East London: Local Lovin

East London is our city, and because of that we're constantly on the lookout for the new, amazingly creative things that pop up just around the corner from us. Street art to breweries, insane vintage shopping to events involving Kanye (who else was lucky enough to go to Hackney Weekend?) and here's a few things we love about our little nook is this big bad world. By Chloe Dinga. STREET ART. The street art in London is incomparable. We've got artists going all day and night -- with little police interruption. It's not like Exit Through the Gift Shop (if you haven't seen it you probably should) where you see spray can wielding night crawlers surruptitiously making their marks. London doesn't seem to stifle like the NYPD. And because of that, you're getting much more than just someone's nickname quickly scrawled on the side of a brick wall -- you're getting masterpieces. Now, ok we know "street art" is becoming a little played out; we hear about it constantly, so often that's it's coming close to losing it's meaning BUT when you walk along the streets of Shoreditch to see something so intricate, colourful and gorgeous that it looks terminally out of place -- that's when you know graffiti is still, and always will be, the shit. Don't believe us? See below. [caption id="attachment_10470" align="aligncenter" width="764" caption="well first of all, all of your favorite memes are in high representation"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10471" align="aligncenter" width="764" caption="lovely, haunting things around every corner"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10452" align="aligncenter" width="443" caption="Blackall Street"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10453" align="aligncenter" width="442" caption=""Never a frown with Gordon Brown!" Cans Festival"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10454" align="aligncenter" width="750" caption="Stik in Shoreditch"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10455" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Shoreditch"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10456" align="aligncenter" width="637" caption="work by Pez & Dibo in Shoreditch"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10457" align="aligncenter" width="750" caption="artwork by Roa & Eine in Shoreditch"][/caption] BEER. The lubrication of society is moving beyond just Guinness and PIMs in dear old Londontown and we've begun to see the craft brewing trend hit our city. Delicious beers made locally often touting adjectives like artisinal or hand-crafted. Instead of emotionless hops you get all the love and affection that any artist pours into their craft. And we are lucky enough to have the Hackney Brewery right around the corner from our studio. Having been founded only last year by Jon Swain and Peter Hills the crew's specialty brews are making their way around Hackney and beyond. With three signature beers right now -- Best Bitters, Pale Ale and American Pale Ale -- they've kept their focus and perfected their flavours. The brewery itself is pretty incredible -- Sophie and I walked through a few weeks ago and it's a site to behold. The major filtration systems they've got running a mile a minute in a nondescript East London building makes you wonder what other magic goes on behind closed doors in this city. The best part though? With each pint they sell, one penny is donated to a registered Hackney based charity. Feel good booze people, feel good booze. [caption id="attachment_10459" align="aligncenter" width="960" caption="An image from Hackney Brewery's FB page -- with Liberty Ale"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10460" align="aligncenter" width="720" caption="HB beer mats at a pub near you!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10461" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="giant vats of bubbly goodness in Hackney Brewery"][/caption] VINTAGE. A huge, and deeply disturbing (for an American), disparity between London and NYC is the vintage shopping. New Yorkers? The young ones are too poor for real vintage shops where everything is hand picked from the charity shop around the corner or donated by a nice recently deceased rich lady -- then marked up 500%. It's such a bummer. But in London it seems things work in the exact opposite manner. Everyone shops vintage. These places have giant basements of £10 everything, they have Army surplus jackets (with fur!!) for less than thirty quid. Cheap creepers aren't easy to find, but everything else? Bananas. Laura, head Miista & sister in arms, knows all the secrets of the alleys of Shoreditch and Brick Lane, places with treasures so unbelievable you'll forget you're in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Live in the area? You probably already know about The Vintage Store, Absolute Vintage, and one of our personal favorites The East End Thrift Store where almost everything is ten pounds or less. Check out some of our favorite finds below. [caption id="attachment_10462" align="aligncenter" width="764" caption="furry flats for our massive Miista vintage archive"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10463" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="MAJOR street style in Shoreditch"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10464" align="aligncenter" width="764" caption="THE Vintage Store"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10465" align="aligncenter" width="764" caption="only the coolest work at The Vintage Store"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10466" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="creepers: the way to a girl's heart"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10467" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="scarves galore"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10468" align="aligncenter" width="764" caption="for all you festival girls!!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10469" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="more impeccable street style"][/caption] FREEBIES. It doesn't happen every day, but like every other awesome city Hackney has it's free perks. This year we won big -- BBC's Radio 1's Big Weekend took Hackney by storm at the end of June and offered residents of the 'hood free tickets. We're talking king of all hip hop, New York's mayor of cool Jay-Z plus Kanye, Rihanna, Minaj, Florence and the Machine, Jack White and even Flo Rida came. The event has been going on since 2003, each time in a different location, and this was our dear Hackney's turn. Only the most organized Miista was able to finangle tickets -- Sophie is the most meticulous woman you'll ever meet, the rest of us thought we'd be able to get tix last minute...ha-ha on us. [caption id="attachment_10472" align="aligncenter" width="864" caption="the man. all hail HOV."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10473" align="aligncenter" width="864" caption="Minaj & her men"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10474" align="aligncenter" width="864" caption="FLO RIDA"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10475" align="aligncenter" width="624" caption="so much ice he might freeze"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10476" align="aligncenter" width="624" caption="it's all about Jay"][/caption]