June 19th, 2017

A Guide to Charlotte Road

Written by Kristen Van Aken
Photos by Molly Webb

Welcome to Charlotte Road 

Charlotte Road, nestled between the vibrant and youthful neighborhoods of Shoreditch and Hackney, remains a tucked away gem in the midst of London’s silicon roundabout. As it goes with the story of gentrification, the street has become a utopia of cool coffee shops, funky barbers, and booming startups. And while pretty much every place on the street is worth having a peek, here’s a guide to the best places to shop, eat, and browse while you’re on our block.

Origin Coffee

If you’re a fan of the artisanal coffee craze, Origin is your place. In keeping with a growing love for real, good coffee, Origin meets the demands of even the most snobbish coffee connoisseur. With an owner and a staff passionate about sustainability, the store only produces fair trade products that reflect environmentally and socially sustainable practices, making every cup of coffee traceable and transparent. Whether it’s the espresso or brew bar, signature drinks menu, speciality teas, or breakfasts and light lunches, they won’t disappoint. Oh, and if that isn’t enough you can check out the teaching studio downstairs to perfect your coffee making skills and even hone in on your foam art.

65 Charlotte Rd, London EC2A 3PE

Tommy Guns

If you happen to need a haircut while in the area, Tommy Guns, now a decade on, remains a cutting edge London salon, maintaining its iconic and retro feel. Born in Soho, the newer Charlotte Road space lives up to the cool and professional atmosphere they are so famous for. Men’s cuts start from £39, and women’s cuts can be had from £49.

49 Charlotte Rd, London EC2A 3QT

Edit Tokyo

Edit Tokyo is a brand built on a fusion of punk, preppy and hippie style, bringing functional yet sophisticated looks to the streets of Shoreditch. The fashion is formed through collaborations with Japanese artists, brands as well as original products that are Japanese designed and manufactured in England. The store brings a unique fashion flare to Charlotte Road and is definitely worth a browse.

57 Charlotte Rd, London EC2A 3QT

W.A. Green

Self declared as “dopamine for the home” W.A. Green is a is a true treasure-trove of decorative items guaranteed to brighten up even the dimmest room. The attention to detail, the passion for colour and print is palpable on entrance. And while the store only opened its doors 2 months ago, it has been driven to success by its warm atmosphere and ethos for items with a story. All pieces are curated by the owner, showcasing items ranging from hand stitched blankets and handmade soaps to funky pillows and furniture created by up and coming Shoreditch natives.

10 Charlotte Rd, London EC2A 3QT

Ruby

Ruby’s has garnered itself a loyal following and subsequently earned a spot on our list. A go to takeaway lunch spot, Ruby’s serves up a hearty breakfast and a freshly curated lunch menu. Dishes range from the pasta of the day to avocado salads, burgers, and steak sandwiches. At £3 it’s a pretty cheap lunch. The sandwiches and pasta are priced at around £5-6.

35 Charlotte Rd, London EC2A 3QT

The Bricklayers Arms

First known as a mecca for local artists, loft dwellers and the odd genuine geeza, the Bricklayers Arms has a deep history on Charlotte Road. The top floor serves a diverse array of food, Thai and British cuisine, while the bar serves up reasonably priced pints. On a sunny day the crowd here spills out onto the street – be sure to check out this bohemian boozer for an authentic Shoreditch experience.

63 Charlotte Rd, London EC2A 3QT

Galleries

Lastly, look no further than Charlotte Road if you’re seeking some cultural immersion. The street is home to two galleries both offering up their own collection of great art. Head over to the Carl Freedman gallery and get an exclusive look at the works of emerging artists from all over the globe. The contemporary gallery has around 6 or 7 exhibitions annually and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm. The Ann Cathrin November Høibo exhibit is on from 19 May – 17 June.

Next up, check out L’étrangère. Opened in 2014, the gallery’s guiding concept is ‘liquid modernity,’ encompassing the idea that its exhibitions reflect the multinational, cosmopolitan and multicultural fabric of modern urban society. Moreover, they aim to represent artists that explore and convey the political, social and cultural changes of today’s increasingly complex and unstable world. The Poetry of Detritus exhibit is on from the 26 May – 15 July.

29 Charlotte Rd, London EC2A 3QT (Carl Freedman)

44A Charlotte Rd, London EC2A 3QT (L’étrangère)

Getting to Charlotte Road

Charlotte Road is a 8 minute walk from Old Street Underground Station and 7 minutes walk from Shoreditch High Street station.