Graffiti walls framing high-end shops. Punk culture rubbing shoulders with bohemian chic? Unlikely combinations. Fall out of the cobbled streets of Bricklane onto Redchurch Street on a Saturday afternoon and you’ll find both living harmoniously together.
Named Google’s ‘Hippest Street in the UK’ last year following a surge of cool brands moving in, we took a stroll down Redchurch Street to find out if it’s still got the edge.
Maison Trois Garcons
If you like vintage you’ll love Maison Trois Garcon.
This vintage shop oozes elegance that that the French do much better than us Brits. The shop floor is decadent with chandeliers that hang from the ceiling and upholstered vintage chairs on reception. Each and every item: jewelry, dresses and ornaments have been hand picked and are all, simply, beautiful.
Owner Hassan tells me that it’s his passion for quality Vintage that sets this shop apart from the tat you find in Bricklane. Maison Trois Garcons also has a welcoming friendly feel, rather than airing on the side of pretention. If the food in their French restaurant Les Trois Garçons is anywhere near as tasty as their shop, I’m booking in…
Labour & Wait
Hardware and fashion – two words that shouldn’t share sentences let alone floor space. Labour and Wait’s concept of quality and retro style somehow brings both together in an effortless fashion. If you need a new stripy T-shirt in your life or want a stylish gift for the home Labour and Wait won’t disappoint yet it lacks the personality of it’s fellow neighbours.
Run by founders of the cult 1980’s label ‘Boy’, Sick doesn’t need to pretend to be cool. It just is. We found ourselves wanting a T-shirt emblazoned with BOY and the figure of the slightly scary shop assistant.
London Newcastle Project Space
There are not many places you can wander in off the streets and find a life size horse straddling a giant lip in the name of art.
The London Newcastle project space is currently hosting the Caitlin Art Prize – an exhibition curated by Justin Hammond to showcase the talent of fresh art graduates from around the UK. The best bit – you can vote for your favourite to win a prize. This independent, creative space is what gives Redchurch Street an edge. Well worth a visit.
Caitlin Art Prize is open daily (11am-6pm and 12-4pm on Sunday) until 25th May 2012.
Shoes to express yourself in. Tracey Neuls shop interior is every bit as quirky as the shoes themselves. Each of the shoes hanging from a wire has detail to spark the imagination – from maps in the sole to illustrations printed onto leather.
Tracey Neuls is a fine example of how a contemporary designer complements Redchurch street with distinct personality.
The Owl and The Pussycat
If you get a thirsty on your tour down Redchurch Street stop off for a pint in the Owl and Pussycat. Serving hot food and hotter bar staff, this pub got lucky when Redchurch street had it’s revival and it knows it. Five pound for a sausage roll anyone?
So what do you think? Is Redchurch Street the coolest street in London, or do you have a stronger candidate? Let us know in the comments!