Labour & Wait
85 Redchurch St., Shoreditch
Even the wooden brooms are carefully selected to fit in with the artfully stark aesthetic at Labour and Wait. Come for striped sailing shirts, Japanese enamelware, hand-forged gardening tools, leather satchels, and polka-dot primary-color handkerchiefs. In sum, a slightly random selection of household goods that come together beautifully.
East London Juice Co.
100 Shoreditch High St., Shoreditch
The Ace Hotel’s juice bar—a stainless steel space dotted with plants suspended from the ceiling in crocheted baskets—serves healthy veggie-centric juices, kombucha, bone broths, and filling, mylk-based smoothies spiked with adaptogens starting at 7am each day. Hotel patrons can order them up to their rooms while Shoreditch passersbys pick them up from the street window.
54 Paul St., Shoreditch
Inspired by a trip to LA and all its laid-back, healthy eateries, Andrew Bredon opened his own interpretation in London in early 2015. While he can't quite import the sunshine, he has managed to bring a healthy approach to food that is otherwise hard to find in London—it's not often you run into a to-go spot that has gluten-free and dairy free-options for both breakfast and lunch. He's also managed to create a space that has a nice informal quality with white marble tables and cheery yellow accents. We're expecting (and hoping) to see more pop up all over the city soon.
The Goodhood Store
151 Curtain Rd., Shoreditch
This clothing and lifestyle store has expanded into a new two-story space, which feels like it came straight out of Copenhagen. In this trendy part of town where stores come and go all too often, Goodhood's staying power is due to the owners being, since 2007, arbiters of East London style, constantly refreshing their mix of streetwear essentials from brands like Wood Wood, Nanushka, Peter Jensen, and MM6. Last year, they expanded their concept and went into furnishings, bringing Nordic brands like HAY and Muuto to East London. So popular is their aesthetic that they're now busy helping other companies find their voice through Goodhood's graphic and branding agency.
House of Hackney
131 Shoreditch High St., Shoreditch
This brand originally caught our eye with its wry animal print textiles and wallpapers for the home, all made traditionally in sumptuous fabrics, but with a slightly subversive edge. They've now taken their prints and turned them out in clothes, wrapping paper, and more which actually totally works.
28 Old Nichol St., Shoreditch
Winter through summer, the dominating color for men and women in this avant-garde shop is black—all meditated on by forward-thinking designers like Rick Owens, Dries van Noten, Comme de Garçons, P.R. Patterson, and Thom Browne. There's that, and the beautifully pared down, sleek interiors to delight in here, making an artful backdrop to the hand-selected pieces on the rails. Currently housed in a studio a few steps away from their original locale, the revamp will no doubt be something quite spectacular.
135-139 Curtain Rd., Shoreditch
SCP works with a closely curated group of designers to manufacture their furniture and home accessories in workshops around the world. Donna Wilson's playful knits get a lot of airtime here, as do designers like Lucy Kurrein, Michael Anastassiades and more. Owner Sheridan Coakley does a lot of travel and always brings back great finds with him. Aside from the high concept furniture, lighting and accessories, this shop is one of the best in town for gifts.The other location is in Notting Hill.
93 Redchurch St., Shoreditch
Shop owner Pavel Klimzak left an interior design agency to start his store, and he brought many new brands previously undiscovered in the London market with him. Along with more prolific design labels like HAY and Muuto, Pavel is mixing in exclusives from lesser known but equally innovative studios like La Chance and Atipico. We're impressed.
1-3 Rivington St., Shoreditch
This art and design bookshop located on one of the coolest streets in Shoreditch stocks beautiful titles that run the gamut from photography, to food culture, to art, to design, to books for kids. The selection is curated with a great eye: You'll find excellent new tomes, along with great, slightly older finds. Quirky stationery and affordable screenprints are available, too.
140 Shoreditch High St., Shoreditch
Walk into this meticulously put together men's store and you'll start wishing you were a guy. Start with an espresso at the coffee bar by the entrance before browsing the internationally sourced assortment of plaid shirts, perfectly masculine totes, puffy fishermen's vests, and suede shoes. There's also an excellent non-apparel section where you'll find made-in-Japan stationery, vintage-inspired grooming staples, and an extensive collection of ashtrays.
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