Do you ever feel that shopping nowadays can sometimes seem a little, well, bland? With high streets everywhere being dominated by the same big chains, finding something unique or out of the ordinary can be a real challenge. If edgy and original are more your thing than the humdrum and everyday, then browsing through East London’s exciting selection of vibrant street markets and independent, one-of-a-kind shops should be right up your street. London Eastside has long been a hotbed of creativity and innovation. The area was originally settled by successive waves of immigrants, from French silk-makers and Irish weavers to Jewish traders and Bangladeshi garment-factory workers – each of whom brought their own skills, traditions and flair to create a dynamic, multifarious mix. This is still very much in evidence and today’s eclectic range of designers, artists, jewellers, milliners, haberdashers, tailors, booksellers and others make this one of the city’s most lively and diverse places to visit, eat and shop. Whether you prefer the banter and commotion of the famously colourful street markets; the style and panache of an independent boutique or design studio; or the air-conditioned comfort of Canary Wharf’s indoor mall, you’ll find a world of temptations and must-have creations throughout London Eastside. And no matter if you’re looking for a vintage frock, a new hair style, organic groceries, a designer sofa or even the latest cutting-edge fashions, you’re sure to find whatever you’re looking for – and more – with the help of the Quirky Shopping Guide.
How to use the Quirky Shopping Guide
With so many tempting shopping opportunities to be found within the Quirky Shopping Guide, it’s difficult to know where to start! So, to help you better plan your retail blitz, we’ve included some handy street maps of London Eastside’s main shopping areas. You’ll find these maps by folding out the inside back cover. To make it easier for you to locate the shops...