A Trip to Lewes by Anna Jacobsen
I spent the last two days in Lewes in East Sussex visting my dear friends Victoria and Dennis. Only an hour and a bits’ train ride from London, Lewes is a beautiful little town dotted with great antique and independent shops, cute little alleyways, historic architecture, pastel-coloured houses, all surrounded by green rolling hills. You can easily spend hours getting lost in the cobbled alleyways of Lewes and getting fit by walking up and down its’ many hilly streets. Lewes also has an incredibly high number of independent shops and it is such a pleasure seeing this small community thrive with creativity and enthusiasm. Walking around exploring is always one of my favourite things and here are some of the highlights of my trip.
196 High Street
Located on the High Street and well worth a visit is well-curated and beautifully pared back Freight Store. With a selection of household items, interiors and a small selection of clothing, Freight is run by mother-and-daughter team Adele and Helen who work with small scale manufacturers and craftsmen thought out the UK. Read more
31 Western Road
With a love for organic skincare, A.S Apothecary is a small batch distillery making natural scents, creams, aromatic waters and balms from flowers, bark, leaves, roots and blossom. They distil flowers and plants in small batches handpicked in Sussex, Cyprus and Scotland. The calming flagship store houses all of their beautifully packaged products as well as a serene treatment room offering signature facials.
Closet & Botts
37 Lewes High Street
Housed in an former pharmacy, Closet & Botts is run by friends Harriet and Chloe and offers a charming mix of flea market finds, clothing and homeware. An inspiring setting, the shop looks out on it’s very own walled garden and is beautifully and thoughtfully curated.
The Needlemakers, West Street
In this beautiful light-filled space, ceramists Victoria Turner offers a selection of gorgeous plants, pots, homeware and her own intricate ceramics. From Victoria also houses pieces from artisans around the world with a focus on quality craftsmanship.
Flint Owl Bakery
209 High Street
A bakery and calming café complete with a beautiful garden, the Flint Owl Bakery offers delicious fresh bread, pastries, cakes, salads and of course tasty coffee too. Definitely my most favourite Lewes food spot, I was very tempted to try all of its impressive bread selection as well as gorgeous cakes.
Anna Jacobsen is a London-based Creative Consultant specialising in brand & visual concept development, photography, lifestyle trends, social media and interior styling. This guide was originally featured on her blog We are Here Now.