Labour and Wait

Shopping, Home decor Shoreditch
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)

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
Address: 85 Redchurch Street
E2 7DJ
Opening hours: Open 11am-6pm Tue-Sun
Transport: Tube: Shoreditch High Street rail
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Labour and Wait is a cute little shop on Redchurch Street. The store is like a mini man's paradise having items for dogs, gardening, and their tool box. And of course I was happy to look around the shop when I found a blue and white striped shirt. I have a little obsession with white and blue stripes. What I loved the most about this shop was the way they organized everything into beautiful tins, making the shop seem tidy and clean but giving it that little extra personality. They also had artisanal cooking items, a beautiful wooden spoon happened to catch my eye. Labour and Wait is one of the best places in London to get a friend a house warming gift, or treat yourself with something new for your house. Every item seems to have a little story and a perfect purpose. And the people who work there are nice too!


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.

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