The 100 best shops in London: 10-1

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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Dover Street Market


Best for
Avant-garde international fashion

Don’t miss
Coffee and cake at the Rose Bakery on the top floor

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Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo made her mark on Mayfair in 2004 by renovating this Georgian building into an industrial warehouse complete with shop fittings made from raw and reclaimed materials. She cites the legendary Kensington Market as her inspiration, but don’t expect to find any Goth gear here.

Instead, the six-floor concept store stocks rarefied brands such as Celine, Azzedine Alaïa and Rick Owens, alongside all fourteen Comme des Garçons lines in a seemingly ad hoc, constantly evolving space. Rose Bakery on the top floor and the innovative window displays are worthy of visits alone. A second Dover Street Market opened in Tokyo in 2012, and a New York branch opens soon.

  1. 17-18 Dover St, W1S 4LT
    Green Park tube
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Users say

Paula H
Paula H

Really, these are the best?  Just in London 2 weeks ago.  Took pictures in Harrods but did mad shopping in Primark and H&M!  Not even on the list.  

Would recommend both Primark and H&M over these places with more walls than merchandise.