New east London boutiques



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There's been a rash of store openings in east London, from avant-garde vintage to well-known fashion brands, and nail salons to cult shoe shops. Time Out trawled the back streets and interrogated the locals to compile this guide to the shops at the cutting edge

  • New east London boutiques

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      140 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JE

      A bright white, clinical interior houses labels from streetwear Billionaire Boys Club and Japanese Haversack to Raf by Raf Simons and the odd polka-dotted pair of socks. Read more

  • Jeanette's

    64-66 Redchurch St, E2 7DP

    The East End's most avant-garde (if tiny) boutique; the small space is filled with one-off exclusives. It's run by James Main, of club-night Boombox fame. Read more

  • WAH Nails

    420 Kingsland Rd, E8 4AA

    East London's first style-centric nail bar, bookstore, gallery and boutique. Wedged between New Capital Kebab and a local chemist, and alongside tat market The Waste, Wah Nails's deliciously grimy location keeps it hidden from the masses. Read more

  • Lifestyle Bazaar

    11a Kingsland Rd, E2 8AA

    Laurent Nurisso and Christopher Curtis's mini design chain opened its Shoreditch site last summer. The interiors boutique stocks a whole spectrum of design must-haves. Read more

  • Doc Marten's

    Unit SP1F Old Spitalfields Market, E1 6BG

    Another retail pop-up that has become something of a semi-permanent fixture (open until late 2009 at least) is the somewhat conceptual-looking Doc Marten's space inside Old Spitalfields Market. Read more

  • Albam

    11a Commercial St, E1 6BG

    A Time Out Shopping Award winner, Albam specialises in a pared-down, retro-edged aesthetic – its original Beak Street store has now been joined by this east London outpost. Read more

  • Milk

    118 1/2 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JN

    Husband-and-wife team Luca and Nathalie Bomio offer the usual design-store fare such as Fornasetti plates and ToyWatches, alongside some truly brave picks, from luridly dyed cowhide rugs to Milanese designer Fabio Novembre's plump-buttocked Him/Her resin chairs cast from naked bodies. Read more

  • Speedie's

    81 Redchurch St, E2 7DJ

    In a hipster neighbourhood that is rapidly becoming choked with vintage stores, Speedie's competes with low prices, monthly gigs and parties, and great customer service (you can even get afternoon tea). Read more

  • King and Queen of Bethnal Green

    41 Temple St, E2 6QQ

    Tucked away on Temple Street, E2, Kim Heidi Lewis's boutique is a showcase of oddities, accessories, jewellery and books. The perfect add-on to a trip to Columbia Road or Broadway Market. Read more

  • 1948

    Arches 477-478 Bateman's Row, EC2A 3HH

    Nike's clubhouse for their most loyal (and obsessive) fans, 1948, is hidden under the railway arches on Bateman Row, a sidestreet connecting Great Eastern Street to Curtain Road. Read more

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