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Shoreditch — Come to the ShopUp this weekend and explore the neighbourhood!

I adore Kate’s Shoreditch recommendations from last year, and I wanted to add a few new additional places to visit too! Perfect timing if you are joining us this weekend at the ShopUp in East London on the 9th & 10th of June!

So off we set to explore the streets of Shoreditch. It really is such a fun neighbourhood and there is so much to see and do for kids and adults of all ages. And I found a few great new places teens will love too!

First I will review my three favourite shops that can’t be missed in this area, which are Labour & Wait, Modern Society, and Papersmiths. See more after the photos.

Labour & Wait (85 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DJ) Both an online store, and a brick and mortar shop too, this is a great place for classic, nostalgic gifts and products. I always find the perfect items for my husband, our home, and hostess gifts too. Design led, utilitarian, simple, yet perfectly practical too. A must visit shop.

Modern Society (33 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DJ) The shop is a great one for mamas to visit! And while she shops around, the family can enjoy people watching out the windows while indulging in a little treat from the cafe. A very relaxed approach to shopping indeed! Every few months, they feature different artists’ work in the store. They also carry a wonderfully curated collection of both unique brands and own-label clothing as well. It is a diversified shopping experience indeed.

Papersmiths (Boxpark, Unit 7, 2-10 Bethnal GreenRoad, London, E1 6GY) Stationery is a great love of mine! New pens, lovely notepads, the perfect thank you card. This new store is a great find. They have a great range of paper based products and more. You will not be able to leave empty-handed.

After all of the shopping, you deserve a break So here are three fun places to eat.

  

Cereal Killer Café  (139 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SB) This is one of the most over-the-top café environments I have ever been too! There is not one organic thing in sight, and your teens will probably love it. This cafe is dedicated to cereal, 1980 and 1990s nostalgia, and fun!!! They have a menu with 120 different types of cereal, 70 varieties of milk, Vegan options, and a selection of Pop Tarts too. The café is jam-packed with Troll dolls and features a facade created with VHS tapes. And I warn you, the Instagram factor is high, and the sugar rush is even higher! 🙂

Dirty Burger (13 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA) Originally from Chicago, this is a new yummy burger chain popping up in many cool London spots. They have a simple, delicious, and easy approach to a menu. With something for everyone from hamburgers to hot dogs and onion fries too! Vegetarians can find their faves as well. Delicious.

Beigel Bake (159 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB) This is one of London’s most famous bagel (beigel) delis! They give warm bagels in a brown paper bag, one of my simple joys in life. (And my son’s from the look on his face!) Beigel Bake has been a Brick Lane establishment since 1974. They are open 24 hours a day. And they bake up to 7000 bagels a day! You can get traditional Jewish style fillings such as hot salt beef with mustard, chopped herring, and cream cheese and salmon. Or pastries and sweets such as Danish rolls, apple strudel, Eccles cakes (very British) and cheesecake. For Americans, these may seem different to the bagels in the States, but I promise you they are just as delicious. There is only room for standing and ordering, not sitting, and don’t be worried about the queue  — they serve beigels quickly!

And after all those carbs! sugar! and yummy (but not the healthiest food), we ended our visit to Shoreditch with a contrasting visit to a wonderful health food stop — the East London Juice Co. It is a must visit place, located between the Ace Hotel and a cute store called That Flower Shop. Read more below…

East London Juice Co. (100 Shoreditch High St, London E16 JQ) We originally headed here for juice! Clean! Fresh! A mini detox after our other pit stops! But then we were quickly interested in all of their healthy snacks. The snacks range from slow-dried baby cinnamon dusted bananas, to sour candy lemons, made with organic cranberry infused dried lemon slices lightly sweetened with coconut nectar.

Joseph liked the lemons so much we had to take them home! They have delicious chocolate milks, juices, chocolates, and more. And, if you live or work in a 0-8 mile radius from their Shoreditch Dispensary you can can have items delivered to your door. Great for a healthy boost as a tourist in the area too. The staff are so lovely and knowledgeable about food, you will want to stay there as long as a queue doesn’t form! You can’t sit down, or stay, but you can have a lovely wander with your new yummy purchase.

As you can see, Shoreditch, is a wonderfully eclectic place to visit, with interesting surprises around every corner, great people watching, lots of art indoors and outdoors (my first time seeing such an artful graffiti tree!) and lots to taste, try, and do.

Enjoy!

ps And our previous Shoreditch guide from 2017.


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