Ever since the city’s found­ing as a trading post by the Ro­mans nearly 2,000 years ago, Lon­don has been hon­ing its retailing skills. Check this guide for char­ac­ter­ful stores, lo­cal mar­kets and other al­ter­na­tives to the big chains, plus ideas for shop­ping b

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Broad­way Mar­ket

There’s been a mar­ket along this pretty street since the late 19th cen­tury. These days you’ll find ar­ti­san food, books, records, arty knick-knacks and vin­tage cloth­ing every Satur­day.



Pop Brix­ton

One of Lon­don’s lat­est venues to use old ship­ping con­tain­ers for host­ing pop-up bars, restau­rants and shops, Pop Brix­ton is a fun com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive with a buzzing at­mos­phere, es­pe­cially on week­ends. It hosts reg­u­lar events and classes (some free), in­clud­ing tai chi, capoeira, yoga and wood en­grav­ing.



49 Brix­ton Sta­tion Rd.

Sta­bles Mar­ket

Con­nected to the Lock Mar­ket, the Sta­bles is the best part of the Cam­den Mar­ket com­plex, with an­tiques, Asian ar­ti­facts, rugs, retro fur­ni­ture and cloth­ing. As the name sug­gests, the place used to be a sta­ble.



Chalk Farm Road

Sun­day Up­mar­ket

The Sun­day Up­mar­ket (open on Satur­days and Sun­days) sprawls within the beau­ti­ful red-brick Old Tru­man Brewery. You’ll find young de­sign­ers in the Back­yard Mar­ket, food stalls in the Boiler House, an­tiques and bric-a-brac in the Tea Rooms, and a huge range of vin­tage cloth­ing in the base­ment across the street.


sun­dayup­mar­; Old Tru­man Brewery, 91 Brick Lane


Fort­num & Ma­son

With its clas­sic pale yellow-green color scheme, “the Queen’s gro­cery store” re­fuses to yield to mod­ern times. Its sta‹ still wears tail­coats, and its glam­orous food hall pro‹ers mar­malade, spe­cialty teas, su­pe­rior fruit­cakes and the like.



181 Pic­cadilly


An ir­re­sistible blend of con­tem­po­rary styles in an old-fash­ioned mock­Tu­dor build­ing (1875), Lib­erty has a huge cos­met­ics depart­ment, an ac­ces­sories floor and a breath­tak­ing lin­gerie sec­tion. A clas­sic Lon­don gi˜ is a Lib­erty print fabric, es­pe­cially as a scarf.



Great Marl­bor­ough Street



One of Lon­don’s most en­chant­ing vin­tage shops, this high-end bou­tique has cos­tumes to make you look like Greta Garbo. Many a fa­mous de­signer has come here for in­spi­ra­tion, so you might also get to do some celebrity spot­ting.


an­niesv­in­tage­cloth­ing; 12 Cam­den Pas­sage

Cam­bridge Satchel Com­pany

The clas­sic Bri­tish leather satchel has mor­phed into a trendy and col­or­ful ar­ray of back­packs, totes, clutches, work and mu­sic bags, mini-satchels and

» more. cam­bridge­satchel

.com; 31 James St.


If you love the fem­i­nine sil­hou­ette of the 1940s and the pin-up look of the 1950s, then you’ll swoon over the vin­tage-in­spired dresses, shirts, coats, hats and ac­ces­sories here.



58 Com­mer­cial St.


These stores are known for their sim­ple but strik­ingly styled ca­sual clothes, o˜en in bold col­ors with a hand­cra˜ed feel. Head for No. 49 for Folk’s line of menswear and to nearby No. 53 for women’s.



Lamb’s Con­duit Street

Hackney Walk

This de­vel­op­ment has cre­ated a dis­count fash­ion precinct out of an area al­ready known for its Burberry and Pringle of Scotland out­let stores. Newcomers in­clude big brands, such as Zadig & Voltaire, Gieves & Hawkes and Nike, with end-of-run stock up to 70 per­cent o‹ reg­u­lar

» prices. hack­ney­walk

.com; 163 Morn­ing Lane

James Smith & Sons

No­body makes and stocks such el­e­gant um­brel­las (not to men­tion walk­ing sticks and canes) as this place. It’s been fight­ing the Bri­tish weather from the same ad­dress since 1857 and, thanks to Lon­don’s reg­u­lar rainy days, will hope­fully do great busi­ness for years to

» come.;

53 New Ox­ford St.


Pen­haligon’s is a clas­sic Bri­tish per­fumery. At­ten­dants in­quire about your fa­vorite scents, take you on an ex­ploratory tour of the shop’s range and help you dis­cover scents in their tra­di­tional per­fumes, home fra­grances, and bath and body prod­ucts. Every­thing is pro­duced in Eng­land. There are lots of gi˜ op­tions here.



16–17 Burling­ton Ar­cade



Lon­don’s old­est book­shop, dat­ing to 1797, sells a solid sup­ply of signed and first edi­tions and is burst­ing at its smart seams with very brows­able stock. It also holds reg­u­larly sched­uled lit­er­ary events.


187 Pic­cadilly

John San­doe Books

The an­ti­dote to im­per­sonal book su­per­stores, this three-story book­shop in 18th-cen­tury premises is a trea­sure trove of lit­er­ary gems. It’s been in busi­ness for six decades and loyal cus­tomers swear by it – and the knowl­edge­able staff with help­ful ad­vice.



10 Black­lands Ter­race


Cof­fee-ta­ble books, mag­a­zines, chil­dren’s books and ac­tiv­ity sets, plus plenty of de­sign-led gift ideas are sold from this much-loved shop.

»; 117–119 Clerken­well Rd.


Al­ge­rian Co ee Stores $

Stop for a shot of espresso or a cap­puc­cino while choos­ing your freshly ground beans from more than 80 va­ri­eties of cof­fee (there are also 120 teas) at this fan­tas­tic shop, caf­feinat­ing Soho since

» 1887. al­gcof­;

52 Old Compton St.

Lina Stores

This de­light­ful Ital­ian del­i­catessen has been in the heart of Soho since 1944, and is so gor­geous in its cream and pas­tel green that you could al­most imag­ine eat­ing it. Come here for pic­nic cheeses, char­cu­terie, bread and olives – or just

» to look. lina­s­;

18 Brewer St.

Rip­pon Cheese

A po­tently invit­ing scent greets you as you ap­proach this cheese­mon­ger, with its 500 va­ri­eties of mostly English and French cheeses. Ask the knowl­edge­able staff for rec­om­men­da­tions.


rip­poncheeselon­don .com; 26 Up­per Tach­brook St.


This teashop opened by Thomas Twin­ing in 1706 is thought to be the old­est com­pany in the cap­i­tal still trading on the same site. There are free tast­ings at the tea bar at the rear of the shop, where there’s also a small ex­hi­bi­tion trac­ing the his­tory of Twin­ings and tea. Note the Chinese fig­ures above the en­trance. » twin­ings

216 Strand;


Gill Wing

In­hab­it­ing mul­ti­ple stores on Up­per Street, Gill

Wing sells shoes (at No. 192), kitchen­ware (at 190) and jew­elry (at 182), but our fa­vorite is its flag­ship gift shop, with its col­or­ful and well-known win­dow dis­play full of glasses, cards, chil­dren’s toys and

» other titbits. gill­wing­gifts

.com; 194 Up­per St.


Walk­ing into Pickett as an adult is a bit like walk­ing into a sweet shop as a child: the beau­ti­ful leather pieces are all so exquisite you don’t know where to start. Choice items in­clude hand­bags, roll-up backgam­mon sets and the men’s groom­ing bags.

»; cor­ner Sloane Street & Sloane Ter­race

We Built This City

Tak­ing a com­mend­able stand against Union Jack hats and black-cab key rings, We Built This City is a shop selling Lon­don­themed sou­venirs that the re­cip­i­ent might ac­tu­ally want. The prod­ucts cel­e­brate the city’s cre­ative side and are both artis­tic and thought­ful.



56b Carn­aby St.

Fort­num & Ma­son be­gan trading in 1707.

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