Redchurch Street: A Guide to London’s Six-Block Design Haven
The next time you’re in London—whether you have an hour to kill or a leisurely afternoon—make your way east to Redchurch Street. This .2-mile stretch in Shoreditch is a design lover’s (and efficient traveler’s) dream come true, with some of the city’s coolest stores, restaurants, and cafés—even a 17-room boutique hotel with a rooftop bar—packed into six short blocks. Below, a roundup of this compact yet impactful destination’s must-visit spots.
As far as boutique home-wares shops go, this one is a serious standout. Its narrow space is packed to the brim with contemporary goods—furniture as well as decorative accessories—with a focus on conceptual design and emerging designers. If you’re drawn to modern and Scandinavian-inspired decor, do not miss this shop.
Utilitarian home goods that are easy on the eye are this brand’s forte. Founded as an antidote to trend-driven consumerism, the items stocked at Labour and Wait are meant to be timeless and functional. Don’t be shocked if you stop in and find yourself compelled to buy something as seemingly ordinary as a spool of twine or a metal dustpan.
Mia Wallenius and Klaus Haapaniemi—the founders of this Finnish lifestyle brand known for its elaborate original patterns—draw inspiration for their designs from nature, Finnish folklore, and traditional decorative arts. At their gallerylike store (also the company’s headquarters), you’ll find their work on everything from serving trays to handmade rugs.
When this 30-year-old New Zealand–based coffee company opened its first location in the Northern Hemisphere, Shoreditch was the chosen locale. Allpress’s London HQ and roastery has since moved to a larger space in Hackney, but the East London original remains. Stop in for a flat white and a pastry.
As a traveler’s rule of thumb, if there’s an Aesop shop on the block, you know you have arrived in an area that’s worth exploring. And the Australian beauty brand’s Shoreditch location is a proof-positive example of this theory. It’s also where you can stock up on the label’s full lineup of products, which have an impressive cult following.
One part design shop and one part coffee shop, at Modern Society, you can get your caffeine fix while perusing a curated selection of goods—everything from original photographs and Japanese porcelain tableware to Clare V. accessories.
Low plywood tables and an airy, pared-down space serve as a sort of neutral canvas to show off the Brooklyn-based Mast Brothers’ boldly packaged chocolate bars—each flavor is wrapped in a different graphic design. The chocolate-making process, which happens in the shop, is openly on view for visitors.
This is a 17-room hotel (with diversely decorated rooms that have such names as “Charles and Ray Eames” and “The Terence Conran Suite”), but it’s so much more than that. Within Boundary’s seven-floor compound, you’ll also find a café, a specialty foods shop, a wine club, a restaurant, and an excellent year-round rooftop bar/orangery.