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Market area

If you’ve an eye for the unusual and appreciate something a little 2 Columbia Road Market
different, East London’s vast collection of unique, independent
shops should be right up your street. London’s ‘Eastside’ is awash 1 Brick Lane Market See enlarged
area map 2 76
with hidden gems and ‘must see’ individual retailers. Often
described as ‘a fascinating melting pot of different cultures and Columbia Road Market
emerging talents’, the East End is a haven of creativity and Old Spitalfields Market 29 124
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innovation. Its eclectic mix of designers, artists, jewellers, milliners, Petticoat Lane Market 93 83
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glassworks, haberdashers, tailors, booksellers, and a perfumery has 92
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expanded even further this year, with new businesses opening up 61 80 108
regularly. It’s a real contrast to the dynamic retail environment and 69 74
21st century skyline at Canary Wharf. Add to this all the colour, Columbia 57
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spectacle and characters of the famous long-established markets at 95
Brick Lane, Petticoat Lane, Roman Road and Spitalfields as well as
Columbia Road’s famous Sunday flower market, and you’ll find East
London has something for everyone!
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The East End goes from strength to strength. It continues to attract
new talent, restaurants, bars and health practitioners - you can find
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massage through to funky and distinctive hair salons, tapas bars 68 142 129
and wine tasting. Whether you’re looking for something innovative 10 67 63
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from an up-and-coming designer, something cheap, chic or DL
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Petticoat Lane markets (E1 & E2). E2 Lane Market
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A closer focus on the Columbia 2 64

Road area (E2). 1 See next page
Map 3 E1
Canary Wharf and the 3 4
surrounding docklands area (E14). 1
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Roman Road and Bow (E3).
X Number refers to
For example, shop number 42 is Jones Dairy, which has a yellow Shop entry in main guide
dot by its name. To find it, look for number 42 on map 2 (yellow
dots) – you’ll see it’s located on Ezra Street.
books, maps & charts 02

fashion 04

food 19

furniture 27

gardening 34

gifts, gadgets & collectables 36

homes & design 39

jewellery 49

kids 52

music 54

outdoors 56

specialist stores 58

treatments, therapies & beauty 68

shopping districts and markets 74

index 85

maps 76

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Books, maps and

Lose yourself in the unique atmosphere of one of

London’s few remaining independent bookshops or
have a well-loved novel restored and preserved for
future generations. If you are looking for that gift
for someone who has everything, why not make a
present of a carefully-selected print – there are
thousands to choose from, so you’re bound to find
something that suits.

1 Eastside Books
Independent, friendly
bookshop in the hub of
London’s East End and a
popular venue for
author/book events. The store
specialises in literature on
London, particularly East London, and also stocks
titles you won’t find elsewhere. It has a good
selection of fiction, non-fiction, multi-cultural,
children’s books and classics. Special orders from
individual customers and school orders are
Address: 166 Brick Lane, E1 6RU
Tel: 020 7247 0216
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 11am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-6pm

2 Forget-Me-Knot
Specialists in book binding, document conservation
and restoration. Sketches, letters and memorabilia
bound into volumes; old books and documents
restored; missing pages and illustrations replaced;
boxes made from old books. Personal gifts for

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special occasions. You are welcome
just to ring up for some advice.

Address: Studio Three,

Dace Road, E3
Tel: 020 8980 2447
Email: jacqueline@forget-me-
Open: By appointment only, any day.

3 Frontispiece
Probably one of the area’s most interesting shops,
Frontispiece has a library of half a million antique
maps, prints and ephemera, and specialises in
prints of London’s Docklands. Frontispiece also
supply King and McGaw prints and posters. If you
cannot find what you are looking for here,
Frontispiece will do a free picture search for you. A
bespoke framing service is also available.
Address: One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, E14
Tel: 020 7363 6336
Open: Monday to Wednesday: 9am-7pm
Thursday & Friday: 9am-8pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm

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Rub shoulders with celebrities stepping out in style

from a wealth of boutiques and vintage clothing
stores. You’ll find exclusives from emerging design
talent, wedding dresses, funky hats, bespoke
tailoring, evening gowns, handmade ties, street
fashion, Bangladeshi clothing and reconstructed
fashion - so you’ll never be stuck for something to
wear ever again!

4 Aarong
Aarong is the most
prestigious brand
name in Bangladesh.
Choose from
jewellery, traditional
Bengali ladies’ and
gents’ garments,
leather products,
handmade crafts and
soft furnishings.
Address: 69 Vallance Road, E1 5BS
Tel: 020 7247 7727
Open: Daily: 10.30am-7pm

5 abé
This is a haven for those
who appreciate individual
design and luxurious,
decadent qualities. With
beautiful designs in lace,
mohair, leather and suede,
abé has also extended the
couture side of her
business into bridalwear,

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creating the most divine and quirky pieces.
Address: 95 Columbia Road, E2
Tel: 020 8525 0800
Open: Sunday: 10am-2pm or by appointment.

6 Absolute Vintage
‘One of the top 100
stores in the world you
must visit before you die’
according to the Evening
Standard, this warehouse-
style shop stocks over
1000 pairs of vintage
shoes – the largest
selection in the UK! You’ll
also find hundreds of
pairs of boots, bags, belts
and dresses. Prices from
£8 upwards.
Address: 15 Hanbury
Street, E1 6QR
Tel: 020 7247 3883
Open: Monday to Saturday: 12pm-7pm
Sunday: 11am -7pm

7 Alexander Boyd
Alexander Boyd’s bespoke
shop specialises in ‘Best of
British’ clothing including
evening wear and
outerwear, as well as a
choice of ready-to-wear or
made-to-measure shirts. Accessories include
beautiful hand-made ties, hand-made shoes,
cufflinks, socks and silk handkerchiefs.
Address: 52-54 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS
Tel: 020 7377 8755
Open: Monday to Friday: 8.30am-7.30pm

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8 Ally Capellino
Choose from hundreds of leather bags and
accessories for men and women at this new store,
based in the creative hub of London’s East End.

Address: 9 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP

Tel: 020 7613 3073
Open: Wednesday to Friday: 12pm-6pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm

9 Behave
Behave offers a wide range of designer denim
labels, as well as sought-after international brands
such as Whyred, April 77 and Scorah Pattullo.
Address: 17 Lamb Street, E1 6EA
Tel: 020 7375 1617
Open: Daily: 11am-7pm

10 Bernstock Speirs
Established in 1982,
Bernstock Speirs now has
a cult following for its
innovative and
fashionable headwear.
Celebrity customers
include Madonna, Brittany Murphy and Sharon
Stone. Bernstock Speirs products can also be found
in many prestigious stores. Prices range from £20-
Address: 234 Brick Lane, E2 7EB
Tel: 020 7739 7385
Open: Tuesday to Friday: 10.30am-6pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am-5pm

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11 Beyond Retro
Beyond Retro is London’s largest vintage
clothing retailer. Stock spans the 1950s
through to the 1980s and includes party
dresses, band jackets and rock t-shirts.
Address: 110-112 Cheshire Street,
E2 6EJ
Tel: 020 7613 3636
Open: Daily: 10am-6pm

12 Blondie
Stock includes high end
vintage and collectables,
with items such as Louis
Vuitton trunks, Dior
dresses and Hermes bags,
to name but a few. All
items are hand-picked
from around the world.
Designer dresses are
priced from £35.
Address: Unit 2, 114-118 Commercial Street, E1
Tel: 020 7247 0050
Open: Monday to Sunday: 10am-7pm

13 Bodas
An everyday luxury,
Bodas offers
beachwear, organic
t-shirts and a bath
collection. The store
is sleek and modern
and designed to
deliver the perfect
fitting experience,
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consulting/changing area for privacy. All the staff
are expertly trained.
Address: 43 Brushfield Street, E1 6AA
Tel: 020 7655 0958
Open: Monday to Friday: 10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

14 Chica
The first London branch of
one of Dublin’s most
popular fashion
boutiques, Chica stocks
more than 50 different
designers, such as
Erotokritos, Belle & Bunty,
Mawi, Aurabella, Totem,
Lulu & Red and Les
Petites. The perfect
antidote to high street
‘déjà vu’, Chica’s prices
range from £50 to £250.
Address: 14 Market Street, E1 6DT
Tel: 020 7247 9700
Open: Monday to Friday: 11am-7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-6pm

15 Comfort Station
Set in an unusual interior with suspended
piano rails and hovering suitcases for
display, Comfort Station offers equally
unique handbags and accessories. From
ever-popular neckscarves to hand-
printed umbrellas and signature
handbags fashioned in oak, it’s the
perfect shop for something a little different.
Address: 22 Cheshire Street, E2 6EH
Tel: 020 7033 9099
Open: Tuesday to Sunday: 11am-6pm

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16 Dragana Perisic
Dragana’s first retail outlet
introduces her beautifully-
crafted clothing to anyone
looking for wear-forever
pieces that whisper, rather
than scream, their designer
provenance. The boutique
also features a selection of
art, photography and
unusual objects, all for sale.
Address: 30 Cheshire Street, E2 6EH
Tel: 020 7739 4484
Open: Friday to Sunday: 11am-6pm

17 FairyGothMother
Specialising in eveningwear, ballgowns, authentic
corsetry, cute prom gowns, cocktail dresses and
partywear, FairyGothMothers is the perfect place to
find something for any event in the social calendar.
Ready to wear and made to order in sizes 6-26.
Address: 15 Lamb Street, E1 6EA
Tel: 020 7377 0370
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 11am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

18 Finnesse Lifestyle
This boutique is dedicated to fair
trade, organic and natural clothing
and gifts for women and children,
with a touch of designer wear from
Scandinavia. Finnesse also stocks a
selection of one-off original hand-
Address: 453 Roman Road, E3 5LX
Tel: 020 8983 9286
Open: Monday to Saturday: 9.30am-6pm

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19 Fred Bare
Fred Bare design men’s and
women’s hats with a ‘one-off’
feel. The shop stocks the most
extensive collection of this
highly individual range. The
autumn/winter collections include berets encrusted
with vintage beads and buttons, studded tweed
flat-caps and peachbloom felts trimmed with jewel-
coloured beads.
Address: 118 Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Tel: 020 7729 6962 (Sundays only)
01904 624579 (weekdays)
Open: Sunday: 9am-2pm

20 Gloria’s Trainers
A unique blend of rare and unusual sneakers, toys,
clothes and other collectables. Brands include Nike,
Adidas, Converse, JB Classics, New Balance, Amos,
Plus 41, Sixpack, DC Shoes, Addict, Puma and
Kubrick. New stock available each week.
Address: 6 Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery,
91 Brick Lane, E1 6RF
Tel: 020 7770 6222
Open: Monday to Sunday: 10am-7pm

21 Junky Styling
Recycled clothing for men and
women. As well as amazing original
designs available off the peg, Junky
offer a ‘wardrobe surgery’ service
for London residents. Pioneers in
the Brick Lane area, their clothes
just get better.
Address: 12 Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery,
91 Brick Lane, E1 6RF
Tel: 020 7247 1883
Open: Daily: 10.30am-6.30pm

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Vintage 20th century sunglasses and eyeframes
and a prescription lens service is available from
Klasik at Spitalfields Market. Frames date from the
1920s to the 1990s so you can take your pick from
hundreds of styles - a 1960s Michael Caine
lookalike or a glamourpuss in 1950s diamante
studded cateyes - fitted with your own lenses.
Address: Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street, E1
Open: Sunday: 10am-5pm

23 Lik + neon
LIK+NEON is the 'one-
stop-shop' for original
design in clothing,
jewellery, accessories,
limited edition t-shirts,
comics, fanzines,
collectables, robots and
rare vinyl. Other stock
includes select deadstock
sportswear, their own
labels LIK+NEON and FFP
- 'fashion for pleasure' -
new electronic and
experimental music, and
short films on DVD.
Lik+Neon also hold in-
store exhibitions.
Address: 106 Sclater Street, E1 6HR
Tel: 020 7729 4650
Open: Monday: 1pm-7pm
Tuesday to Saturday: 11am-7pm
Sunday: 11am-6.30pm

24 Mimi
Mimi Berry makes a fantastic array of coloured
leather bags, accessories and luggage for men and
women. Prices range from £20-£220.

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Address: 40 Cheshire Street, E2 6EH
Tel: 020 7729 6699
Open: Tuesday to Thursday: By
appointment only
Friday & Saturday:
Sunday: 11am-6pm

25 Nicolerenee
Nicolerenee is a dressmaker
couturier. Each dress is individually
commissioned and all work is done
in-house, through personal
consultations. Nicolerenee’s range
of bridal dresses can be adapted, or
a unique individual creation can be
Address: 4 Puma Court, Spitalfields, E1 6QG
Tel: 07961 180 949
Open: Monday to Friday (appointment only):
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm-4pm

26 Precious
Precious occupies an
original Georgian corner
shop, and offers this
season’s must-have
fashion. Former fashion
buyer Kate Evans selects
key items from collections
which are exclusive to the
area – designers include
Diane von Furstenberg,
Paul & Joe, Velvet and
British talent Sarah Arnett
and Osman Yousefzada.
Precious also stocks
Angela Flanders’ complete
fragrance collection.
Precious also opens on

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Sunday mornings at Columbia Road Flower Market,
next to Angela Flanders Perfumes (92 Columbia
Road, E2).
Address: 16 Artillery Passage, E1 7LJ
Tel: 020 7377 6668
Open: Monday to Friday:11am-6.30pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday (Columbia Road): 9.30am-3pm

27 Pure London
A welcoming and
inspirational oasis for
unusual designs and
‘must have’ items, with a
diverse range of beautiful
footwear, handbags,
jewellery and clothing.
Labels include Just Cavelli,
Dolce & Gabbana, Ed
Hardy, Pepe Jeans,
‘almost famous’ and
interesting labels from
new designers at home
and abroad - totally
different to what you’ll
find on the high street!
Address: 430 Roman Road, E3 5LU
Tel: 020 8983 2004
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 10am-6pm

28 Rokit
Rokit offers a quality
selection of second-hand
and vintage goods spread
over two shops on Brick
Lane. No. 107 stocks
handbags, homewares
and ball gowns; No. 101
stocks jeans, military and
western pieces - including
all shapes and sizes of

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cowboy boots. Rokit also sells jewellery, customised
clothing and their own designed t-shirts and sweat
Address: 101-107 Brick Lane, E1 6SE
Tel: 020 7375 3864
Open: Monday to Friday: 11am-7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-7pm

29 Second Tread
This business started over 10 years ago in the East
End’s famous markets, selling ex-model women’s
designer footwear. Today they still sell the latest
designer fashions but have added a men’s section
to their family-run shop. Stock changes every
couple of days so don’t miss out!
Address: 261 Hackney Road, E2
Tel: 020 7033 9862
Open: Monday to Saturday: 10am-5.30pm

30 Sniff
Sniff stocks a wide range of designer and urban
men’s, ladies and sports labels, including French
Sole, Chie Mihara, Paco Gil, Miss L-Fire, Ugg,
Hudson, Jeffrey West, Narrative, and Nike.
Address: 115 Commercial Street, E1 6BG
Tel: 020 7375 1580
Open: Monday to Friday: 11.00am-7.00pm
Saturday: 10.30am-7.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am-6.00pm

31 SoboyeSoong
A retail haven in the heart
of Shoreditch, with a
relaxed atmosphere
where you can view their
stylish and unique
treasures. Accessories
designer Samson Soboye
offers hand-beaded

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scarves and covetable bags, plus luxurious cushions
and throws. E-Sinn Soong focuses on womenswear,
making elegant dresses, fluid tops and skirts.
Commissions welcome.
Address: 13 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP
Tel: 020 7729 3521
Open: Thursday: 12pm-7pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

32 Solo Eclipse
Italian leather fashion goods with an extensive
selection of Pronto Moda handbags, leather jackets
and coats, belts, boots and accessories. Homeware
include leather beanbags, cowhide rugs and leather
cushions. London fashion designers shop here for
the range of leather hides, which are sold by the
square foot in an amazing array of colours.
Address: 77 Brushfield Street, E1 6AA
Tel: 020 7539 9322
Open: Daily: 10am-6.30pm

33 Son of a Stag
Son of a Stag
specialises in denim
and street wear
clothing and shoes,
with innovative brands
such as G-Star, Replay,
True religion, Z-Brand,
Edwin, Diesel, Swear
and Buddahood. They
have an extensive
choice and also have
exclusive items in store.
Their honest advice
and free alterations on
purchases ensure that
you’ll keep visiting!

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Address: 9 Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery,
91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Tel: 020 7247 3333
Open: Monday to Wednesday: 10.30am-7pm
Thursday to Sunday: 10am-7pm

34 Superette
A rollercoaster ride of fun
rocker jewellery, super cute
accessories and quirky paper
goods for kooky gals and crazy

Address: 66a Sclater Street, E1 6HR

Tel: 020 7033 4286
Open: Monday to Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 1pm-7pm

35 The Laden Showroom

Probably the UK’s leading
fashion store promoting,
supporting and selling for
young designers. More
than 40 designers exhibit
in this air-conditioned
showroom - with over
3000 pieces for sale!
Favoured by celebrities
from Victoria Beckham to Noel Gallagher, Laden is
for all fans of cutting-edge style - womenswear,
menswear, accessories and jewellery are all well
Address: 103 Brick Lane, E1 6SE
Tel: 020 7247 2431
Open: Monday: 12pm-6pm
Tuesday to Saturday: 11am-6.30pm
Sunday: 10.30am-6pm

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36 The Lazy Ones
The Lazy Ones - named after
a band the owners used to
perform in - is a mix of
vintage clothing and new
labels for men and women.
Their most popular items
include a vintage nautical
jumpsuit, raunchy vintage
apron and The Lazy Shoes -
customised plimsolls. Check
out their lazy bags and t-shirts
as well as their classic vintage
dress selection from the
1940s to 1970s.
Address: 102 Sclater Street, E1 6HR
Tel: 07812 957276
Open: Tuesday to Sunday: 11am-7pm

37 The Menu
An independent menswear fashion shop in the
heart of Spitalfields, The Menu stocks carefully
selected labels from around the world. The décor is
every bit boutique with changing room and
furniture built from recycled timber, staff are
friendly and a cold beer is often on offer for the
thirsty customer!

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Address: 45 Brushfield Street, E1 6AA
Tel: 020 7539 9269
Open: Monday to Friday: 11am-7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am-6pm

38 Timothy Everest
An East End boy providing a modern slant on
traditional tailoring, made famous partly through
the patronage of Tom Cruise, David Beckham,
Harvey Keitel and others. The business is run from a
refurbished Georgian townhouse which feels like a
gentlemen’s club. Prices begin at £1,695 for a
bespoke two-piece suit - a made-to-measure service
is available starting from £695.
Address: 32 Elder Street, E1 6BT
Tel: 020 7377 5770
Open: By appointment only: 9am-6pm

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Take a break from shopping in one of London

Eastside’s fine eateries. The broad influx of cultures
to the East End has brought a diverse mix of
mouthwatering food from all over the world to
tantalise your tastebuds. Pick from the widest
selection of fresh fish at the historic Billingsgate Fish
Market, A.Gold’s finest cheeses direct from the
suppliers, enjoy a glass or two of fine wine, the
most gorgeous chocolate or bag a delicious beigel
24/7 from the famous Brick Lane Beigel Bake.

39 A. Gold
Think traditional British
food is all sliced bread
and baked beans? Think
again! A. Gold has
gathered high quality
regional produce from
across the U.K. Run as a
village shop in the city, A.
Gold stocks everything
from a host of fine British
cheeses, chutneys,
handmade pies, scotch
eggs, oysters and ham on
the bone to sugar mice,
Vimto lollies and pear
Address: 42 Brushfield Street, E1 6AG
Tel: 020 7247 2487
Open: Monday to Friday: 11am-8pm
Saturday: 11am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-6pm

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40 Bedales
Enjoy wonderful wines at
very affordable prices.
Friendly, knowledgeable
staff can help you choose a
wine to take home. If you
prefer, pay an additional
£5 (on top of the retail price) to drink your choice
at the bar. Delicious food also served.
Address: 12 Market Street, E1 6DT
Tel: 020 7375 1926
Open: Monday: 12pm-9pm
Tuesday to Friday: 12pm-9.30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm-7pm

41 Billingsgate Fish Market

London’s famous 900-
year old fish market is
open to the public and
features the widest choice
of fresh fish and seafood,
friendly market characters
and plenty of cockney
Address: Trafalgar Way, E14 5ST
Tel: 020 7987 1118
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 5am-8.30am

42 Brick Lane Beigel Bake

A 24 hour beigel bakery,
famous for late-night
munchies. It’s always
busy, but we promise it
will be worth it!

Address: 159 Brick Lane, E1 6SB

Tel: 020 7729 0616
Open: 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

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43 Fab Food Patisserie
A fabulous shop selling a wide range of appetising
celebration cakes, catering for every celebration
you could think of, from weddings and birthdays to
anniversaries and christenings. The pastries are
simply out of this world and the gâteau strictly
Address: 151 Gosset Street, E2 6NR
Tel: 020 7729 7272
Open: Monday to Saturday: 9am-5pm

44 Friends Organic Health Food

This completely vegetarian
health food store offers
wholefoods, fruit and
vegetables, bread, snacks,
and sandwiches. Natural,
herbal and homeopathic
remedies and
supplements, ecological
cleaning products and a
range of bodycare
products are also available,
as well as vegan, gluten-
free and fair trade goods.
The shop is associated with
the London Buddhist
Centre, nearby on Roman
Address: 83 Roman Road, E2 0QN
Tel: 020 8980 1843
Open: Monday to Friday: 10am-6.30pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm

45 Jones Dairy
Built in 1902, this is one of the original welsh dairy
shops that became a feature of almost every
London neighbourhood in the 1900s - they used to
keep live cows! Jones Dairy now specialises in

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farmhouse cheeses direct
from the producers and a
range of high-quality
breads, mostly organic,
plus teas, coffees and
other provisions. The cafe
serves beigels and
homemade croissants.
Breakfasts and light
lunches (including fresh
fish, home-made soups
etc) are served on Fridays
and Saturdays.
Address: 23 Ezra Street, E2 7RH
Tel: 020 7739 5372
Open: Shop: Friday & Saturday: 8am-1pm
Sunday: 9am-2pm
Café: Friday & Saturday: 9am-3pm
Sunday: 8am-3pm

46 Montezuma’s Chocolates
Montezuma’s offer a huge range of chocolate
products, all made in Sussex with an emphasis on
quality and fun. Innovative products, you can find
flavours such as chocolate with chilli, geranium and
paprika, as well as the more traditional peppermint
and coffee.

Address: 51 Brushfield Street, E1 6AA

Tel: 020 7539 9208
Open: Daily: 10am-6pm

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47 O&Co
“It is through Oliviers & Co that we share the taste,
recipes and flavours of the Mediterranean. In the
true spirit of hospitality and generosity I invite you
to discover and savour the authenticity of my
beloved homeland.” Olivier Baussan, founder of
O&Co. A fabulous collection of flavoured olive oils,
and Mediterranean specialities is sold at O&Co.

Address: 10 Market Street, E1 6DT

Tel: 020 7392 9134
Open: Daily: 10am-6.30pm

48 Patisserie Valerie
Café, french patisserie,
stunning ice cream
parlour, and first class
brasserie. All products are
made on site, with bakers
starting early to ensure
fresh cakes are available
daily. If you suddenly have
something new to
celebrate, call in before
4pm and they will find
you something special to
fit the occasion.
Address: 37 Brushfield Street, E1 6AA
Tel: 020 7247 4906
Open: Monday to Friday: 7.30am-8pm
Saturday: 9.30am-8pm
Sunday: 9.30am-7pm

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49 Premier Cakes
Wonderful celebration
cakes and gateaux created
on the premises to your
specifications. As well as
beautiful tiered traditional
wedding cakes and birthday cakes, past
commissions have included cakes in the shape of
cartoon characters, London cabs, bus passes, fairy
castles and space ships!
Address: 8 Market Way, E14 6AH
Tel: 020 7515 0052
Open: Monday to Friday: 9am-4pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm

50 Rinkoff Bakery
Visit the mouthwatering
Rinkoff Bakery - the last
remaining in the East End.
Established in 1911,
Rinkoff’s bake the most
delicious cheesecake,
apple strudel, sour dough
breads, rye bread,
beigels, muffins,
traditional Chola breads
and Jewish cakes, many of
which are made to traditional recipes. Their smoked
salmon comes highly recommended!
Address: 222 O’Leary Square,
Jubilee Street, E1 3BS
Tel: 020 7791 4909
Open: Monday to Friday: 8am-4pm
Sunday: 8am-2pm

Rinkoff Artisan Deli Bakery & Tea Shop:

Address: 79 Vallance Road, E1 5BS
Tel: 020 7247 6228
Open: Monday to Friday: 7.30am-5pm
Sunday: 7.30am-2pm

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51 Story Deli
Story Deli have the most delicious 100%
organically grown food. Their pizzas, salads, soups
in season, cakes and drinks all come highly
recommended. They also offer commercial catering
for film shoots, parties, weddings and schools.
Address: 3 Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery,
91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Tel: 020 7247 3137
Open: Every day including Christmas: 12pm to
late afternoon.

52 TeaSmith
A contemporary tea-house serving and selling some
of the world’s best teas. Silver Needle white tea,
Phoenix Supreme oolong and other exceptional
teas are prepared in full view at TeaSmith’s unique
tasting counter. A wide range of contemporary
Japanese and Chinese tea-ware is on sale.
Address: 6 Lamb Street, E1 6EA
Tel: 020 7247 1333
Open: Daily: 11am-6pm

Photo: Mariann Fercik

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53 Treacle
In the heart of the East End’s famous Columbia
Road flower market is the new nostalgia that is
Treacle. A welcome antidote to ubiquitous coffee-
shop chains, this is an unashamed celebration of
basic British baking. A homage to the gritty times of
the great British urban tea house, Treacle’s
signature cupcakes and their famous Builder’s Tea
are complemented by an impressive stock of
original ceramics from the British post-war era,
alongside some innovative contemporary brands.
Address: 110-112 Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Tel: 020 7729 5657
Open: Sunday: 9am-3pm. Cakes made to
order 7 days a week (48 hour notice

54 Verde & Co
Verde & Co is a beautiful picture postcard
neighbourhood grocery shop - a must for foodies!
Grab a coffee and sandwich whilst you choose from
the vast array of international fare including goods
from Italy and Japan, Pierre Marcolini chocolates,
fresh produce and stunning orchids.
Address: 40 Brushfield Street, E1 6AG
Tel: 020 7247 1924
Open: Monday to Friday: 8.30am-7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am-5pm

55 Zaman Brothers
A store to make life easy - offering rices, pulses and
halal quails at its meat counter, exotic Asian fruits
and vegetables, and an impressive fish cabinet with
over 30 different kinds of frozen tropical fish, such
as mahi and catfish.
Address: 17-19 Brick Lane, E1 6PU
Tel & Fax: 020 7247 1009
Open: Daily: 9am-9pm

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Visitors to London’s Eastside will discover a range

of furniture shops with cutting-edge designs to
suit all budgets. You’ll find a good selection of
antique, 20th century and contemporary
furniture, and soft furnishings and accessories by
local designers.

56 Alma Leather
For over 60 years, Alma has been
synonymous with the very best in
leather furniture and fittings. Their
brand new factory opens in
Whitechapel later in 2007 and will
showcase innovative interiors, hand-
crafted products and beautiful furniture. There will
also be a 4,000 sq ft retail area so you can choose a
piece of Alma for yourself!
Address: 12-14 Greatorex Street (Head office),
E1 5NF
Showroom at 8 Vigo St, W1
Tel: 020 7377 0762
Open: Monday to Friday: 9am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-4pm

57 Bahasa
Retailers of furnishing accessories. A unique
collection sourced and manufactured by Bahasa
and only available directly to the public through
Address: 114-116 Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Tel: 020 7613 1933
Open: Sunday: 9.30am-2.30pm

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58 Ben Southgate
Ben Southgate sells an
eclectic mix of
antiques and vintage
curiosities, from 19th
century French tables
and leather chairs to
polished metal
medical cabinets and
glazed bookcases. He
specialises in oak office
furniture and shop
Address: 4 The Courtyard, Ezra Street, E2 7RH,
Tel: 07905 960 792
Open: Sunday: 9am-2.30pm

59 Daniel Spring
Great bed ideas, including hand-made steel or
stainless steel beds of any size, specialising in larger
sizes. All beds are made to order with painted or
polished metal finishes.
Address: 158 Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Tel: 020 7923 3033
Open: Sunday: 10am-2.30pm

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60 Elemental
A range of hand-crafted furniture and selection of
antiques for today’s spaces. Individually sourced
from Europe, North Africa and beyond, and
restored by hand in Elemental’s workshop. Treat
yourself to something unique that will bring you
pleasure for years to come.

Address: 67 Brushfield Street, E1 6AA

Tel: 020 7247 7588
Open: Tuesday to Friday: 11am-6pm
Saturday: 12pm-6pm
Sunday: 9am-6pm

61 Far
An authentic and eclectic
mix of unique and exotic
artefacts, African tribal art,
Indian architectural
antiques and furniture. Far
offers an incredibly diverse
collection, sourced from
around the world.
Address: 124 Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Tel : 07931 151 663
Open: Sunday: 9am-4pm
and by appointment.

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62 In Spitalfields
Furniture and home accessories inspired by diverse
cultures, tastes and aspirations. A fusion of
traditional craftsmanship with simple, stylish

Address: 13a Lamb Street, E1 6AE

Tel : 020 7247 2477
Open: Monday to Sunday: 10am-6pm

63 Jimmie Martin
An award-winning furniture design duo, who
customise old furniture, adding hand-painted
images on top to create one-off pieces which
become pieces of art as well as furniture.
Address: 5a Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ
Tel : 020 7033 9507
Open: By appointment.

64 Ligne Roset City

Sleek modern furniture lines and home accessories
from past and present design ranges, all perfect for
everyday living, are displayed in Ligne Roset’s
spacious showroom. The store has an interior
design service and is located close to Aldgate East
tube station. Private parking is available on request.

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Address: 37-39 Commercial Road, E1 1LF
Tel: 020 7426 9670
Open: Monday to Saturday: 10am-6pm
Thursday: 10am-7pm
Sunday: 12pm-5pm

65 Little Book of Furniture

Little Book of Furniture designs sofas and armchairs
hand-built in London. The firm has an eco-friendly
attitude and saves 1500 trees a month from loggers
in the Amazon! They also stock a range of natural
fabrics and leathers hand-dyed with vegetable
Address: 107a Commercial Street, E1 6BG
Tel: 020 7247 4445
Open: Monday to Thursday: 10am-6pm
Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: 10am-6pm

66 SCP
SCP’s flagship store in Curtain Road, Shoreditch, is
one of the largest outlets for contemporary design
in Britain. It sells a carefully selected range of
furniture, lighting, kitchenware, rugs, books and
accessories by some of the most famous design
names and brands.
Address: 135-139 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BX
Tel: 020 7739 1869
Open: Monday to Saturday: 9.30am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

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67 Squint
Squint is a furniture and design company which
offers reworked antiques as well as contemporary
design. Stock includes sofas, chairs, mirrors and
lighting – design styles feature bright patchworks,
plaids and floral themes. A bespoke upholstery
service is also available.
Address: 3 Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ
Tel: 020 7739 9275
Open: Monday to Friday: 11am-6pm
Saturday: by appointment
Sunday: 12pm-5pm

68 Unto This Last

Go and watch your next
dining table being cut out
on a state of the art
machine, at the back of
the shop. Thanks to this
new technology, Unto
This Last can make
furniture to size, within a
few weeks, at mass production prices. Round table
£95, lampshades from £15 and CD racks from £35.
Delivery service available.
Address: 230 Brick Lane, E2
Tel: 020 7613 0882
Open: Sunday to Friday: 10am-6pm

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The vibrant ‘must see’ WAWA Showroom features a
constantly expanding selection of quality interior
products including lighting, lampshades, custom
rugs, leather travel and handbags, tableware and
cushions, all by small British designers. At the heart
of WAWA is a striking collection of bespoke
contemporary sofas and seating by Richard Ward.
Address: 3 Ezra Street, E2 7RH
Tel: 020 7729 6768
Open: Sunday: 10am-2.30pm
Weekdays by appointment.

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For the green-fingered among you there is

everything you could possibly need, from
pot holders, storm lights, plaques, sculpture, urns,
fountains and terrazzo to gardeners’ hand care

70 Columbia Pottery
Transform your
balcony, terrace,
home and
garden. The
materials and
finishes reflect
both traditional
garden design. A
wide range of colours and sizes is available at
reasonable prices to suit all requirements. There is
handy parking nearby and a trolley service is
available to help move heavier items to your car.
Address: 132 Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Tel: 07960 809 933
Open: Sunday: 9am-3pm

71 Open House
Open House is the perfect place to find individual
gifts and furniture, both vintage and new. You’ll
find dressers, scrubbed tables, chapel chairs,
dressing tables, craftsman-made wooden trugs,
wardrobes, mirrors and chests of drawers. They are
stockists for Garden Trading, Rosanna, Art meets
Matter and Savon de Marseilles.

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Address: 152 Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Tel: 01702 557 529 or 07979 851 593
Open: Sunday: 7am-3.30pm

72 The Red Mud Hut

A pot hunter’s paradise, The Red Mud Hut sells pots
and urns in every size and shape you could dream
of. Noted for its beautiful Ali Baba urns, terrazzo
and galvanised containers, The Red Mud Hut also
sells some very pretty Chinese interior furniture.

Address: 92 Columbia Road, E2 7QB

Tel: 020 7613 4811 or 07831 719 938
Open: Sunday: 8am-3.30pm
Weekdays by appointment.

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Gifts, gadgets and

With so many quirky stores to choose from, the East

End is the perfect place to find an unusual gift for
someone special, a gadget to make life easier or a
new addition to a treasured collection. From lamps
in the shape of corsets and vintage tea sets to kitsch
decorations, cufflinks and one-offs from local
designers, the choice is yours!

73 Evolution Gifts
This ethical trading shop
owned by a Buddhist
charity offers a wide range
of constantly changing,
funky, ethnic and original
gifts, homeware and much
more! Over three-quarters
of their goods are bought
direct from developing
countries and small
suppliers who Evolution
work with on projects
where they need support.
Address: 59-61 Roman Road, E2 0QN
Tel: 020 8981 7219
Open: Monday to Saturday: 10.30am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm

74 Idonia Van der Bijl

A wide range of gifts, vases, cards, mugs, jewellery,
scarves and lots, lots more….
Address: 122 Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Tel: 020 7729 7976
Open: Sunday: 9am-2.30pm

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75 Marcos + Trump
A vintage emporium, selling fashions
ranging from the 1930s to the 1960s,
beautiful vintage tea sets and gorgeous
glassware. Stock also includes bespoke
shaped lampshades, perfect for the
boudoir, and beautiful underwear - all
hand-made and exclusive. Marcos and
Trump is happy to hire out clothes and welcomes
those who have pieces to sell.
Address: 146 Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Tel: 020 7739 9008/07956 465 126
(Sundays only)
Open: Sunday: 9am-2.30pm or by

76 Nelly Duff
A friendly little screen-print store in the heart of
London’s East End, where every inch of available
wall space is lovingly used for a permanently
rotating collection of urban art, illustration, graffiti
and design.
Address: 156 Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Tel: 07984 690 339
Open: Saturday: 2pm-6pm
Sunday: 9am-3pm

77 Queens
Designer decorations for the discerning individual.
Camp kitsch, over-the-top gifts and fun ideas for
the man or woman who has everything. You can
find fluffy, glitzy Christmas decorations, so if you
think you have it all, step into Queens and discover
a whole new world!
Address: Shop 111B, Commercial Street, E1 6BG
Tel: 020 7426 0017
Open: Tuesday to Friday: 11.30am-6pm
Saturday: 12pm-5pm
Sunday: 10am-6pm

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78 Shelf
‘Purveyors of noted gifts and finery’, Shelf sells
works by local artists, ceramics, and stationery. You
can personalise one of their wooden ‘matrioshka’
doll sets by painting it yourself! Shelf also stocks
reproduction plaster and resin lettering, based on
signage and titles used in Hollywood films from the
1930s to the 1950s – see the website for full details.

Address: 40 Cheshire Street, E2 6EH

Tel: 020 7739 9444
Open: Friday & Saturday: 1pm-6pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm

79 The Studio
Hassan Hajjaj creates limited edition canvases and
photographic pieces by blending street-level
graphic art with intriguing images of North Africa,
to give a vivid contemporary insight into everyday
life in the medina. Other stock includes clothing,
traditional ‘babouche’ slippers, and beautifully
coloured lamps and ornaments.
Address: 30-32 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP
Tel: 020 7729 7349
Open: Thursday to Sunday: 12pm-6pm

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Homes & design

Shop in East London, and you’ll find inspiration at

every turn. Many of the shops and markets feature
up-and-coming designers so you’re bound to find
something stylish and unusual to take home.
Whether you are looking for classic or
contemporary, innovative or traditional, glasswear,
tablewear or soft furnishings, you’ll be spoilt for

80 Annie Sherburne Designs

Hand-tufted rugs,
ecological textiles,
organic, recycled and
natural dyed yarns,
mosaic and patinated
metal jewellery,
handbags and lighting.
Most items are made in
London by Annie and
Mark. Other UK
designers also feature.
Address: 126 Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Tel: 020 7922 1112
Open: Sunday: 9.30am-2.30pm

81 Bohemia
Bohemia specialise in 20th century furniture,
lighting and accessories. Iconic designs are mixed
with a unique collection of antiques to create an
inspirational and anarchic fusion. Stock usually
includes rosewood from Scandinavia, vintage glass
and lighting from Italy and French antiques, as well
as classic British design.

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Address: 55 Brushfield Street, E1 6AA
Tel : 020 7375 3283
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm-5pm
Sunday: 10am-6pm

82 Caravan
From beautifully knitted
toys for cats to singing
birds, Caravan offers a
wide range of unusual
and eclectic pieces. An
Indian four-poster bed sits
amongst vintage
dressmakers’ dummies
and stacks of vintage floral fabric-covered suitcases.
The shop is lit by black chandeliers and hanging
lamps in the shape of over-sized lightbulbs.
Address: 11 Lamb Street, E1 6EA
Tel: 020 7247 6467
Open: Tuesday to Friday: 11am-6pm
Saturday: 1pm-5pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

83 Columbia Road Gallery

Columbia Road Gallery is predominantly made up
of young Cornish artists bringing the calmness of
Cornwall to East London. This is interspersed with
work by local artists.

Address: 7 The Courtyard, Ezra Street, E2 7RH

Tel: 07812 196 257
Open: Sunday: 9am-2.30pm

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84 Eightsq
Eightsq is a unique
interiors and accessory
shop whose owners
painstakingly go in search
of the unusual and
beautiful. They have a
range of custom-made
and hand-crafted sofas,
chairs, antique Chinese
armoires, butterfly
cabinets, hand-painted
leather dowry trunks,
original artwork, hand-
blown glass lamps, and
beautiful capiz shell lights
and chandeliers.
Address: 8 Market Street, E1 6DT
Tel: 020 7375 0060
Open: Monday to Friday: 10:30am-6.30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am-5.30pm

85 Ella Doran
Part showroom and part studio, this is Ella Doran’s
first retail outlet, where customers can speak
directly to Ella about commissions and sometimes
pick up some exclusive pieces. Ella’s famous
photographic images are available through her
entire home accessory collection – wallpaper,
made-to-measure blinds, cushions, purses, bags
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in a variety of striking ranges. The meadow
picnicware design is available on beakers, plates
and a limited edition tote bag.
Address: 46 Cheshire Street, E2 6EH
Tel: 020 7613 0782
Open: Monday: by appointment
Tuesday to Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 12pm-5pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

86 Fabrics and Interiors

Tucked away in a courtyard selling quality fabrics,
interior furnishings and furniture, silk and beaded
cushions, scarves and bedspreads. Unique for its
range of curtain and upholstery fabrics at
unbeatable prices.
Address: The Courtyard, Columbia Road, E2
Open: Sunday: 9am-2pm

87 Handles With Care

Door knobs to dazzle and delight!
Address: 73 Brushfield Street, E1 6AA
Tel: 08456 123 480
Open: Monday to Friday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: 10am-3pm

88 Helen Rawlinson
Her successful lighting collection
is an exciting mix of affordable
table lamps and shades. All her
patterns are hand screen-printed
with machine stitch detail.
Address: WAWA Showroom, 3 Ezra Street, E2 7RH
Tel: 020 7729 6768
Open: Sunday: 10am-2.30pm.
Weekdays by appointment.

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89 Labour and Wait
The ambience of a traditional general store packed
with practical high quality goods, Labour and Wait
sells everyday objects made beautiful. From brooms
and vintage watering cans to clothing and
tableware, it offers a refreshingly simple and honest
approach to design.
Address: 18 Cheshire Street, E2 6EH
Tel: 020 7729 6253
Open: Saturday: 1pm-5pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm
Friday: by appointment

90 Luna and Curious

Luna and Curious,
created and nurtured
by the collective mind
of its eight founders,
presents a range of
unique, beautiful,
exquisitely finished
objects and clothing.
Be very curious…
Address: 198 Brick Lane, E1 6SA
Tel: 020 7033 4411
Open: Thursday to Sunday: 12pm-6pm

91 Mar Mar Co.

Mar Mar Co. sells a
range of
design products
which includes
everyday goods for
the home, wall
stickers, lighting,
tableware, childrens’
toys, baby clothing
and a limited range
of fashion items.

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Address: 16 Cheshire Street, E2 6EH
Tel: 020 7729 1494
Open: Monday to Friday: by appointment
Saturday: 1pm-5pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

92 Milagros
Milagros work with independent makers and small
workshops. All their products are sourced from
Mexico - ceramic wall tiles, mouth blown glass,
hand woven bags, oil-cloth flower and fruit bags,
wood carvings, ceramic pots, niches, silver, amber,
talavera and dichroic jewellery and mirrors.

Address: 53 Columbia Road, E2 7RG

Tel: 020 7613 0876
Open: Sunday: 9am-3pm or by appointment.

93 Noodle
Beautiful digitally-painted lampshades and cushions
are displayed for sale by Noodle at the vibrant
WAWA showroom. Contemporary patterns inspired
by flowers and foliage from the nearby flower
market and treescapes from the British landscape
create innovative, unique products that will look
amazing in your home.
Address: WAWA Showroom, 3 Ezra Street, E2 7RH
Tel: 020 7729 6768
Open: Sunday: 10am-2.30pm
Weekdays: by appointment.

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94 Onedeko
A truly amazing home interiors design shop, selling
all types of lounge and dining furnishings and
accessories. The accent is on fresh new design -
products are sourced from local designers and from
outside the UK. They really are worth a look.

Address: 111-113 Commercial Street, E1 6BE

Tel: 020 7375 3289
Open: Monday to Friday: 10.30am-6pm
Saturday: 12pm-5pm
Sunday: 10.30am-5.30pm

95 Pot Luck
Specialists in famous name ‘blanks’ in bone china,
porcelain and hotel ware. Pot Luck also stocks pure
wool, natural white Flokati rugs - great as throws or
bed covers - and a range of ceramic flower pots and
glassed vases.

Address: 84 Columbia Road, E2 7QB

Tel: 020 7722 6892
Open: Sunday: 8am-3pm and by appointment.

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96 Russell Callow
For truly unique clocks
you must see Russell’s
collection. The clocks
are all period pieces,
each one painstakingly
restored by hand.
Russell specialises in
20th century industrial,
traditional and other
quirky clocks. All are in
full working order and
come fully guaranteed.
Address: 7 Sunbury Workshops, Swanfield Street,
E2 7LF
Tel: 020 7729 1211
Open: 7 days a week - by appointment only.

97 Smudge Gallery
Smudge Gallery is a photographic gallery
specialising in urban art. Choose from their
interesting, unusual, thought-provoking and often
amusing pieces and find something just perfect to
brighten up your living space.

Address: 117 Commercial Street, E1 6BG

Tel: 020 7247 9004
Open: Monday to Friday & Sunday:
Saturday: 11am-6pm

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98 Source
Source is a lifestyle boutique brimming with ideas.
With an eclectic mix of products, it’s a great place
for buying presents. Source stock embellished
mirrors, chandeliers, fairy lights, glamorous
mirrored dressing tables, clothing, fashion
accessories, fabulous purses and beautiful jewellery.
They also offer a gift wrapping service and stunning
cards, making it a ‘one-stop shop’. Source is
unashamedly ‘girly’ and offers fun products to
reflect this.
Address: 6 Market Street, London E1
Tel: 020 7377 6382
Open: Monday to Friday: 10.30am-6pm
Saturday: 11am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

99 Two Columbia Road

A gallery specialising in contemporary artworks,
European and American modern design,
retrospective furniture, objects and popular culture
pieces, all designed and produced in the last half of
the twentieth century. Designers include Charles
Eames, Ame Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, Verner Panton,
Ernest Race, Robin Day, Patrick Caulfield, Joe Tilson,
Nan Ditzel, Niels Moller, and Joe Columbo.
Address: 2 Columbia Road, E2 7NN
Tel: 020 7729 9933
Open: Tuesday to Friday: 12pm-7pm
Saturday: 12pm-6pm
Sunday: 10am-3pm

100 Vintage Heaven

Fabulous vintage shop
stocking lots of mid-century
glass, china, fabulous tea-sets
and pictures. Loads of
gorgeous vintage fabric and
small pieces of furniture.

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Address: 148 Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Tel: 01277 215 968
Open: Sunday: 8.30am-3.30pm
Weekdays: by appointment.

101  Vitamin
Whether it’s free-standing lamps that double as
carpet sweepers, vases with integrated ashtrays or
table lights which keep your cup of tea warm,
Vitamin produces extra-ordinary products that
make their owners’ lives a little less ordinary.
Address: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane,
E1 6QL
Tel: 020 7053 2136
Please note: Online store only.

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London’s Eastside plays host to some of today’s

most creative and innovative jewellers. Visit their
studios to view their stunning ranges up close.
Several offer bespoke services, so why not
commission something unique and special – treat
yourself or the one you love!

102 @Work
@Work Gallery has built up a
reputation as being one of the best
contemporary jewellery outlets in
London. From their unique gallery
in the East End’s funky Brick Lane,
they stock pieces by over 80 of the
best UK and international designers. Ranges vary
from silver and semi-precious stones to recycled
bottle cap and textile jewellery. There is an on-site
workshop for alterations and repairs – you can also
see the designers at work. Check out their
jewellery-making courses (Pimlico branch) on the
Address: 156 Brick Lane, E1 6RU
Tel: 020 7377 0597
Open: Monday to Saturday: 11am-6pm
Sundays: 10.30am-5.30pm

103 Ben Day

Ben Day’s exquisite shop
and studio is set among
the Huguenot houses of
London’s Spitalfields. His
passion for coloured gems
has led him to source and
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jewels from which he draws his inspiration. The
collections are truly one of a kind, whether in the
gem colours or the fact that no two stones are ever
the same. Ben’s vibrant gem collections are only
available from this, his own shop.
Address: 18 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR
Tel: 020 7247 9977
Open: Tuesday to Friday: 11am-6pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am-5pm

104 Dower & Hall

Dower & Hall offer a
gorgeous mix of silver
and gold jewellery
treasures designed
exclusively by husband
and wife team Dan
Dower and Diane Hall.
Admired by the style-conscious shopper and
jewellery devotee alike, they also offer a bespoke
Address: 39 Brushfield Street, E1 6AA
Tel: 020 7377 5544
Open: Monday to Friday: 10.30am-6.15pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am-5pm

105 Glitterati
A fabulous collection of
vintage costume jewellery,
including a fine selection of
pieces by Miriam Haskell
and other noted designers.
Also specialists in vintage
cufflinks - a huge choice
from early 19th century
examples to 1970s excess.
Other stock includes vintage bags, scarves and hats.
Address: Upstairs, 146, Columbia Road, E2
Open: Sunday: 9am-3pm

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106 Samantha Salmons
Sam combines precious metals,
gorgeous gem stones and
fantastic diamonds to make
irresistable jewellery. Specialising
in bespoke commissions for all
celebrations, Sam often redesigns
clients’ family heirlooms for contemporary tastes.
Work directly with the designer to create
something really special.
Address: 207 Falcon Works, 8 Copperfield Road,
E3 4RT
Tel: 07768 867 883
Open: By appointment only.

107 Tatty Devine

Tatty Devine’s inventive
designs look more like art
than jewellery. Browse
among dinosaur
necklaces made from 70
perspex ‘bones’, a
fairytale horse and
carriage made from a
mirror, hand-carved
wooden animal brooches,
personalised name
necklaces and much more. You’ll also find creations
from like-minded artists and designers - fashion,
craft and art meet on the shelves.
Address: 236 Brick Lane, E2 7EB
Tel: 020 7739 9191
Open: Daily: 11am-6pm

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You’re never too old for fun and games! You’ll

find a great selection of both in London’s Eastside
– traditional wooden toys, funky t-shirts, designer
ranges, hand-crafted Venetian masks, fancy dress
costumes, beautiful childrenswear and toys for kids
of all ages.

108 Bob and Blossom

A charming collection of clothing and gifts for
babies and small children. They stock their own
range of printed t-shirts, sleepsuits and hats
alongside a nostalgic mix of toys and treats for 0-6
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Address: 140 Columbia Road, E2 7RG

Tel: 020 7739 4737
Open: Sunday: 9am-3pm

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109 Jakss Childrenswear
Designer childrenswear for babies to teens. Jakss
has been trading for over 30 years - Burberry, Dolce
and Gabbana, Diesel, Ralph Lauren, and DKNY are
just some of the well-known names they stock.
Address: 463 & 469 Roman Road, E3
Tel: 020 8981 2233/9454
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 10am-5.30pm

110 Wood ‘n’ Things

A unique shop that offers an impressive array of
children’s toys and a fantasy world of fun. The
hand-crafted Venetian masks are simply beautiful –
ideal for a special occasion. They also stock a wide
range of fancy dress for adults and children, Betty
Boop figurines, collectable tin toys, children’s
furniture and traditional wooden toys. Mail order
and local delivery available.
Address: 57 Brushfield Street, E1 6AA
Tel: 020 7247 6275
Open: Monday to Saturday: 11am-7pm
Sunday: 10am-6pm

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The East End rocks! East London is now home to

lots of record stores swaying to the rhythms
of all genres on new and used vinyl and cds. If you
want to make music yourself, choose a vintage/new
banjo or ukulele from Duke of Uke and arrange
some lessons whilst you’re there!

111 Beats Workin’

Beats Workin’ Records has
rapidly established itself as East
London’s leading record store
for new and used vinyl & cds. From soul, jazz, funk
and reggae to 60s psychedelia, rock, folk, blues and
more, Beats Workin’ have thousands of LPs, CDs,
12” and 7” singles. They also buy and trade.
Address: 93-95 Sclater Street, E1 6HR
Tel: 020 7729 8249
Open: Tuesday to Sunday: 11.30am-7.30pm

112 Duke of Uke

London’s own super-chic ukulele and banjo
emporium, showcasing a weird and wonderful
range of new and vintage instruments. You’ll also
find sheet music, guitars, mandolins, amps, pedals,
horn and harmonicas. Duke of Uke offers ukulele
and banjo tuition and also has its own recording
and rehearsal studio. Ukes start at £20. Gift
vouchers are available.
Address: 22 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR
Tel: 020 7247 7924
Open: Tuesday to Sunday: 12pm-7pm

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113 Nudge Records
All genres of collectors’ records available, plus
bargain basement.
Address: 20 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR
Tel: 020 7655 4823/07900 873179
Open: Daily: 11am-7pm

114 Rough Trade East

Rough Trade East comprises a record store, coffee
shop, permanent live stage and snug area with free
WiFi. Their stock is described as ‘indie heaven’, and
covers all genres, from reggae, soul and funk,
through to metal, and all points in between.
Address: Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, 91
Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Tel: 020 7392 7788
Open: Monday to Thursday: 8.00am-10.00pm
Friday & Saturday: 8.00am-8.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am-7pm

115 Unit 1
Unit 1 supply a variety of
music including Upfront
Electro, Minimal, Techno,
House, Neu Noise and
Disco, as well as second-
hand vinyl, books, CDs, t-
shirts and stuff...
Address: 1 Cheshire Street, Brick Lane, E2 6ED
Tel: 020 7613 5604
Open: Daily: 12pm-7.30pm

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If you love the outdoors, you’ll find everything you

need for mountaineering, cycling, kayaking, surfing
and more. If you’re lured by the magic of the
oceans you’ll find a great range of diving
equipment and you can even book some tuition!
The adventure starts here…

116 Brick Lane Bikes

A fantastic bicycle sale
and repair shop, selling
new and second-hand
cycles and offering a fast
repair service. Brick Lane
Bikes specialise in track
bikes and fixed wheels.
They also build track bikes
to their customers’
specific needs.
Address: 118 Bethnal Green Road, E2 6DG
Tel: 020 7033 9053
Open: Monday to Friday: 9am-7pm
Saturday: 11am-7pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm

117 Cotswold Outdoors

You’ll find something here for
every outdoor enthusiast.
Climbing, trekking, kayaking,
mountaineering or travel, this
shop has the clothes, equipment
and books to cover it all. They
stock everything from clothing
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Tel: 020 7655 4660
Open: Monday to Friday: 10am-7pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm

118 LCB Surf Store

Check out LCB Surf’s first store! This company,
renowned for hand-crafted, groundbreaking
boards, now offers a one-stop shop in the heart of
East London, for all your surf equipment and
clothing. Grab some fair trade coffee whilst you’re
Address: 121 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG
Tel: 020 7739 3839
Open: Monday to Friday: 10am-7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-7pm

119 Timuna Sea

Timuna Sea is Canary
Wharf’s local scuba diving
centre, based in Cannon
Workshops on the edge of
West India Quay. The Dive
Centre was established in November 2003 and is a
PADI 5-Star centre offering a full range of services
including equipment sales, tuition, servicing, trips
and air/nitrox fills.
Address: 121 Cannon Workshops, Cannon Drive,
E14 4AS
Tel: 020 7719 9444
Open: Monday to Thursday: 11am-7pm
Friday: 11am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Closed public holidays and bank holiday

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Specialist stores

Whilst all the stores in the Quirky Shopping Guide

are arguably ‘specialist’, those in this section go a
step further. They’re as diverse as the culture which
surrounds them and you can pick up anything from
a piranha, a wig or a bicycle to haberdashery,
perfume and art materials.

120 4D modelshop
With over 5,500 model-making materials, tools and
accessories as well as bespoke acid etching, resin
and metal casting and custom-made dry transfers
on offer, 4D modelshop is an ‘Aladdin’s cave’ for
anyone interested in 2D and 3D design.

Address: The Arches, 120 Leman Street, E1 8EU

Tel: 020 7264 1288
Open: Monday to Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 9.30am-6pm

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121 Angela Flanders Perfumes
Established in 1985, Angela Flanders’ perfumery is a
fragrant gem in the heart of the famous Columbia
Road Flower Market. This unique store is a
destination for those ‘in the know’ who appreciate
individual and exclusive fragrances - only available
here or at Precious (16 Artillery Row, E1). Recent
additions to the extensive collection include Rose
Sauvage and Figue Noire, which was nominated for
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Address: 96 Columbia Road, E2 7QB

Tel: 020 7739 7555
Open: Sunday: 9am-3pm

122 Atlantis Art Materials

Britain’s largest art store
and one of the biggest in
Europe. A treasure trove of
oil and acrylic paints,
watercolours, canvas,
paper, small and large
easels. Thousands of
brushes from 15p to £900,
and lots of half-price deals
and bargains. A coffee bar area has just been added
in the store. Car parking is available.
Address: 7-9 Plumber’s Row, E1 1EQ
Tel: 020 7377 8855
Open: Monday to Saturday: 9am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

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123 Find
Find aims to satisfy the design industry’s demands
for new and interesting materials. Housed within
4D modelshop, Find offers rigid and flexible sheet
materials, fabrics, cords, links, and cables. Please
note that the vast array and limited availability
means that Find is only accessible to personal
Address: The Arches, 120 Leman Street, E1 8EU
Tel: 020 7264 1288
Open: Monday to Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 9.30am-6pm

124 Fothergill
Sumptuous handmade leather bags, briefcases and
accessories in fantastic jewel-coloured leathers and
suedes. Commissions undertaken.

Address: WAWA, 3 Ezra Street, E2 7RH

Tel: 01588 640908
Open: Sunday: 11am-2pm
Weekdays by appointment.

125 Hamar Acrylic Fabrication

Perspex stockists and fabricators specialising in lazer
cutting, vinyl lettering and engraving.
Address: 238-240 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AA
Tel: 020 7739 2907
Open: Monday to Friday: 8am-5pm

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126 John Lester - wigmakers and
hair design centre
Professional and specialist service providing a wide
range of wigs and hairpieces for all types of needs.
This store was established over 45 years ago and
their hair stylists are experts with colour and design.
Mail order service available.
Address: 32 Globe Road, E1 4DU
Tel: 020 7790 2278
Open: Tuesday to Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 9am-5.30pm

127  La Femme Fatale Ltd

An online lingerie and loungewear boutique selling
brands such as Fleur T, Beau Bra, Charnos, and
Princesse Tam Tam. La Femme Fatale specialises in
bridal and designer lingerie and offers professional
fitting advice.
Address: London E14
Tel: 020 7537 0581
Open: Online orders taken 24 hours a day.
Telephone service available
8.30am-6pm, seven days a week.
Please note: Online store only.

128 London Buddhist Centre

Meditation is used by
buddhists to develop
a calm and relaxed
mind, greater
emotional positivity
and a broader self-
awareness. The
London Buddhist
Centre teaches
meditation and
buddhism and
everyone is welcome
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drop-in classes, courses and retreats. The Centre’s
aim is ‘to help others and change ourselves.’
Address: 51 Roman Road, E2 0HU
Tel: 020 8981 1225
Open: Monday to Friday: 10am-5pm

129 Mary’s
Mary’s stock a magical
selection of haberdashery –
a real find in the heart of
Poplar. Frequented by
designers looking for
unusual trimmings, a good
choice of ribbons and lace
in a rainbow of colours are
sold by the metre. You’ll
also find an astonishing
choice of modern,
traditional, vintage and
quirky buttons!
Address: Unit 21, Market Square, Chrisp Street,
Poplar E14 6AH
Open: Monday to Friday: 9am-4pm
Saturday: 9am-4.30pm

130 Massage Table Store

Offering a wide range of therapy equipment and
the opportunity for buyers to compare different
types of massage tables from a variety of
manufacturers all under one roof.
Address: Unit P9/P11, Bow Wharf, Grove Road,
E3 5SN
Tel: 020 8983 9800
Open: By appointment only.

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131 Milligan Street Dry Cleaners
For all of those who dream of the laundry ‘getting
itself done’, here is what you have been waiting for!
This dry cleaning and laundry service specialises in a
pick-up and delivery service from your home or
Address: 112 Milligan Street, E14 8AS
Tel: 0800 027 8585
Open: Monday to Friday: 7.30am-6pm
Wednesday: 7.30am-5pm

132 Poetry in Wood

This social enterprise is a training and employment
project for adults with learning disabilities.
Employees all attend Poetry in Wood’s accredited
woodwork course. Poetry in Wood works on
commissions from the public, creating anything in
wood, from fridge magnets to make-overs. Mosaic
tables and signage are also made. You can visit the
workshop and commission an item.
Address: Montefiore Centre, Hanbury Street,
E1 5HZ
Tel: 020 7375 3933
Open: By appointment
Monday to Friday: 10am-5pm

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133 Sew Amazing Ltd
This family business, established in 1947, sells both
domestic and industrial sewing machines at
competitive prices. They offer spares and servicing
to all leading makes, and a recycling programme
enables them to repair machines even 100 years
old. A sharpening service is available for scissors,
shears and hover mower blades. Haberdashery,
craft and hobby products, and beads are also on
Address: 80 St. Stephens Road, E3 5JL
Tel: 020 8980 8898
Open: Monday to Friday: 10am-4.30pm
Saturday: 9am-5pm


This London-based gallery presents year-round
exhibitions by established artists alongside the most
exciting up-and-coming talent - from home-grown
artists to international names. StART SPACE is
committed to the professional development of its
artists, and offers a strong level of curatoral,
administrative and practical support to them as well
as to their collectors.

Address: 150 Columbia Road, E2 7RG

Tel: 020 7729 0522
Open: Thursday to Saturday: 12pm-6pm
Sunday: 10am-2pm

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135 Story
A calm, zen-like oasis
tucked away behind
Christ Church,
Spitalfields, Story
offers an eclectic mix
of old and new. With
art, textiles and
furniture, clothing,
jewellery, incense,
aromatherapy oils, a
little nature and some
junk, this shop is sure
to fascinate you!
Address: 4 Wilkes Street, E1 6QF
Tel: 020 7377 0313
Open: Monday to Saturday: by appointment
Sunday: 1pm-5pm

136 The Good Yarn Stall

The Good Yarn Stall, found at Spitalfields Market
every Sunday, sells a variety of unusual and special
yarns including silk, alpaca, wool and cotton,
sourced from around the world. Knitting lessons are
provided and beginners are welcome.
Address: Spitalfields Market, Lamb Street, E1
Tel: 07792 267932
Open: Sunday: 10am-5pm

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137 The Scooter Emporium
You’ll find scooters dating
from 1959 to the new
Vespa models at this
Vespa and Lambretta
motor scooter specialist.
They also stock a full
range of chrome
accessories, helmets and
gloves and can supply
Davida hand-made
helmets and goggles. Full
workshop facilities and
spares are also available.
Address: 10 Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery,
91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Tel: 020 7375 2277
Open: Monday to Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 10.30am-5pm

138 Urban Species

Urban Species focus on exclusive high fashion
garments and contemporary art. Licensees of
Marvel, the company that created famous
characters such as Spider-Man, the X-Men, and
Iron Man, Urban Species create limited edition and
one-off Marvel-inspired clothing and artwork.
They also offer screen printing, hi-tech transfer
printing or hand-painted clothing, manufacturing
clothing, and hand-painted and printed artwork.
Address: 14 Cheshire Street, E2 6EH
Tel: 020 7729 7733
Open: Monday to Saturday: 11am-7pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm

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139 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
Founded in 1570, the
Foundry has seen many
famous bells cast at its
site, including Big Ben,
the American Liberty Bell
and, most recently, the
bell presented to Trinity
Church in New York to
commemorate the events
of 11 September 2001.
There is a small museum on the premises and
handbell sheet music is on sale. The Foundry also
undertakes renovations and refurbishments and
runs a tour every Saturday - booking essential.
Address: 32 Whitechapel Road, E1 1DY
Tel: 020 7247 2599
Open: Monday to Friday: 9am-4.15pm

140 Wholesale Tropicals

This shop has a large selection of exotic, tropical,
coldwater and pondfish, including some rarities. A
wide variety of plants and accessories is also
available and special offers can be had on full
aquarium set-ups, pumps and filters.
Address: 220 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AA
Tel: 020 7739 5356
Open: Weekdays & Saturday: 10.30am-6pm
Thursday: 10.30am-2pm
Sunday: 9.30am-1.30pm

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Treatments, therapies
& beauty

If you’re all ‘shopped out’, you’ll welcome the

chance to give yourself a pampering treat! An array
of hair, body and beauty establishments await you,
offering everything from acupuncture, massage,
reflexology and herbal and aromatherapy products
to pilates and yoga classes. So ensure you take time
out to relax and be pampered in style!

141 Hair and Jerome

This newborn salon is
the continuity of
Jerome Hillion’s
outstanding award-
winning collection
which made him the
British Avant-Garde
Hairdresser 2005. Past,
present and future
meet here to create an
inventive sophisticated
tailor-made service. For
breathtaking results,
experience their free
consultation and in-
salon treatment.
Address: 5 Artillery Passage, E1 7LJ
Tel: 020 7375 0044
Open: Monday to Friday: 10am-9pm
Saturday: 9am-6pm

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142 Herbal Linea
For a complete sensory
delight, step into this cozy
little shop, where you’ll
discover a range of award-
winning hand-made herbal
and aromatherapy
products, along with
wonderful gifts, herbal teas and natural organic
loose incense. Located on the corner of Bethnal
Green Road and Brick Lane, close to Columbia Road
Flower Market.
Address: 167 Brick Lane, E2 7EE
Tel: 020 7729 4499
Open: Sunday: 10am-5.30pm or by

143 Pimps & Pinups

A boutique hairdressing salon in the heart of East
London, providing a phenomenal experience and
exceptional service in a relaxed glamorous

Address: 14 Lamb Street, E1 6EA

Tel: 020 7426 2121
Open: Monday to Wednesday & Friday: 10am-
Thursday: 10am-8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am-6pm

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144 Spa LONDON
Located in the heart of London’s East End, Spa
LONDON offers traditional thermal spa and Turkish
baths, as well as massage, facials, body scrubs and
beauty services. Set in the stunning 1929 York Hall
& Baths, the spa reopened in 2007 after a major
restoration programme. A 3-hour session in the spa
currently costs £20 - £15 to Tower Hamlets
residents, with photo id and proof of address such
as council tax or utilities bill. Treatment costs vary -
for full details please see the website. The complex
also includes a pool, function room, gym and

Address: York Hall Leisure Centre, Old Ford Road,

E2 9PJ
Tel (treatments): 020 8709 5845
Spa: Monday & Thursday: 11am-9.30pm
(male only)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am-
9.30pm (female only)
Saturday: 9am-7.30pm (female only)
Sunday: 9am-7.30pm (mixed)
Treatments: 10am-9pm daily, by appointment.

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145 South Molton Drugstore
Discounted cosmetic store selling branded and
unbranded products at fabulous prices - many at
half price. Products include Dior, Clarins, Benefit,
Revlon and Bourjois. A large selection of hair, nail
and make-up accessories is also on offer, and a mail
order service is available.
Address: 583 Roman Road, E3 5EL
Tel: 020 8981 5040
Open: Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 10am-
Tuesday & Thursday: 9.30am-5.30pm
Saturday: 9.30am-6pm

146 TaylorTaylor London

TaylorTaylor London
ensures that every
client is as important
as the next, in a facility
that combines hair and
beauty within a
luxurious boudoir style
Address: 137 Commercial Street, E1 6BJ
12 Cheshire Street, E2 6EH
Tel: 020 7377 2737
Open: Monday to Wednesday: 10am-8pm
Thursday: 10am-9pm
Friday: 10am-7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-6pm

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147 The Energy Clinic
Sleek and funky urban spa
which combines a Feng
Shui environment of
themed rooms with
signature treatments such
as melt away massages,
energising facials and
luxurious rejuvenation
experiences. Feel great,
live well.
Address: 132 Commercial Street, E1 6NG
Tel: 020 7650 0718
Open: By appointment

148 The Quiet Space

A complementary health
and yoga centre, just one
minute’s walk from West
India Quay, offering pre-
and post-natal, shadow,
anusara, and iyengar
yoga classes. Treatments
include massage,
reflexology, acupuncture,
and the Alexander
Technique. Gift vouchers
and class passes can be
Address: Unit 122, Cannon Workshops, Cannon
Drive, E14 4AS
Tel: 020 7537 6166
Open: Appointments available Monday to
Saturday: 9am-8pm

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149 The Rejuvenation Clinic and
In the heart of Canary Wharf, this is the first
Ayurvedic medical spa designed to combine
traditional complementary therapies with
groundbreaking anti-aging treatments. Ayurvedic
medicine aims to rebalance body, soul and mind.
Other treatments include holistic therapies, yoga,
massages, prescription facials and cleansing

Address: 34 North Colonnade, E14 5HX

Tel: 020 7516 0106
Open: Monday to Friday: 8am-8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-6pm

150 Vision Hair

The salon has a spacious New York warehouse feel
and a modern contemporary style. Vision have
been in the area since 1997, their company
philosophy is ‘individuality…taking inspiration from
all around…Don’t follow what everyone else does,
or worry what everyone else thinks.’
Address: 8 Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery,
91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Tel: 020 7247 6842
Open: Sunday to Wednesday & Saturday:
Thursday & Friday: 11am-9pm

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Shopping districts and

Planning your day

For a shopping trip combining both markets and
shops, go on a Sunday. Don’t forget to check
parking restrictions even at the weekends – you
don’t want a great day of bargain-hunting spoiled
by a parking fine. For a more relaxed day avoiding
the crowds, pick a weekday and include
refreshment breaks – the perfect excuse to try out
some of the great eateries in the East End! See page
79 for suggestions.
Look out for special offers, end-of-lines and one-
offs. As well as the many shops and markets in this
Guide, galleries and museums often have shops
which stock cards, prints, books and unusual gifts.
Give yourself time to shop around – many bargains
found have been due to putting in the legwork.
Opening hours vary considerably, so if there’s
somewhere you particularly want to visit, phone
before you go, and head there first to ensure you
don’t run out of time later.
Take a light bag which zips across the top, and, as
with any busy public place, tuck your wallet or
purse down inside it, well out of sight. Most of all,
enjoy your day and come back soon!

Getting there and getting around

Liverpool Street mainline station is a few minutes’
walk from Spitalfields – Central, Circle and District
underground lines all run through Liverpool Street
Aldgate East (on the District and Hammersmith and
City Lines) and Liverpool Street are the nearest
stations for Brick Lane.

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Buses 26 and 48 run from Liverpool Street to
Columbia Road – you’ll find the bus stops on
Bishopsgate, at the eastern exit to Liverpool Street
The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) or Jubilee Line
take you straight to Canary Wharf and the
surrounding docklands areas. Join the DLR at Bank
station (Northern Line), Tower Hill Gateway (next
to Tower Hill underground, District and Circle
Lines) or Greenwich. A one-day travel card or
Oyster card will allow you to travel at the lowest
cost by tube, DLR and bus.
The Thames Clipper river ferry service sails at high
speed from central London to Canary Wharf and
beyond, and is an alternative route to the
docklands. A good point to alight is Canary Wharf

Brick Lane Market

The large, sprawling Sunday market fills Brick Lane
and the surrounding streets. The market offers
tools, clothing, kitchenware, second-hand
household goods and books. Wander up the street
and you’ll come across lots of coffee shops and
juice stalls, the famous 24-hour Brick Lane Beigel
Bake (see page 20), a wide selection of Bangladeshi
and Indian restaurants, and a growing number of
unique stores and trendy bars.
Location: Brick Lane, Cheshire Street and Sclater
Street, E1
Open: Sunday: 8am-3pm
Tube: Aldgate East/Liverpool Street

Columbia Road Flower Market

London’s most fragrant and colourful market
shouldn’t be missed. Columbia Road turns into a
blaze of colour every Sunday when this narrow
street of terraced houses is transformed into the
Flower Market. On offer is an exciting and magical
world of exotic, rare and herbaceous plants, shrubs
and small trees as well as freshly cut flowers. Get
there early for the best choice and take a friend if
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or stock up your garden. Besides being the prettiest
market in London, it is also fringed with some really
quirky gift shops and cafés. It’s likely to be very
busy, so consider a babysitter if you have small
Give yourself time to bag a bargain and don’t leave
without buying yourself one of the famous
Columbia Road ‘flower bags’. They’re only £3.50
and very collectable – our American cousins make
special trips to get theirs!
TIP: Bargain-hunters – don’t be too eager – relax,
enjoy hearing the traders go through their patter
and take your time. The price will most likely come
down and you’ll go home with a lot more for your
hard-earned cash.
Location: Columbia Road, E2
Open: Sunday: 8am-2pm
Tube: Liverpool Street, then take bus 26 or 48

Sunday (Up) Market at the Old

Truman Brewery
Here you’ll find an exciting collection of traders all
under one roof, offering a wide range of arty
products for sale - new and vintage clothes and
shoes, hand-made bags, jewellery, art,
contemporary lighting, home-wares, accessories,
greeting cards, food and drink. There’s a taste of
the rest of the world, too, with imports such as
Guatemalan textiles, home-made Chilean food and
freshly squeezed fruit juices.
Surrounded by such a collection of fresh, new styles
and trends, with good food, great people and
funky new sounds to listen to, Sunday (Up) Market
is the perfect way to while away lazy Sundays.
Location: The Old Truman Brewery,
91 Brick Lane, E1
Open: Sunday: 10am-5pm
Tube: Aldgate East/Liverpool Street

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Old Spitalfields Market
This historic market founded by Charles II in 1682 is
now under the cover of a Victorian market building
structure. Small shops on the outside surround a
vast covered market square, full of stalls. The
market continues to thrive, mixing hip organic with
hippy ethnic. Herbal remedies and reflexology,
candles and incense, hand-crafted bags and one-off
pieces of jewellery are mingled in among stalls
selling music, books, crafts, second-hand furniture,
organic food and homeware. There is also a great
selection of bars, cafés and restaurants. Stalls do not
open on Saturday.
Location: 105a Commercial Street, E1
Open: Wednesday: 8.30am-4.30pm (records)
Thursday: 8am-5pm (antiques)
Friday: 9.30am-4.30pm (fashion)
Sunday: 9.30am-5.30pm (all stalls)
Tube: Liverpool Street, then head for
Brushfield Street or Lamb Street

Petticoat Lane
Probably the most famous and oldest of all
London’s street markets, Petticoat Lane was
established over 400 years ago and still attracts
visitors from all over the world. You’ll find bargains
of every kind, including new clothes from well-
known chain stores, leather goods, CDs, books,
artwork, watches and toys.
Location: Middlesex Street, E1 and surrounding
streets and lanes
Open: Sunday: 9am-2pm, with smaller markets
on weekdays: 10am-3pm
Tube: Aldgate East/Liverpool Street

Canary Wharf
There are over 200 shops, bars and restaurants
around Canary Wharf – mainly in Cabot Place,
Canada Place and Jubilee Place. Designer,
independent and high street stores, coffee shops,
wine bars and restaurants are open throughout the
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people who work here. You can buy theatre tickets
– many with generous discounts - from the TKTS
booth at Canary Wharf DLR station platforms 4/5
(Monday to Saturday 10am-3.30pm). You could
even follow in the steps of the stars with the Canary
Wharf ‘Movie Map’, which takes you to locations
used in recent blockbusters – including The World is
not Enough, Batman Begins and 28 Weeks Later.
Location: visit
Getting there:
DLR from Bank, Tower Gateway or
Greenwich stations. With over 3,000 car
parking spaces available, driving is also a
practical option.
Movie Map:

Roman Road Market

This famous market is popular with East Londoners
‘in the know’ who shop for high street fashion
items at bargain prices. Specialist shoe and fashion
shops can be found around the market, along with
fabrics, bric-a-brac, fruit and veg, china and
Location: Roman Road, E3
Open: Tuesday & Thursday: 9am-3pm
Saturday: 9am-5pm
Tube: Mile End (District and Central Lines) and
DLR (Bow Church)

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Where to eat
There’s a host of good value cafés, bars and
restaurants in East London, offering many different
styles of cuisine. A small selection of more unusual
places to eat is listed below – but there are many
more to discover!

S&M Café – a 50s-style café, serving all types of
sausage and mash, traditional home cooking and a
selection of all-day British breakfasts. Open 8.30am-
10.30pm, 48 Brushfield Street, E1.
Scarlet Dot – an outside bar area and ‘haute cuisine’
restaurant, offering a wide range of Indian dishes,
plus ‘bento-box’ takeaway selections. Open until
11pm, 4 Crispin Place, E1, at the Lamb Street end
of Spitalfields Market.
Meson los Barillos – a tapas bar and restaurant with
a real Spanish atmosphere, wood floors, an open
kitchen, and rows of ham hanging from the ceiling.
Meson los Barillos also serves several fish dishes.
Open until 11pm weekdays and Saturday, 12pm-
4pm Sunday. 8a Lamb Street, E1.

St John Bread & Wine – traditional British cuisine,

using organic ingredients. The menu changes

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during the day, according to what fresh products
are available. A variety of fresh breads is also on
sale. Open 9am-3.30pm and 6.30pm-10.30pm for
evening dining Monday to Friday, 10am-3.30pm
and 6.30pm-10.30pm Saturday and 10am-3.30pm
94 Commercial Street, E1.

Brick Lane and Whitechapel

The Clifton - the first restaurant to offer Indian and
Bangladeshi food in Brick Lane, The Clifton has won
the approval of mainstream food critics from all
over the country. Open 12pm-1am Friday and
Saturday, and 12pm-12am Sunday to Thursday.
1 Whitechapel Road, E1.
Gram Bangla – the first of a new wave of
Bangladeshi cafes, Gram Bangla focuses on
traditional Bangladeshi fish dishes. Open daily
11.30am-11.30pm. 64 Brick Lane, E1.
Le Taj – a selection of more unusual Bangla and
Bengali dishes is available at Le Taj. The restaurant is
unlicensed so you can bring your own beer or wine.
Open 12pm-2.30pm and 5.30pm-12am.
134 Brick Lane, E1.

Bevis Marks The Restaurant – a glass-roofed

building next to the oldest Jewish synagogue in
London, this restaurant offers an extensive kosher
menu and wine list. Open 12pm-3pm Monday to
Friday, and 5.30pm-10pm Monday to Thursday for
evening dining. 4 Heneage Lane, off Bevis Marks,
EC3 – close to Petticoat Lane market.

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Columbia Road
The Flea Pit – light meals, including organic and
vegetarian dishes and cakes. Drinks include fair
trade coffees & teas, organic fresh fruit and
vegetable juices, organic wine and micro brews
from Hoxton’s Pitfield Brewery. Open 3.30pm-
11pm, Tuesday & Wednesday, 11.30am-11pm
Thursday to Saturday, 9.30am-2pm Sunday.
49 Columbia Road, E2.
Laxeiro – a Spanish café, also serving tapas and
wine. Open 12pm-3pm, and 7pm-10.30pm
Tuesday to Saturday, and 9am-3pm Sunday.
93 Columbia Road, E2.
Stringray Globe – excellent pizza, pasta and other
mediterranean dishes. Open 11am-11pm daily.
109 Columbia Road, E2.

The Royal Oak – a traditional pub, with a

‘gastropub’ menu and good range of beers. Food
served 7pm-11pm, Tuesday to Saturday, and
12pm-4pm Sunday. 73 Columbia Road, E2.

Canary Wharf area

There is a host of excellent waterside bars, cafes
and restaurants to choose from at Canary Wharf. If
you want to be a little more adventurous, you can
take a short walk from the main waterside area to
find some unusual eating places.
Lotus Floating Restaurant – London’s largest
floating Chinese restaurant focuses on Cantonese
and Szechuan cuisine.

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Open 12pm-11pm Monday to Sunday, with
lunchtime buffet available Monday to Friday.
38 Limeharbour, E14.
The Grapes – a listed building, dating back to 1720,
The Grapes serves real ale and varied bar food and
also has a specialist fish restaurant. On Sundays
they serve traditional roast dinner. Food is available
Monday to Saturday 12pm-2.15pm and 7.30pm-
9.15pm, Sunday 12pm-3.30pm.
76 Narrow Street, E14.

First Edition – at the centre of Canary Wharf, with

views of Cabot Square fountains and the dock. A
varied à la carte menu includes seafood and fusion
dishes. First Edition shows artworks by local artists.
The bar stays open all day, food is available 12pm-
3pm and 6pm-10pm Monday to Friday.
25 Cabot Square, E14.

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Further information
For more information on what to do and where to
go in London Eastside check out the following

Useful websites - general (virtual tour)

Event listings


Self-guided walks around Spitalfields, Brick Lane,
Canary Wharf and the ‘Movie Map’:

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And finally….over to you!

The details in the Guide were correct at the time of
publication, but we know things can sometimes
change. If you have any comments on the stores
listed in the Guide, or if you’ve discovered an
unusual store which you think should appear in the
next Quirky Guide, please let us know – email us
Please note: Every reasonable precaution has been
taken to ensure that the information contained in
the Guide is accurate. Tower Hamlets cannot
accept any liability for errors or omissions, however

East End Markets

full of surprises!

• Bethnal Green Road • Brick Lane •

Columbia Road • Chrisp Street
Petticoat Lane • Roman Road
Watney Street • Wentworth Street
• Whitechapel Road •
Loads of stalls, plenty of bargains,
a fun place to be!
For details go to
ring Market Services on
020 7364 1717

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Shop Page
@Work 49
4D modelshop 58
Aarong 4
Abé 4
Absolute Vintage 5
Alexander Boyd 5
Ally Capellino 6
Alma Leather 27
Angela Flanders Perfumes 59
Annie Sherburne Design 39
Atlantis Art Materials 59
Bahasa 27
Beats Workin’ 54
Bedales 20
Behave 6
Ben Day 49
Ben Southgate 28
Bernstock Speirs 6
Beyond Retro 7
Billingsgate Fish Market 20
Blondie 7
Bob and Blossom 52
Bodas 7
Bohemia 39
Brick Lane Beigel Bake 20
Brick Lane Bikes 56
Caravan 40
Chica 8
Columbia Pottery 34
Columbia Road Gallery 40
Comfort Station 8
Cotswold Outdoors 56

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Daniel Spring 28
Dower & Hall 50
Dragana Perisic 9
Duke of Uke 54
Eastside Books 2
Eightsq 41
Elemental 29
Ella Doran 41
Evolution Gifts 36
Fab Food Patisserie 21
Fabrics and Interiors 42
FairyGothMother 9
Far 29
Find 60
Finnesse Lifestyle 9
Forget-Me-Knot 2
Fothergill 60
Fred Bare 10
Friends Organic Health Food 21
Frontispiece 3
Glitterati 50
Gloria’s Trainers 10
Gold 19
Hair and Jerome 68
Hamar Acrylic Fabrication 60
Handles With Care 42
Helen Rawlinson 42
Herbal Linea 69
Idonia Van der Bijl 36
In Spitalfields 30
Jakss Childrenswear 53
Jimmie Martin 30
John Lester 61
Jones Dairy 21
Junky Styling 10 11
La Femme Fatale Ltd 61
Labour and Wait 43
LCB Surf Store 57
Ligne Roset City 30
Lik + neon 11

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Little Book of Furniture 31
London Buddhist Centre 61
Luna and Curious 43
Mar Mar Co. 43
Marcos & Trump 37
Mary’s 62
Massage Table Store 62
Milagros 44
Milligan Street Dry Cleaners 63
Mimi 11
Montezuma’s Chocolates 22
Nelly Duff 37
Nicolerenee 12
Noodle 44
Nudge Records 55
O & Co 23
Onedeko 45
Open House 34
Patisserie Valerie 23
Pimps & Pinups 69
Poetry in Wood 63
Pot Luck 45
Precious 12
Premier Cakes 24
Pure London 13
Queens 37
Rinkoff Bakery 24
Rokit 13
Rough Trade East 55
Russell Callow 46
Samantha Salmons 51
SCP 31
Second Tread 14
Sew Amazing Ltd 64
Shelf 38
Smudge Gallery 46
Sniff 14
SoboyeSoong 14
Solo Eclipse 15
Son of a Stag 15
Source 47

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South Molton Drugstore 71
Squint 32
Story 65
Story Deli 25
Superette 16
Tatty Devine 51
TaylorTaylor London 71
TeaSmith 25
The Energy Clinic 72
The Good Yarn Stall 65
The Laden Showroom 16
The Lazy Ones 17
The Menu 17
The Quiet Space 72
The Red Mud Hut 35
The Rejuvenation Clinic and MediSpa 73
The Scooter Emporium 66
The Studio 38
Timothy Everest 18
Timuna Sea 57
Treacle 26
Two Columbia Road 47
Unit 1 55
Unto This Last 32
Urban Species 66
Verde & Co 26
Vintage Heaven 47
Vision Hair 73
Vitamin 48
Whitechapel Bell Foundry 67
Wholesale Tropicals 67
Wood’n’Things 53
Zaman Brothers 26

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