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Material Gallery & Bookshop

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There has been a lot of “print is not dead” talk around in the last couple of years - which should be promising - but, being frank, is almost as annoying as ...

Pinch

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Pinch Pantry is a brand new deli-cum-cafe bar: the creation of the fantastically named, Venus Vortex, Catherine Martin of 'Our Exquisite Corpse' and ...

Fish Central

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It's a matter of untold importance to know your best fish and chip shop. Claims that chicken tikka masala is Britain's national dish fail to dispel i...

Antidote

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Word had it that Mikael Jonsson – blogger-turned-Michelin-starred-chef – from Hedone in Chiswick was involved in the menu redevelopment and re-opening of the...

Sounds of the Universe

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Sounds of the Universe is a mecca for music fans in an ex-pub set amongst the warrens between Berwick St Market and Wardour Street, right in the heart of Soh...

MacIntyre Coffee

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MacIntyre Coffee is an unassuming little garage space at the southern end of Hoxton Street, and, at first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking the simp...

Rapha Cycling Club

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If your idea of a perfect Saturday involves waking up with the dawn, slipping on some meticulously tailored lycra and doing a few laps of Richmond Park, or m...

MAWI

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Like most of the shops on Calvert Avenue, Mawi is ostensibly unassuming. Inside it is a different story. The jewellery wouldn’t look out of place decorating ...

Koya

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I recall once referring to Koya as 'The Temple of Udon'. It stuck, if only in my own head. Exquisite in style, outstanding in refined execution, Koya...

Relax Garden

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Relax Garden is a tiny shop beneath a section of the Overground rail track in Shoreditch. In this small space lies a wealth of impressive women's clothin...

Prufrock Coffee

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Prufrock Coffee is the brainchild of World Barista Championship winning Gwilym Davies, and Jeremy Challender - two men who, like this wonderful cafe’s namesa...

Electric Cinema and Diner

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Portobello Road's Electric Cinema has been here for yonks. It opened in 1911 and flourished until The War. Naturally the building fell into disrepair (ni...

Elliot's

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Elliot's is a “market kitchen”, and that's a beautiful thing. Seasonal produce dictates the menu; every piece of broccoli chosen with the...

E5 Bakehouse

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If I were on death row, or in another hypothetical scenario in which I’m forced to choose a last meal, I’d make it hot, buttered sourdough with a great coffe...

Milk Bar

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It's pretty easy to get lost in the streets surrounding Soho Square, but whether you seek out or stumble upon Milk Bar, you're guaranteed a decent cu...

Cafe Oto

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When it comes to experimental music a lot of places want it, a lot of places say they have it, but in London, only Café Oto - with its moving, living communi...

The Shacklewell Arms

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The Shacklewell Arms draws you in with a tractor beam of dim-lit London noir and plenty of fairy lights. Not quite spit-and-sawdust but Ramone-era chic and f...

Rough Trade East

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There’s something soothing about stepping into Rough Trade East, even when it’s busy. Maybe it’s the high ceilings, the in-store coffee bar or the long roomy...

look mum no hands!

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Whether you know what your balls feel like in lycra or not, you will have a nice time at look mum no hands!. Old mates Lewin Chalkley, Matt Harper, and Sam H...

Voodoo Ray's

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At Voodoo Ray's pizza is served by the slice and they’re huge, two-hander deals like those ones you often see being eaten in American movies. Indeed, the...

Chin Chin Labs

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Someone once told me that prior experience enhances enjoyment. “For instance”, they said, “a hot tin of tomatoes after a 50 mile river walk...

Electric Cinema and Diner

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Portobello Road's Electric Cinema has been here for yonks. It opened in 1911 and flourished until The War. Naturally the building fell into disrepair (ni...

The Goodhood Store

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It's the store name on everybody's lips and so it damn well should be because this place is mental. What started out as a “self-initiated, self...

Kristina Records

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“As an artefact, a piece of vinyl is something quite exciting”, says Kristina Records’ Jack Rollo, and this, the first new record store to hit the streets of...