Kristina’s Guide to London

Kristina's Guide to London

London is one of my favourite cities in the world. From the culture to the shopping, there’s always something new to discover each time I visit and I could just spend days taking every little thing in.  That’s why I’m so excited to be opening the first UK kikki.K store in Covent Garden. To celebrate the launch, I wanted to share a few of my favourite places in London. They’re a must-have for any trip to the city!

Kristina Karlsson

The V&A Museum

London is such a great place to visit for design inspiration. From the Tate Modern to the White Cube gallery, there are some of the most exciting art works and exhibitions in the world. If I absolutely had to pick a favourite, the Victoria & Albert museum in Brompton is always on my list. The beautiful fashion and textile archives are guaranteed to spark your creativity and I always leave brimming with new ideas and inspirations.

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Dover St Market

Stepping into this beautiful concept store is always such an incredible experience. From the windows to the carefully curated selection of established and up-and-coming designers, this is definitely one of my favourite shopping destinations in London. It’s a great place to discover new trends and designers.

Nopi

This Soho outpost of the Ottolenghi group is my go-to spot for a quick and healthy lunch. They serve up a delicious selection of Middle-Eastern inspired seasonal salads and fresh juices that you can choose to sit and eat in or take on-the-go. Their beautiful cakes and desserts are also perfect if I’m in the mood for a sweet treat.

NOPI London

The Chiltern Firehouse

One of my favourite dinner spots in London, this popular restaurant is located in a former Victorian firehouse. The beautiful high ceilings, exposed brickwork and original features are beautifully matched with modern, minimalist interiors. They serve up a delicious menu of seasonal dishes with a New York feel, or you can just sit and people-watch in their stylish bar.

Chiltern Firehouse

Selfridges

This London landmark is truly like stepping into another world and no shopping trip to London is complete without a visit. From interactive window displays to fun pop up experiences and even temporary exhibitions, there’s always a surprise around every corner. I could spend hours browsing their beautiful mix of fashion, cosmetics and luxury goods, not to mention the biggest shoe department in the world. Their huge Food Hall is also well worth a visit, with every single delicacy you could imagine!

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While you’re on your trip, don’t forget to visit our gorgeous new stores in Covent Garden. Share the love with #kikkiKLondon.

Enjoy our Swedish Christmas Knäck Recipe

Swedish knack recipe

It’s almost Christmas, which means it’s the perfect time to enjoy baking delicious festive treats to share with family and friends. To help you celebrate in Swedish style, discover our simple Knäck (Swedish for toffee) recipe.

Ingredients

300 ml / 1 cup  heavy cream
200 g/ 1 cup sugar
100 ml / 1/3 cup Swedish light syrup
3 tbsp butter
125 g / ½ cup finely chopped almonds

Method

Combine the cream, syrup, sugar and butter in a large, heavy pot over a low heat. Bring the mixture to simmering, until the butter has melted. Stop stirring and allow to simmer away on a low heat for 30 minutes before taking off the heat and folding in the almonds. Allow to cool slightly. Place wrappers on a baking sheet and slowly add mixture being very careful as hot sugar can burn if it touches your skin. You should be especially careful around children, keeping them well out of the way for the whole process.

We hope you enjoy this beautiful recipe. Be sure to share your results with #makethedayscount.

Discover this Swedish toffee knack recipe

Celebrate kikki.K Covent Garden

kikki.K London edible stationery cakes

You’ve been asking us to come to London, and we listened! We’re so very excited to have opened not one but two stores in Covent Garden. In addition to our Hej London pop up store in Opera House Parade, this weekend we open the doors to our permanent store in James Street, just around the corner. We can’t wait to see you there.

The new store features the full range of our delicious stationery, gorgeous gifts and organisation solutions so you can find something beautiful and meaningful to help you live your best life, every day. From what started as a dream, we’re thrilled to take the latest step in our global design journey.

To celebrate our launch in London, we held a fun VIP event this week with some of our favourite media, bloggers and stationery lovers. We loved seeing so many of you there to meet kikki.K founder Kristina Karlsson and spend some time getting to know us while enjoying a unique Swedish menu from the Stockholm Deli. There was even an edible stationery installation by the talented Juliet Sear, which transformed kikki.K favourites into tasty treats.

Discover more photos from the event below and visit our stores here.

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Celebrate Swedish Lucia in Style

Swedish Lucia

On December 13, we love to celebrate the Swedish tradition of Lucia. Named after the martyr saint Lucia, the celebration marks the shortest day of the year in the advent season.

Due to the long, dark days, this tradition is about celebrating the light and candles play a large part. Children decorate a crown of candles and offer coffee, Lussebullar (Saffron Buns) and Pepparkakor (Swedish Gingerbread to those watching. All gather around to enjoy this special moment together as a community.

Swedish Lucia with saffron buns

So this Lucia, why not embrace this wonderful tradition by lighting a candle and baking some traditional Swedish treats for everyone to enjoy together? Let us know how you’re celebrating by commenting below or sharing with #makethedayscount.

Here’s how to make your saffron buns:

Ingredients:

  • 300ml / 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ g pack saffron
  • 75g / half cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 500g / 1 lb strong white bread flour
  • 100g / half cup golden caster sugar
  • 7g sachet fast-action yeast
  • 1 large egg, beaten, plus extra for egg wash
  • a little oil, for greasing
  • 24 currants

 

Method:

Use a pestle and mortar to grind the saffron to a fine power and add it to a saucepan with the milk and butter. Steam gently until combined then set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients, leaving a well in the middle to add the milk mixture along with the egg. Mix together and spend 10 minutes kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic. Set the bowl aside in a warm place like an airing cupboard or by the fireplace so that the mixture can rise. This should take around an hour. It’s really important that the dough doubles, so don’t be afraid to leave it even longer if necessary.

When risen, knock back the dough and divide into 12 equal portions. Cover the pieces you’re not shaping so they don’t dry out. Create the s shapes with the mixture and place on a lined baking sheet. Next heat your oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and while it heats up, let the buns prove for a second time until they double in size. Alternatively, you can choose to leave them overnight in the refrigerator if you prefer.

When ready to bake, brush the buns with beaten egg and press a currant into the centre of each spiral. Put the trays in the oven and bake for around 15 mins. Allow to cool before serving. These are best eaten on the day they are made but will keep for a couple of days.

 

Enjoy!