I can sniff out a new clothes shop like a guarana berry in a health food store. This weekend my nose carried me to Huh in East London. It looks pretty minimalist, but is packed with gorgeous colourful clothes, design books and if you’re lucky, their little dog might come out and say hello. And whilst you browse, or play with the dog, you can enjoy an orange juice and a chat with the lovely owners.
Church on Sunday? If you fancy buying some organic food to eat whilst wearing organic shoes and admiring your new organic sofa, then Church St in Stoke Newington is the place to go. If you can navigate your way around the yummy mummy’s Bugaboos then you’ll find lovely little tea-rooms, independent boutiques, dusty old book shops and beautiful fresh flowers. And at the end of the street you can go and say hello to the deer and goats in Clissold Park.
A cemetery might not seem like the sort of place a hip young orange would want to hang out. But if you’re a goth, a soul-searching poet, or shooting the album cover for your band, then Abney Park cemetery is the place to go. It’s an overgrown wonderland, with ancient tombs and a burnt out abandoned church hidden at the centre. Very dark and moody. In fact, it’s the perfect place to shoot my next short film – ‘Vitamin C Saw’.
Who needs to pay twelve pounds plus cloakroom fee for an art gallery when you can see some of London’s most cutting edge art for free? Redchurch Street in East London is covered with some of the best street art in the UK. And on Sunday when all the shops are closed and the shutters are down, you can see it in all its glory.
It might be called Book Club, but you won’t find gossiping women debating the ins and outs of Jane Eyre anywhere in this trendy East London café. Instead you’ll find a DIY Bloody Mary cart, an epic ping-pong table and a line-up of inspiring weekly events. Why not pop along and hear the editors of Creative Review discuss their favourite magazines, listen to some unique poetry, watch a ping pong tournament, or partake in some life drawing with a glass of wine.
I’ve been wanting to check out the Selfridges Shoe Galleries for ages. It’s a whole floor dedicated to shoes. I repeat. A Whole Floor. Dedicated. To Shoes. And it did not disappoint. I squeezed myself into about 72 pairs, fell over in a few, and fell in love with loads. Especially the bright orange Carvelas!