Since we're in our pop up shop in the heart of Hackney this Spring I thought I'd share some of my favourite hotspots and things to do in this wonderful, eclectic area. There is so much to do and see in this amazing part of London so it's a perfect chance to tie in a day of exploring with a trip to The Henri Store.
Food & Drink
Narrowing down this one was pretty difficult so I've focussed on places that are quite literally a stones throw from the shop. Starting with my personal favourite, Campania is a charming little Italian restaurant serving delicious coffee and authentic dishes (not your usual pasta and pizza scenario). For a more casual pub vibe pop next door to The Royal Oak and enjoy a pint and a sausage roll in the beautiful walled garden. If you're in the mood for sharing then I would recommend Morito for it's incredibly delicious tapas style dishes (you've got to try it to believe it). And for a splash out dinner try the Marksman which is just a few doors down from the shop and just so happens to be the Michelin guide pub of the year for 2017. In all, a five star selection to choose from with everything just a five minute walk from The Henri Store.
Next up are two of biggest landmarks markets for Hackney - Columbia Road Flower Market and Broadway Market.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Sunday is the day for flower shopping - the road is crammed with flowers and customers, from about 10 - 3. It is a sensory overload with cries from traders, haggling, colourful specimens (both flowers and people), live street music and a wonderful scent in the air. If you haven't been before it's not to be missed. Don't forget to browse the amazing selection of independent shops selling homewares, stationary and antiques.
Broadway Market operates on Saturdays and is the place to go for street food and a wander - especially for upmarket gift shopping. This little road is home to locals who regularly visit for coffees, cocktails and bites to eat. I have to say it's one of my favourite places in London with its buzz and sense of community and I always look forward to bumping into friends on this street.
Then we have the Hackney City Farm which is practically opposite the shop. Visit with little ones for a brief escape from city life.
Hackney is also a fantastic area for shopping in stores that can been found slightly off the beaten track. A mix of small independents and more established labels make up the shopping scene the area that stretches from Shoreditch up to Broadway Market. I can spend hours browsing through some of the stores that I've listed below...
Starting down at Redchurch Street...
Labour & Wait - Hardware & Clothing
J.Crew - Men's Clothing
Aesop - Skincare
MHL - Men's & Women's Clothing (Round the corner from Redchurch St)
Pop ups - there are a number of stores on this street that are constantly changing so keep an eye out for exciting pop ups that might be launching soon.
Mast - Chocolate
Heading through Shoreditch up to the Hackney Road...
Goodhood - Fashion & Lifestyle Store
Ally Capellino - Bags (An absolute favourite!)
Walking up through Columbia Road... we're very close to the Henri Store now...
Choosing Keeping - Stationary
Grace & Thorn - Florist
And finally heading up towards Broadway Market...
Hub - Men's & Women's Clothing
Artwords - Art Books & Magazines
69b - Ethical Women's Clothing
Relax by the Water
And last but not least, I can't go without mentioning my go-to spots for some relaxing in the sun, some exercise or just some headspace. I find it incredibly calming to be around water and so there's nothing I love more than walking, cycling or running down the Hackney canals. I usually either start at Angel and head East, maybe stopping at the Towpath for a bite to eat or start further East and walk towards Victoria Park. This is landmark park for Hackney and plenty of space to stroll and even go rowing on the lake. If you fancy a spot of swimming I would recommend London Fields Lido followed by at pint in the beer garden at Pub on the Park.