East London shopping

Your critical guide to the best stores in east London

What east London lacks in big brand chain stores, it more than makes up for with its wide choice of independent boutiques and some of the capital’s coolest clothing shops. From retro emporiums like Beyond Retro and Blitz, to cutting edge hipster hangouts No-one and LN-CC, the east is the best when it comes to buying something a little different. Discover our favourite east London shops, plus read our guides to shopping in east London neighbourhoods including Stoke Newington, Hackney and Dalston.

Homeware shops in east London

  • Atomic Antiques

    Atomic Antiques, 125 Shoreditch High St, London, E1 6JE

    You'll have to sidle past a jigsaw of tables, chairs, industrial units and sofas if you fancy a browse in this diminutive antiques shop. Scandinavian, particularly Danish, furniture is the main draw, and you'll almost always find a matching pair of easy chairs by a named designer, as well as a sleek retro lounger. Vintage designer items can also be found from Fritz Hansen, Finmar and Danish, Italian, French, Dutch Swedish and British design houses. Other great items include a '60s mother of pearl shell chandelier priced at a cool £450. View the Atomic Antiques listing

  • Dog & Wardrobe

    Unit 3B Regent Studios, 8 Andrew's Road, London, E8 4QN

    This tiny retro furniture and design emporium is hidden just past Broadway Market and beside the canal, in a ground-floor unit of artists hub Regent Studios. Crammed with artfully presented vintage furniture (with lots of 1960s-style chairs and tables) and curios such as retro alarm clocks, desk lamps, stylish coat stands, framed insects, animal skulls, shopkeepers' display cabinets, classic tins and bottles, old typewriters, as well as a selection of framed contemporary art. View the Dog & Wardrobe listing

  • East London Furniture

    151 Hoxton St, London, N1 6JP

    This recently opened Hoxton store recycles locally sourced wood and furniture, to make rustic-looking new pieces. Everything on sale represents something diverted from landfill, but you wouldn't necessarily know it - a styish floor lamp (£180) is made from a doorframe, a hip little block lamp (£55) is made from an old pallet. There are cheap buys too - a simple book stand is just £8. View the East London Furniture listing

  • Pitfield London

    Pitfield Street, London, N1 6HB

    Stylish and accessible interiors shop Pitfield London is spread across a big double-fronted former office block, and is the retail arm of celebrated interior designer Shaun Clarkson. Clarkson (and business partner Paul Brewster) fill the space with pieces procured at home and abroad (the resourceful pair travel every month and raid local markets and manufacturers) and you'll find all manner of stylish homewares, from brightly coloured 1970s sofas to vintage glasswear, Syrian soaps, exclusive Indian rugs and ultra modern wallpaper from London designers. View the Pitfield London listing

  • SCP

    135-139 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3BX

    It's hard to believe SCP has lived on Curtain Road for some 25 years: its creative, contemporary products feel entirely geared to the East End's relatively recent influx of cool-hunters. But founder Sheridan Coakley has long championed functional and beautiful design and stocked the two floors of his store with statement items for every space in the home, from garden furniture to bathroom accessories. Each cherry-picked product is designed meticulously, and aimed squarely at stylish homeowners who care as much about what their tape dispenser looks like as their dining table. View the SCP listing

  • Squint

    178 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6HU

    Squint's products - easily recognisable by the colourful and distinctive patchwork designs -are now stocked in Harrods, Liberty, the Conran Shop and the Designers Guild, but this is its only stand-alone shop and showroom, where you can see a selection of its bespoke and the bestselling 'ready to go' Chesterfield sofas (from £4,500), iconic Egg chairs and other upholstered furniture. The beautiful coverings - made up of both contemporary and vintage textiles - cover the items completely, including chair legs and even entire chests of drawers, and all of the pieces are handmade in England. View the Squint listing

East London shopping guides