London Style Guide was the inspiration behind my most recent trip to London as it opened up a side of the capital that I’d never ventured into before. With promises of great local eateries, amazing vintage shops and quirky independent bars and retailers, I caught the train on a Saturday morning with anticipation!
It did of course help that I’d booked into an amazing hotel near my chosen haunt of Shoreditch, for the night. I certainly wasn’t disappointed with either the accommodation or the service at South Place Hotel which is just around the corner from Moorgate tube.
After checking in and getting some local insights from the staff, I set off for Shoreditch High Street and food. The High Street is busy with traffic, but it wasn’t as busy with people, and had some great independent fashion stores. First stop was at the amazing urban street food market which sold international cuisine, at great prices – including Argentinian fare.
I realised after walking a bit further that I was probably by-passing some of the legendary stores and places I’d hoped to see. I’ve got a nose for good shopping and instinctively felt I was heading in the wrong direction. I gave in and asked a local where to go and headed off down one of the side streets. This is where it really began……
Street art, fascinating cafes and galleries, I even stumbled upon Brick Lane. Can’t believe I’d never been here before. Some amazing vintage stores, jewellers, and independent labels. I loved the insect motifs on these shirts from Harnett and Pope, and found a great vintage bag shop. I bought a black bowler hat and a vintage tan leather bag in Brick Lane.
After a beer in another open air street food market, I finally stumbled upon Spitalfields, which is where I was hoping to end up, at about 5.30pm. They were about to shut down for the day, so I planned to come straight back the next morning, for the full experience! See more about Spitalfields style finds in the next post.