There's a creative buzz rising in Leytonstone and I may be biased but get here quick to experience it at it's best. With sweet little cafes such as All You Read Is Love and The Wild Goose Bakery providing delicious treats and The Red Lion being the place to go for a pint, there is certainly plenty to accompany the various retro markets and Leytonstone's own vintage shop complete with classic car, Stone & Crow.
At the heart of it all, next to the Alfred Hitchcock mosaic clad station, lies a pop-up space and it is soon to see the return of Laura Lea Design and her cast of eclectic designers. Laura Lea Design took residence in this space over the month of August and she sure kicked some ass in the her time there. Her success in the local area has confirmed her return permanently at some point in October (hurrah!) I'll keep you updated on an opening date.
Laura has collated a selection of artists and designers varying from the architectural prints of Oliver Frances to the beautifully intricate drawings of Mr Smith. It's also great to see the whimsical prints of Augusta Ackerman hanging proud, having previously featured her work a little earlier this year. For the homeware fanatics there's a great selection of potted plants in a multitude of printed vases and the East Wick girls have supplied their scented candles, which had me sniffing with delight and deliberating on scents for quite a while.
I'm really excited about what Laura Lea is going to be bringing on her return - for one, I only need to walk ten minutes to do all of my Christmas shopping - and there's a strong sense of community accompanying the shop which is lovely to witness first hand. With the help of her super assistant, Alex, she's going forward with giving hope to the emerging artists of London and championing what I'm looking to embrace in my own features. Watch out for a little post soon featuring the musings of the lady herself and follow her for updates on the re-opening of the shop (I can confirm that she sure knows how to throw a good party)