It’s a less frequent pilgrimage to me than it used to be, but whenever I am in this end of Oxford Street (maybe once or twice a year at most these days but am resolving to try harder), I always make a point of visiting the WHS concession at the back on the ground floor. It has an excellent selection of magazines and is the only place I know where I can reliably get copies of either Martha Stewart Living or Cote Ouest which are both imported from the USA and France respectively. Actually I manage to pick up Cote Ouest whenever I’m in France and lately, rare though this is, it has been more frequent than my visits to Oxford St. Martha Stewart on the other hand is impossible to find in my home quartier of London. I might have picked it up in Kensington or Chiswick when I lived in Shepherds Bush but finding a copy of bog standard Vogue is hard enough in Walthamstow never mind anything more unusual.
I love good magazines. I don’t buy nonsense like Cosmo or Now, I rarely buy newspapers but I do love a good interiors or cooking magazine. Sadly my favourites are difficult to find but then they might not be my favourites if I had access to them more often.
So, that is why I have made what will appear an extravagant purchase to most people. Five imported/ or unusual magazines all in one go. They’re all things I cannot find elsewhere and if their contents is as good as previous purchases I will keep them practically forever. If you look after them, they are as good for reference as books. (I still cherish a ten year old copy of Martha Stewart Baking Christmas Edition).
I will review them separately as I digest them in the coming weeks/months.