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Sometimes venturing any further than even 10 minutes away from home on the weekend can seem like a lot of effort, especially after the inevitable "headache" (read: surprise hangover) that follows after a couple of cocktails on a Friday night;
but when I do decide to get up and explore the different parts of London that are further afield, I'm always pleasantly surprised by what I find and often wonder why I don't do it more often.
Redchurch St in Shoreditch is a wonderful little street (not far from Shoreditch over-ground station) made up of lots of small, local and independent shops. Admittedly, you've also got a few shops that are not independent, nor the brands local,
but the size and design of the shops definitely creates the illusion that they are - which is close enough for me! The street is also adorned with colourful graffiti which adds to the fun and quirky feel of it.
The first stop is Allpress for a perfectly brewed coffee accompanied by something sweet - I would recommend the black forrest chocolate gateau (the surprise hangover was really starting to kick in at this point). The coffee to buy and take home
to make yourself is also really great here, so if you're into making your own coffees in the morning you definitely need to give this a try!
I would also recommend popping into Albion, a fruit, veg and grocery store at the top of the street. They have lots of really great food and the cafe in there is also amazing! The sandwiches are, without a doubt, the biggest sandwiches I have
ever seen - you definitely get your moneys worth!
The rest of the afternoon was spent wandering down and exploring the rest of the street and seeing what it has to offer, popping into the different furniture and clothes shop - we spent a lot of time in a shop called Labour & Wait which sells
some really quirky home-wares!
To finish off the afternoon, we headed right to the end of Redchurch Street and settled down in The Well & Bucket - a great pub which is busy enough to create a great Saturday night vibe, but quiet enough to be able to hear the person next to
The greatest part of Redchurch Street was the relaxed feel of everyone there, you could wander, shop and mooch around and feel totally detached from the busyness of central London - a totally different shopping experience!
Next time you decide to make the extra effort and explore a little bit of East London, make sure you make a quick stop to Redchurch Street, you won't regret it.
This blog is our team's thoughts on topics that are loosely based around living in London.
Holly moved to London 3 years ago and enjoys a good coffee, brunch and a lot of online shopping. Keep a look out for Holly's blogs for tips on a great new brunch spot and restaurants in South London!
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