Fashion designer David Koma talks about his “infinitely inspiring” London neighborhood

Creator David Koma in Shoreditch (Daniel Hambury)

My favorite feature of my building is a beautiful Romeo and Juliet fresco painted on the facade. The land on which it is built housed the theater where Shakespeare spent his formative years, hence the inspiration for the artwork.

I find the neighborhood infinitely inspiring. It’s on the border of the City and East London and it’s a real mix of residents.

It’s also great for people watching; you see finance workers in suits, lycra-clad cyclists on their daily commute, students dressed to perfection on a night out, and hip East Londoners doing daily errands in comfortable loungewear . Since moving to London I have always wanted to live in the area. It’s been home for over a decade now.

Better eat and drink

For lunch, I like On the Bab for its spicy pork rice dish or Keu for a Vietnamese banh mi baguette. Both are on Old Street. For dinner, Oklava on Luke Street serves delicious roasted cauliflower and an excellent Pomegranate Martini. SomSaa in Spitalfields is the place for fried bar, or I head to Dishoom on Boundary Street for plain naan, okra fries and prawn masala.

To get my coffee fix, I go to Beans Love Greens on Calvert Avenue for a dry cappuccino paired with one of their delicious freshly squeezed juices and healthy salads. You can also browse and buy works by local artists there. Vegan Pret is the closest cafe to my office, so I have at least one cup there a day. If I’m hanging out, I head to Shoreditch House for a drink and a chat by the pool or a game of ping pong.

Beans Love Greens on Calvert Avenue for coffee, juice and salads - plus works by local artists (Daniel Hambury/Stella Pictures Ltd)

Beans Love Greens on Calvert Avenue for coffee, juice and salads – plus works by local artists (Daniel Hambury/Stella Pictures Ltd)

where i train

Paragon Gym on Boundary Street is the perfect place for kickboxing. It has the best atmosphere and family style classes.

For a dose of culture

Rich Mix Cinema showcases the latest releases alongside a selection of independent films. Or I would suggest visiting Brick Lane for some vintage shopping.

Commune with nature

Mark Street Gardens is a great place to connect with nature on a hectic day or take a Zoom call in the sunshine. Head to the Columbia Road Flower Market for a Sunday stroll and all your plant needs.

Grocery

Leila’s Shop on Calvert Avenue is the perfect place to get groceries. They have the most delicious Damascus plum jam and a great selection of seasonal produce.

Move

Shoreditch is the best place to walk around, everything is close by.

dream street

The streets surrounding Mark Street Gardens would be my favorite. Most of the buildings are used as offices so at weekends it is very quiet, but you are a stone’s throw from Shoreditch.

Rich Mix Cinema presents the latest releases alongside a selection of independent films (Alamy Stock Photo)

Rich Mix Cinema presents the latest releases alongside a selection of independent films (Alamy Stock Photo)

Something you only see in Shoreditch

I find inspiration in the simple things and my latest collection started with the iridescent oil stains on the neighborhood sidewalk. Shoreditch was such a big part of this season that I decided to stage the show on the streets of the neighborhood, inviting the fashion world to the graffiti-covered New Inn Broadway.

What’s the catch?

Friday and Saturday nights are very busy as the area is flooded with young people looking for a fun night out in east London. I do not participate, staying away from the busiest streets.

In three words

Various. Relaxed. Eccentric.

Schools

Shoreditch has several primary schools nearby rated outstanding, including Hugh Myddelton Primary School, Shoreditch Park Primary School and Virginia Primary School. Stepney All Saints Church of England Secondary School has been rated as outstanding by Ofsted, as has Morpeth School.

Buy in Shoreditch

Average lump sum price: £737,706

Average property price (including houses): £848,780

Rentals in Shoreditch

Average lump sum price, pcm: £2,847

Average house price, pcm: £4,580

Source: Hamptons and Land Registry

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