Describing herself as a “purveyor of powerfully positive print,” Brighton University textiles graduate Camille Walala established her eponymous brand in Hackney in 2009, where she lives and works to this day. She has created everything from Easter eggs for Harrods and zebra crossings for TfL to East London’s much-loved Dreams Come True building.
Describe your ideal day off in Hackney.
I don’t live far from the canal so I would walk or run along the canal to Victoria Park, stop at the Pavilion Café for coffee, head home for a shower and then go to Towpath for a late breakfast. I would go back to Broadway Market to buy fresh vegetables. There is a really nice bookshop called Artwords, and 77 Broadway next door sells original posters, objects, textiles and ephemera. They have really nice Bauhaus prints, so I might treat myself to one of those or some ceramics. I have friends in the area so I would meet them for coffee at the bakery behind London Fields. There is a cinema called Lumiere with a really nice bar, so I would go there for a film. And then for dinner, it would have to be Morito.
What is your favourite bar or restaurant?
The Marksman is my favourite pub – they do this little bun filled with meat and horseradish cream, which is delicious. There is an amazing restaurant called Brawn on Columbia Road – modern Italian English cuisine. Their menu changes every week, but the spring lamb with little vegetables was delicious. They do lovely fresh pasta as well.
What is your favourite shop?
77 Broadway on Broadway Market – I recently bought a print I really like by Nathalie du Pasquier.
What was your most memorable night out in Hackney?
I really love late afternoon picnics in Victoria Park when the weather is nice. Around six or seven o’clock, it is still hot and the light is beautiful, and everyone brings nice food and wine, and all around you, people are playing with their kids and dogs. That is my favourite kind of evening.
What is your favourite open space in Hackney?
Where would you take visitors to show them the best of Hackney?
I had visitors this weekend actually – we started with breakfast early in the morning in Broadway Market then walked to Columbia Road Flower Market, and explored for a while. We walked through Victoria Park and had a glass of Prosecco in a little bar next door to Campania on Ezra Street – it doesn’t have a sign outside, and is run by a lovely French couple. And then of course we went to Morito for dinner.