We’ve all heard of Shoreditch Grind, we’ve dreamt of getting our entire wardrobe from Aida, and we all wish we could have our morning brews from Look Mum No Hands!, but what about the lesser known gems that Shoreditch has to offer? Hoxton, Haggerston and Bethnal Green make up the main districts of Shoreditch, and each host an abundance of shops, boutiques and cafes. So we’ve got you covered whether you’re a true Shoreditch hipster sister or bearded brother who wants to find something a bit different to your usual haunts, or you’re new to the area and want to experience everything it has to offer.
This shop is celebrated for its aesthetic. Wooden shelves and quirky lighting give the place a shabby-chic vibe that fits right in on the Shoreditch High Street. But the Goodhood Store hasn’t just made it into our list for being easy on the eye. Goodhood is an expert on clothing, grooming and homeware products, providing its customers with both high quality and unique items. If you ever find yourself in the Goodhood Store, you’ll be sure to leave with some treasures in your bag.
Where: 151 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3QE
2. SCP Ltd
SCP is certainly not new to the Shoreditch streets, as it was founded by Sheridan Coakley in 1985. It mainly sells quirky but functional homeware products, including lighting and upholstery. You can also find gifts and accessories and there’s even a vintage collection. SCP is one of the priciest independent shops on our list, but even if you’re window shopping, you’ll definitely be able to find something to inspire you in this collection.
Where: 135 – 139 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3BX
By day, the Book Club, which stands two stories high, is perfect for casual food and drinks, and keeps you coming back for more with a classic British menu which changes on a monthly basis. However, if you’re a lover of the venue’s famous ham, egg & chips: fear not! That speciality has not been taken off the menu since 2011. By night, the Book Club transforms into the heart and soul of the East End. With its renowned Thinking & Drinking series that involves everything from craft workshops to spoken word events, this versatile venue was an absolute must on our top ten list.
Where: 100 – 106 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH
Sat just on the outskirts of Shoreditch, in Hackney, is the The Store and it’s well worth the trek. The products in this Scandinavian style shop are made by independent designers and range from fashion, beauty accessories and homeware. Niketa Tripp and Meryl Fernandes opened the store as a platform for independent designers and its slick interior deviates away from the more common coolly dishevelled vibe that Shoreditch knows so well.
Where: 205 Hackney Road, London, E2 8JL
Monologue London is an independent contemporary shop on the Shoreditch streets and prides itself on giving its customers the opportunity to experience both conceptual design and up and coming designers. You can buy anything from stationery to lighting from Monologue London and its seasonal collections will leave your mouth watering. This is shop is a must visit if you prefer chic over shabby-chic.
Where: 39 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DJ
Ally Capellino is home to some of the suavest apparel in Shoreditch, but what this independent shop is really known for is its bags. If you have a penchant for anything from iPad bags to tote bags, or satchels to rucksacks then you will be visiting Ally Capellino in your dreams. The price ranges from budget to high end, so even if you’re a bit strapped for cash, you can still bag yourself a bargain.
Where: 9 Calvert Avenue, London, E2 7JP
Would you describe your fashion sense as eclectic? Vintage? Maybe even chaotic? Then you’ll feel right at home at the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair. Not only does this fashion fair provide some of the best clobber on London’s streets, but it offers on-site alterations and personal shoppers. This venue is fit for any fashionista with a flair for the unusual, or anyone who wants to browse Shoreditch style, so ditch your usual outfit ensemble and glam up for Clerkenwell.
Where: 335-337 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LL
If you want to spruce up your digs with some restored vintage or antique furnishings, then paying Elemental a visit is crucial. Their admittedly, unusual, but stunning selection of furniture and lighting makes it no surprise that they have customers from all over the globe with their wallets out. Right in the heart of Shoreditch, you won’t be able to miss the bright retro lights shining out of this showroom style shop.
Where: 130 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE
Shoreditch is full of coffee shops, but this one really stands out. Counter Albion is a small, independent cafe and art gallery, sat just out of the way of the hectic main streets. Not only does it serve food and drink of the highest quality, but it has an on-site grocery store and serves craft ales and wine. So why not break out of your usual morning coffee routine and pay Counter Albion a visit for a fresh, artistic vibe.
Where: 2-4 Boundary Street, London, E2 7DJ
10. FIX 126
Fancy a proper brew to round off your day in Shoreditch? FIX 126 will curb your caffeine cravings. With an impressive range of coffee blends, and their speciality coffee blend changing weekly, you’ll have no problem finding a taste that suits you. FIX 126 was founded in 2009 and has since dedicated its time to serving East London in style, so your brew will be in good hands with these baristas.
Where: 126 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3PJ