New Overground stations with Tube connections make it easy to visit fashionable Shoreditch from all parts of London. And every journey is worth it. Young shop owners are offering cutting-edge design and exciting homeware gift ideas, so cheer yourself up on a wet November weekend by giving the place a visit.
All the shops are open on Sundays, as are the Brick Lane and Truman Brewery markets (trumanbrewery.com). But avoid the early part of the week when many of its specialist boutiques are resolutely closed.
1 SCP Designs is the biggest, oldest and classiest E2 design store (25 years old). Owner Sheridan Coakley has an impeccable take on design classics, to which he adds a modern overlay, such as furniture by maestros Matthew Hilton, Terence Woodgate and more. Good for: furnishing essentials, hardware and gifts. Love: the Donna Wilson cushion bar (from £56). 135-139 Curtain Road, EC2; 020 7739 1869; scp.co.uk.
2 Lifestylebazaar's enthusiastic and knowledgeable owners eat, breathe, and sleep design, even living above the shop. Good for: personal service, Kartell chairs and lights and a touch of the surreal. Love: the cabinet of curiosities with bone china plates by The New English (£69.50). 11a Kingsland Road, E2; 020 7739 9427; lifestylebazaar.com.
3 Mathmos enshrines those lava lamps you love to hate. It also has some marvellous modern design. Good for: lighting tales of the unexpected. Love: Airswitch light - a wave of the hand turns it on (from £55). 96 Kingsland Road, E2; 020 7549 2700; mathmos.com.
4 Milk is small and perfectly formed, with a wall of witty surreal plates and plenty of furniture to match. Good for: Fornasetti - of course (plates from £125). Love: human-body chairs by Fabio Novembre - Him and Her (from £360). 118½, Shoreditch High Street, E1; 020 7729 9880; milkconceptboutique.co.uk.
5 At Maiden, Noah Crutchfield fills a small new space with shelves of delightful stuff. Good for: gifts you can afford. Love: cute motorised nodding Jap-cats (white £8, gold £6.50); "British breakfast" china plates (£10), and tiny bright alarm clocks (£5). 188 Shoreditch High Street, E1; 020 7998 0185; maidenshop.com.
6 Squint's patchwork chairs, sofas and other furniture are widely copied but no one can match its unerring eye and beautiful fabrics. Good for: sitting pretty. Love: multi-hued fabric-covered dressing table. 178 Shoreditch High Street, E1; 020 7739 9275; squintlimited.com.
7 Caravan is a menagerie of home delights: Bambi lamps, moody ravens, deer-head hooks. Not essential, but very fanciable. Good for: fantasy furnishings. Love: Deborah Bowness hand-printed wallpaper stacked with books (£169 a roll). 3 Redchurch Street, E2; 020 7033 3532; caravanstyle.com.
8 Maison: Trois Garçons has a same-named restaurant, the eclectic-baroque ambience of which has inspired this new interiors shop. Duck under chrome and crystal chandeliers to see china tea sets, glittery glass, lamps and trinkets crammed on to fab furniture finds. Good for: vintage treasures. Love: a china Crufts of finely modelled dogs (from £25). 45 Redchurch Street, E2; 07879 640858; maison3garcons.myshopify.com.
9 Labour and Wait has a new home for treasures, from enamelled homewares to bristle brooms. Good for: homely utensils and kitchenware. Love: computer brushes (£18.50) and French school tumblers (£2). 85 Redchurch Street, E2; 020 7729 6253; labourandwait.co.uk.
10 Unto the Last owes its name to Arts & Crafts godfather John Ruskin and offers disinctive plywood furniture made to order out the back. Good for: modern slot-together design. Love: an apple green sideboard with a retro feel. 230 Brick Lane, E2; 020 7613 0882; untothislast.co.uk.
11 Handmade Interiors lives up to its name with well-crafted fabrics, hand-printed slate place mats, and fabrics by its gifted designer-owner Piyush Suri. Good for: idiosyncratic style. Love: hand-blocked lace-patterned cotton fabric (£20 a metre). 10 Cheshire Street, E2; 020 7729 5704; handmadeinteriors.co.uk.
12 Mar Mar at 16 Cheshire Street, E2 (020 7729 1494; marmarco.com). Good for: unusual gifts and accessories. Love: re-issue of Jens Risom Danish/American mid-century classics.
13 Shelf is for unusual home goodies but opening times are limited. Good for: the thought that counts. Love: plain-Jane Russian dolls to decorate, seven nesting pieces (£19). 40 Cheshire Street, E2; 020 7739 9444; helpyourshelf.co.uk.
14 Ella Doran covers just about everything with poetic photo imagery. Good for: fabrics by the metre, and stunning blinds. Love: new Geo wallpaper (£110 a roll). 46 Cheshire Street, E1; 020 7613 0782; elladoran.co.uk.