Thanks to the fact that it’s one of London’s most trendy, fun and vibrant places to be, there’s an abundance of quirky and cool shops to explore in the heart of the East London district – Shoreditch.
From gifts to gadgets, fashion to food, there’s something for everyone. If you’re off to London soon and want a unique shopping experience, you need to add this area to your list of places to check out. And you absolutely must add these particular shops to places to explore in Shoreditch.
Hipsters rejoice – this clothes and homeware shop is celebrated for its sleek, cool aesthetic. Its wooden shelves and crisp lighting give the place an overall industrial feel, so it’s right at home near Shoreditch High Street. As well as being a generally cool shopping spot, there’s more to this store than just good looks. Goodhood is a leader in clothing, grooming and homeware products, and all of its products are unique and of high quality.
2. Ally Capellino
Time for some more of the suavest attire in Shoreditch. Though what draws customers to this particular gem is its bags. If you have an affection for anything from clutch bags to tote bags, or satchels to rucksacks then you need to get to this independent store immediately. The price ranges from super-on-a-budget to feeling-flush, so even if you’re travelling on a budget, you’re sure to still pick up a beautiful bargain bag.
Fancy a slice of cool London style in your home? Then Elemental should be your one-stop-shop. They are specialists in restored vintage and antique furnishings, from the classic and traditional to the downright quirky and unusual. Their stunning selection of furniture and lighting makes it no surprise that they welcome customers from all over the planet on a daily basis. And as it’s right in the heart of Shoreditch, you won’t be able to miss the vibrant retro lights shining out of the showroom style store.
Situated on one of the best streets in the area – Shoreditch High Street, of course – Maiden is a unique gift shop full of fun and silly eccentricities. Books, jewellery, kitchenware or toys, Maiden has a gift for everyone of all ages, which is perfect if you need to take a few souvenirs home from your trip.
5. Labour and Wait
A lover of the best room in the house – the kitchen? Then Labour and Wait – kitchenware specialists – will be your haven. The small yet mighty shop makes you feel as if you’ve stepped back almost 60 years in time thanks to its vast array of practical yet chic goods, all with a simple, classic design. This makes it stand out from many of its modern competitors today.
6. Modern Society
Modern Society offers beautiful clothing, accessories, art, homeware and locally sourced food to its customers – the main loves of its founder and curator Nazifa Movsoumova. You could easily spend hours discovering new designers in here, finding thoughtful and unusual gifts or checking out a local London magazine over the Modbar’s trademark ‘coffee tonic’ and a brownie. Yum!