Aladdins: New Furniture Shop And Cafe In Hornsey
Written by: Ronan O'Shea
Elvis rugs, vinyl and tarts. Our newest contributor, Ronan O’ Shea had a hankering to try out the newly opened Aladdin’s in Hornsey.
As I make my way towards Aladdin’s, my main wish is that the rain will stop. Unfortunately, that wish isn’t granted. Thankfully, my second and third wishes (to have coffee and cake) are. Which is nice.
Recently opened, Aladdin’s is part cafe, part second-hand furniture store, and all cockle-warming, vintage goodness. Just what we need on miserably cold and rainy November day.
The interior is like stepping into another era, though which one that is isn’t clear; lamps, couches, sofas and other furniture all mingled together, a mish-mash of eras and styles. It’s the ideal spot for someone who likes their furniture vintage but doesn’t actually know anything about furniture or what decade it comes from. Like us.
The whole place is a cavern of antique wonder; there’s a huge pink and yellow rug with Elvis’ face on it, Libertines-esque military jackets hung from a chest of drawers and vinyl, lots of it. The owner says he has plans to get more, though leafing through we see a lot of it’s pretty good (unlike our soon-to-be bank balance), so’s he’s bound to be replenishing his stocks on the regs. What can we say, we know our music.*
Oh, and the coffee and sweet things? It’s good stuff. Tarts, carrot cake and other treats vye for attention with the warming hot drinks. Seating in one of those antique chairs, we find a great spot to relax, read or get on with a bit of writing.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, we don’t manage to get any work done; our necks craning around to look at all the trinkets and charms which are all over the shop, in the best way possible.
I guess working was just wishful thinking. Still, the coffee and cake will do for now. We’ll be back.
*okay, our walls are a bit bare and we want to look cool.
Aladdin’s provide a variety of services including buying, refurbishing and up-cycling products as well as house clearance, renting stock and furbishing student lettings. They also do showcasing, collaborating and pop-up events.
Stocking everything from tables, desks, cabinets, wardrobes and lamps to mirrors, rugs, coat racks, record players and more from any era. If in doubt send them an email, pop in or go old school and just give them a call: 0207 272 1011.
Aladdin’s: Open every day – 9am to 5.30pm Monday through Saturday and 12am to 4pm Sundays.
1 Hazellville Rd, Hornsey, London N19 3LW
Photos via Aladdins, Second Hand Furniture
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