Covering Hackney, Shoreditch, Spitalfields & Clerkenwell, the East End, a melting pot of ethic diversity, gritty urbanism, gentrification, and creativity is ever-changing and always inspiring. The traditional habitat of the lovable Cockney, it’s now more common to rub shoulders with world famous architects, artists, designers and poets, this extraordinary part of London is special. We’ve pick some of our favourite spots for eating, drinking, culture and of course some retail therapy!
Photography: Robin Mellor
Words: Mandi Balboa
MERCANTILE 5 Fournier St, Spitalfields, E1 6QE
Run by husband and wife team, Deborah and Thomas, this beautifully designed women and men’s clothing store stocks a gorgeous edited selection of M.A.B.E Spring/Summer 20.
TOWNHOUSE 5 Fournier St, Spitalfields, E1 6QE
Situated in Fournier Street, a historical street famously home to Huguenot weavers, the Townhouse sells an irresistible eclectic mix of rustic handmade home wares.
J & A CAFE 1-4 Sutton Ln, Clerkenwell, EC1M 5PU
Effortlessly laid back with a warm and friendly atmosphere, J&A café is hidden away from Clerkenwells hustle and bustle in an old diamond cutting factory. Serving delicious wholesome breakfast & lunch to those in the know.
WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY Lloyd Park, Forest Rd, Walthamstow, E17 4PP
One of the largest influences in the Arts and Crafts movement and cited as the single most important figure in British textile production, this museum, housed in William Morris’s childhood home gives a brilliant insight into his life and work.
BARBICAN CONSERVATORY Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
This calm and serene space is a stunning tropical green oasis set against The Barbicans Brutalist concrete façade. Explore the 1500 species of plants, trees and fish or simply relax with a drink in it’s exotic bar.
JERUSALEM TAVERN 55 BRITTON STREET
Dating back to the 16th Century, this traditional watering hole is positively busting at the seams with historical charm. Head there for the most atmospheric ale in London.