Labour and Wait

Shopping , Home decor Shoreditch
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This store sells the sort of things everybody would have had in their kitchen or pantry 60 years ago: functional domestic goods. There is also a small range of classic vintage clothing (work jackets, aprons) and some old-fashioned gifts for children, such as a pinhole camera kit and vintage-style satchels, plus a range of notebooks. Labour & Wait also has a small concession inside Dover Street Market.

Labour and Wait is number 34 in our list of the 100 best shops in London.

Venue name: Labour and Wait
Contact:
Address: 85 Redchurch Street
London
E2 7DJ
Opening hours: Open 11am-6pm Tue-Sun
Transport: Tube: Shoreditch High Street rail
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Nicky G
Tastemaker

As the crowds of Brick Lane market part, Labour and Wait stands on Redchurch St like a beautiful green brick beacon. The curious and very settling thing about Labour and Wait is that every tea towel, mug and dustpan looks familiar in a 'I think my Gran used to have that but ah this must be what it looked like when it was brand new' kind of way. I had to put down a box of red cedar incense sticks for £8 because they smelled like the last boat I lived in and I had a wave of nostalgia. It's a bit like going back in time, but more beautiful and more expensive. I don't mean expensive as a criticism - in this case, I think it's a plus. Everything is properly crafted and it looks and feels like *quality*. I mean, they manage to make a toilet brush and holder into a beautiful household object. If you can want a plain old plastic toilet brush, you can go to Poundland. If you want a wooden toilet brush with natural fibre bristles paired with a galvanised bucket holder (one of their most popular product pairings), go to Labour and Wait.