If you’re looking for some non-mainstream fun, head over to Shoreditch & Spitalfields. Arguably the hippest place in London to shop, Shoreditch is a hotbed for all things indie and alternative and fitting in with the area's retro vibe, there are vintage and kitsch stores aplenty. Whether you want to go back to the '50s, '60s, '70s or '80s the likes of Beyond Retro and Absolute Vintage are always jam packed with unique, vintage garments for those who want something different.
For plastic fantastic jewellery, try Tatty Devine for their quirky Perspex designs at affordable prices. Aside from the eclectic mix of international brands and London labels, from Agnes b. to Aubin & Wills, the area around Spitafields market is bustling with market stalls and emerging design talent, whilst the Old Truman Brewery off Brick Lane is a hub for sample sales. After trying on countless items of clothing and pairs of shoes you'll no doubt be in need of the authentic ethnic cuisine this corner of the East End is famed for to boost your energy ready for the next round of shopping.
Old Spitalfields Market is one of the biggest draws to East London. At the heart of the financial sector, being situated next to the RBS offices it offers shoppers an alternative perspective of unusual things to buy. The 2003 Norman Foster redesign of Spitalfields Market may have split opinion, but there’s still plenty for everybody to enjoy. Sunday is often the busiest day, whilst on Thursdays you’ll be able to discover vintage fashion and antiques.