Lik + Neon is another of our favourite independent creative emporiums, nestled in the heart of Brick Lane, in London’s East End. This little store represents talented emerging and established illustrators, printmakers and designers and boasts a gourmet selection of tasty products.
In addition to this, many items on Lik + Neon’s shelves are entirely exclusive to the store so a visit is well worth it for the discoveries of fresh artwork, publications and new brands that you’ll make. From limited edition prints and hand-crafted products to small-press publications, greetings cards, vinyl and beautiful things for your home, this place has got your needs covered.
As though making your design-based shopping dreams come true weren’t enough, Lik + Neon have four, yes four, resident cats. This affirms their awesome status for us and means that once again, we urge you to pay them a visit. Bobby, Browser, Makita and Oskar are an integral part of the Lik + Neon shopping experience. The people who run this shop understand what it means to be a cat person and a lover of all things creative; their whole launch for cat-themed accessories tells us that much, and we love it.
It’s all very well having a small shop that looks beautiful as long as it’s filled to the rafters with gorgeous illustrated products and limited edition posters, but what if everything were to be bought in one day, leaving the shop a bare and lacklustre semblance of its former glory? That’s unlikely to ever be the case given Like + Neon’s many partnerships and ever-rotating selection of wonderful stock, however, should this incident occur, the store will undoubtedly be looking great no-matter what.
With a great interior designed by Gitta Gschwendtner, the shop features a one-off lighting installation that incorporates hundreds of plastic milk bottles. This has become a pretty iconic feature to those that frequent the store. This off-the-wall milk bottle creation lights up a white and mirrored interior providing the miniature space with a lovely airy atmosphere. Lik + Neon lives just off Brick Lane and with a glowing orange shopfront, it’s true to it’s name and impossible to miss.
Opening hours Monday 12pm – 7pm, Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 7pm and Sunday 11am – 6.30pm
106 Sclater St, London E1 6HR
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth