Shopping in Marylebone

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Avoid the Oxford Street crowds, and find a specialist shop off the beaten path

It goes without saying that some of London's biggest shops are in Marylebone: Oxford Street is in the area, after all. But the best independent shops are away from the crushed mobs swarming around Topshop. Margaret Howell, for example, stocks the kind of well-made basics that will look at fashionable in 20 years as they do today. So does Gallery 1930, sort of: it specialises in antiques from the '30s. And Daunt Books is a cathedral to reading, complete with stained glass and oak railings.

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  • Daunt Books

    83-84 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 4QW

    Though not strictly a travel bookshop, this beautiful Edwardian shop will always be seen first and foremost as a travel specialist thanks to its elegant three-level back room complete...
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  • Cadenhead's Whisky Shop & Tasting Room

    26 Chiltern Street, London, W1U 7QF

    Cadenhead's is a survivor of a rare breed: the independent whisky bottler. And its shop is one of a kind, at least in London. Cadenhead's selects barrels from distilleries all...
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  • Jane Packer Flowers

    32-34 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 8UE

    Jane Packer - the florist of choice for many stars - has now become something of a household name. This sleek Marylebone store fronts her equally successful...
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  • Button Queen

    76 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2PR

    A long-established retailer with a great reputation for knowledge and expertise, Button Queen is an emporium of antique and modern buttons of all shapes and sizes, from 19th...
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  • VV Rouleaux

    102 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2QD

    A superb place to visit when you're in need of visual inspiration, VV Rouleaux, opened by florist Annabel Lewis some two decades ago, is an enduring favourite with interior...
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  • Jas Musicals

    14 Chiltern Street, London, W1U 7PY

    Marylebone's Chiltern Street is the central London outpost of the original Southall shop that was opened over 25 years ago by Harjit Singh Shah. His original intention was to apply...
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  • John & Arthur Beare

    30 Queen Anne Street, London, W1G 8HX

    With over 140 years' experience in selling Stradivaris, Guarneris and other Italian masters, J & A Beare's collection of instruments is of the highest calibre. Many of the world's top musicians...
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  • TW Howarth

    31-35 Chiltern Street, London, W1U 7PN

    Britain's leading outlet for woodwind instruments and accessories operates across three separate storefronts selling in clarinets, saxophones, bassoons and oboes. It stocks...
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  • Wigmore Sports

    39 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 1QQ

    If it's got strings and it swings, you can buy it here. The most impressive racket sports specialist in London, Wigmore Sports has a whole room stacked full of tennis, squash and...
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