was desperate to see what it was like inside but it lay empty for years. I always imagined one day being successful and having an office at the top with views across London. I discovered it was started the year I was born, and then a few years ago they built a bar at the top and I had a Martini there and reminisced, whilst looking out across London.


Favourite place to shop:

As a shop, I think the Shop at Bluebird is world class, but as an area it has to be Shoreditch as it is the first ever area of London that is dominated by menswear. The cafés and bars add to the experience.


Favourite place to find inspiration:

Anywhere by the river. I walk and cycle along the river in West London a lot but for a more lively experience, there is the Southbank and round to Borough and Bermondsey. You can get a mix of the tranquility of the water with the buzz of the City.


Best London destination for a date:

It has to be a date with my wife these days, but my absolute favourite is the Clove Club in Shoreditch Town Hall. It’s modern and cool with immaculate service and incredible food.


Favourite park:

Chiswick Park is closest to where I live and they have a fantastic café. It used to be Kew Gardens, which easily the most beautiful in London but it can get a bit busy these days.


Favourite food market:

Maltby Street Market. My wife introduced me to it and I was blown away. Small but gorgeous.


Your sanctuary in the city:

I only have home really. With five shops, nowhere is a real sanctuary except home and with three kids, my bedroom is the sanctuary within it.


What inspires you?

People. In fact people and their ideas. I love seeing someone with a new idea and setting out to make it work. It fires me up to do more myself.


This season I’m loving:

Stella McCartney’s ‘Britt’ shoes with wood platforms, and her Christmas windows.

 

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