Leigh-on-Sea shopping guide with Emma Togwell.
One super frosty morning recently I drove over to Leigh-on-Sea to meet personal style blogger and all-around lovely lady Emma Togwell for our next shopping guide. Emma had posted so many divine pics on Instagram showing her local neighbourhood and gorgeous sea-front location, that I jumped at the chance of her showing me around. So grab a coffee, make yourselves comfy and read on for our Leigh-on-Sea shopping guide.
First up we headed to Store33 ( 33 Elm Road) chock full of age-appropriate fashion with a stylish twist that won’t break the bank. Along with their great designer edit which includes Joseph, Ilse Jacobsen and Onjenu, they have a fab selection of delicate jewellery (like this Black and Sigi piece below) and lifestyle wares which Emma often snaps up for her home.
Black and Sigi – handmade wire jewellery: Instagram @black_and_sigi
We then wandered over to Heatherbie (59 Broadway W) to scope out another independent gem of a boutique which stocks oodles of must-have cashmere knits from totally of-the-moment brands like 360 Cashmere, Parker Smith, Wyse and Wildfox – perfect for stocking up during this week’s cold snap. We also spotted Mosh Mosh in there too – fab new brand which started with jeans but is now so much more.
A few yards further on you can find the coolest skateboard shop meets pop-up cafe at JuneStore (125 Broadway W). With state of the art, skateboarding picks along with super on-trend clothing, not to mention the fact you can nab a doughnut or two from the cafe while you browse – this is one spot I know my two boys would love to hang out in.
From here we took a wander up Rectory Grove and found another delightful boutique Ursula & Odette, (109 Rectory Grove) with another fab edit of must-have pieces. Think AG Jeans, Chinti & Parker and Velvet to name but a few… definitely worth a stop to save you schlepping into London.
Then right next door Bunched Flowers offers all sorts of floral delights to perk up your home.
From here, we stopped for a peek of the gorgeous sea views before taking an executive decision to check out The Grove Restaurant (4 Belton Way E) for an early lunch. Perched on a hilltop with a commanding view of the sea, this place serves delightful seasonal dishes and definitely comes into its own in the warmer weather with a fab view from the terrace dining area.
Suitably sorted on the hunger pang front, we strode on through the early afternoon sunshine to explore more.
Next up the bright, cheery windows of Hoboken Kids caught our eye (23 Rectory Grove), so we popped in for a quick peek at some delightful kids clothes, toys and books. Before circling around to Wilma’s Bakery tucked away in 7 Clements Arcade just at 1 Broadway.
For those of you who are smitten with Peggy Porschen on Elizabeth Street in London, Wilma’s is your seaside answer to that. With a totally mind-blowing floral display, the cupcakes and cakes are baked on the premises, and I defy you not to go home without a goody bag of sweet treats. You can even grab a dog-friendly cupcake while you’re there, so you have no excuses not to stop by even during your morning dog walk.
A hop skip and a jump from Wilma’s you can find another bustling eatery at the Corner Club, (44-46 Broadway). Serving up great coffee and simple fresh food, the vibe is welcoming yet buzzy – and also dog-friendly!
From here we popped into Rebecca Ryther Makeup (52 Broadway) a luxury skincare and makeup boutique, where Emma can often be found doing makeovers. It’s the perfect place to get advice on current makeup trends and where you can sit back and have a complete makeover or learn how to apply your makeup for anything from an every day look to a look for a big night out. It’s also a genius idea for small groups and parties.
A short walk around the corner to 136 Broadway, you can find Navana, a super luxe restaurant which specialises in Japanese-fusion food and is perfect for a long lunch in the week or date night at the weekend.
Emma takes a seat at the bar at Navana
From here we strolled around the corner to Leigh Road to take a peek at Toppers & Toast (202 Leigh Road) – pretty much anything you fancy as long as it’s on toast – a genius spot for a light snack.
Just across the road at 151 Leigh Road, you can find some gorgeous interior inspiration via Anthea Vandermolen Interiors, or some good old-fashioned antique books to make a decor statement in your home at Leigh Gallery Books (137 Leigh Road).
With thanks to the amazing Cicely Creswell for another beautiful map – catch more from her here.
I’ve added this post to the fab @notlamb #SaturdayShareLinkup by lovely Catherine Summers – if you’re looking for some more great blog reads pop over for a peek.
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