One of the great things about Shoreditch is the fact that, for such a forward-looking, modern place, it sure loves its retro style.
That’s not too surprising, considering retro is one of the biggest trends in fashion and design right now. But the sheer number of places where you can find quirky, authentic antiques and retro wares in Shoreditch almost boggles the mind. And they’re all easy to get to from your M Hotel. And, with this in mind, let’s dive in!
Bang in the middle of Shoreditch High Street, Elemental is the place to go if you’re looking for some retro pieces for any part of the home.
Covering two floors and housed in a Grade-2 Listed Building, you can find all the retro wares you want at Elemental, from antiques, to ‘curiosities’, to retro designer pieces and much more. When it comes to furniture, the emphasis is very much on mid-century pieces, but the antiques on offer cover a broad range of styles and time periods.
Elemental is the type of place you can spend hours digging into every corner for the perfect find, and the attentive, welcoming staff are more than happy to help you find what you’re seeking. And, if you’re hungry after all that antiquing, it’s only a short journey from Elemental to Montcalm’s Plate Restaurant.
One of the best things about Atomic Antiques – aside from the enormous amount of stock – is that it really is a retro antique store. Rather than being a retro clothing store with a few older pieces on show, the primary focus here is very much on antiques.
And Atomic Antiques take great care sourcing their stock so that you can find retro designer wares from Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, Mario Bellini and more. What you’ll find at Atomic Antiques is a massive range of stock covering the period from the 1920’s to the 1980’s. That means a lot of art deco, mid-century and later retro pieces and more than enough selection to meet your tastes.
Atomic Antiques is a great place and one of the best retro antique outlets in all of Shoreditch. And, even better, it’s only a short hop from Atomic Antiques to the M by Montcalm bar.
Housed right on Columbia Road – a ten-minute walk from your M Hotel – Vintage Heaven has a vast array of retro and antique pieces on offer, with a particular focus on homewares.
The shop came about as a result of the owner’s retro collecting habit. And the result is a place that should more than meet the needs of any lover of retro style. Vintage Heaven is the type of place where you need to take the time to explore and find the perfect pieces because, frankly, there’s so much on offer that it would be easy to pick up the first gem you find and rush to the till. So, take some time to explore and find the perfect retro antique for you – it’s in there somewhere!