Recently I have been to London and let me tell it was amazing! Beforehand I asked all you bullet journalists over on Facebooks for recommendations – especially for stationery stores. And I got so many great recommendation I couldn’t even make it to all, but I did put together a list of stationery stores you shouldn’t miss while in London. So here we go …
First I stopped at kikki.K at Covent Garden. Definitely a great choice! The store itself is not too big but it absolutely counts as stationery heaven. You can find a number of gems at kikki.K, they an extensive selection of journals – diaries, calendars, notebooks, inspirational journals – and almost exclusively unique ones. I couldn’t find a single Moleskine, Leuchtturm1917 or any other “common” notebook. If you’re into pastel colors you definitely have to come here, so much pastels, golds, and other softer colors! And everything is color-coordinate – stationery heaven for those with a slight (stationery) OCD (like myself).
You can find smaller Paperchase stores all over London, but I went to the large one on Tottenham Court Road – it is humongous! Three levels! I didn’t even know where to look first. You find any stationery supplies your heart desires here: notebooks, pens, pencils, stickers, paper, washi, cards, craft supplies… I mean just look at those pictures, where to look first! This store is so big you can spend many hours here, but you also might want to forget your credit card at home otherwise it might be maxed out at the end of your time in Paperchase, just saying … 😄 Stationery heaven? Absolutely!
I have heard so much about Muji and its pens that I was very surprised to actually find anything but a stationery store when I walked in the door. It is more a home decor store, you can pick up decorations, plates, beauty products, socks and also PENS. They have quite a selection of amazing gel pens (I only realized how amazing when I unpacked them at home!). The best part about them is the tip sizes available: 0.25, 0.38, 0.5, and 0.7. So all quite small, perfect for using in my bullet journal. In addition they don’t bleed and are easy to use to write on top of watercolors (one of the newest things I’m trying out in my bullet journal). I haven’t tried the erasable pens, ballpoint pens and highlighter from Muji yet, but they all come with pretty small tips as well.
Have you tried the Muji gel pens (or any of the other pens they offer) yet? How do you like them?
Flying Tiger is also not a stationery store, but rather a Danish design store with quirky, own-designed and branded products. Everything is super affordable, so bring a big bag! You won’t get any of the “traditional” bullet journaling supplies, but you can pick up some nice stationery products anyway, I got myself this cute mini-ruler to tuck in the back of my bullet journal for when I’m on the move, as well as a pack of £3 brush pens – they bleed like crazy but to practice on thicker paper definitely worth it since I ruin brush pens quite quickly anyway (I blame my lefty-ness 😄).
Blade Rubber Stamps
This stamp store was recommended to me as well, but unfortunately it was closed when I got there. Looking through the windows it looked like a great selection of stamps in all shapes and sizes, stickers, washi tape, and cards. There was also a sign that they make custom made rubber stamps which is pretty cool. I don’t really use stamps, but maybe that will be my next big thing I get into. Blade Rubber Stamps is right around the corner of the British Museum, so try to stop by this little gem before or after looking at all the amazing artifacts there.
Have you been to Blade Rubber Stamps? What do you think?
Again, not a stationery store, but Foyles is a quite large bookstore with a huge section of notebooks, diaries, and journals. Even a whole case of different Leuchtturm1917s! They also have a nice selection of pens, washi tape, and even pencil cases. So when you’re there you can not only pick up your next bullet journal (and supplies) but also some new reading material.
Bonus 1: British Museum Shop
I picked up this beautiful dip pen at the gift shop at the British Museum (makes me feel like I am attending Hogwarts). So not only can you look at amazing artifacts you can pick up some new books and a feather quill too – win, win!
Bonus 2: The House of MinaLima
If you liked the Harry Potter movies are a hardcore fan like myself you should plan to stop by the House of MinaLima (really close to the theater where the Cursed Child is playing). It is a multilevel museum displaying graphic designs from the Harry Potter films by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima and other authentic film props on loan from the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. On the ground floor store you can buy a number of amazing prints and cards, definitely worth a look.
Do you have any favorite stationery stores in London? Which one of the ones I got visit would you be most excited about going to?