Christmas and shopping two words that bring happiness or stress, to avoid the latter we’ve picked out some of our favourite local spots to nab yourself some thoughtful and unique gifts, perfect stocking fillers and perhaps a cheeky gift to yourself. Well, you deserve it, right!?
Boxpark, Shoreditch is a two-tier collection of shipping containers converted into bars, restaurants and independent shops. Our friends at Papersmiths have transformed one of the tiny 300sq feet containers into an elegant dusky pink stationary heaven. They’ve picked out tools that bring some joy to your everyday and goods that inspire some wonder and curiosity. In their own words “We don’t do bland”.
| Papersmiths, Unit 7, Boxpark, Shoreditch, E1 6GY
| Closest station: Shoreditch High Street Overground
Christmas and candy go hand in hand, but instead of just stuffing your face with some sugary delights why not try your hand at creating your own? At a Spun Candy masterclass, you can learn the science and craft in bringing to life one of the most iconic British candy traditions, create lollipop faces and flowers, crunchy honeycomb, crumbling fudge, dreamy popcorn and mouth-watering brittle in their onsite candy kitchen. Not everyone can say they’ve had their face turned into a lollipop…
Receive 15% off Spun Candy masterclasses with code “QBIC15”
PLUS 5% off Spun Candy shop products with code “QBIC5”
| Spun Candy, 58 Wentworth St, London E1 7AL
| Closest station: Aldgate East
We all know Christmas is the time to get merry, so why not gift someone with an experience? East London Liquor Company is a distillery producing and importing a range of quality spirits including gin, rum and whisky. Bringing spirits production back to London’s East End after more than a century, reinstating an industry back to its roots. Explore the science behind distillation, the history of your favourite tipple and a guided tasting of spirits from around the world on one of ELLC tasting tours.
| East London Liquor Company, GF1, 221 Grove Rd, London E3 5SN
| Closest station: Bethnal Green underground
Earl of East London and Kana, two local businesses sharing a common goal of creation come together under one roof to form Bonds, a store, coffee spot and event space located in East London’s Hackney. The hub for the creatives and a perfect location to pick up handcrafted goods by local brands and makers or try out creative workshops hosted by local partners from screen printing and life drawing to a beginner’s pour over coffee class or candle making workshop.
| Bonds Hackney, 5A Gransden Ave, London E8 3QA
| Closest station: London Fields
Cheese fit for the Queen – literally! Family run Androuet, in Old Spitalfields Market is where you need to head to eat or buy cheese from the most knowledgeable and most respected name in the industry. These guys are serious about cheese and if it’s good enough for the Queen then it’s good enough for us. Make sure to try one of their grilled cheese baguettes, pasta or cheese fondue – well it’s always good to try before you buy right!?
| Androuet, Old Spitalfields Market, 10 Lamb St, London E1 6EA
| Closest station: Liverpool Street
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