The vintage warehouse: Beyond Retro
You’ll sense this place before you see it as you pass impossibly cool girls and boys clutching bulging yellow carrier bags, heading to the Brick Lane Beigal Bake for some well-deserved energy replenishment.
This East London institution is so amazing it’s almost overwhelming: it’s still crammed, despite being an impressive 5000 square ft warehouse. You’ll need a compass to navigate rows of shushy petticoats in every colour of the rainbow, Agyness Deyn-worthy original American prom dresses, rails of men’s faded flannel shirts and stacks of too-cool-for-school Dame Edna sunglasses.
This is the perfect place to come if you’ve got £100 to burn – prices are cheap but, with a selection like this, there’s no way you’ll be able to stop at just one dress with so much from the Forties to the Eighties to choose from.
Bring your hardcorest shopping mate, and accept the fact that by the time you leave, it’ll probably be dark. Never mind – just down the road, there’s a great little pub called The Cheshire Arms, once owned by the Kray Twins, where you can sink a well-deserved sherry.
110-112 Cheshire Street
London E2 6EJ
Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 7pm
Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm
nearest Tube: Shoreditch High Street