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Clapton’s Chatsworth Road has been a hive of activity as far back as the 1930s, but by the 90s the traders had packed up their stalls and the stretch earned the infamous moniker of Murder Mile. Thankfully, the street has been lovingly transformed over recent years. Like many areas in London, it has undergone (and is still very much undergoing) something of a revival.
Trendy concept stores sit alongside east end stalwarts like Paks and delicatessens of the gluten-free variety share their postcode with fried chicken shops. The old sits comfortably next to the new. This sentiment is certainly shared by those who own businesses on the street: “It has the perfect mix of family-run shops that have been on the road for decades, alongside newer destination stores, with everyone supporting each other”, says the team at clothing and furniture retailer, Triangle Store.
Exotic textile emporium The Hackney Draper opened its doors in October 2014, and sources rugs, linens and haberdashery from around the world. Hessian tote bags, colourful cushions and candles are also on offer here – it’s the perfect stop for a unique gift or payday treat. So, what makes Chatsworth Road the ideal location?
“Clapton is such a diverse area. The Sunday market on Chatsworth Road attracts a younger crowd, whereas during the week it tends to be people renovating their houses and looking to get curtains made or furniture upholstered… Clapton is becoming such a hotspot of all things fashionable.”
The “fashionable” aspect is evident as soon as you step foot on Chatsworth Road. Drop in at Triangle and you can pick up a pair of Swedish Hasbeens and threads from hip new label FELDT, while simultaneously browsing their impressive selection of mid-century Dutch furniture. Or head to Botany – an inspiring space “dedicated to beautiful things” – to stock up on gorgeous succulents, organic skincare and charming stationery and greeting cards.
The best day to visit? Definitely Sunday. While French bakery Dorée has your breakfast needs covered – smashed avocado on sourdough and a flat white, please – popular market stalls like Deeney’s (if you haven’t had a Macbeth toasty, you haven’t lived) are ideal for foodies on the move. Matt from Triangle suggests dropping in on Frank at the launderette’s coffee counter. Angela at Botany says you simply can’t beat the cinnamon buns at Swedish eatery Cooper And Wolf.
The perfect spot for a lazy Sunday brunch or a leisurely stroll around the shops, Chatsworth Road is fast becoming one of East London’s quietly cool gems.
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