The 100 best shops in London: 100-91

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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100

SCP

Best for
Designer chairs and home accessories

Don’t miss
The SCP own-brand products

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SCP does a brilliant job of blending contemporary exhibition and retail space. The recently redesigned store feels more spacious with furniture from design giants including Matthew Hilton and Terence Woodgate artfully displayed on the ground floor alongside a bijou coffee bar.

The newly whitewashed basement space showcases jewellery, accessories and homeware including stylish but cheeky alphabet mugs from design wag Mark McGinnis (C is for Camel Toe, M is for Merkin). SCP’s most celebrated designer is London-based Donna Wilson; most of her pieces are available here.

  1. 135 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3BX
  2. www.scp.co.uk
    Old St tube
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99

Cass Art

Best for
Well-priced arts materials

Don’t miss
Crafty kits for kids

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This cavernous store hidden away down a back street houses a dazzling array of art materials. Everything is covered, from sable brushes and oil paints to Winsor and Newton inks and artists mannequins. You’ll find all you need for crafting too, with full accessories for screen printing, calligraphy and decoupage amongst others. It’s absolutely brilliant for kids, with stickers, origami and paper doll sets from hip French brand Djeco, art toys like Etch-a-Sketch and more felt tip pens and glitter pots than you can shake a glue stick at. The art student staff are pretty friendly too.

  1. 66-67 Colebrooke Row, N1 8AB
  2. www.cassart.co.uk
    Angel tube
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98

Universal Works

Best for
Cool, modern menswear

Don’t miss
The Harris Tweed fabric range

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Universal Works, David Keyte’s solid and slightly roughed-edged menswear brand, opened its second UK store this year, a flagship site on Berwick Street, Soho. One of a number of newish men’s brands that draw on Brit heritage in terms of design and craftsmanship, Universal Works has a more modern, street-orientated outlook on style.

There’s a perceived honesty to heritage-inspired fashion and an aversion to flashiness, a philosophy that lends individual pieces and the stores they sit in a sort of quiet, understated feel. Keyte wants the brand – and each store – to be ‘universal’ in its appeal, and he’s got it right here. The new space is a slightly more contemporary version of the Lamb’s Conduit Street site, with space for more lifestyle items and a bit of art and photography alongside some brilliant menswear.

  1. 40 Berwick St, W1F 8RX
  2. www.universalworks.co.uk
    Tottenham Court Rd tube
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97

Pentreath & Hall

Best for
Decorative homeware and accessories

Don’t miss
The functional but chic Leeds Pottery range

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This petite store looks like the drawing room of a smart country house scaled to the size of a Shoreditch studio flat. An abundance of beautifully made decorative artefacts and accessories like water colours above the mantelpiece, vintage maps and fine chinaware mugs create an elegant impression. Alongside design and architecture books (Ben Pentreath is an architect) there’s a notable range of decoupage plates and trays from Bridie Hall (the designer is a joint owner of the shop) with designs from archival natural history and geographical sources. We love the flamingo plate.

  1. 17 Rugby St, WC1N 3QT
  2. www.pentreath-hall.com
    Holborn tube
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96

Atsuko Kudo

Best for
Rubber fetish wear

Don’t miss
The rubber leggings

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If you spy a glossy celeb stepping out in latex, chances are it’s by Atsuko Kudo of Holloway Road. The designer’s shop may be small, and sandwiched between a seedy sex shop and an estate agents (the glamour!), but it’s the favourite of pop A-listers like Beyoncé, Rihanna and, of course, Lady Gaga.

Kudo takes her cues from ‘Hitchcock heroine’ chic, and the delights on offer range from her signature ‘wonder cup’ pencil dresses and lace-print corsets to frilly rubber knickers and ‘restricted’ playsuits (for the more serious BDSM enthusiast, you understand). Her accessories are just as inventive – everything from driving gloves to mini berets – and for the thicker of wallet, Kudo’s new couture lines are divine: think fringed capelets and caged cutout bodysuits, the kind Gaga tends to prowl about in. Attentive staff and a surplus of talcum powder are on hand to help relax rubber virgins.

  1. 64 Holloway Rd, N7 8JL
  2. www.atsukokudo.com
    Highbury & Islington tube
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95

Rigby & Peller

Best for
Well-made fitted bras

Don’t miss
The legendary bra-fitting service

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Rigby & Peller make Elizabeth II’s smalls, so if it’s good enough for Her Majesty, it’s good enough for us. Established in 1939, the brand’s royal warrant was granted in 1960 and now its serene, discrete stores are found in London’s most distinguished enclaves (Mayfair, Chelsea, Knightsbridge). Book an appointment for its bespoke bra making service or to be expertly fitted for the ready to wear lingerie and swimwear lines. Rigby & Peller also stock other premium brands such as Aubade, Lejaby, Huit and Simone Perele. All shapes and sizes are catered for and sports, bridal, mastectomy and maternity bras are available too.

  1. 22a Conduit St, W1S 2XT
  2. www.rigbyandpeller.co.uk
    Oxford Circus tube
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94

Cycle Lab and Juice Bar

Best for
Bike repairs with café

Don’t miss
Coffee, crêpes and the juice bar

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Bike shops can be depressing places for the uninitiated, mainly because cycle snobbery is rife in retailers across the capital. Not so at shop, repair centre and café Cycle Lab and Juice Bar, which combines expertise (owner Chris is a Hungarian former BMX pro-rider) with a friendly touch and excellent coffee. As well as stocking proper nerd-pleasing brands like Ritte and Argon, they have masses of eccentric accessories (like belts made of old tyres) and solid Raleigh road bikes for the entry level cyclist.

If you are a true aficionado, you can park up on the racks outside and watch the experts at play in the workshop. On our last visit, they were perfecting a new type of bespoke wooden wheel – ‘not for everyone’, they point out, ‘but if you want a beautiful set of wooden rims to finish your vintage build then who are we to argue.’ That’s the spirit.

  1. 18a Pitfield St, N1 6EY
  2. www.cyclelab.co.uk
    Old St tube
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93

Whistles, Dover Street

Best for
A hip working wardrobe

Don’t miss
The monogramming service on bags and varsity jackets

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Ever since Jane Shepherdson took over as CEO back in 2008, Whistles has gone from strength to strength, positioning itself as the high street’s super-sophisticated older sister. The Dover Street branch is the only Whistles store to stock the brand’s entire high-end Limited Edition range as well as its monogram bags (you can get your initials inscribed on the bag of your choice) and the unique selling points are the superior customer service, plush changing rooms and luxurious surroundings. This is a great place to go if you need to overhaul and upgrade your entire working wardrobe.

  1. 30 Dover St, W1S 4NB
  2. www.whistles.co.uk
    Green Park tube
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92

Crazy Man Crazy

Best for
Retro leather flight jackets

Don’t miss
A natter with the owner

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The Crystal Palace triangle of streets is becoming a sweet spot for retro fashion and furniture but Crazy Man Crazy stands out from the pack as the only store specialising in vintage menswear from the ‘40s and ‘50s. Fittingly named after the Bill Haley & His Comets song, its unassuming shop front is where south east London’s rockabillies, beatniks and lindy hoppers flock to get suited and booted. Proprietor Paul Davies offers Hawaiian shirts, printed t-shirts, silk ties and selvage denim jeans plus an extensive range of aviation, army, biker and utility jackets. Retro brands such as Dickies, Pike Brothers and Rockmount add to the authentic mix.

  1. 18a Church Rd, Upper
    Norwood, SE19 2ET
  2. www.crazymancrazylondon.co.uk
    
Crystal Palace Overground
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91

Persephone Books

Best for
Prettily-covered reprinted fiction by women writers

Don’t miss
The monthly teatime reading group

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With Bloomsbury’s Lamb’s Conduit Street fast becoming London’s best men’s fashion hub with Private White VC, Folk Men, Universal Works, Oliver Spencer and J. Crew present, Persephone Books offers something of an antidote. Independently publishing the work of twentieth century women writers (and a few men) in beautifully rendered publications, lined with archive prints of female artists of the period.

Pick from a range that includes Diana Athill’s ‘Midsummer Night in the Warehouse’, Persephone Book No. 92, which includes a classic memoir about a failed love affair, or Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Writer’s Diary’. The shop itself spills over into the Persephone office at the back (or is it the other way around?), giving the store a slightly ramshackle, writer’s room feel where herbal tea and upscale literary chit-chat always seem to be on the brew.

  1. 59 Lamb’s Conduit St, WC1N 3NB
  2. www.persephonebooks.co.uk
    Russell Square tube
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