London’s first vintage department store covers two floors of packed rails with a wide range of clothing, accessories and mid-century modern homeware. We particularly love the vintage denim rails and with teenage sound system to boot, Blitz makes for a fun shopping adventure.
55-59 Hanbury Street, E1 5JP
This café, bakery sells traditional British food in a modern and cosy space. Forming the ground floor of the hip Boundary hotel, Albion’s fashionable crowd can be seen spilling out onto the cobbled street whilst sipping on their flat whites. The brunch is fantastic - but go early or be prepared to queue.
2-4 Boundary Street, E2 7DD
This cult skincare brand uses plant-derived products offered in a relaxing space. This soothing atmosphere makes browsing their luxurious range of products a welcome break from the gritty back streets of East London - we highly recommend the hand balm as a handbag essential.
5A Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ
Hidden in the cellar of Hawksmoor Steakhouse is Spitalfields Bar. Bronze clad walls with glossy Victorian tiles set a decadent late night vibe. Accompanying the expert monthly cocktail list is a mouth-watering bar menu of hot dogs, ribs and lobster rolls.
157 Commercial Street, E1 6BJ
Whistles Neighbourhood: Spitalfields
Resident Tracey Emin opened her store in 2011, selling limited edition prints, books and everyday objects. Emin is one of the figureheads of Spitalfields’ community of British Artists, her neighbours include Gilbert and George, Dinos Chapman and Stuart Brisley. You’ll even find Emin’s work hanging in the local pub - a gift from Emin to the landlady.
45 Crispin Street, E1 6HQ
Dennis Severs' House
Go back in time on this haunting tour through the candlelit chambers of Dennis Severs' restored Spitalfields house. Decorated with items from the Georgian and Victorian era, guests can wander silently through the rooms experiencing Spitalfields' historic past - exactly as it was.
18 Folgate Street, E1 6BX
This pioneering contemporary gallery is rich in artistic heritage and since 1901, this institution has opened shows for the likes of Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. The bookshop alone is worth the visit.
77-82 Whitechapel High St, E1 7QX
Labour and Wait
A lovingly curated store selling basic household goods in the best possible taste. The refined product range transforms functional household objects into timeless desirable items. Welsh blankets and nautical stripes add some soft furnishing and its very difficult to leave without buying something.
85 Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ
Every Thursday Old Spitalfields Market transforms into an antique fair, with dealers from across the country selling mid century furniture, specialist vintage clothing, records and cases of antique jewellery. Grab a coffee and enjoy watching the savvy street style of East London’s modish folk.
16 Horner Square, E1 6EW
Housed inside an industrial warehouse space this destination store has rows of carefully selected music alongside a great coffee shop. Look out for gigs, film screenings, book readings and classes - we highly recommend hitting the black and white photo booth.
Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Tucked away on a low-key street is Margaret Howell’s unisex store for the diffusion line MHL. The store sells an edited collection of functional pieces with Howell’s signature utilitarian influence that epitomises British tradition, quality and skill.
Old Nichol Street, E2 7HR
Capturing the glamour of vintage air travel, this nail bar is decked out entirely from the salvaged interiors of American Airlines Boeing 747. Beauty stations are made from re-upholstered plane seats and even the beauticians are dolled up like the cast of Pan Am.
Old Spitalfields Market, 111B Commercial Street, E1 6BG
The city's answer to a local village store, A.Gold specialises in quintessential British food. From made to order sandwiches to homemade scotch eggs, each ingredient is carefully plucked from independent producers and makers from around the UK - an essential lunchtime destination, synonymous with Spitalfields’ heritage.
42 Brushfield Street, E1 6AG
French label, A.P.C (Atelier de Production et de Creation) offers understated design for the modern wardrobe and this compact store has fast become a stylishly fitting resident on Red Church Street. Their jeans have a cult following as does their inherent skill for creating elegant clean design.
5a Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ
Your Local Whistles Store
Whistles, Spitalfields sits in a Victorian building on Brushfield Street – (next door to our favourite tea and cake shop). Our store manager is Kim – she'd be happy to help with all your shopping needs. You can call her on 0207 375 0139.
Whistles, 44-46 Brushfield Street, E1 6AG