You know where you are with T&SHOP. The T stands for tea, and the SHOP refers to the “lifestyle concept” retail section of the business which sells all sorts of nice things for the home and body. As to exactly where you are with regards location, we’re talking 78 Green Lanes, London, which the T&SHOP folks handily describe as being “on the Hackney side of the border with Islington, Canonbury, Newington Green and Green Lanes”. This is helpful as it means I don’t have to risk ascribing the shop to a definitive neighbourhood and getting it wrong by a few feet, thus sending the members of London’s frankly unfathomable micro-‘hoods into a tizz.
Anyway, once you’ve got your bearings and found the way to T&SHOP, it’s time for a relaxing brew. That may be a fancy sort of infusion involving black, white or green teas, one of many herbal infusions, or a good old-fashioned, no-nonsense builder’s tea that only costs a quid. Coffee is also available, and there is a selection of home-baked cakes made using recipes that minimise impact on the waistline. When fed and watered, it’s down to the SHOP, where you will find a selection of products arranged on display points made from osb, salvaged metal and wood. The collection includes clothing, accessories, toiletries, cards, magazines, furniture and ceramics and all sorts besides, with a focus on British makers.