The Ten Best Notebooks

Feeling inspired? Keep track of a hectic life with one of these notebooks

Tate - £2.50

Created for the Tate Modern by Peter Blake, the man behind the Beatles’ legendary Sergeant Pepper album cover, this A5 pad is right on target for artists and songwriters alike.; 020-7887 8888

Emma Bridgewater - £8

Emma Bridgewater’s polka-dot design belongs in a country kitchen. And with its wide-ruled lines and durable protective sleeve, it is the perfect place to store your recipes.; 0800 328 5723

Moleskine From - £12.50

If it was good enough for Hemingway andVan Gogh, who are we to argue? Now available in a range of bright shades, in various sizes, this classic design has a colourful new appeal.; 0870 837 7377

Caroline Gardner - £9.95

Kitsch and playful, this A5 hardback journal has a fabulous black and white striped lining, with a generously sized pocket to hold bits and bobs.; 020-8288 9700

Heal’s - £5

Available in two sizes, this fabriccovered journal has lined pages and a border, making it perfect for writing neat memos to self in the office or the lecture hall.; 020-7636 1666

Liberty - £9.50

The striking cupcake design might make your vision go funny, but when you open it to the first page, the pink jelly design on the inside cover is worth going cross-eyed for.; 020-7734 1234

Paperchase - £3.75

It’s described as a Russian doll design, but there’s more than a touch of the Orient about it too. With wideruled lines and a sturdy sleeve, this notebook is both practical and fun.; 020-7467 6200

Love Your Art - £16.95

Covered in sari fabric, and with a leather tie, this chunky notebook is not only cute but also eco-friendly and fair trade. The paper is suitable for both writing and painting.; 01904 541 999

V&A - £2.75

Exclusive to the V&A, this is one of a series of notebooks adorned with 19th-century Japanese prints. It’s available in a range of colours and sizes, so why not start a collection?; 020-7942 2696

Aspinal - £39

Shiny, sexy and luxurious, this leather journal has cream pages with gold edges, and a red ribbon marker. A perfect gift for a friend – or yourself.; 0845 052 6900