James Pallister, a writer with a background in design journalism and an editorial business owner, and Nicola Read, an architect who combines teaching at London School of Architecture with running 8.15 Agency, are the creative couple behind the space which kicks off with a weekend Christmas shop repping multiple local suppliers and makers.
As you’d expect with an architect involved, Host of Leyton is a beautifully renovated space that wouldn’t look out of place on any of east London’s fanciest shopping streets. The exterior is painted a handsome dark grey, inside the walls are classic white, a simple fireplace provides a focal point and large windows flood the space with light.Sunday was day two of the Christmas pop-up shop and the space was packed with customers picking up stylish Christmas presents and cards from the likes of Stengun Drawings by Leyton-based artist Caroline Barnard who specialises in bird and botanical designs; Petal And Pot selling actual botanicals; Newton & Pott, purveyors of chutneys, jams and preserves made from seasonal fruit and veg in Hackney; Blue Guy Pottery makers of covetable ceramics and Pressed and Folded for the coolest Christmas cards.
With Despina of Pan selling homemade savoury pies and Perky Blenders providing the coffee it’s the perfect place to pick up not-your-average Christmas gifts and refuel before ticking off whatever’s next on your festive to do list.
After picking out a Secret Santa gift for my upcoming friend-mas night out, I caught up with James and Nicola to find out more.
Find Host of Leyton at 658 High Road Leyton, E10 6JP. Host of Leyton’s Christmas pop-up shop is open 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th December from 9.30am. Keep an eye on the website here. Get in touch with James or Nicola at firstname.lastname@example.org