The 100 best shops in London by type: cafés and restaurants

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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Now you’ve seen which are the 100 best shops in London. But where will you find something cheap to buy, or a piece of cutting-edge fashion straight off the catwalk? Somewhere with an in-store café or a family friendly set-up?

We’ve applied 25 handy labels to the 100 shops in our list – here you’ll find London’s best shops with cafés, restaurants and bars. The numbers in the yellow hexagons denote the shop’s position in our full list.

Are we missing something? Tell us your favourite shop in the in the comments below.

The 100 best shops in London by type: cafés and restaurants

1

Selfridges

Best for
High fashion from high street to designer under one roof

Don’t miss
The denim studio

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The reason Selfridges takes the shopping crown this year is that it really is for everyone – alongside its designer labels and luxurious services it has clip-in hair extensions, cheapo nail bars and a ground floor busting with fashion that is well within the reach of a teenager’s purse. If you can’t find something to buy in Selfridges you simply aren’t looking hard enough.

In June 2013, it unveiled what is unquestionably the capital’s best denim department on the third floor, while the paltry toy offering was buoyed by a fun new department a couple of months later. At the other end of the shopping spectrum, Louis Vuitton recently unveiled a three-storey townhouse within the store – a London first.

  1. 400 Oxford St, W1A 1AB
  2. www.selfridges.com
    Bond St tube
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4

Rough Trade East

Best for
Exclusive vinyl releases

Don’t miss
The in-store gigs and events

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Though it arrived 30 years after its big brother in W11, Rough Trade East has fast become the company’s definitive London outpost. Located in the bustling Old Truman Brewery, its primary function is as a retailer of expertly-curated vinyl, CDs and books. Boasting considerably more space than its Notting Hill counterpart, it also contains a café and a purpose-built stage, with standing room in front sensibly factored into the planning.

In-store gigs commonly kick off at 7pm and wristbands are obtained by pre-ordering a CD first. The sets are sometimes shorter than most regular gigs, but we’re certainly not complaining.

  1. Old Truman Brewery,
    91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
  2. www.roughtrade.com
    Aldgate East tube
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11

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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13

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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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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20

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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35

Harvey Nichols

Best for
Designer fashion and luxe food

Don’t miss
The excellent personal styling

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This luxury Knightsbridge department store isn’t the bastion of cool it once was – Liberty, Selfridges and even Harrods seem to be more engaged with their customers and are hosting more dynamic shopping events these days – but it’s still a worthy port of call for any fashion-conscious shopper. The rails are filled with top labels like Alexander Wang, Balenciaga and Givenchy.

Head here for a well-stocked luxury beauty hall, an excellent array of accessories and the top beauty buys from luxurious brands like Tom Ford and COR (whose soap contains real silver). Finish off proceedings by taking lunch on the fifth floor (where the buzzy food department is located).

  1. 9-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ
  2. www.harveynichols.com
    Knightsbridge tube
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36

Debenhams

Best for
Cheap and cheerful fashion

Don’t miss
The designer collaborations

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Until its £25million refurbishment, the Debenhams flagship was one of Oxford Street’s drabbest and most down-market department stores. But things have changed dramatically for the 200-year-old brand. The seven-floor store has been completely redesigned with a new interior, an impressive shimmering kinetic metal façade (which resembles a wave) and a chichi new shoes department. There’s also a chic bistro in the basement.

The store now features 21 designer collaborations including Henry Holland, Matthew Williamson and Jenny Packham, but our favourites are the Todd Lynn and Jonathan Saunders Edition ranges. Up on the fifth floor you’ll find kids’ clothing and toys plus an airy new family friendly restaurant. Finally, it’s a light-filled, easy-to-navigate store you’ll want to linger in.

  1. 334-348 Oxford St, W1C 1JG
  2. www.debenhams.com
    Oxford Circus tube
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38

Pitfield London

Best for
Chic homewares for all budgets

Don’t miss
The retro armchairs and sofas

How much?

 

The owners of this ambitious store and café took a gamble on one of the few Shoreditch Streets that didn’t seem to be getting any smarter despite the rapid pace of gentrification around it. As highly respected and prolific interior designers, Shaun Clarkson and business partner Paul Brewster were justifiably confident they could turn a big ugly office space into a luxurious interiors mecca, and so they have done.

Pitfield London is a gorgeous place – a maximalist combination of fabrics, colours and textures; of vintage and new; of shopping and dining. You’ll find something different every time you visit, be it an interiors artist in residence at the back of the store or a wonky crystal glassware set procured from a collector.

There’s plenty to buy if your budget is the size of your Hampstead house, from new scarlet Chesterfields at £1,400 to original ’60s leather armchairs for £1,450. But the brilliant thing about this store is the amount of affordable stuff on offer if you’re a homebody with less disposable cash to spend on domestic flourishes – there are plenty of treats for under a tenner. And if all else fails, there are meringues the size of a plate in the stylish adjoining café.

  1. 31-35 Pitfield St, N1 6HB
  2. www.pitfieldlondon.com
    Old St tube
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40

Foyles

Best for
A vast range of books and great customer service

Don’t miss
The café tucked away on the first floor

How much?

 

Proving Amazon and Waterstones can’t secure a complete monopoly on literary sales, Foyles has been operating as an independent bookstore since 1903. It has survived changing shopping habits and several recessions, and stoically remains a much-loved family-run business with the largest range of books under one roof in the UK.

This warren-like, five-floor Charing Cross branch is currently in the process of moving a few doors up the street to the former Central St Martin’s building for 2014. The new site promises to turn Foyles into a state-of-the-art bookshop, but for now you can still enjoy it’s old-fashioned styling, cosy café and some 55 specialist subject areas.

  1. 113-119 Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0EB
  2. www.foyles.co.uk
    Tottenham Court Rd tube
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Caravan

Best for
Quirky home accessories

Don’t miss
The original range of lamps for kids

How much?

 

Fans of interiors expert Emily Chalmers’s eclectic style will be pleased to discover the latest incarnation of her Caravan boutique is by appointment only (think bonus one-to-one interiors advice as you shop). The unlikely housing-estate location gives an otherworldly feel to the treasures within: pineapple wall sconces (£99), Lee Broom crystal bulbs (£189), tiny satin baby shoes (£8.95) and billowy handmade drapes (£199) made from the stitched-together spoils of a lifetime scouring markets for silk scarves.

Chalmers’ eye for offbeat home accessories is showcased to perfection here but it’s her knack for spotting vintage classics that feel right for now that really sets her apart. She no longer stocks the French-industrial Jieldé lamps she made an interiors-spread staple but one look at her re-issued Stoke-on-Trent ceramic swans (£55) and you won’t be able to imagine your living room without one.

  1. 5 Ravenscroft St, E2 7SH
  2. www.caravanstyle.com
    Hoxton rail
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