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My Favorite Things

As the born-and-bred Brit behind A Little Bird, a weekly newsletter offering an insider’s guide to London and beyond, Daisy Allsup has no shortage of ideas, be it where to find the best bomboloni in Notting Hill or how to display the seasonal blooms she picks up at the Columbia Road flower market. Here, the AIR MAIL contributor, who can often be found at the London Library in St James’s Square, shares her favorite finds of the moment, from feel-good fountain pens to the novel she considers “perfect.”


From $12

No. 41 Lemon Verbena Tea

“I quit caffeine a few years ago; it gave me such bad headaches that I’m scared to ever go back. I have since discovered that the best herbal tea is lemon verbena, which is genuinely delicious.”

1st Dibs


Antique Dutch Delft Faience Flower Brick

“Having lived in Amsterdam, I have a thing for blue-and-white Delftware tiles, tulipiere, and small Dutch flower bricks, which are so easy to use. You only need a few stems to make something beautiful. They are beautiful objects in their own right too.”

Redstone Press


The Redstone Diary 2023

“You have to order your copy of the Redstone Diary well ahead as it always sells out. Each year follows a different theme. 2023 is Beauty and features John Baldessari, W.E.B. du Bois, Louise Bourgeois, Gilbert and George, Seamus Heaney, Edvard Munch, and more.”

L.P. Hartley


The Go-Between

The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. A captivating first sentence to what I think is a perfect novel. I return to it a lot when I’m writing.”



Handblown Glass Stirring Spoons

“I love everything that goes with ice cream: frilly sundae bowls, long-handled spoons, paper doilies, and wafer biscuits. These squiggly glass spoons are delectable.”

Dora Larsen


Neutral Lumi Embroidered Bra

“I love this London-based brand for colorful underwear. It looks a lot more expensive than it is!”

Compagnie de Provence


Savon de Marseille Liquid Soap

“Elizabeth David said it best: Provence is a country to which I am always returning, next week, next year, any day now, as soon as I can get on a train. Until then, this is a daily reminder on the sink.”



The Smile Bucket Hat

“Smileys are good for morale. I like to surround myself with them and have them on rings, bracelets, mugs, and socks. This bucket hat completes the set.”

Stuart Parr

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1958 Fiat 500 Jolly

“I love to go to Ischia in the summer. In my dreams, I would keep this little car at the Naples airport waiting for me.”

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