To accompany you during your London stopover, journalist Oliver Horton offers a series of quick solutions to facilitate your stay.
Shoreditch Dry Cleaners
Same day dry cleaning service, yes, same day dry cleaning. This humble and fair-priced store also offers tailoring tweaks, stain removal and a shirt-cleaning service. To make things easy, the staff is polite and professional.
146 Shoreditch High St, Shoreditch, London E1 6JE
Independent hair salon – unisex. The team of scissor-slingers is highly experienced, every client treated as an individual.
80 Commercial Street, E1 6LY
Boundary Street runs up from fashion-fantastic Redchurch Street to eclectic Calvert Avenue, passing The Albion café/deli and top-end Indian restaurant Dishoom. Cleve Workshops are a row of tucked-away, single-story units, built in 1895, and a destination for those seeking interesting, craft-driven fashion brands. Shoreditch Nails pursues perfect pedicures and manicures, while breaking new trends via exploration and collaboration.
13 Cleve Workshops, Boundary Street, E2 7JD
The footwear malfunction is a rite-of-passage for the seasoned trade show attendee. A broken heel, an unplanned-for puddle, or simply too much walking and standing… sometimes the feet need a rescue. For those moments there’s “that plimsoll place” (as many people call it), aka Blackman’s Shoes, just off Brick Lane. Established in the 1930s and a family business even now, Blackman’s is where to exchange a waxy blue five pound note for a pair of canvas sneakers in black, grey, navy or white. Democracy starts from the ground, people.
46 Cheshire Street, E2 6EH
Rain is kindof a big deal in England, but a beautiful umbrella is some compensation. Ince has been keeping off the wet stuff for more than two centuries, based in the East End for the duration. And if your new umbrella inspires you to a change of lifestyle, pop round to Duke of Uke on Cheshire Street – stockiest of more than 100 models of ukulele (yes, the little Hawaiian guitars).
63 Vyner Street, E2 9DQ