The 100 best shops in London by type: home and garden

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 home and garden shops. 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: home and garden

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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Liberty

Best for
Eccentric English style and historical prints

Don’t miss
The famous rug room

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There is no more gorgeous a shop in London, possibly the world, than Liberty. While the high streets around it and beyond become more and more ubiquitous, this mock-tudor department store remains utterly unique – designed by Edwin Thomas Hall and son Edwin Stanley Hall to resemble a stately home.

It’s certainly one we’d love to live in, with an eccentric best-of-British jumble of haberdashery and its world-renowned fabrics, high-end fashion plus lotions and potions aplenty. Despite its vintage appearance, there is much innovation to be found, and they recently opened an excellent Josh Wood hair salon, an expensive but brilliant childrenswear department and a capacious bath shop offering many fragrant delights.

  1. Regent St, W1B 5AH
  2. www.liberty.co.uk
    Oxford Circus tube
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House of Hackney

Best for
Bold, printed home accessories and clothing

Don’t miss
The printed fine bone china

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In many ways the natural successor to Liberty, House of Hackney is a print-based lifestyle brand with Britishness running through every stitch and flick of a paintbrush. HOH first start as an interiors label, but with founders (and couple) Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle both hailing from fashion backgrounds, it was only natural that their London-inspired prints (Dalston Rose, Hackney Empire) made their way first on to clothing and accessories, and recently washbags, notepads and crockery.

This glorious store opened in July 2013, and it’s one of the most gorgeous retail establishments to land in London in years, bedecked in the deliberately over the top juxtapositions of print-on-print-on-print that have made the brand's name. Gormley confesses that the brand was partly inspired by her own boredom with Ikea-minimalist-ubiquity. You’ll find none of that here – the entrance is bursting with flora from resident florists Wild at Heart, and the floral theme is picked up on sweatshirts, bikinis, cups and saucers on the first floor.

Downstairs, you’ll find plump leopard print armchairs cheek-by-jowl with palm print chaise longues and scattered with floral cushions – all made in the UK and, where possible, in London. Even if you walk away with just a teacup rather than a full suite of furniture, you should walk away with something – a little piece of England. Or England, how we’d like it to look.

  1. 131 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JE
  2. www.houseofhackney.com
    Old St tube
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10

Paul Smith No. 9 Albemarle St

Best for
British style for men, women and home

Don’t miss
The in-store exhibitions

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The Paul Smith flagship store is as big, glossy and imposing as an oligarch’s art gallery. The cute, whimsical flourishes that have made Smith Britain’s most popular designer have been replaced by something much bolder. This is Paul Smith on a grand, super-sized scale.

The huge wrought iron facade based on a drawing by the designer jars brilliantly with the Georgian elegance of the surrounding buildings. White pillars spring from the parquet wood floor to showcase nostalgic objet d’art, such as vintage record players and radios. The full men’s and women’s collections are displayed on wrought iron fixtures set against bright white walls and also on huge chunks of reclaimed wood, which look like jumbo sized truffle flakes. In the accessories room, what looks like a pattern of encrypted code is actually the visual effect created by 26,000 domino tiles lining the wall.

  1. 9 Albemarle St, W1S 4BL
  2. www.paulsmith.co.uk
    Green Park 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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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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23

The Conran Shop

Best for
High-end homeware

Don’t miss
The design classics range

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The Conran Shop presents a knowledgeable edit of investment pieces like Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair and reinterpreted Chesterfields in the flagship Michelin House store. Its less well-known strength is the unusual and beautiful collection of decorative wares from international designers. We particularly like Kate Hume’s hand-blown glass pebble vases in muted jewel hues, the stunning La Volière Table Lamp – inspired by a vintage birdcage, complete with kaleidoscopic birds – and the whimsical Italian pink sand hour glass. It’s also the best London design shop for children with Anne-Claire Petit’s stripy crochet homewares, re-issued tin toys and a brilliantly extravagant tree-house bed leading the charge.

  1. Michelin House, 81
    Fulham Rd, SW3 6RD
  2. www.conranshop.co.uk
    South Kensington tube
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Habitat

Best for
Budget and trend-conscious homeware

Don’t miss
The Kilo nesting tables

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A perennial Time Out favourite, Habitat’s appeal endures as the most dependable destination for contemporary but affordable furniture. The spacious store, though unchanged for years, effectively showcases new designs while the staff are on hand to help out with decision-making.

Lighting is excellent. We like the Ade table lamp – a simple coil of metal and Ribbon, a design classic – while for shoestring style you can’t go wrong with an oversized paper Boule Japonaise pendant. Bed linen is also covetable, with the yellow and grey Pixelate a refreshing break from all white.

  1. 196-199 Tottenham Court Rd, W1T 7PJ
  2. www.habitat.co.uk
    Goodge St tube
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32

Couverture & The Garbstore

Best for
Original gifts and home accessories

Don’t miss
Odette jewellery for women

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Cult shop Couverture & The Garbstore sticks it to The Man with an under-the-radar collection of independent labels and up-and-coming designer fashion (sell out and you’re out, basically). On the lower level of this slick three-storey boutique (unrecognisable as the bath salesroom it once was) is designer Ian Paley’s menswear label The Garbstore, whose own-label crew knits (£200), contrast-pocket tees (£75) and limited-production Japanese selvedge denim garner nods of approval from even the most insider-y of fashion insiders.

The ground and upper levels house Emily Dyson’s much-admired lifestyle concept Couverture, where you’ll find an enticing array of homewares and beautiful women’s and children’s fashion. Think hand-printed cushions by Finnish designer Klaus Haapaniemi, simple but chic stationery by Hay, understated tailoring from Tocca and kid-heaven alpaca dress-up knits by Oeuf NYC.

  1. 188 Kensington Park Rd, W11 2ES
  2. www.couvertureandthegarbstore.com
    Ladbroke Grove tube
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34

Labour and Wait

Best for
Low-fi home accessories

Don’t miss
The galvanised steel buckets

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Labour and Wait is East London’s favourite homewares shop. Delightfully sensible and smack in the middle of ultra trendy Redchurch Street, it’s a welcome oasis of practicality and home life. Pick up some work clothes, aprons or perhaps a signed copy of ‘Shoreditch Tales’ to sit alongside your marble kettle.

Friendly, attentive and informed staff, plus a tranquility you don’t get in typical home depots, make this the civilised domestic shopping experience you’d expect from a quaint village shop. Select a glass bottle to put a single flower in or some tools for that DIY project. Either way, you’ll be satisfied – and likely leave with more than you came in for, having been swayed by some wooly socks or a cast-iron casserole dish.

  1. 85 Redchurch St, E2 7DJ
  2. www.labourandwait.co.uk
    Old St tube
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38

Pitfield London

Best for
Chic homewares for all budgets

Don’t miss
The retro armchairs and sofas

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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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50

V&A Shop

Best for
Arty accessories and exhibition-related books

Don’t miss
The limited edition prints

How much?

 

There are plenty of great museum shops in London, but none have the same scale, breadth of product and sheer inspiration as the V&A’s capacious store at the heart of the building. Not only will you find an excellent array of art and design books but also beautiful, decorative greeting cards and inspired gift ideas for children. The themed products tied to exhibitions are always well-picked and super-covetable.

  1. Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. www.vandashop.com
    South Kensington 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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73

Twentytwentyone

Best for
Hip, Scandi-orientated homeware

Don’t miss
The designer furniture and home range for children

How much?

 

There’s a definite Scandi-slant to north London furniture store TwentyTwentyOne. Set over two spacious floors the sleek lines, muted colours and clean outlines display minimalistic furniture, accessories and ceramics at their most appealing. We love the functionality of the Lonneberga Wood stacking beds, which will transform a study into a guest room, and the off-kilter angles of Martino Gamper’s colourful Arnold Circus stool. The El Baúl golf ball-like storage box is perfect for hiding kids’ toys somewhere chic. You can also find the world’s most stylish smoke alarm here – a tactile pastel ingot that simply sticks to the ceiling.

  1. 274-275 Upper St, N1 2UA
  2. www.twentytwentyone.com
    Highbury & Islington tube
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Darkroom

Best for
Hip homeware

Don’t miss
The Rockman and Rockman tables

How much?

 

Striking geometrics, sharply defined graphics and avant-garde colours define the style ethos in this dark jewel of an accessory store. It’s no surprise that several of the key designers are also architects. Statement necklaces are a highlight – in particular Marion Vidal’s structured ribbon and bauble collars – while the brilliance of twentieth-century designer Ettore Sottsass is homaged with colour-block decorative plates.

Textiles are also impressive with monochrome tribal-inspired cushions edged in jade or coral piping a favourite. Blow-the-budget pieces include Jamie Julien-Brown’s head-height Totem lights: a hypnotic mix of pastel dream world and designer fairground.

  1. 52 Lamb’s Conduit St, WC1N 3LL
  2. www.darkroomlondon.com
    Holborn tube
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89

Aria

Best for
Hot furniture and accessories for the home

Don’t miss
The espresso bar tucked away in the kitchen department

How much?

 

Housed in an impressive Victorian-era former concert hall, Aria is one of London’s best design destinations. As well as mid-range contemporary designed kitchenware, clocks and lighting like Alessi, Marimekko and Kartell, there are some quirkier international treasures including vintage Indian trestle market tables and hand carved dark wood bowls. There are some unique textiles nestling downstairs amid the luxe toiletries as well; check out the Finnish folklore cushions from Klaus Haapaniemi.

  1. Barnsbury Hall, Barnsbury St, N1 1PN
  2. www.ariashop.co.uk
    Highbury & Islington tube
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97

Pentreath & Hall

Best for
Decorative homeware and accessories

Don’t miss
The functional but chic Leeds Pottery range

How much?

 

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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100

SCP

Best for
Designer chairs and home accessories

Don’t miss
The SCP own-brand products

How much?

 

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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