As I spend the majority of my days in southwest London, I thought it was time to head further afield and explore what the east has to offer.
I always have to start my day with a coffee or two, so I headed to The Modern Society. I was instantly drawn in by the chandeliers and tiled floors. The menu is simple but just right – coffee, sourdough variations, granola and a range of cold refreshments. However, this is far from just a good coffee spot. Modern Society aims to provide a diversified shopping experience through fashion, photography and hospitality. The shelves are dressed with trendy design books and delicate jewellery while their eponymous, unisex clothing label hangs from the rails.
Further down Redchurch Street you’ll find Monologue London, a contemporary concept store specialising in emerging designers, interiors and homeware. From furniture and lighting to decorative textiles and accessories, this curated selection is brimming with eye-catching pieces for the home.
A manufacturer and retailer of modern furniture, SCP remains true to founder Sheridan Coakley’s vision to make and sell design products that are functional, beautiful and made to last. Coakley was inspired by the Modern Movement and decided to sell classic, hard-to-find pieces, as well as trying his hand at new designs which celebrated the same spirit.
SCP has collaborated with a number of exciting designers, both well known and up-and-coming. The lighting selection features pioneering designs from the likes of Bec Brittain and Jason Miller, while Donna Wilson and Hannah Waldron’s colourful textiles liven up the shelves. With a huge vintage range as well, encompassing everything from midcentury consoles to retro pottery, it’s easy to find the perfect balance of old and new.
Now, for a spot of lunch. Franzè & Evans is a bustling neighbourhood café which reimagines Italian classics for London living. The menu boasts mouthwatering salads, indulgent cakes and delicious, freshly made pasta. The monochrome décor is instantly inviting and the staff are very welcoming. I was immediately sold when I saw butternut squash and halloumi was amongst the offerings.
House of Hackney has to be one of the most iconic haunts on Shoreditch High Street, synonymous with what east London is all about – breaking the mould. The walls are lined with tropical, botanical and animals prints, and there is a heavy dose of velvet and fringing everywhere you look. From wallpaper and fabric to furniture and lighting, you can introduce some of that charming, wacky style into your own home. For the not so daring, perhaps a cushion or, for the more adventurous, how about a statement chaise longue?
To end my day, I popped into That Flower Shop located at the front of the Ace Hotel. Here you can find a selection of seasonal flowers, tropical plants and stunning ceramics. You can also order bouquets for collection or delivery. It is a mini oasis from the hustle and bustle of the busy street it resides on. Well worth a visit!
So, I hope this inspires you to explore east London – if you haven’t already – or reminds you to venture from your everyday comfort zone and see what else is out there. I love southwest London but I must say that Shoreditch wins hands down when it comes to providing outlets for interior inspiration.