Islington shops

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Islington's shops boast vintage finds, design icons and quirky one-offs aplenty. For antiques and second-hand treasures, head to tucked-away Camden Passage, where you can rummage through a kaleidoscope of colours in yarn mecca Loop or browse reimagined retro classics in interiors boutique Smug. Meanwhile, nearby Diverse has long been a haunt of the fashion-forward. Check out our guide to the best shops in N1.

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Annie's Vintage Clothes

Annie Moss’s shop was the obvious choice for providing dresses for the 1980s Brideshead Revisited TV series. Knockout flapper dresses are the speciality.

  1. 12 Camden Passage, N1 8ED
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Atelier Abigail Ahern

This tiny interiors shop may not have a huge range, but what it lacks in quantity is more than made up for in quality.

  1. 137 Upper Street, N1 1QP
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The Blow Bar

This drop-in hair bar on a cosy Islington back street with have you washed, blow-dried and out on the street looking fabulous in just 30 minutes.

  1. 25 Camden Passage, N1 8EA
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  • Critics choice

Islington stalwart Diverse does a fine job of keeping N1’s style queens in fashion-forward mode, with cool clobber, a chic layout and striking window displays.

  1. 294 Upper Street, N1 2TU
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  • Critics choice

Far less hidden away since its move from Cross Street to Camden Passage in June 2010, Loop is a joy to browse.

  1. 15 Camden Passage, N1 8EA
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Graphic designer Lizzie Evans has decked out this new lifestyle boutique with all her favourite things; the result is a space that’s a labour of love as well as a canny commercial move.

  1. 13 Camden Passage, N1 8EA
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  • Critics choice

New and vintage design meet in this design store beloved of, and frequented by, Islington’s substantial coterie of architects, designers and other assorted trendies.

  1. 274 Upper Street, N1 2UA
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Colibri Fashion Boutique is now in 124 Upper Street as well, since 2012. Previous comment refers to 'old times' in Highbury :-)


I think Labour of Love is closed now - just online. Real shame. Handmade and Found on Essex Road (corner of Cross Street) is a treasure trove of interesting well made fashion pieces and accessories at reasonable prices. Workshop in Camden Passage sells superb quality Italian classic clothes with some shoes and accessories. Highly recommended.


There is more great shopping to be done in Highbury (just north of Upper Street) on Blackstock Road: Out of the attic and Colibri Fashion are a breathe of fresh air in the neighborhood.

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