Best unique, unusual and specialist shops in London

Find unique gifts and quirky souvenirs at the best unusual shops in London.
Exterior view through a window at Dover Street Market sign in London
Window shopping at Dover Street Market. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Search for one-of-a-kind gifts, quirky jewellery and other unusual items in London's specialist shops.

The capital has a huge range of independent shops, specialist boutiques and quirky markets to explore, so there's never a dull moment while shopping in London

Alice Through The Looking Glass

Shop for themed gifts at Alice Through The Looking Glass. Image courtesy of Alice Through The Looking Glass.

Tumble down the rabbit hole in Cecil Court near Charing Cross station and enter Alice Through The Looking Glass, a treasure trove of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland-themed items. With items from illustrated chess boards to Victorian top hats and early editions of the Alice books, this curious shop is well worth a visit.

Cyberdog

Get rave-ready at this club lover's shopping haven in Camden Stables MarketCyberdog stocks everything you need for an all-night party, with fluorescent, futuristic and LED-covered clothes and accessories galore. You'll hear the shop before you see it thanks to its pumping sound system.

Dover Street Market

Shop at Dover Street Market. Image courtesy of Dover Street Market.

Step into Dover Street Market, which is part retail store and part gallery, to discover fashion that is as much art as it is clothing. Developed by Rei Kawakubo and her husband, Comme des Garçons president Adrian Joffe, Dover Street Market is a high-fashion concept store that's worth a visit just to experience the unique installations from top fashion brands. The entire store changes design twice a year, so repeat visits are always a new experience. 

Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

Shop the spooky stock at Hoxton Street Monster Supplies. Image courtesy of Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.

Hoxton Street Monster Supplies in Shoreditch has supplied the monsters of east London (and the rest of the world) with everything they need, from tinned fear to cubes of ear wax and even neck bolt tighteners since 1818. The products are available to humans too, who are welcome to browse and buy the strange stock.

James Smith & Sons

Protect yourself from the unpredictable elements in style after a shopping trip to James Smith & Sons. Near London's theatre district, this family-owned shop opened in 1867 and has hand-crafted umbrellas and walking sticks ever since. Housed in a Grade II-listed building, the shop is a work of art in itself and well worth a visit come rain or shine.

Japan House London

Japan House London has an entire floor devoted to a shop. Image courtesy of IKallaway.

Take your pick from the many Japanese-designed objects on offer at Japan House London, a whole building dedicated to Japanese culture. Find the latest technology, discover past and present Japanese literature, or hunt down quirky accessories, stylish stationery and authentic tableware.

The Moomin Shop

Love the Moomins and all things Scandinavian? Visit the Moomin family's very own London shops. Head to the Covent Garden branch for toys, books and more displayed in blue Moomin "houses" or find another branch in Camden Market with high-end homewares laid out in a clean Scandinavian design. Serious fans of Moomintroll are spoilt for choice, with rare memorabilia for sale, including prints of the original illustrations.

not just a shop

Buy from budding designers at not just a shop. ©Damian Griffiths.
Discover up-and-coming talent at not just a shop, and you could find yourself owning a prized original piece from a famous designer one day. This shop stocks art and homeware designed exclusively by students from the University of the Arts London, which supports artists early in their careers. 

Persepolis

Try a taste of Persia at Persepolis. This Persian delicatessen and shop stocks a wide range of foodstuffs and handicrafts. Browse an array of Iranian specialities, including pastries, sweets, spices, tea, yoghurts and cheeses. The shop also sells homeware, from china and rugs to hookahs and cookery books.

Tatty Devine

Shop at Tatty Devine, a totally independent British company designing and micro-manufacturing original jewellery. Look out for their cool name necklaces and fox brooches or accessorise with a moustache necklace.

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