No, the list doesn’t include IKEA. Here are my five favourites for a taste of Nordic living.
1. Scandi Kitchen, Fitzrovia, London
This is café and grocery store and online shop that supplies produce to Scandi outlets across Britain. There’s 600 products to choose from – I’m a sucker for the licorice and old-fashioned Norwegian sweeties that remind me of growing up.
2. The Harcourt, Marylebone, London
This used to be known as ‘The Swedish Pub’. It underwent a fancy refurbishment last year but still has a Scandi twist to the menu and drinks list. It’s across the street from a pretty Swedish church which has a good Christmas market.
3. Acne Studios, Bicester Village, Oxon
This Stockholm-based fashion label doesn’t come cheap but you can pick up a bargain at its Bicester Village outlet store. Their understated, minimal cool ethos is very up my street. No big slogans and nothing shouty! I’m a big fan of Acne jumpers and shoes.
4. Skandium, Marylebone, London
I love browsing this interiors shop. It’s pretty expensive though so I mainly go in and dream. They stock clean-line Scandinavian design classics such as Arne Jacobson chairs.
5. Rök, Shoreditch, London
Must admit I haven’t made it out East to this super cool casual dining restaurant yet but it’s next on my hit list. They’re big on smoking, pickling and fermenting. Make mine the Norwegian skrei, please!
Photo courtesy of Rök