I have frequented Brick Lane’s Vintage Emporium in East London a few times recently to aquire inspiration for wedding attire. Recently I went down there with my dear friend and bridesmaid Charlie, who as is happens has also recently become engaged (congratulations lady!).
The shop is a treasure trove of vintage clothing and accessories dating from victorian times to circa 1940s/1950s. There are numerous cabinets inlaid with delicate pre-war bits and pieces for both men and women. There are rails of vintage and antique dresses from beaded flapper dresses to 1940s day dresses and the shelves above house all manner of things from dress hats to spats.
I saw a stunning green 1950s swimsuit that was very hard to walk away from, they even have a section dedicated to victorian to early 20th century childrenswear (although surely they were all too stunning to be worn by a rough and tumble tot of today).
This is not a post all about the lovely vintage dresses and accessories we saw there because my fiance reads this blog and the bridalwear is strictly hush hush as we both hope to keep it a surprise for the big day.
I also wanted to highlight the delight which is the victorian style tea room upstairs above the shop. Although I have been to the shop many times I had always meant to have a stay in the tea room but never quite had the time. Finally, the best opportunity: time for tea, a shared slice of cake and a good girly natter about weddings with one of my closest friends who I haven’t seen in a while.
As you can see from the photos the place is an eclectic miss-mash of vintage paraphernalia, nostalgic background music and mix and match old furniture. I could barely stop glancing from place to place at all the interesting curiosities around the room.
The staff are very friendly (in the shop too) and they even have regular visits from The owner’s two adorably scruffy dogs, the smaller of whom likes to take up residence in random armchairs.
On the whole a lovely relaxed place for a mid-shop cup of tea. Interestingly it is also available for events.
Find out more at www.vintageemporiumcafe.com