Postcard from London

Carmen Haid knows her vintage. Here she takes us on a personal tour of her hometown in her snazzy 1954 Morris Minor (with a snowy Spencer the dog)

My Red Car

London is my home and life since more than 14 years. I think it is the best city in Europe, a true melting pot of cultures, full of international and exciting people. I get inspired by the world around me, the small detail and nature.

Just open your eyes!

Fashion: Hussein Chalayan’s state of the art collections and Kinder Agguini’s wearable dresses

Haute Couture: Founded by Charles Frederick Worth, it is the oldest haute couture house in the world: I love the revived House of Worth collection

Shoes: Charlotte Olympia’s piano shoes (not the platforms)

Scarves: Mischa’s colourful silk scarves

Leisure: Harisport yoga clothes

Geeky accessories: Squid London, colourful umbrellas that change colour in the rain, perfect for London’s rainy days

Interesting stores: Wolf & Badger in Notting Hill and Felt in South Kensington

Best vintage store for women: Mensah in Portobello Road

Best vintage store for men: Hornets in Kensington

Best Swimwear: Violet Lake

Interesting and fun book: Henry Conway’s Knitting Bible

Great London based Photographer: John-Paul Pietrus

Favourite jewellery: Belmacz

Art: Carl Friedman gallery in the East

Music: Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in Soho

Lifestyle: Robin Birley’s new club in Sheperd’s market, 5 Hertford Street

Favourite Hotel: 45 Park Lane

Best cookies: Biscuiteers

Favourite Café hangout: Cocomaya in Porchester Place and Café Mozart in Highate (they have authentic Austrian cakes, it feels like home)

Holistic: The Life Center in Notting Hill Gate – a holistic heaven for yoga and all sorts of classes and treatments

Best tea: Inkster Tea

Best for children: – a genius service for busy mothers, a one-stop-shopping destination with personal service