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Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Brick Lane Vintage

Brick Lane's plethora of vintage stores is surely one of the area's greatest attributes, however there is no such thing as a one-stop vintage shop. Although many of the boutiques carry a range of apparel and accessories, if you're looking for the very best that Brick Lane has to offer, in the words of Smokey Robinson 'you better shop around.'

Accessories (Belts, Scarves and all that jazz)- Rokit, 101 Brick Lane

Jewelry - Spitalfields Antiques market, every Thursday (alright, not an actual store but to be honest this is one area that Brick Lane vintage is lacking - Spitalfields on a Thursday makes up for this though)

Shoes and Bags - Absolute Vintage, 15 Hanbury Street

Vintage T's -Beyond Retro, 110-112 Cheshire Street

50's garb - Paper Dress Vintage, 114 - 116 Curtain Road ( not Brick Lane but in the general vicinity)

Vintage bathing suits - This Shop Rocks! 131 Brick Lane

Men's - Brick Lane Thrift Store, 68 Sclater Street

Fashion craze of the second - Beyond Retro, as listed above (exploiting tomorrow's trends is Beyond Retro's speciality, rows and rows of what is deemed to be en vogue in the east are pushed to the front of the store periodically resulting in a bevy of homogenous individuals).

Monday, 27 July 2009


If you are looking to go out for a fun, tasty yet affordable dinner Tay Do Cafe, one of the many Vietnamese BYOB restaurants located on Kingsland Road is a fantastic venue to consider. The massive menu boasts a great range of vegetarian, fish and meat options (personal favourites are the tofu and bean sprout udon noodles/tamarind tofu and crab and sweetcorn soup). The restaurant is not licensed to serve alcohol so you are welcome to bring your own. However, they will charge a 50p corkage fee which in comparison to other BYOB's in the area, is relatively cheap. The restaurant is always jam-packed, yet even on a Friday night expect waiting time to be minimal...five to ten minutes at most. Tay Do Cafe's bright green walls and plastic furnishings leave much to be desired in the way of decor but ultimately this is a negligible factor as the bustling atmosphere and delicious dishes steal the show.

Tay Do Cafe, 65 Kingsland Road, E2 8AG

Get Krump!

If you're not familiar with the term 'krump', then you have obviously been hiding under a rock for the past few years.  Krumping (also clown dancing or clowning) is a style of dance that originated in the African-American community of South Central Los Angeles, California. It involves elaborate face-painting and freestyle dance moves usually performed in competition with other crews. Krumping really started to capture the world's attention with the release of the movie 'Rize', a documentary exploring the physically astounding Los Angeles worlds of clowning and krumping.  If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing this visually stunning and award-winning movie, now is the perfect time to do so, as Rich Mix is hosting not only a screening of the movie, but also a master class in krumping afterwards!  This fantastic event is taking place this Friday, July 31 at 1:30 PM and costs only 5 pounds for both the movie and the class... just in time to impress the weekend crowds with your new dance moves.  For more information, go here.

Friday, 24 July 2009

Why Don't You... Sing Some Motown?

Tonight, that's right I said tonight, the Vibe Bar is putting on a very special evening of karaoke.  Now, this isn't the kind of karaoke where people with headache-inducing vocals sing along to lackluster backing music, no indeed.  This karaoke has a 6 piece live funk band backing you to all the Motown classics.  The evening, suitably entitled 'Soul Brew', only requires you to sign up to sing and a small 4 pound investment.  So get your fellow Supremes ready and start practicing those moves!

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Much like this snazzy dwelling on Columbia Road, we too have a correspondence portal!

We promise to start sending your views/ musings/ opinions/ questions/ suggestions/ jokes/ screenplays/ troubles our way!

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Coming Up...

While many of you out there may be utterly fed up with the amount of media attention surrounding the late and great Michael Jackson, we at In the Neighborhood (well myself, at least), have not yet reached the point of complete aggravation.  That being said, the Truman Brewery together with HF Contemporary Art are hosting a Michael Jackson tribute at Draywalk Gallery starting this Friday, July 24.  The exhibition will have original new works by international gallery artists, as well as a concert put on by the Esben Tvalje trio with vocalist Lydia Jenkins.  I think we could all stand to pay tribute to MJ one last time, no?   

Monday, 20 July 2009

Shoreditch Services - Locked out?

Had a little too much fun? Find yourself suddenly keyless/locked out of your home? Thanks to Ryan Nicholl, the 24 hr locksmith, you will no longer have to spend the night nestling on your stoop. This life saviour, yes, life saviour (he doesn't charge a call-out fee) lives in the neighborhood and makes himself available at any hour, night and day. So if you like myself, ever suffer from bouts of scatterbrain-ness, commit his details to memory and all will be well.


T: 0207 247 1600
M: 07768587960

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Lovebox Fever - 2 days to go and festival fashion is on the brain...

Coming Up...

Vauxhall has commissioned artist/designer Kate Moross to customize a Vauxhall Corsa, which will take center stage as part of a celebrity-fueled roller disco event dubbed 'Vauxhall Skate', set to take place July 29 in none other than Shoreditch.  Celebrity DJs including Sophie Ellis Bextor and Alfie Allen will be spinning their sets, Jonny Woo will be hosting a 'car-a-oke' along with numerous dress-up props, and Lyndell Mansfield will be providing free hair styling at a pit-stop salon.  Currently the exact location remains a secret, but you can enter your e-mail address here to win one of the 35 pairs of free tickets being given away by Dazed and Confused magazine, or to put yourself forward for a number of the limited tickets by emailing

Monday, 13 July 2009

Radical Nature

Is it possible to shift our mood on climate change? A new installation in Dalston aims to do just that.  Linked to the Radical Nature exhibit at the Barbican, the Dalston Mill has transformed an old railway line and subsequent wasteland into a 'fully-functioning' mill and wheat field, in an effort to cause people to realize that way we use land, produce food, and relate to one another, are all inextricably linked.  The origin of the installation is actually thousands of miles away in New York, where Agnes Denes' original wheat field juxtaposed against the Manhattan skyline provided an iconic image of environmentalism that will now be emulated in our very own Hackney.  The Dalston Mill is also providing workshops, theatre performances, bread-making, pedal-powered music, and tea-time talks with artists. How wonderful that the neighborhood is providing a means for people to ponder our effects on the planet!  Open daily from 2-10 PM.


Msft, previously known as Missfit Productions is a self proclaimed ‘storytellers pedestal’.  Since 2006, they have played an active role in supporting and publicizing an eclectic palette of emerging talent, from poets to performance artists. 

Their latest project, Speech Motion provides filmmakers and poets with a platform to preview their work via an open mic/screen night at Shoreditch’s The Horse and Groom.   This exciting addition to the neighborhood's cultural calendar will run every last Tuesday of the month and will culminate in Speech Motion’s headlining talent.

So, if you fancy yourself a poet, storyteller, performer or filmmaker (or all of the above), Speech Motion is a fantastic opportunity to exhibit your work. To be considered for one of the 12 headlining spots get in touch with msft at  Headlining acts will be paid  for participation.

Upcoming night: 28th July-The Horse and Groom, Curtain Rd. – Doors open at 7pm - £4 entry. 

Want more information? Visit msft's website.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Market Mayhem... Part 3

The Sunday Upmarket on 81 Brick Lane and Hanbury street is a great place to spend your Sunday.  With over 200 stalls boasting everything from worldly food stalls to vintage fabrics, this market has been known to draw quite the crowd, making for yet another great people-watching spot.  The market also has a history of supporting local artists and and deciders, which we think is very neighborhoodly indeed!  Open every Sunday from 10 am - 5 pm.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Top Ten - Shoreditch Street Art

This Michael Jackson tribute on Rivington Street steals the #7 spot for our favourite Shoreditch Street Art.

Our Second Home

The Old Shoreditch Station, located on the corner of Kingsland Road and Old Street, is undoubtedly an In the Neighborhood favorite, both day and night.  In fact, Jezebel and myself are sitting here (here being the station of course) at this very moment enjoying an iced green tea and toffee nut muffin whilst partaking in some excellent people-watching.  Set in the original railway station, the daytime atmosphere is perfect for internet browsing while the vibe at night is conducive for friendly encounters with some fantastic characters.  Like it's sister bar, (Jaguar Shoes) Old Shoreditch Station features monthly art exhibitions and on display this month is Ashley Lande's psychedelic 'Truth + Magical Love = Freedom'.  The staff is lovely, the couches are comfy, and the music will definitely have you dancing in your seat (isn't seated dancing the best?).

Thursday, 9 July 2009

A Quick Read

Just some lunchtime literary entertainment for you... an amusing article re Shoreditch House.  Check it out: GQ Daily

Unconventionally conventional - Gilbert and George

The White Cube gallery plays host to Gilbert and George's new exhibition, The Jack Freak Pictures from Friday, 10th of July.   The two artists have been working together since 1967, when they first met at Central St. Martins.  The usually tweed-clad pair say their ideas arise from confusion and  liken their process to automatic writing, which provides for the eclectic nature of  the 153  images on display.

10th July - 22nd August. Private view, Thursday 9th July (today), 18.00-20.00

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Gig tonight.

'In the Neighborhood' favourite, The Brute Chorus play at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen this evening.  They will be sharing the intimate venue's stage with The Bookhouse Boys and Gold Sounds, followed by Clash DJ's.  The Brute Chorus's live show transcends awesome and stands much closer to mind-blowing.  To miss out would be a very silly thing. 

Tickets are £5 in advance and £6 on the door. Doors open @ 20.15

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Shoreditch in the News!

Hackney was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal in an article detailing the neighborhood and why it would be a good place to stay for the upcoming Olympics.  Journalist Sarah McBride does a decent job at explaining some of the best spots to eat/stay/play while in the area, and we couldn't be more thrilled to see that other people are starting to appreciate and recognize the neighborhood as well!  Although we also couldn't disagree more with her description of Shoreditch as being suffocatingly hip.  Sorry you can't hang, Sarah. Check out the article here.


1234 Shoreditch Festival is providing YOU with the opportunity to win a pair of VIP backstage tickets to the upcoming festival!  Just answer one simple (and I mean simple) question and you could be on your way to enjoying the musical ramblings of The Rakes, Ipso Facto, S.C.U.M., Patrick Wolf, and so much more.  Don't miss this opportunity!  Go here for more details.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Why Don't You... Check out the Idea Generation Gallery

The Idea Generation Gallery, located on on Chance Street, showcases the best of contemporary art and popular photography.  At the moment, the main attraction features work by John "Hoppy" Hopkins, a freelance photographer and former nuclear physicist in the 1950's.  Hopkins' involvement in the London underground movement in the late 1960's has allowed for a unique take on the new politics of peace and counter-culture of the time.  He has not only produced images of iconic figures such as Malcom X and John Lennon, but also the seemingly "seedier" images of London at the time, including tattoo parlours and fetishists.  His exhibit, dubbed "Against Tyranny" is showing until the 19th of July... something that should not be missed.

Sunday, 5 July 2009


Macondo, the latin inspired cafe-cum-gallery in Hoxton Square is definitely one of my favourite things about the neighborhood.  

Their delicious deli selection is always pleasing and not much makes me happier than sitting on Macondo's deck with a slice of tortilla and a Corona.  Oh and their selection of cakes is second to none in the area.  The menu also boasts a reasonably priced cocktails, breakfast and dinner options.  

If you have yet to visit this charming spot, don't hesitate any longer...and if you need any more encouragement they currently have a lunchtime special offer on.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Shoes of Shoreditch

Somebody: Alicia 

Spotted: Old Street

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Books. Art. Books+Art. Book Art.

A fine marriage indeed.  Book Art emerged through the post-modern impulse to challenge the formalities and commodification of art and a viewing of the V&A's collection last year left me with a burgeoning interest in the medium.  Unfortunately, artists books aren't too easy to come by...unless you live in the neighborhood that is!  Shoreditch has its very own 'bookartbookshop'.   Stop in to peruse the shop's unrivaled collection of international contemporary book art and support this not-for-profit organisation. 

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