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Hackney Borough

Here at FW, we love to explore and uncover new places. On a recent trip to London I had time to explore the borough of Hackney, from Lower Clapton to Broadway Market it’s full of creative folk, independent business and an all round feel good factor. I have to say it’s one of my favourite areas of London. With a little help from Instagram, On The Grid and a bit of curiosity, here’s a few I wanted to share.

Triangle Store

Firstly this is an absolute corker, the Triangle Store Hackney. Situated in Lower Clapton not too far from Homerton station, this store boast, charm, style and simplicity. Opened by three friends with an idea to share their love for products and good design. This quirky store houses products form the likes of HAY, Ferm Living and Normann-Copenhagen, not to mention their support for local makers such as Bethnals and Maya Njie (I couldn’t resist buying one of her scents, Les Fleurs) All in all this store is definitely worth exploring!

Trade

Brunch of the day anyone?! This place is a real treat, if you’re a coffee drinker or sucker for all things flavoursome, then this is a delightful place to step into, getting away from the hustle of Commercial Road. Deceptively narrow from the exterior, this quaint coffee shop and sandwich bar has a lovely sitting area looking out towards a small decked terrace (a lovely sun trap) with even their own smoker…(winning)

Hato Press
Aesop

Hato Press is an independent printing and publishing house, just off Hackney Road. The brightly coloured exterior (accompanied by a rather lovely swing sign) leads into a wondrous shop full of printed matter. From floor to celling, the walls are covered by a collection of colourful risograph: from books and stationery to limited edition prints featuring illustrators from the likes of Alice Bowsher, Daniel Frost and the renowned Jean Jullien. (If you’re a cat lover, Curious, a humorous picture book, is worth a pick me up.)

Aesop, every designer’s dream product! Need I say more? I know it’s been established for years, but stumbling across its Broadway Market store reinforced my love for the brand even more. It felt like walking back in time: brown chemist bottles line the shelves and Cherry wood fixtures and fittings compliment the muted green walls. The pleasant aroma adds to the charm of the interior.