If your shopping fantasy is more of the textured timber variety, Labour & Wait will thrill you right down to your too-cool-for-school toes. Think vintage-style wooden scrubbing brushes, rugged aprons and garden, kitchen and bathroom tools so hip they’ll make you want to grow an East London beard. Seriously though, this is a top spot to pick up original, inexpensive gifts. How about a rotating soap holder? Or maybe a traditional pruning knife or box of culinary seeds? No, stop the search! We’ve found the very thing: a wooden computer-cleaning brush. Something you never even knew you needed.
Shoreditch is the ultimate in East London hipster-cool. Buildings are covered with impressive graffiti art; streets are frequented by pretty young things shooting scenes for music videos and indie films; and the eating, drinking and boutique shopping is all about independent owners rather than chain brands. Catch the overground train to Shoreditch High Street or, for the tube, get off at either Liverpool Street (five-minute walk) or Old Street (15-minute walk).
Labour & Wait | 85 Redchurch Street | +44 20 7729 6253