My London: Oliver Tress – Founder of Oliver Bonas

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Oliver Tress is the founder & Managing Director of Oliver Bonas. Olly began bringing back gifts for friends from his travels abroad. Then in 1993 opened the very first Oliver Bonas shop, in Fulham. Today, there are 42 stores across the United Kingdom and a vibrant online store. We caught up with Olly to talk London, life and style.

 

Favourite neighbourhood:

Shoreditch. It is the perfect place for imaginative exploration with a distinct personality unlike anywhere else in London.

Favourite place for brunch:

Brew, Northcote Road. The menu is unassuming, yet full of flavour and is always of great quality. Best coffee in London: Lavish Habit, Balham. Coffee here makes for a refreshing change to the usual chain coffee shop. The atmosphere is quirky, surrounded by various pieces of upcycled furniture.

Favourite gallery or museum:

Horniman Museum. Filled with an eclectic collection of anthropological pieces, good for immersing oneself into the world’s diverse and fascinating history.

Favourite building:

Walkie Talkie. Its visual individuality is incomparable, standing as an iconic part of London’s skyline.

Favourite place to shop:

It would have to be North Lanes in Brighton. It has a fantastic mix of old and new from inspiring boutiques & independent stores to vintage shops.

Favourite place to find inspiration:

Redchurch Street. The area still feels somewhat untouched, filled with so much culture and a good balance of old and new.

Best London destination for a date:

The Serpentine Gallery: the setting is beautiful, and with such a variety of exhibitions on offer, there should always be something to talk about.

Favourite park:

Clapham Common – I live locally, so it’s nice to have an open space just around the corner.

Favourite food market:

Berwick Street: you can find everything from Vietnamese and Arabesque Street food, to handmade chocolate truffles and pastries.

Your sanctuary in the city:

The Thames shore at low tide.

What inspires you?

Challenging the status quo in a thoughtful way in any area of thought, politics, design – anywhere!

This season I’m loving:

Comfy 70’s sofas.

Oliver Bonas sofa