Put on your white-framed Wayfarers and slip into your faded skinny jeans, because this month we’re getting all ironic in London’s East End. Welcome to the first installment of Unchained’s mini-guide to London’s best independent shops - and welcome to a lovely little street called Cheshire.
Cheshire Street lives not far from the top of Brick Lane (that’s the Bethnal Green Road end). While most folk already know the wonders of Spitalfields, Brick Lane and the UpMarket, visitors to the area usually have to stumble across this street or miss it altogether. And we think that’s a crying shame.
It’s a tiny street, but it’s positively rammed with sweet spots, full of charm and quirk.
Some of our favourites are A-non, with its an awesome selection of original T-shirts and hoodies. EllaDoran and Shelf - both are great for gifts and can’t-find-anywhere-else odds and ends. Then there’s the totally unique and utterly gorgeous wooden-etched jewellery of Comfort Station. And if you're unsure about the delights of pegs or balls of string, you have to visit Labour & Wait - seriously, we never knew dustpans could be so exciting.
But wait, there’s more. If you’re into vintage, this is paradise. There are several little spots crammed with thrift-chic items but the real shangli-la is Beyond Retro, right at the end of the road. It’s a warehouse full of treasure - and often with live music on the weekend.
So don’t just swing past Cheshire Street while touring the markets, pay it proper attention and feel the Unchained love. Be sure to check opening times though, because a lot of these shops are only open on the weekend.
Photography courtesty of Unchained