Labour And Wait, Shoreditch
- 020 7729 6253
- 85 Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ
- closed Mon; 11am-6pm Tue-Sun
This isn't a shop from the Victorian era, but it certainly has the feel of a place untouched by modern technology. Everything it sells is either a tried-and-tested design classic, or a lovingly recreated slice of times past. There are no trendy gadgets, but plenty of gift ideas.
The materials on show are traditional ones, with such things as wooden broomsticks and brushes, paraffin lamps, aluminium watering cans and buckets, enamel kitchen goods, wooden children's toys, reprints of antique books. Much of it can be found on their website and is available for mail-order.
Staff wear aprons, and goods are carefully wrapped in tissue paper and packed into brown paper bags. Service is friendly.
Prices aren't cheap, but the goods on sale are sturdy and likely to be long-lasting, so may be considered good value.