10 ideas for London-themed Rooms

The iconography of London is a great theme for a child’s room. Inspired by Alice Tait’s funky London map, £15, I’ve rounded up a selection of decorative goodies based on the capital’s most famous icons.

Firstly, the walls. A London room wouldn’t be complete without some hand screen-printed Lizzie Allen wallpaper. The iconic ‘Red Buses and Black Cabs’ is gorgeous, but I love the simplicity of ‘Royal Guards’, £73.99 for a 3m panel.

If you’re not the wallpaper type, try a cool wall vinyl, like Funky Little Darlings‘ Little Ben clock, available in blue, pink or orange, £85.

Or Aspace’s friendly Beefeater and raven canvas, £45, who’ll watch over your little ones at night.

If you want to go down the more framed print route try this super-modern red telephone box print, £20, by Graphic Nothing.

Accessories are key to bringing a look together – I absolutely love this tongue-in-cheek Travelcard cushion, designed by Ashley Allen, hand silkscreen-printed and available for £29.99  at the London Transport Museum Shop.

Keep your books in check with Susan Bradley’s powder-coated steel London Transport bookend, depicting the classic Black Cab, £18 (including p&p).

You can buy mirrors in pretty much any design at Send Me A Mirror, but for our purposes, this double decker bus is absolutely perfect – shatterproof and just £5.99.

They may be the bane of all Londoners’ lives, but you can’t deny they’re part of the experience. For an entirely pleasant encounter with a pigeon, I recommend Ed Carpenter’s now iconic Pigeon Light, £59, available in six cool colours.

As a finishing touch, the wooden Mini Tate to Tate River Icons set, £10, takes in all the Thames’ finest landmarks and looks fantastic on a mantelpiece or shelf, if your child can resist playing with it that is.


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  1. SusannahJanuary 20, 2011 at 4:34 pmReply

    Wow, living in Emsworth, I love the cushion and the royal guards paper is fab!

  2. MouliJanuary 20, 2011 at 8:48 pmReply

    What an amazing theme for a child’s room – and such a cool round up of funky decor ! Very impressed especially as my son is going through a London phase (double decker buses, black cabs, Trafalgar Sq, Big Ben etc inspired by the Katie In London book).

  3. ClaireJanuary 24, 2011 at 9:43 pmReply

    Great idea for a theme! :)

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