Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 50
City to Go
Morning-to-midnight entertainment in
London's East End trendsetter.
BY MICHAEL FRANK PHOTOGRAPHY BY NANNA DÍS
GO FOR Even Brexit can't seem to
put the brakes on Shoreditch.
The former rough-and-tumble
East London neighborhood has
transformed its nineteenthcentury mills into work spaces,
boutiques, galleries, and bars
and is flush with tech money and
a young, educated, and diverse
crowd. Yet in the shadow of
towering glass spires, you'll also
find elegant Georgian homes
and quietly crumbling Roman
ruins. It's a tasteful mélange of
new Britannia and Old England.
to hunt for souvenirs is among
the nearly 70 outdoor stalls
in the football-pitch-size,
glass-roofed market square.
Designer Mei-Hui recently
launched The Silk Series - a
nod to the district's woventrades history - which takes
place every Monday through
Wednesday, with nearly 30
vendors focused on silk fashion and art. On Thursdays, the
theme shifts to antiques; you'd
be wise to poke through Malby
Maps' extraordinary collection
of vintage cartography.
SHOP Though it lacks a traditional
Clockwise from top left: An Ethiopian pour-over at Origin Coffee, Old
Spitalfields Market, Blixen's crayfish and confit chicken ballotine with
an espresso martini, SCP Ltd., and Huckle the Barber.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
core, nothing feels more like the
vibrant center of Shoreditch
than Old Spitalfields Market
(16 Horner Square), which
dates back 350 years. Highend British outposts include
Belstaff, Rapha, and shoemaker Cheaney, but the place
Stop by housewares designer
SCP Ltd.'s home base in
Shoreditch (135-139 Curtain
Road) to pick up a Welsh woolen
throw, a kitschy pillow, or a
vintage lamp, desk, or chair to
ship home. Its exclusive textiles
are true finds as well.