Have you ever walked into a shop and thought you landed in Heaven?? Vintage Heaven is like that for me….
Piles and piles of vintage crockery, kitchenalia, linens and books. There is so much stock I find myself having to do several laps around the shop, just to be sure I haven’t missed something. Apparently this is just the tip of the iceberg. They have a huge store in the basement of endless quirky little teacups, teapots, colourful vases, plates, napkins, and cutlery. Unfortunately you can’t go down there, probably just as well. Vintage Heaven rents out alot of stock for weddings, birthdays, and photoshoots too. You pay a deposit (refunded when the goods are returned) with an additional 10% of the value of the goods which goes to a Tibetan charity. They also supplied Nigella Lawson with crates full of stuff for her latest book, Kitchen.
Then when you manage to make your way to the back of the shop a little surprise awaits, Cake Hole.Cake Hole is run by bubbly Louise. It’s a family affair since her mother, Margaret, manages Vintage Heaven. The cafe has just had a new lick of paint, and some rearranging to open up the area, but it still has a comfy feeling about it. It serves great tea (from £1.50) and scones (£2.50 each) at a reasonable price.
They also serve simple sandwiches and cakes. Louise makes the cakes herself, they still need a bit of tweaking, but she is onto it, constantly changing recipes to get things just right. Coffee is supplied by Monmouth and teas will be by The Drury Company. They also hire out the cafe for events such as baby showers.
So while your sitting having a pot of tea you can peruse the shelves of cups, saucers and teapots in the cafe, which are all for sale. I was quite taken by all the vintage wall mirrors (gave me a few ideas of my own). Cake Hole is a cosy place to have a break from the heaving crowds of Columbia Rd Flower market on a Sunday. It is also open on Saturday, which is much quieter, as you can see.
I never leave Vintage Heaven without a rather large stash. I have heard husbands have banned their wives from the place! I will be impressed if you can come out empty handed.
Vintage Heaven and Cake Hole
82 Columbia Road,
London, E2 7BQ
Open Saturday from 1200-1800 and Sunday from o830-1700.