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A few months ago I read about a retail concept, the Late Night Chameleon Cafe, in Dalston. Dalston? Where the heck is Dalston?

If you are not one of those hip, young, trendy twenty somethings living, studying and/or working in the East End of London, your guess (as of this morning) was as good as mine. Being the adventurous, curious sort, I set out in an attempt to find 18 Shacklewell Lane in the unfamiliar postal code of E8 2EZ.

Frustration, I admit did set in. Just as I turned onto Shacklewell Lane, my phone ran out of battery. With it, disappeared the GPS app, my only link with the outside world of Hackney! I will not bore you with the details of how I found LN-CCLuckily, one of those hip, young, trendy twenty somethings pointed me in the right direction.

LN-CC is NOT easy to find (neither is parking by the way). Around the side of a building, down a small incline is a rather ominous looking black door. I rang and was buzzed in…

The stairwell is painted entirely in black, with yet another door at the foot of the stairs. I was let in by a lovely young woman. To my complete and utter surprise I walked into this amazing space (see below).

Entrance to LN-CC, created by acclaimed set designer and illustrator Gary Card

Entrance to LN-CC, created by acclaimed set designer and illustrator Gary Card

Gorgeous Martina Spetlova knitted mesh tunic

Gorgeous Martina Spetlova knitted mesh tunic

The shoe area felt like I had entered a sort of dove grey cocoon. I was half expecting Austin Powers to jump out and ask me if I liked the shoes, “baby”. The walls were covered in neoprene, the floor in thick, plush pile carpeting.

The shoe room at LN-CC

The shoe room at LN-CC

What a treat!

You are free to pick an LP and play it, no questions asked

You are free to pick an LP and play it, no questions asked

I could have spent hours browsing through the well edited assortment of both vintage and modern books and magazines.

I could have spent hours browsing through the well edited assortment of both vintage and modern books and magazines.

The bar and club space at the Late Night Chameleon Club

The bar and club space at the Late Night Chameleon Club

The LN-CC store space acts as an evolving platform of curated ideas that encompass menswear, womenswear, music, and books according to the store’s website.

It is open 7 days a week and operates on an appointment-only basis. Do not let the appointment-only stipulation intimidate you. Everyone is welcome! Booking an appointment is simple, and can be done by phone or by email.

For an appointment call on +44 (0)20 7275 7265 or send an email to appointments@ln-cc.com with your preferred time and date. Just remember to charge your phone!

ADDRESS

Late Night Chameleon Cafe
18 Shacklewell Lane
Dalston
London E8 2EZ

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