Feeling Good in London: The Royal Festival Hall Shop


In between working on my fledgling brand, freelance work, running a household (yes a modern woman can be proud to do that too) and raising a precocious two year old i’ve had little or no time for this blog. Gaps of life in-between have been sandwiched with early morning jaunts around London with Aarya to clear my head and revelling in feel good spaces like museums and new cultural openings.

As regular readers will know I love a Museum Shop – the Southbank Centre Shop in the Royal Festival Hall is one that I discovered recently. Contemporary and teeming with great gifts, it is quite lovely. An open plan sort of space surrounded by glass in the airy atrium it has an organic aesthetic with displays set up on wooden crates and big leafy houseplants injecting some homley-ness into the shop.

With cookware, stationary, books and toys relating to the Centre’s past and present exhibits, the relatively small shop is packed to the rafters with great stuff. Also to celebrate the new immersive Roald Dahl exhibition –The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl there are delightful souvenirs – lovely loping soft toy characters of The BFG, sweet Matilda and oversized orange Wonka Lollipops and nostalgic T-Shirts. Possibly the best gift shop souvenirs ever.

Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX




Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

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