The 100 best shops in London by type: one-stop shop

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 department stores and one-stop shops. The numbers in the yellow hexagons denote the shop’s position in our full list.

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The 100 best shops in London by type: one-stop shop

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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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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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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