My Secret Black Book: conceptual wallpaper artist Angela Groundwater

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 May 2017

The Holly Bush pub, Hampstead

The Holly Bush pub, Hampstead


Angela Groundwater designs bespoke wallpapers featuring insects, aliens and pensioners from her studio in Bethnal Green, so where does the illustrator find her inspiration?

Henry Moore statue at Kenwood estateHenry Moore statue at Kenwood estate

Best for soul searching

After a break-up I found salvation in Hampstead with my friend. We do all the slow romantic things together reaffirming that life is fulfilling even if you don’t currently have a one and only!

Best for a late night stroll

Highgate CemeteryHighgate Cemetery

I love walking around the area at night. There is the Holly Bush walk and of course the Holy Bush Pub. The streets are so dreamy – the crevasses with all the old buildings in street lights, casting long shadows.

Best for house hunting

That building that looks over the Highgate Cemetery on Swains Lane is brutalist gorgeousness. I’d love to live there to experience the many conflicting histories. And I love the Rowley Way Estates, all those high ideals just after the war.

Sir John Soane's MuseumSir John Soane's Museum

Best for culture

My favourite museum is the John Soane’s Museum. He converted 3 houses into an absolute warren of interest with everything from Egyptian artefacts to a Turner. There is a gorgeous drawing cabinet that has to be unlocked and presented by gloved hands. It’s a total experience.

Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate (Rowley Way) in South HampsteadAlexandra & Ainsworth Estate (Rowley Way) in South Hampstead

Best for a work out

These days I like running the entire length of the canal past Kings Cross to bring me back to the future to watch how London is changing - awesome and terrifying.

Best for a stroll

The Snowdon Aviary at London ZooThe Snowdon Aviary at London Zoo

I love the Pergola at Hampstead Heath, that Henry Moore Sculpture and swimming in the Heath ponds where I picture myself in another century, with a cold splash that is good for the heart. It’s good to be able to go somewhere so green, feeling you can hide from the machine of London.

Best for history

All of north London’s cemeteries are great, particularly Highgate and Stoke Newington. Really beautiful, antique burials in Highgate’s ancient catacombs, all totally overgrown. It stretches out forever. So Victorian and spooky.

Hampstead HeathHampstead Heath

Best for a view

I used to live on a boat with my ex before children so another favourite was motoring it past the zoo there in Regent’s Park with the large Snowdon Aviary enclosure of what looked like a forbidden forest of the unknown.

Angela Groundwater with her bespoke wallpaper designs at her studio in Bethnal GreenAngela Groundwater with her bespoke wallpaper designs at her studio in Bethnal Green


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