Charlotte Cox

Writer, cake baker, blogger, red wine-drinker, word gymnast and dress fiend, Charlotte Cox grew up in New Zealand but now calls London home. She’s spent years mastering the perfect black flick of cat eyeliner and in her spare time writes The Teapot Explodes about life in London.

A collector, she lives with her boyfriend in a crammed one-bedroom East London flat that’s filled to the brim with old china, records, ukuleles, guitars, books, unfinished projects and an organ. A journalist turned copywriter, Charlotte spends her days helping companies write their websites.

A few questions about nice things...

Who do you most admire?

Musicians who are storytellers – Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Stephin Merritt, Bonnie Prince Billy, Patti Smith.

What are your favourite possessions?

My collection of dresses, from my mother’s 70s floral frocks to vintage eBay buys to my favourite Little Black Dress. I have too many to count. A rose gold Alex Monroe Fox bracelet that was a present from my boyfriend. A chunky amethyst ring of my mother’s. And probably my laptop because it has photographs of my travels and my family. I couldn’t write without it.

Tell us about your perfect day or weekend...

The perfect day in London would start with a breakfast of avocado on toast and black coffee at the Wilton Way Cafe, followed by a short stroll in the sunshine to Columbia Road Flower Market (where I used to live). I’d definitely buy armloads of blooms, maybe an old teacup and probably another coffee before wandering back home. We’d have cake and afternoon tea in the garden, followed by Pimms and a dinner of delicious vegetables. Then it’d be off to the pub for too many drinks with friends until closing time before stumbling home and listening to records til dawn.

What makes you happiest?

Exploring new places. Finding something old and beautiful in a market or charity shop. Being with my family and friends. Baking cakes. Wearing a beautiful dress.

What would you like to do in the future?

Write some magazine articles and to continue to work as a writer. Find more time to write my blog.  Lots of travelling and discovering new exciting places. Learn to take better photos. Dust off my sewing machine and rediscover my love of sewing. Grow an excellent vegetable garden.