Locate your credit card, break open the piggy bank and find out where to shop in London. Explore the capital's best shops that vary from brilliant bookshops to fabulous furniture stores – this is your guide on where to go shopping in London.
Beautiful department store
Liberty is famous for its classic Liberty print dressmaking and furnishing fabrics. Love to knit and crochet?
Loop in Islington’s Camden Passage has a huge range of hand-dyed natural fibre yarns. A magnet for fashion students and fashion designers,
Crescent Trading in Spitalfields Market sells high-end fabrics at discount prices. As well as running sewing classes for all abilities,
Ray-Stitch is chock-full of designer and organic fabrics for dressmaking, quilting, soft furnishings and craft.
VV Rouleaux is a fabric shop that's stocked with ribbons, tassels and feathers, as well as wool, chenille and taffeta.
Get cool kicks with the famous three stripes in the UK’s flagship
Adidas store on Oxford Street. You can also pick up sports performance clothing in the huge store. For shoes that stand out from the crowd, head to
Irregular Choice, where you’ll find a raft of fun and quirky footwear that feature everything from embellished heels to lavish fabrics. Discover the world’s largest shoe department at
Selfridges, where 35,000 sq ft (3,252 sq m) is dedicated to footwear, with more than 5,000 pairs of shoes from 120 high-street and designer brands. Popular with celebrities,
Kurt Geiger’s Covent Garden flagship stocks a huge range of shoes, from stiletto heels to comfortable loafers. For trainers galore, head to
Size? in Carnaby. No matter what style you're looking for, find your fresh footwear and some cool clothing to match.
Musical instrument shops
The brilliantly named
Duke of Uke in Spitalfields sells ukuleles and banjos for all abilities. Open since 1972,
Ray Man is an independent music shop specialising in traditional instruments from across the globe. T
he impressive three-storey showroom at Yamaha Music London displays a wonderful range of Yamaha instruments, from drums to pianos. Go bonkers for brass at
Phil Parker, a treasure-trove of trumpets, trombones and tubas. Folk and acoustic musical instrument specialists,
Hobgoblin Music, sell everything from accordions to bagpipes, and xylophones to zithers.
Music shops in London
Find specialist CDs, DVDs, books, blu-ray, headphones and more at
Fopp in Seven Dials. Find the latest music, DVDs, blu-ray, technology and games releases at HMV in
Westfield London. Famously featured on Oasis’ album cover (What’s The Story?) Morning Glory,
Sister Ray has an eye-popping collection of records at its Berwick Street store.
Rough Trade East offers a mix of vinyl releases, CDs, books and even cassette tapes. The store also homes a Monmouth Coffee bar and a stage for live music performances. Based in Notting Hill, old-school record shop
Honest Jon’s has been selling soul, reggae, jazz and world music since 1974.
Rummage for bargains at
Absolute Vintage in east London, which stocks cheap vintage shoes, bags, dresses and men’s clothes.
Beyond Retro in Brick Lane is stuffed full of handpicked vintage clothing, which makes it easier to find that perfect item. West London’s
Rellik specialises in designer women’s clothes and accessories, including items by Vivienne Westwood and Pierre Cardin.
House of Vintage is a small vintage boutique off Brick Lane that specialises in 1940s, 1950s and 1960s fashion, as well as catering to brides. Celebrities flock to
One Of A Kind for its luxury vintage fashion selection, including Gaultier and Lagerfeld.
Best London toyshops
London’s most famous toyshop,
Hamleys in Regent Street, has seven floors of games, toys and gadgets. Established in 1856, the theatre-themed
Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop is bursting with paper toy theatres, globe puppets and marionettes.
The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9¾ features a magical range of collectibles, including wands and time turners, as well as board games and mugs. Feel the magic when you step inside the
Disney Store on Oxford Street. Great for kids and adults alike, don’t miss the 267ft-high Princess Castle with an animated clock. The only shop of its kind, the
Sylvanian Families shop stocks more than 400 items, including discontinued lines.
Get a caffeine hit at the ever-popular Monmouth Coffee Company, which sources, roasts and brews its own coffee, in
Seven Dials, Borough and Bermondsey.
Attendant is an old Victorian toilet turned espresso bar that serves up coffee from Caravan on Exmouth Market. Just steps away from Oxford Circus,
Kaffeine is an independent antipodean cafe that prides itself on its professionally made espresso coffee. For top quality Ethiopian coffee, head to
Ground Control near Angel.
Shoreditch Grind is a funky espresso bar that serves up a fabulous mix of caffeine, cocktails and music.
Enjoy a gourmet
ice cream at Europe’s first-ever liquid nitrogen ice-cream parlour, Chin Chin Labs.
Gelupo Gelateria features a raft of exciting flavours, such as tiramisu, rhubarb custard, and gin and elderflower. Covent Garden’s
La Gelatiera uses 100% natural ingredients to make its gelato on site every day. Quirky flavours include basil and chili, and porcini mushroom and chocolate cream.
Marine Ices is a Camden institution, serving up scrumptious ice creams “made the Italian way”. Those with special dietary requirements are well catered for at
Snowflake Gelato, which offers a great selection of gluten-free gelato and vegan alternatives.
Find everything for the home, including furniture and gardening accessories, in
Heal’s, an elegant shop on Tottenham Court Road. For stylish interiors, head to one of five
Habitat branches in London, where you’ll find funky lighting, furniture, crockery and more. Pick up Japanese-designed furniture alongside other items, ranging from tableware to technology, at
Japan House London. Got cash to splash?
The Conran Shop offers everything from iconic design classics to contemporary pieces from emerging designers. Peruse the latest trends in home décor at Zara Home in
Westfield Stratford City.
Wedding dress shops
Get the star treatment at
The Mews Bridal in Notting Hill. Best for boho Parisian chic style, pick up designs from the likes of Delphine Manivet and Laure de Sagazan. Popular with celebrities,
Mirror Mirror has a mix of couture dresses and designer items. Enjoy a glass of bubbles while choosing a frock at
Angelica Bridal stocks gowns by some of the world’s best designers, including Alice Temperley and David Fielden. Shop for spectacular wedding dresses at
David’s Bridal in Westfield Stratford City.
Selling digital cameras, digital SLRs and lenses,
Park Cameras is one of London’s largest independent professional photography shops. Snap up cameras, equipment and accessories at
London Camera Exchange has an impressive array of new and second-hand cameras, lenses and photographic equipment. Love Nikon cameras?
Grays of Westminster is a Nikon-only shop selling new and used cameras and equipment. For budding and professional photographers,
Wex Photo Video London boasts an enormous range of photographic equipment, from cameras and lenses to studio lighting and video.
Selfridges is one of the world’s finest department stores, spread across six floors with 11 places to eat. It even features the world’s biggest denim department and a three-screen cinema. Boasting the finest products in food, fashion, homeware and technology,
Harrods is home to a whopping 330 departments and a vast range of restaurants. The official grocer to the Queen,
Fortnum & Mason is renowned for being a purveyor of fine foods, hampers, teas and wine. Explore high-end accessories, homewares, fashion and beauty over six floors of
Liberty London's mock-Tudor building. Fashionistas flock to
Harvey Nichols for its high-end labels, including D&G, Space NK, Burberry and Jimmy Choo. Selling everything from buttons to beds,
John Lewis’ Oxford Street store has a fabulous roof garden that opens during the summer months with pop-up restaurants and weekly yoga sessions.
Best bike shops
Brixton Cycles encompasses a bicycle shop and a workshop that'll set you up for life on two wheels. A Recumbent retailer,
Bikefix also stocks folding bikes, city bikes and trailers, as well as homing a workshop offering same-day repairs. Cyclists are well catered for at Sheen-based
Pearson, which has a shop, an alfresco coffee shop, a workshop and more. Billing itself as a “bike shop cafe bar”,
London Velo sells fixed gear, road bikes, hybrid bikes, folding bikes and much more, alongside a workshop and cafe.
Brick Lane Bikes is a workshop and shop selling vintage and custom-built models.
London tattoo shops
The Family Business in Exmouth Market is world renowned for its ink work. Great for oriental and tribal tattoos, Kate Moss and Boy George have both been inked at
Good Times tattoo parlour, based in a fashionable studio in hip Shoreditch. The Sex Pistols and Pete Doherty have frequented
Diamond Jacks, a Soho-based tattoo studio. There’s always a waiting list for the ever-popular
New Wave Tattoo in leafy Muswell Hill. World-famous tattoo artists often make a guest appearance at
Frith Street Tattoo in the heart of Soho.
Luxury cake shop chain
Konditor is famous for its chocolate vanilla Curly Wurly cake, brownie bar and creamy cupcakes.
Bea’s of Bloomsbury has scooped numerous accolades for its scrumptious cakes and afternoon teas. American-style bakery
The Hummingbird Bakery offers whoopie pies, layer cakes, brownies, muffins and more. Treat yourself to beautifully decorated cakes in equally pretty surroundings at
Peggy Porschen's Parlour. Head to
Cutter & Squidge for its speciality Biskie, that combines a biscuit, cake and cookie to create a taste sensation. The Soho cake shop also sells dream cakes, ice-cream sundaes and vegetarian marshmallows.
Men's clothing shops
Paul Smith is the godfather of British menswear. Head to his Covent Garden flagship for a wide range of casual and formal pieces. Follow in the footsteps of celebrities, such as Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch, by buying a bespoke suit at
Alexander McQueen’s only full menswear shop, located on Savile Row. Find the latest high-street fashion trends at the
Topman flagship on Oxford Circus. Iconic British brand
Marks & Spencer is the go-to shop for classic items, such as smart suits and cashmere jumpers. For edgy, Shoreditch-style clobber, visit pop-up mall
An art store for more than 115 years,
Cass Art is the UK’s leading arts material supplier and can be found behind the National Gallery. The
Paperchase flagship on Tottenham Court Road has an abundance of arts and crafts materials. Popular with hobbyists and professionals,
Atlantis Art Materials offers a huge range of art materials for printmaking, modelling, fine craft and more. In London’s trendy East End,
AP Fitzpatrick Fine Art Materials supplies top quality art materials to everyone from students to Turner Prize winners.
The Southbank Art Company offers a bespoke framing service, as well as paints, brushes, paper, canvases and more.
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