The exquisitely tongue-and-chic collection 'Vermin' by London based label Antipodium has just arrived in store. Always inspired designer Geoffrey J. Finch kept his mood-board in the neighborhood this season, with the colourful melting pot of culture and calamity surrounding Antipdoium’s East London studio providing vivid imagery for the range.
A confusing, illogical metropolis of pie shops and artesian bakeries, launderettes and ateliers. We asked the expert G.J.F, to give us the lowdown on getting around in East London.
Firstly, where’s good to eat?
Yes, good to see you’ve got your priorities right. The Pavilion in Victoria Park has the best breakfast in town. Burn it off on a pedallo on the lake afterwards. In the evening head to the Corner Room at Town Hall Hotel – frozen panacotta: nomnomnom. They don’t take bookings but that often provides a good exuse to have cocktails downstairs in Viajante bar.
Where would one go to see great art?
White Cube Hoxton Square for all your beautiful Gilbert and George, Richard Phillips, Chapman Bros etc. I think there’s a Gormley show on there at the moment.
To buy good produce?
Broadway Market on Saturday mornings – after your yoga/FuelBand-monitored run obviously.
Any local-colloquialisms we should be aware of when visiting?
‘Alright?’ as a mumbled greeting can be q. disarming for the uninitiated. It translates roughly to “How are you?”
What would an East London gal never leave home without?
Where or what should be avoided at all costs?
Shoreditch on a Friday night: townies unite
Where’s good to see live music?
There’s often interesting stuff on at the Shacklewell Arms.
The Spurstowe Arms. Every man and his whippet will be there. Their fixies will be out the front.
Weird and wonderful things happen at Vogue Fabrics. Efe’s Pool Hall is q. genius also. Someone’s kitchen is generally the norm though. Oh dear.
To get that stain out of your shirt the next day?
Five Star Dry Cleaners on Cambridge Heath Road will sort you right. Solis Laundrette on Bethnal Green Road is worth a visit though; if only for the proprietor’s eye makeup.