Those little green huts scattered across the most affluent parts of London have served as a fuel and respite stop to the city's cabbies unable to leave their cabs at stands since 1875. Inside Cook acts as matron dishing up home-cooked grub and acting as referee to the heated debates and world righting. Until 1914 there were 61 of these charity funded shelters around town, now there are only 13 left.
"I am a passionate Londoner" Anya told us at the launch of her diary range this afternoon while having fish pie inside the shelter on Kensington Road, "and these institutions must survive. Inside my diaries I've written a My London section featuring my favourite place for a cup of tea and a bacon sarnie, the Cabman's shelter. I want to celebrate the history of the taxi hut."
Anya also spoke of the importance of diaries as a logbook of your life, "I have been a Blackberry all the way kind of girl. It is backed up. Your PA can manage it. Your kids can access it. However, a handwritten diary is the only real record of my personal history, who I met, where I went, what I did. All the women in my family have kept diaries for 100 years so the diary holds true significance for me."
The Two Way diaries featuring one half notepaper, one half week-to-view, start at £125 and go on sale from Monday.
Check out Anya Hindmarch in our A/W Accessories Report...