East End (Hoxton, Brick Lane, Spitalfields, Shoreditch)
Things to do in East End (Hoxton, Brick Lane, Spitalfields, Shoreditch)
Considered one of the world’s greatest independent record shops, Rough Trade was founded in 1976, quickly emerged as a major retail presence on London's punk scene, and evenutally gave birth to a record company that signed The Smiths.
The Whitechapel Gallery is one of London’s premier venues for displaying contemporary art. After acquiring the Whitechapel Library and completing an extensive expansion project, the gallery has nearly doubled in size.
Run by a friendly team of denim demigods, this East End jeans shop is arguably the best in London. Located in the Old Truman Brewery, Son of a Stag specializes in rare Japanese selvage denim and also stocks well-loved brands like Edwin, Takumi, Lee, Wrangler, Levi’s and Studio D’Artisan.
Perhaps the most influential contemporary gallery in London, White Cube was established by renowned art dealer Jay Jopling in 1993. In 2000, Jopling opened a new location in East London’s trendy Hoxton Square, amidst the largest artists’ enclave in Europe.
In front of this charming gourmet shop in Spitalfields, a pair of rustic weathered tables sit beneath a teal-green awning, surrounded by wicker baskets overflowing with bright fruits, fresh veggies and delicate flowers.
Situated between the Regent’s Canal and London Fields, this Hackney market sells everything from fresh organic produce to vintage clothing. With a history dating back to the 1890’s, the marketplace was revived in 2004 and quickly became one of the most celebrated markets in the city.
A Sunday morning tradition for many decades, the Columbia Road Flower Market is a bright, bustling event that has become one of the most beloved in all of London.
Old Truman Brewery here takes its name from a family who started making ales in the late 1600’s. Today, the brewery building is home to almost 200 independent creative companies.
Upon entering this simple shop, designed in green hues with reclaimed wood, patrons are awed by row after row of dark glass apothecary jars filled with cutting-edge beauty potions.
Jamme Masjid—the Great London Mosque—was consecrated in 1976 in an early Georgian house that, for the century prior, was the Spitalfields Great Synagogue.
"The details are not the details, they are the design." This quote from Charles Eames has largely influenced Folk founder Cathal McAteer, who transforms predictable clothing into playful, stylish designs elevated by wonderfully quirky details and fine fabrics from across the globe.
Run by Sandra Esqulant since 1979, the Shoreditch tavern has an affectionate house terrier and a loyal clientele.
The shop keeps hours more or less according to the whims of its owners, a couple who are specialists, respectively, in vintage watches and Miriam Haskell costume jewelry.
The most fashion-forward men in London are raving about this Shoreditch style house established in 2010 by native fashion guru James Brown.