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A famous poet once said: ‘Tired of London, tired of life’. There’s no place in the world with such a creative buzz as the UK capital. That makes London the ideal place for hotspotting. Where to eat, where to sleep, where to shop? Londonista An Bogaerts leads the way.

Labour and Wait

Shoreditch

What? If one can find beauty in a fashion show or an art exhibition then why not in everyday objects like a toilet brush or a frying pan? It’s at Labour and Wait you’ll find those everyday objects, beautifully designed with a meticulous attention to detail. For over more than fifteen years shop owners Racel Wythe-Moran and Simon Watkins travel the world in search of timeless functional utensils. It’s the ultimate hipster hardware store.

Looks? The shop is tiny, but that actually contributes to its charm. Utensils are hanging on every wall and the objects are presented with great care. The green glazed tiles covering the building remind of a previous life as an authentic London pub.

What else? I discovered this place about ten years ago, and still I make sure to visit from time to time. The owners recently opened a second shop in Tokyo, since a lot of aesthetically sensitive people have already declared their love to this small Eastern London shop.

Info? Tue to Fri from 11am to 6.30pm, Sat and Sun from 11am to 6pm. Closed on Monday.

 

85 Redchurch Street
E2 7DJ Shoreditch

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+44 20 7729 6253 website

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