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Brick Lane

Owners Jane Petrie and Katy Hackney set up this cute shop on Cheshire Street some ten years ago, and it’s become a key destination when searching for a unique gift. The well-edited range of items for sale are intensely covetable, making it difficult to leave emptyhanded.

Stylish notebooks and stationery, innovative ceramics – such as the adorable range from Berlin-based designer Frerk Muller, and storage jars and mugs from the Moomin Valley Collection – glassware from Japanese brand Shinzi Katoh, Rob Ryan-esque prints, beautiful wooden toys, including a set of ‘naked’ Russian dolls, are all sourced from designers and artists worldwide. A box in the corner is full of typesetting letters from silent movies that Petrie once picked up in Los Angeles.

Venue name: Shelf
Address: 40 Cheshire Street
E2 6EH
Opening hours: Open 1-6pm Fri, Sat; 11am-6pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail
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