We opened our fourth retail store on Calvert Avenue in Shoreditch two years ago... quite scary how time flies. The vision of the store was a collaborative showcase between us and furniture brand Another Country. The result is beautiful, hand finished, solid oak shelves and long elegant tables -- all made in England, naturally. Thank you all for your continued support and loyal custom, its been a pleasure meeting you all and please do continue to spread the word.
We caught up with Josh, Calvert Avenue store manager, to find out his favourite Shoreditch hang outs.
Can you explain a little bit about Calvert Avenue and our store?
The buildings on Calvert Avenue are part of the Boundary Estate, Britain’s first social housing project, built in 1890. Their Grade II listed brick work offers a calming reprise just away from the hustle and bustle of Shoreditch High Street and is regarded as one of the prettiest parts of the east end. The wide tree lined street of Calvert Avenue is now home to many independent boutique stores and is making a name for itself as one of London’s best small shopping streets.
Where is the best place to grab a coffee before work?
Shoreditch is spoilt for coffee shops, just around the corner from the store is Bulldog Edition (Ace Hotel’s coffee shop). An exciting addition to the area has been the opening of The Attendant’s second premises. Fans no longer have to travel in to Fitzrovia to have some of their excellent brewed coffee. The guys at Allpress have now moved their roastery up to Dalston, but they’re still on Redchurch St with a great espresso bar when you need to grab a quick coffee.
Where would you pop for brunch?
Shoreditch has almost too much choice for food, if you fancy a modern take on the English Caff then The Albion on Boundary St is perfect. Across the road from them is the ever brilliant Dishoom, a Bombay Café in London – their Bacon Naan rolls get constant hype in London’s foodie scene.
Shoreditch’s best hidden gem?
Shoreditch’s best hidden gem is the Rochelle Canteen located just off of Arnold Circus at the top of Calvert Avenue, serving breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday this restaurant is hidden behind a large inconspicuous black door, just hit the buzzer to get in.
If you had an hour in Shoreditch what would you do/where would you go?
As Summer rolls in for 2016, the Oliver Spencer store is opposite 18th Century St Leonard’s Church (commonly known as Shoreditch Church). The church yard has a lovely floral display from spring in to summer. If you are lucky enough to have an hour to kill in Shoreditch then I’d recommend spending it lapping up some precious rays on the grass in this south facing sun trap.
All of our stores are open 11-7pm Monday-Saturday and 12-5pm Sundays.
10-12 Calvert Avenue
0207 739 3270