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James Smith & Sons umbrella shop. Photo: Christine Wehrmeier
James Smith & Sons umbrella shop. Photo: Christine Wehrmeier

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Shopping in London

Visit London's high streets, department stores and shops. The city is the perfect place to pick up gifts that can’t be found anywhere else.

Hoxton Street Monster supplies. Photo: Christine Wehrmeier

Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

You can keep the little monsters happy and support a good cause at best-­selling author Nick Hornby’s shop. They are bound to be thrilled with some Cubed Earwax, tinned Night Sweats and Salt Made from Tears. All profits go to the creative writing charity Ministry of Stories.

Monster Supplies

159 Hoxton Street, London

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Photo: Christine Wehrmeier

Dover Street Market

Dover Street Market is a multistory fashion retail and concept store created by the legendary Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo. Besides her Comme des Garçons label and its various diffusion lines, this fashion emporium sells the best of the avant-garde, including special editions of many sportswear, luxury and jewelry brands.

Dover Street Market

17-18 Dover Street Market, London

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Barn The Spoon

Hipster culture and a longing for the good old days is fueling London’s ongoing arts and crafts renaissance. Consequently, hipsterville Shoreditch is nowadays home to the likes of Barn the Spoon, a bearded woodsman who sits in his shop carving spoons in a woolen hat. Downshifters should take a course in wood carving.

Barn The Spoon

260 Hackney Road, London

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Photo: Christine Wehrmeier

Floris

This venerable perfumery founded in 1730 is run by the eighth and ninth generation of the Floris family. It does a range of modern and classic (pre-1900) fragrances, but if you want to make your offering truly personal go for a custom scent.

Floris

89 Jermyn Street, London

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James Smith & Sons

How British can you get? James Smith & Sons, a family owned umbrella shop that has been in business since 1830, not only makes umbrellas – it also does walking sticks and seatsticks. Its West End storefront has remained virtually unaltered for over 140 years.

James Smith & Sons

Hazelwood House. 53 New Oxford Street, London

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Lock & Co. Hatters

Founded in 1676, Lock & Co. is London’s oldest hat shop and still head and shoulders above the rest. Here you’ll find everything from couture millinery and seasonal hat-à-porter to classic fedoras, trilbies, and caps for both men and women.

Lock & Co

6 St James’s Street

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La Coqueta

Celia Munoz’ store is an idiosyncratic look at childrenswear. The collection is a quirky mix of southern European colors and patterns that combines vintage inspiration with a contemporary, cool attitude.

La Coqueta

5 Heath Street, London

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General Eyewear

This Chalk Farm shop sells its own-brand eyewear as well as a curated selection of beautiful and unusual vintage frames and sunglasses, the oldest ones dating back to 1790. Worth the visit just for the store’s location under a Victorian railway arch.

General Eyewear

Arch 67, The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London

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Rigby & Peller

You can surely find perfect holiday gifts in the Rigby & Peller’s vast lingerie selection, but if you really want to make your Special Someone feel like Someone Special, book her in with one of their expert bra fitters. She will walk out a better supported, and more confident, version of herself.

Rigby & Peller

13 King’s Road, London

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Also found at: 22A Conduit Street

Persephone Books

London has remained a haven for independent bookshops. Persephone, which Vogue has called “the answer to a present-giver’s prayers”, reprints 107 neglected works of fiction and non-fiction by (almost exclusively female) mid-20th century writers. Its shop is in a beautiful building built in 1702.

Persephone Books

59 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London

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Last edited: August 14, 2017

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