Hassan Hajjaj’s

Calvert Avenue, E2 7JF, London
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This is one of the more unusual shops in the area. Owner Hassan Hajjaj is something of a local legend, taking fabrics, packaging and souvenirs from his native Morocco and transforming them into multi-coloured artworks. These pieces, and his eye-popping Marrakesh photographic portraits, have been shown in venues as well-known as the V&A and the British Museum. Opening hours are, shall we say, varied, but if Hassan is in he’s usually up for a coffee and a chat. (photo credit: