Clapton shopping guide

Clapton shopping guide with Julia Rebaudo

illustration of Clapton Shopping guide by Cicely Creswell

Since moving back from New York, I’ve been trying to re-discover a little of London, and to be fair since I’ve been away there have been some seismic changes in neighbourhoods and shopping districts. Places which were once hidden treasures known only to astute locals are slowly growing into more mainstream destinations which we can all enjoy. One of those places which I recently discovered via the uber cool blogger Julia Rebaudo of Stylonylon was Clapton.

julia rebaudo gives sara delaney a tour of her favourite shops in her home neighbourhood Clapton East London

We set off dodging the raindrops from Clapton station and headed to the Lower Clapton Road. Popping into Palm 2 for a nose around – a one-stop shop for all things deli, it was then a short hop, skip and a jump to Lion Coffee + Records, a small cafe and music spot with lots of little nooks and crannies to grab a coffee and a bite where Julia and I made our plan of attack for the day.

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers Julia Rebaudo and Sara Delaney

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers sara delaney and julia rebaudo featuring Lion Coffee + Records

Suitably refreshed, we gathered our collective cameras (Julia’s an Olympus Pen who she works with closely as an ambassador, mine a trusty Nikon) and headed almost right next door to knitting nirvana Wild and WoollyWhat with the knitting renaissance in full swing, this little store is perfect for picking up patterns, stocking up on supplies and even attending workshops to hone your skills.

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers julia rebaudo and sara delaney featuring knitting store wild and woolly

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers sara delaney and julia rebaudo featuring knitting store wild and woolly

Next head on into accessories store Kate Sheridan, where the first thing that hits you is the divine smell of leather bags. Here you can find an amazing array of eclectic accessories which will have you reaching for your credit card before you’ve even taken a full spin around the store.

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers sara delaney and julia rebaudo featuring accessories store Kate Sheridan

Clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers julia rebaudo and sara delaney featuring the kate sheridan accessories store

For florist fabulousness pop into Oriole & Thistle which was just recovering from the mayhem of Mother’s Day when we peeked inside, but still had blooms enough to brighten up your day.

flowers in oriole & thistle florists on a Clapton shopping guide

Make your way further along Lower Clapton Road to find Bad Denim, which is yes, you’ve guessed it, a denim lovers dream. One of Julia’s fave obsessions, her eyes lit up when she spotted the latest delivery of vintage Levis being hung on the racks.

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers sara delaney and julia rebaudo featuring bad denim store

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers sara delaney and julia rebaudo featuring bad denim store

From there cross the street and pop into trendy hair spot Blue Tit if you need a trim, or settle yourself down right next door for a cuppa and cake in lovely 119 Lower Clapton.

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers sara delaney and julia rebaudo featuring blue tit hair dressers

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers sara delaney and julia rebaudo featuring cafe 119 lower clapton road

Our Clapton shopping guide then took a turn up towards another favourite shopping haunt of Julia’s the Chatsworth Road. After ambling through pretty terraced streets we popped out at Botany. Describing itself as a concept plant and homewares shop, it’s an Instagrammers paradise. Just enough succulents for the perfect flat lay peppered with the right amount of covetable gifts and beauty products to drool over.

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers sara delaney and julia rebaudo featuring plant store botany on Chatsworth road

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers sara delaney and julia rebaudo featuring plant store botany on the chatsworth road

I was frogmarched past Italian restaurant Venerdi, as Julia had our lunch plans sorted, but couldn’t resist a peek into this Chatsworth Road favourite.

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers sara delaney and julia rebaudo featuring venerdi restaurant

From there check out The Hackney Draper which is way much more than a homewares store. You can pick up anything from fabrics to rugs to availing yourself of their bespoke curtain making service.

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers sara delaney and julia rebaudo featuring hackney draper store

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers sara delaney and julia rebaudo featuring hackney draper store

Next up take a look at Everything But The Dog, a mid-century modern furniture haven which stocks all sorts from Ercol to Hans Wegner. Loved these cute candle ideas…

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers sara delaney and julie rebaudo featuring mid-century furniture store Everything But The Dog

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers sara delaney and julie rebaudo featuring mid-century furniture store Everything But The Dog

Another mid-century delight is Triangle, sadly shut when we sauntered by, but definitely worth a visit.

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers sara delaney and julia rebaudo

By then you will have earned your lunch stripes so finish your tour at lovely Cooper & Wolf, a family run restaurant with Swedish inspired picks as well as brunch and lunch favourites.

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers sara delaney and julia rebaudo featuring cooper & wolf restaurant

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers sara delaney and julie rebaudo featuring cooper & wolf restaurant

clapton shopping guide with lifestyle bloggers sara delaney and julia rebaudo featuring cooper & wolf restaurant

With thanks to Julia Rebaudo for her insider knowledge of the neighbourhood. You can catch her take on our tour on her blog here at Stylonylon or follow her travels @stylonylon.

Other huge thanks to the artsy skills of Cicely Creswell for her gorgeous map illustration. You can follow her Instagram @cicelycreswell.

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2 Comments

  1. September 20, 2016 / 2:04 pm

    I love this post Sara – I want to go to Clapton NOW! No scratch that – I want to MOVE to Clapton, it’s so hip & retro 😉

    • September 21, 2016 / 12:39 pm

      Clapton was such a cool spot -definitely worth a visit

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