This Beautiful Dalston Shop Is A Cavern Of Cacti

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You’ll find a lot of spiky customers at Prick.

Ahh, millennials. We love so many things – brunch, avocados, pink – but if there’s one thing we can’t get enough of, it’s cute cacti. The prickly things adorn our homes, workplaces (I can see seven in Secret London HQ at a glance), and even our clothes. Their popularity means you can pick them up pretty much anywhere, but you’d be a fool to neglect London’s first all-cactus shop. Prick boasts a proverbial cacophony of cacti, so let’s take a look inside.

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Prick can be found, somewhat unsurprisingly, in Dalston. It’s the labour of love of Gynelle Leon, who quit her job and sold her home to set up the shop. Now that’s a commitment to cacti which shames those of us who’ve neglected a plant to death.

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Most of the cacti here have been imported from Holland, but a fair few have also been bought at auction, ready to be rehoused. Prick stocks over 150 varieties, from the cute little specimens you see around the house, to the beasts that could have wandered straight out of the desert. You know, if cacti could wander.

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The shop itself exudes east London cool. Aside from the succulents covering pretty much every surface, Prick also stocks pots, books, and accessories. As with any shop stocking millennial catnip, it also achieves the goal of being insanely Instagrammable. Whilst you could head to Prick’s online store, you’d miss out on the chance to mosey around this plant paradise. Although your risk of being pricked will be massively reduced…

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It’s tempting to spend all your dollar at Prick. Particularly since the most expensive cacti here breaches the £400 mark. But as any plant fiend will tell you, the joy of shopping for plants that you don’t really need yet desperately want is returning for repeat browses, as you’re very welcome to do here. Just as long as you aren’t a prick about it.

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Alex Landon

Alex Landon

Although Alex spent most of his life in Somerset and Durham, London is (almost) in his name, so he relocated to Clapham and fell in love with it. However, this has put him dangerously close to Infernos... You'll find him eating all of London's street food, lost in a bookshop, or shouting at his beloved ice hockey team, the Minnesota Wild.