Tatty Devine's Guide To: Shoreditch
Maybe it's because we're Londoners that we love London so! Earlier this month, we revealed our fun new jewellery collection created in partnership with the London Transport Museum. Classic London locations are immortalised in Perspex for the ultimate way to show off your neighbourhood pride. Each week, Team Tatty is sharing our top tips for each location to give you an insider's guide to the best spots. Where better to start than Shoreditch? Join Tatty Devine Creative Director Harriet as she reveals her favourite places:
"The whole time Rosie and I have lived in East London, we've been immersed in creating fun, exciting jewellery, organising parties and exhibitions, hosting events and having a brilliant adventure. Over the years, East London has changed beyond compare. There are lots of new flats and office blocks which have been put up unsympathetically with the existing landscape, but Shoreditch remains special as there is an air of authenticity as well as a strong sense of community."
"One of my favourite places has to be our Brick Lane store, of course! We opened the shop back in 2000 and we were one of the very first fashion boutiques on Brick Lane. We spent a whole day looking wandering from Aldgate East to the Beigal shop and then crossed the road, sat on the wall opposite 236 Brick Lane, and low and behold there was a To Let sign! We rang up the number and we had moved in within the next month. We initially used the space as a studio but as people started to knock on the door wanting to buy what they could see we opened up as a shop."
"Leila's on Calvert Avenue gets everything just right. The brownies are sublime and anywhere that sells chocolate milk is a winner for me."
"On the subject of chocolate, the most outrageous hot chocolate ever has to go to Verde & Co on Brushfield Street. The spoon stands up in it and it is pricey, so sip it - it's worth it."
"On sunny weekday afternoons, head down to Spitalfields City Farm when it's quiet and take 5 mins away from Brick Lane in a woven willow hidey hole or delve into the jungle in the poly tunnels."
"A little bit further on towards Bethnal Green is the Mexican heaven called Casa Mexico. If like me, you love Mexican food, get down here for real corn tortillas, pickled cactus and burnt milk lollies. They also sell a whole load of other cool Mexican stuff, from paper piccados to brightly coloured cotton dresses."
With thanks to Martin Brudnizki for image one, Giselle of Ultimate Hot Chocolate for image two, Spitalfields City Farm for image three and Wee Birdy/Dan Jones for image four.
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