I spent one of my Saturdays in London wandering around Shoreditch, looking for design stores.
Okay, I confess: I never wander. I walk with purpose and always know where I’m going. It’s an affliction.
My plan of attack for the day: start at Old Spitalfields Market to check out the vendors and the area stores, make my way toward the Old Truman Brewery and Backyard Market, have lunch at some point, walk up Shoreditch High Street to Material, then bus down to the Design Museum if I had time. While not technically wandering, I stopped at any store that looked cool along the way.
I had a love-at-first-sight moment with Oliver Bonas. Bright colors, homewares with clean lines, cards, furniture, and more. I thought about moving in. I snapped a pictures of these quirky chests and sent them to my mom so we can make one (they don’t ship internationally). I got out of there with a scarf and a couple of cards.
I almost tried on some clothes because the Old Spitalfields vendors were awesome. But I was cold and couldn’t bring myself to do it.
I stumbled onto BoxPark and Tusch und Egon, contemplating for a while how I could pack home a beautiful modern fire extinguisher. The shopkeeper told me they can’t be packed, even in the cargo hold. Rats.
Double rats: I didn’t realize there were more BoxPark shops upstairs! I really should learn how to wander.
I found a solar-powered dashboard corgi at Maiden and quickly snapped it up for the corgi-lover in my life.
I stopped to admire all the street art and got to see my very first Bansky!
My patience rewarded, I found the street food vendors near Backyard Market and got a fresh juice and halloumi wrap.
Finally, I bused across Tower Bridge and walked to the Design Museum to check out the gift shop. I’m not sure it was worth the trek since it was so out of the way from the other shops. However, my opinion was probably influenced by the fact that it was cold and very windy on the walk there.
Not a bad day’s work!
If You Go
Click here for a map of all the locations I visited (peach pins are stores).
I traveled solo to London for the month of April on a business trip and kept myself entertained on the weekends exploring new places.