Just opened: cafe-cum-shop Crimson Heart
Fusion shops, a mixture of vintage store and tea room – just think of King’s Cross’ Drink Shop & Do or Hanbury Street’s Blitz Department Store – have been popping up all around London in the last few years. The latest edition, Crimson Heart, has just opened in East London’s Leonard Street, and features a vintage cafe as well as a shop specialising in midcentury home deco.
The little tea room in the basement is decked out in an eclectic mixture of eras featuring anything from Fifties chairs to Sixties kitsch paintings and a disco ball. It’s a welcoming and fun hang-out, perfect to scoff a home made sponge cake or cheese toastie. Plus there’s a whole series of evening events going on from a book club to crafting evenings and film screenings.
Head upstairs to the shop and you’ll find tea and coffee sets, books, ephemera, lamps and other home deco from from predominantly the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies. Owner Mia has a real eye for picking interesting stock – think old hair styling sets, pulp fiction novels and rare Sixties tea pots – and her prices are excellent, especially given the trendy location.
87 Leonard St
London EC2A 4QS
Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 18:00
Thursday open until 20:00
Nearest Tube: Old Street, Shoreditch Highstreet