The 100 best shops in London: 20-11

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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Fortnum & Mason

Best for
Luxury foodie hampers

Don’t miss
The dazzling jewellery department on the second floor

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With its stylish eau de nil and copper-clad façade, ultra-opulent interior, decadent wares and various royal warrants, Fortnum’s is probably the world’s poshest department store. It opened in 1707 when William Fortnum started selling candles from a little shop in nearby Duke Street. Over three-hundred years on, the large store – now located at 181 Piccadilly – is still going strong and, while acknowledging its past, has a firm grasp of the present.

A dazzling new jewellery department on the second floor sells contemporary British designers including Lara Bohinc, Alex Monroe and Katie Hillier. Most recently, the store has opened a Candle Room paying homage to the original owner – all sorts of gorgeous-smelling luxury candle brands are stocked and world-famous perfumer Roja Dove has created a candle based on the essence of the store. No trip to Fortnum & Mason is complete without a visit to the fragrant food halls where you can buy the loveliest hampers known to humankind and all manner of condiments from Rose Petal Jelly to Bucks Fizz Marmalade.

  1. 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER
  2. www.fortnumandmason.com
    Green Park tube
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LN-CC

Best for
Esoteric fashion labels

Don’t miss
The Gary Card-designed interior featuring an in-store disco

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LN-CC, otherwise known as the Late Night Chameleon Club, is as mysterious as its name suggests. Accessed by appointment via a basement-level door in an unlikely Shacklewell warehouse building, the store is a Tim Burton-like wonderland rendered in natural wood with a secret dancefloor, tree house, listening library and London’s most unique edit of super-rare fashion.

Ostensibly a showroom for internet boutique LN-CC.com, the space is a gallery for upscale design, selling super-posh brands like Rik Owens, Givenchy, Lanvin and any number of hard-to-pronounce rarities (try saying shoe brand ‘Cherevichkiotvichki’ after one too many shandies). With vinyl, art books and eyewear, and stock separated into different themed zones, LN-CC is a shop like no other, a stone’s throw from Nando’s Dalston.

  1. 18-24 Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EZ
  2. www.ln-cc.com
    Dalston Kingsland Overground
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Burberry

Best for
Luxury British clothing in techy surroundings

Don’t miss
The interactive digital walls and iPads in the kids’ department

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Burberry’s biggest flagship has transformed a historical property on Regent Street into an all-mod-conned ‘brand experience’. The building was erected in 1820 by George IV (predating Burberry’s birth by 36 years) and has now been lovingly restored to its former glory, including the stained glass dome roof. The heritage brand has also installed 500 speakers and 100 screens plus interactive mirrors and digital signage that rains customers with sights, sounds and information as they ‘experience’ the store. And let’s not forget the fashion. The full range of menswear, womenswear, accessories, footwear and beauty is here as well as exclusive lines and a bespoke trench coat service.

  1. 121 Regent St, W1B 4TB
  2. uk.burberry.com
    Oxford Circus tube
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17

Present

Best for
Quailty menswear for the discerning urbanite

Don’t miss
William Fox x Bass Weejun Larson loafers

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Present is London’s mini-department store for men, stocking rare brands, heritage labels and clever, in-house staples. The price range – heart-stopping for some of the rarer pieces – varies hugely, meaning you can um-and-ah about investing in a £605 Monitaly blazer, say, or barely think twice about picking up a smart set of pencils for £4.

The store is constantly reworked and stocked up with gem after gem, like Hartford and Gitman Vintage shirts, Patagonia bags, tablet covers, seersucker pet collars or Present’s own simple merino sweaters and crepe-sole desert boots. Seasonal collaborations and a constant stream of cult men’s brands have seen Present become an integral part of London’s men’s shopping landscape.

  1. 140 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JE
  2. www.present-london.com
    Shoreditch High St Overground
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Heal’s

Best for
Beautiful, well-made and contemporary homeware

Don’t miss
The Missoni luxury bathware range

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The store’s 2013 redesign emphasises dramatic lighting, its dedicated room filled with show-stopping designs from Tom Dixon, Bocci (who designed the stunning glass pendant chandelier over the spiral staircase) and Squint. Heal’s also rules for kitchen goods like copper saucepans, Graef milk frothers and Kitchenaid mixers. Despite the luxe labels you can snap up a real bargain. Wool Tuareg rugs cost under £200 and a solid oak chest of drawers goes for less than £600 in a sale. A comprehensive edit of toiletries from classics like Acqua di Parma to West Country newcomers Bramley completes the picture.

  1. The Heal’s Building
, 196 Tottenham
    Court Rd, W1T 7LQ
  2. www.heals.co.uk
    Goodge St tube
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Opening Ceremony

Best for
New York style in London

Don’t miss
The store’s own collection and Chloë Sevigny range

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Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have the Midas touch when it comes to fashion. Opening Ceremony is their joint brand, with a winning formula that combines their own zeitgeist-tapping designs combined with hot-off-the-press new labels and revivals of long-forgotten brands, as well as exclusives from the likes of Chloë Sevigny, who produces a winning collection for them every season.

When they open a store in a new territory, Leon and Lim solicit work from young local designers and are not shy of stocking the weird and wonderful, so their much-anticipated London launch saw a futuristic neoprene collection from Topshop sitting alongside Proenza Schouler and Acne. The colour-popping London store is also home to one of the capital’s biggest Kenzo ranges outside the designer label’s flagship.

If you haven’t got a Kenzo budget then take advantage of the pocket money department, which gives you a little piece of Opening Ceremony for under a tenner – think mugs, plasters and pencil cases in their instantly recognisable prints.

  1. 35 King St, WC2E 8JG
  2. www.openingceremony.us
    Covent Garden tube
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The Goodhood Store

Best for
Edgy men’s and womenswear with a sense of humour

Don’t miss
The exclusive Vans colourways

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Off-beat indie outfit The Goodhood Store can count two shops, a creative agency, a thriving online store and a five-panel cap wearing Shoreditch cult following as part of its success. Selling premium fashion brands – all with a wearable, streetwear aesthetic – from its two-floor space just off Hoxton Square, The Goodhood Store stocks all manner of smart objects to furnish the life of young ‘creatives’.

Well-known Brit classics like Paul Smith and YMC share the space with other upbeat labels from further afield: Cast of Vices from LA and Neighbourhood, the Japanese brand responsible for porcelain incense burners shaped like skulls and guns. The Goods by Goodhood – the store’s first in-house collection of tees, tops, stickers, bags and homewear, launched in late 2013. Just across the cobbles sits Goodhood’s tiny Life store, packed with perfectly-picked homeware and gifts, from Pendleton blankets to Comme des Garçons iPad covers.

  1. 41 Coronet St, N1 6HD
  2. www.goodhoodstore.com
    Old St tube
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John Lewis

Best for
All household goods with excellent customer service

Don’t miss
The Somerset by Alice Temperley range

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Entering the John Lewis flagship is a welcome relief from the madness of Oxford Street. Set over five airy floors the store is well-spaced with heaps of natural light pouring in through the massive atrium. Famed for its excellent customer service and dependable, quality goods, John Lewis caters for every aspect of your lifestyle from technology to kitchen gadgets, fabrics and furniture.

As you might expect, there are plenty of tasteful sofas and scatter cushions in every hue, but the store has made a real effort to also appeal to the more daring customer by offering a range of designer collaborations and collections including its Design Icons range across its homes departments, which includes expensive classics like the Philippe Starck for Kartell Louis Ghost Chair and numerous iconic pieces by Vitra-Eames.

Don’t overlook the fashion departments either – there have been some brilliant collaborations with British designers such as Joe Caseley-Hayford in menswear and Alice Temperley, whose Somerset range for women has been the department store’s best-selling fashion range ever. Temperley has recently added a line of vintage-inspired Somerset Lingerie and a collection for girls aged 4-10 too. Also visit the store’s new and improved beauty hall in which the brand now offers its own range of nail polishes.

  1. 300 Oxford St, W1A 1EX
  2. www.johnlewis.com
    Oxford St tube
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Celestine Eleven

Best for
Luxury labels

Don’t miss
The exclusive Niels Peeraer bags

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If you can remember when Shoreditch had nowhere to shop other than the petrol station, then this dreamy boutique and treatment room might be a good measure of just how much the area has changed. Tena Strok was a stylist before launching this whopping lifestyle store on a very quiet backstreet this summer. While other womenswear boutiques stock up on sure-sellers like Acne boots and Mulberry bags, Tena looks for individual buys that fit her earthy aesthetic and offer exclusivity.

Talented London designers like J.W.Anderson and Atalanta Weller are here, but so are amazing new finds like it-label-of-the-future Niels Peeraer – remember the name, bag lovers. A library of beautiful coffee table books and holistic treatment rooms cater for body and soul. Our only concern is that it’s so out-of-the-way no-one will find it, so do try.

  1. 4 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3ET
  2. www.celestineeleven.com
    Shoreditch High St Overground
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Harrods

Best for
Ostentatious style under one roof

Don’t miss
Toy Kingdom on the third floor

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It might be unashamedly ostentatious, stuffed with tourists and in possession of the world’s most vulgar statue (Dodi and Diana in bronze by the Egyptian escalators), but Harrods – London’s most famous department store – is still a spectacular shop. The elegantly tiled and fragrant food halls on the ground floor are always worth a butchers and the beauty halls boast a wealth of luxury exclusives. But the store’s true delights can be found on an explorative walk.

As well as London’s first moving staircase and its very own bank, Harrods boasts an art gallery, a stunning new interiors department and a kitchenware floor that hosts live cooking lessons from household names. Got kids? Head straight to Toy Kingdom on the third floor – its enchanted forest, intergalactic science lab and bespoke sweet maker should keep them occupied. There’s always a team of shopping assistants on hand to demonstrate the latest toys and gadgets. Sadly, 2014 sees the closure of its legendary Pet Kingdom to make way for more womenswear, but we are promised a satellite pet store nearby imminently.

Elsewhere, Harrods excels at shoes – with a gargantuan footwear department stocking labels like Ferragamo, Charlotte Olympia and Giuseppe Zanotti. The Fashion Lab has recently opened on the fourth floor, by the Egyptian escalator, selling a range of young designer labels such as Zadig & Voltaire, Wildfox and The Kooples.

  1. 87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7XL
  2. www.harrods.com
    Knightsbridge tube
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