The 100 best shops in London

Going shopping in London? Plan where to head with our round-up of the city’s finest retailers, from cheap vintage shops to world famous department stores

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When it comes to shopping, London is truly the capital of the world. Some cities can boast designer boutiques and glossy malls, while others feature traditional suppliers – but the big smoke is king when it comes to choice. Whether you like a handsome department store that caters for your every retail whim, a loud and proud high street store that churns out catwalk style fodder for pocket money, or a fusty vintage store with a line in forgotten fashions, London has a shop to suit.

When putting together the 100 best shops in London, we aimed for stores that weren’t replicated anywhere else in the world. So you’ll find gobsmacking high street flagships, but not standard outlets of ubiquitous global brands. You’ll find eccentric specialist locals alongside historic outfitters, and glossy designer flagships alongside bargain factory shops.

You can filter the list by price, type, location, suitability for families and even check for somewhere to have a pitstop between purchases. Hopefully our list reflects the bounty and variety of the city’s retail offering, and inspires you to do a bit of browsing – even if it’s just window-shopping.

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Binky J
Binky J

Stores not replicated anywhere else in the world? I think that might be us - Joy Everley Fine Jewellers. We just celebrated our Sweet 16 on Newburgh St. That is 16 years of consistently designing and making beautiful, original jewellery, from the most amazing range of silver charms, to bespoke ethical engagement rings, whilst remaining genuinely independent minutes from Oxford Circus. No backers or parent company, just a family business offering quirky, affordable fine jewellery and a great shopping experience. www.joyeverley.co.uk

Hugo S
Hugo S

Pipoca is a vintage and up-cycled furniture shop and has just opened in Brackenbury Village West London. www.pipoca.co.uk

Little P
Little P

We are an Ethical Fashion Brand called Little Hill People .We make Fashion runway inspired handbags and accessories  using traditional handloom and handicrafts from the Himalayas. Our products are made from tribal shawls and jewellery. The shawls are made using the ancient technique of weaving and the jewellery handmade. We source materials at fair prices from individual artisans, self-help groups and govt. certified NGOs based in the Northeast of India.Each piece supports the contributions of the Indian tribal artisans. Our products are shopped by customers who like Luxury products that are Unique, Fair Trade and Sustainable.

Catherine B
Catherine B

Modern Times vintage homewares in Camden Passage and Roseberry Avenue is one the finest vintage shops in London for top quality crystal, porcelain, vintage globes, mid-century furniture, 50s table wear, gifts, cards. Affordable, stylish, independent.

Luci B
Luci B

Great to see the list acknowledge some independent shops that aren't necessarily massive, some really cool 'primitive' things in Circus and Mercantile has some good fashion stuff , found out about them through StreetHub. Anyway nice to see some indies. 

Liz Shaw
Liz Shaw

Hopscotch in Barnet High St is simply the best sweet shop in London. Their range is amazing - more than any other in the capital. It's bright and clean and the staff are friendly and know a lot about their sweets. They also do cake baking supplies. Check them out first on Google maps - you can go inside! Well worth the journey. Definitely way up there in the top 100!

Anna Alcock
Anna Alcock

Trinity Hospice Shops, they are amazing shops filled with loads of designer stuff and great quality goods at affordable prices.. They easily rival Mary Portas Shops but as they are not linked to a celebrity they dont seem to get half as much credit. Please big them up :)