Wee Birdy is a Sydney chick who’s made her home in London, spending her time seeking out treats and secret gems in London’s indie shops – with a fair share of cafes and markets too. Essentially all that is lovely about London – just in time for Christmas shopping!
Describe your blog in less than 15 words.
Bird-nerd seeks out London’s best shops – hidden gems – local designer-makers – cupcakes.
Why did you start blogging?
Lots of reasons, but mainly because I had just moved to London and wanted to document all the shiny new things I loved about my new hometown. I was convinced I was bleating on about stuff that most Londoners already knew about, so it was really like a postcard home to my family and friends back in Australia. I was a magazine editor back in Sydney, so it was also kind of my ‘edit’ of London (and other stuff I was stumbling across online, like Etsy). I’ve always loved London and spent most of my twenties wanting to live here, so when I finally made the big move I needed some kind of outlet for all the excitement, as corny as that sounds. But I do tend to get excited about things – and I think the whole ‘editing’ aspect is entirely relevant as well.
What about London inspires your blog?
Where to start … Flowerboxes, sugar mice, picking over 400-year old clay pipes on the banks of the Thames, the incredible galleries and museums, Time Out magazine (who, in the interests of full disclosure, are my lovely employers), Saturday mornings at Broadway Market, dusty old bookshops, sitting in the bar at the Tate Modern watching the sun go down over the city, wandering around the tea aisle at Fortnum & Mason, people-watching at Princi, robins in the snow, getting lost again in Soho, Erdem, Selfridges’ Christmas windows, geese and squirrels in St James’s Park, the coots on Regent’s Canal, springtime blossoms, Pepys’ diaries, carboot sales, Charbonnel et Walker pink champagne chocolates, Cheshire Street, Dover Street Market, old-fashioned men’s grooming shops in St James, The British Museum, conkers in autumn, petals in spring, London fashion designers, Rob Ryan, Tatty Devine, Ezra Street at Christmas, clutching a bunch of bargain peonies from Columbia Road flower markets, afternoon tea at the Dorchester, raclette at Borough Market, and about a million other things I’m yet to find the time to blog about.