Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

After our expedition to Brick Lane and Colombia Road markets, Mlle and I were hanging out for a nice cup of tea. Mlle had somewhere in mind and we headed back in the direction of Shoreditch High Street. Down an unprepossessing side street, we came to our destination, 14 Bacon Street. I wouldn’t have gone down that street let alone go into the building if I hadn’t been with Mlle – it looked somewhat derelict to say the least and I really wondered where she was taking me! Above the entrance you could just about make out the name of an old business in faded writing. Most of the adjacent walls were daubed in graffiti. However there was a small sign pointing inside with “14 Bacon Street” written on it – Mlle seemed to know what she was doing so I followed along!



What a contrast from the exterior! Inside 14 Bacon Street (formerly called the Vintage Emporium) you will find a hip and trendy cafe/bar, which also doubles as a small music venue (opening hours Friday – Sunday 11.00 – 22.00). It is extremely popular and we were lucky to be able to get a table at all. Fortunately we found a small one tucked away near the stairs. The interior hasn’t been renovated as such but this adds to the character and charm. The furniture is in a cosy vintage style and with the small band playing it had a lovely convivial atmosphere. We had a welcome pot of one of their speciality teas accompanied by a large slice of berry teacake with cream cheese frosting. It was the sort of the place where we could have whiled away the whole afternoon and judging by the comings and goings a very popular meeting spot for locals.



The old vintage emporium is now housed downstairs and I had a quick browse around. There was a lot of vintage clothing with a particular emphasis on evening wear and accessories (am sure my granddaughters would have had a field day playing dress ups) and some quirky pieces of furniture and bric-a-brac. It was slightly spooky being down in the basement by myself especially when the toilet door (also housed down here) appeared to be vintage as well and for a couple of minutes I thought I’d be stuck there for posterity (yank the door hard to open if you ever go there!).



Cafe, bar and live music venue – 14 Bacon Street is definitely worth checking out if you’re visiting the Brick Lane area – it has a wonderful artistic vibe and feels like you’re stepping into a bygone era!


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18 thoughts on “Exploring The Old East End – 14 Bacon Street

  1. Great find…nice pics and story. (Suzanne)

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    1. Thanks Suzanne- it’s the sort of place you have to know about to go there so thought it was worth sharing! Definitely a great find πŸ™‚


  2. I used to work for a company that had a contract to clean Brick Lane after the market. That was quite a job I can tell you!


    1. I can well imagine Andrew! The streets looked filthy towards the end of the day!

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  3. What a quirky and unusual place Rosemary – definitely shows having a “local” to show you around pays off!! I love the fact you’d never guess if you didn’t know what lay behind that facade. Think I might have freaked a bit in the loo though….

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    1. Thanks Joy – definitely need a “local” to show you around! It’s quite funny thinking of Mlle as a “London local” now – she is the only one of us born in Australia and is therefore Australian by birth and we also lived in London for 9 years but never really ventured into the East End! The toilet was a bit concerning at the time – I really thought I was stuck and wondered how long it would be before Mlle came to find me!! Great place though – can highly recommend if you are ever out that way it’s a real gem πŸ™‚

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      1. I’ve made note of it Rosemary – just the sort of place we love!!

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        1. Yes am sure you’d love it Joy – it’s a good place to know about! πŸ˜ƒ

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  4. RuthsArc says:

    What a wonderful place.

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    1. Thanks Ruth it’s lovely – really great atmosphere and laid back vibe! πŸ™‚


  5. lumar1298 says:

    Too bad we don’t have something similar here in Florida… Sound like a charm…

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    1. It’s a unique place in a unique area – so much character and charm πŸ˜ƒ


  6. ledrakenoir says:

    Fascinating views… πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Drake – it’s certainly an interesting part of town! πŸ™‚

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  7. thegreyeye says:

    Many times it happens, we don’t get attracted seeing the exterior and inside is a gem. In my native place, there is a small tibetan restaurant, in a very narrow blind lane. It has simple plastic chairs and few tables, but the food is awesome. So, foodies who know the place, keep coming πŸ˜€

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    1. It’s so often the case isn’t it – sometimes you just have to go inside and see for yourself but it helps if you have local knowledge! πŸ™‚

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  8. restlessjo says:

    I love places with a bit of character, Rosemay, and this has it in spades. πŸ™‚ Reminds me of a Nottingham one whose name escapes me at the minute but you can spend a day in there (even without getting locked in the loo πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ )

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    1. Thanks Jo – am sure you’d love this place and hopefully they will have fixed the loo door by then! It was such a lovely spot in which to while away some time on a Sunday afternoon after a trip to the markets πŸ™‚

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