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June 10, 2012

EAST END GEMS


EAST LONDON FURNITURE 

These local furniture makers have taken to collecting unwanted materials from around East London and turning them into beautiful, interesting and classic pieces of furniture and homeware. From pallets to old roofing beams, door frames and Christmas trees these guys are breathing new life into materials that would otherwise go to waste. We liked their hench bench so much we used it in a recent Tomassa photo shoot (above).

hench bench Tomassa shoot

PIZZA EAST

Deep inside the Old Tea Factory on Shoreditch High Street lies Pizza East. It might not look like much from the outside but this warehouse style space has been decked out to feel warm, buzzing and communal. Enjoy a drink at the bar while you wait for your table then indulge in their vast and ever changing menu that goes a lot further than just serving pizza. Make sure you make a booking because this place is always packed to the brim.

BRICK LANE BEIGEL BAKE

What is there not to like about this infamous East End institution. The doors never close, they are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and the punters just keep coming back again and again. They serve bagels that are boiled then baked in a traditional Jewish style with amazing fillings such as Salt Beef, Mustard & Pickle, Pickled Herring and Smoked Salmon & Crème Cheese. Always busy especially on Sundays when the Brick Lane Markets are on – the line stretches down the road but don’t let you put that off as it moves quickly.

SUNSPEL

Located on Redchurch Street, this heritage clothing brand has been manufacturing quality basics in their Long Eaton factory for 150 years. Originally solely producing underpants, their portfolio has now extended to a broad range of high quality basics & they have recently added women’s wear. Sunspel is laidback luxury, edited simplicity & definitely a brand everyone should have in their wardrobe.

COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET

On Sundays, the sleepy Columbia Road comes alive as scores of vendors fill the street to sell flowers and plants.  If you are looking for a relaxing stroll this probably isn’t the flower market for you as the street is always crowded with people but it is a pretty special East London experience. Once you have gathered your blooms head to The Royal Oak or The Marksman Pub nearby for a relaxing Sunday Lunch.

East End Gems

 Columbia Road Image by shootingjaydred. All other images from Pizza East and SunSpel

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