About a year ago I was fortunate enough to have a few hours to kill in London. Despite having visited London many times over the years, I was interested in venturing a bit off the beaten path. A trusted colleague recommended that I visit the un-branded Orange store in Notting Hill [editor's note: Yes, I realize Notting Hill is hardly 'unbeaten' - not the point of the story]. Orange is a mobile operator in the UK. If you find yourself in London, make a point of visiting the store. The sales people [and I hesitate to call them that because they are more like product experts] will engage you in endless conversation, demos of devices you won't find in the US and, if you're one of the fortunate, will take your photo with a camera phone and tack it to the wall [editor's note: I was not one of the fortunate]. And besides all that, the design of the store is wonderfully refreshing and contextual to the neighborhood. I went back a few weeks ago and was happy to find it was just as interesting the second time around.
Orange Store: 201 Westbourne Grove, W11 [Tube: Notting Hill Gate]
[photo below courtesy of Cool Hunting]