London is one of the most enthralling and cosmopolitan cities on the planet, offering a wealth of attractions and opportunities for visitors to immerse themselves in a destination of history and culture.
At the same time, it is a paradise for lovers of retail therapy, with some of the best shopping outlets, boutiques and bespoke retailers to be found here. With this in mind, we’ve put together a breakdown of some of the top London shopping attractions that visitors will not want to miss during their stay.
A quirky and informal bicycle repair, knick-knacks shop and restaurant, Lock 7 has something of an identity crisis, but in a good way.
Visitors can hire a bicycle for the day to help them to traverse the busy London streets more easily, or they can sit back and enjoy a delicious lunch, all located on the Regent’s Canal running through the borough of Haggerston.
A blackboard menu offers the day’s specials of the house and visitors can even pick up a spare inner tube for their bike back home if they are so inclined.
Luna & Curious
Situated on Calvert Avenue in the happening London borough of Shoreditch, Luna & Curious offers a glimpse into the future of design, as every month the team behind the establishment open up a space within the store for emerging local designers.
Anyone hoping to take home a unique and designer memento of their time in London should come here, with its walls adorned with all manner of kitsch and quirky treats.
Umit & Son
On Lower Clapton Road in Hackney resides Umit & Son, an emporium of film, dedicated to classic, cult blockbusters all shown on Super 8 and Super 16 reels.
Visitors can pick up examples of the best 70s and 80s cinema releases, while anyone heading to the store that is planning a party during their time in London can also book out a projector and put on their own private screenings.
An outlet dedicated to the best in trendy homeware, Darkroom can be found in Camden’s Lamb Conduit Street and offers the chance for travellers to pick up that perfect designer memento for their home.
With textiles, tableware, furniture and knick-knacks all available, the outlet also prides itself on offering outside-of-the-box men’s and ladies’ accessories, with necklaces and other trinkets from such impressive names as Ettore Sottsass, Marion Vidal and Jamie Julien-Brown.
Poste Mistress in busy Covent Garden is a designer boutique offering the best in designer ladies’ footwear – a true treat for the senses, it is a store where no expense has been spared to recreate the ambience of the boudoir.
Residing at Royal Opera House on Monmouth Street, Poste Mistress offers shoppers a decadent shopping experience, with floral wallpaper, velvet drapes and gilt-framed mirrors all helping to create a sinful atmosphere – perfect for the enjoyment of such ravishing shoes.
Offering knitwear, trendy menswear and designer fashion labels at affordable prices, Aquascutum Outlet can be found opposite the popular Burberry outlet store in Hackney and is one of the founding retailers intent on turning this happening area into a retail-lover’s paradise.
Working with the local council to offer the chance for disenfranchised youths to earn a hard-earned day’s pay, the store is also a supporter of several local charities, meaning individuals that shop here are not only getting a great deal on their purchases, they are also playing their own part in supporting the local community.
Also found on Covent Garden’s busy Monmouth Street, Tatty Devine is a handmade jewellers from Shoreditch school friends Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden.
Offering a range of classic perspex pieces, the outlet also prides itself on being on the pulse of the latest London trends and offers pieces for both men and women, including rings, cufflinks, necklaces, brooches, earrings, pendants and much more.
The designs of Tatty Devine are sold in more than 200 shops worldwide, but it is here in London that the brand’s journey began.
Located on Brewer Street in the popular tourism district of Soho, Machine-A offers the best in edgy, new design from the world of men’s and female fashion, with the store developing a reputation for showcasing the best in London’s new designer talent.
Visitors keen to purchase one-off pieces that capture the latest trends should head to Machine-A, with this tiny store stacked to the rafters with upcoming designer articles.
Current designers being showcased at the high-fashion outlet include Ashley Williams, Nasir Mazhar, Peiran Gong, Shaun Samson, Agi & Sam, Louise Gray and Sibling, but this roster of talent is ever-changing, meaning shoppers will find something new to fall in love with every time they visit.
Located on Lonsdale Road in the bustling London district of Paddington, this is one exquisite jewellers that will have visitors flocking to its windows just to see the many delights that are crafted in-store.
Offering bespoke services for a discerning clientele, visitors can order their own individual handmade pieces to their own design, lovingly crafted by the skilled artisan, Day himself.
This is not a store at which the glamour and fame of being one of the world’s best jewellers has created an atmosphere of us and them though, with Day continuing to offer a down-to-earth attitude that is both refreshing and keeps his customers coming back time and again.
Couverture & The Garbstore
A cult shopping experience awaits all those heading to Couverture & The Garbstore, with this Kensington establishment offering a wide range of labels that visitors will simply will not find on the high street.
It is a three-storey property dedicated to the works of designer Ian Paley’s menswear label The Garbstore, as well as Emily Dyson’s much-admired lifestyle concept Couverture. Both complementing and contrasting labels that offer customers a taste of the unique style of London.
Lovers of vinyl are in for a real treat when planning a visit to Kristina Records, with this fantastic music store packed to the rafters with stock.
With a discerning selection of new and used records for visitors to choose from, it is a collection that offers the promise of uncovering a host of hidden treasures that music lovers planning a London getaway will not want to pass up the chance to delve into.
The store can be found on Stoke Newington Road in Shacklewell and is open daily from midday to early evening.
James J Fox
And finally, lovers of fine cigars will want to cap off any visit to the English capital with a trip to one of the oldest and most revered of tobacco shops in the world, with James J Fox a more than 200-year-old establishment in the bustling district of Piccadilly.
Able to count among its regulars such famous names as Oscar Wilde, the tobacconist continues to offer a wide selection of vintage cigars and smoking paraphernalia, as well as high-end humidors, pipe-shaped cufflinks and much, much more.