THE W.A.GREEN GUIDE TO SHOREDITCH: ANTIQUES
Antiques are an interesting addition to any household, bringing in one-off pieces and turning on the mass-produced styles of the high-street. We believe it’s good to have variety within interiors and shopping for antiques is one of our favourite pastimes. If you’re looking for the best shops in East London to hit up for your restored furniture fix, check out the below in our guide to antiques in Shoreditch.
Atomic Antiques is quite simply, well, atomic! Founder William has a great eye for mid-century furniture and has been bringing this style of interior to the forefront, long before it was popular. We find the shop is especially good for lighting and it’s safe to say that our own Zoe has picked up some very interesting scene setters throughout the years.
Stock consists of an eclectic mix of original items ranging from the 1920′s to the 1980′s and includes many industrial pieces as well as vintage design items from Fritz Hansen, Finmar and Danish, Italian, French, Dutch, Swedish and British design houses. You can easily grab a classic piece for life from Atomic.
Find them here: 125 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JE
Monster retro chandeliers, leather armchairs and beautiful fireplaces fill Renaissance Antiques and entering does feel like stepping into Aladdin's Cave; your one wish being that you could bring it all home.
The warehouse sits next to the showroom and it’s one of the only buildings left in Shoreditch where artists are still in residence. It’s packed with beautifully reproduced fireplaces, which sit amidst enormous and stunning lighting, chandeliers, statement mirrors and other pieces of architectural salvage. Service is great so just ask if you’re looking for something in particular.
Find them here: 193-195 City Road, Hoxton, London EC1V 1JN
Located next to Shoreditch Church lies a little hidden gem, Restoration Station, a not-for-profit social enterprise run by the addiction recovery charity Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT). What looks like a small antique shop is actually an organisation that teaches people recovering from addiction how to restore furniture.
Trainees gain the satisfaction of creative work, building confidence by getting good at what they do and talking to new people in the shop. Purchases support the ongoing recovery of these people from addiction, helping to avoid relapse. Of course, there are some beautiful pieces to be had too, so pop in to support a great cause and get your hands on some brilliant mid-century pieces.
Find them here: 116-118 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JN
Elemental was established 20 years ago in Spitalfields in what was then the emerging creative quarter of London's East End. The restored period shop is spread over 2 floors in the Grade 2 listed former Wells & Company Commercial Iron Works building and has a reputation for unusual and unique furniture, lighting and interiors. The pieces are a little more upmarket and quite often one-of-a-kind so expect some higher price tags than the other stores mentioned.
Find them here: 130 Shoreditch High Street E1 6JE
High-end antique chimneypieces, furniture, sculpture and lighting fill this dramatic church showroom and just entering the building alone is jaw dropping enough. We liken it to an ancestral museum full of enormous fireplaces, coats of armour and chandeliers saved from crumbling castles.
Opened in 1969 by Geoff Westland, the company continue to this date to specialise in one-off fireplaces and fine architectural antiques.
Find them here: Leonard Street, St Michael's Church, London EC2A 4QX
Pure White Lines
A treasure trove of unique finds and should be your first point of call if you're looking for something eclectic. The stock changes very fast so it's worth popping back if you don't find what you want the first time. Think intriguing taxidermy, antique mirrors and opulent chandeliers.
For more of our top tips on places to visit in Shoreditch, check out our journal for insight into interiors, antiques and more.