The 100 best shops in London: full list

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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Here it is, in all its enticing glory – the full and definitive list of London’s 100 best shops. Here you’ll find something to please every purchaser – whether you’re looking for a handsome department store or an eccentric little independent, a high street stalwart or something a little more… ‘specialist’. If there’s ever been a good time to think about extending your overdraft, it’s now. Happy shopping from Time Out!

  1. 100-81
  2. 80-61
  3. 60-41
  4. 40-21
  5. 20-1
100

SCP

Best for... designer chairs and home accessories

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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

  1. 59 Lamb’s Conduit St, WC1N 3NB
  2. www.persephonebooks.co.uk
    Russell Square tube
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90

La Coqueta

Best for... beautiful Spanish-inspired clothing for little ones

  1. 5 Heath St, NW3 6TP
  2. www.lacoquetakids.com
    Hampstead tube
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89

Aria

Best for... hot furniture and accessories for the home

  1. Barnsbury Hall, Barnsbury St, N1 1PN
  2. www.ariashop.co.uk
    Highbury & Islington tube
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88

Darkroom

Best for... hip homeware

  1. 52 Lamb’s Conduit St, WC1N 3LL
  2. www.darkroomlondon.com
    Holborn tube
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87

Floris

Best for... old school Brit fragrances

  1. 89 Jermyn St, SW1Y 6JH
  2. www.florislondon.com
    Green Park tube
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86

The Hackney Shop

Best for... discounted wares from East London designers

  1. 99 Morning Lane, E9 6ND
  2. www.thehackneyshop.com
    Hackney Central rail
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85

Smythson

Best for... bespoke stationery

  1. 40 New Bond St, W1S 2DE
  2. www.smythson.com
    Bond St tube
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84

YMC

Best for... cool casualwear for him and her

  1. 11 Poland St, W1F 8QA
  2. www.youmustcreate.com
    Oxford Circus tube
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83

Poste Mistress

Best for... chic designer heels

  1. 61-63 Monmouth St, WC2H 9EP
  2. www.office.co.uk
    Covent Garden tube
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82

Design Museum Shop

Best for... design-related accessories

  1. Design Museum, 28 Shad
    Thames,
 SE1 2YD
  2. www.designmuseumshop.com
    Tower Hill tube
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81

David Saxby

Best for... vintage men’s suits

  1. 62 Fulham High St, SW6 3LQ
  2. www.davidsaxby.co.uk
    Putney Bridge tube
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Continue to numbers 80-61 in our list
  1. 100-81
  2. 80-61
  3. 60-41
  4. 40-21
  5. 20-1

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Jane black
Jane black

Definitely the best shop I have visited in London is RACHEL VOSPER CANDLES. Hand made candles right in Belgravia, poured by Rachel herself. A truly unique experience in a beautiful mews moments from the chaos ofKnightsbridge. They offer candle making courses as well. But the absolute best thing is the BESPOKE service they offer, filling any vessel you bring them with a fragrance of your choice. AND its next door to a pub- should keep everyone happy! Address is : 69 Kinnerton Street SW1X

Trisha McKenzie
Trisha McKenzie

This article has failed to mention one of the better shops that London has to offer: OLIVER BONAS www.oliverbonas.com. Am not sure how many shops they have but there are quite a lot of them - they have a good selection of gifts, jewellery, scarves (my absolute faves are from there), dresses etc

Jamie Bomboy
Jamie Bomboy

I've never been to London before, but it is my dream to go there. Most people don't want to go cause of the weather. But it seems like a very nice place. It's historical. And very educational. The stores seem very unique and interesting. I hope to go to London and go shopping one day. Since I live all the way in the United States.

oh the shame
oh the shame

Why are chain stores on here? nothing speical about chains sorry. abercrombie is american so not really cool or new for american tourists

Christie
Christie

Everyone check out the following stores : Holisyer Gilly hicks Abercrombie Jack wills and of course M&m world !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Esme
Esme

check out Drop Dead shop in London, they sell the coolest clothes, I just wish I could afford more of it :L

Jane S
Jane S

I've found my favorite London shop! Check out Folklore on Upper Street in Islington. I think it only opened a few weeks ago - London's first proper ethical design store!

Jeff Green
Jeff Green

What happened to XEN near Middlesex Street, E1 ?? Great prices on excellent mens suits as well as massive savings on Loake hand made shoes from Northampton !!

Dave
Dave

Oh come on, this list is so textile biased as to be utterly pointless.

squitully
squitully

It has been sometime because i have commented on someone elses work, luckily this is positive though. Great post, i is going to be reading this blog more within the future.

squitully
squitully

These days there's too a lot garabage written on blogs, glad to see your blog has kept it is integrety. Thanks

squitully
squitully

Made my day once again, fantastic post..two thumbs up!:)

squitully
squitully

This comment would be to say thanks, i dont comment typically, but when i do it's constantly for some thing very good.

squitully
squitully

I have read your stories but this is my 1st time to comment, i adore your work

felicite
felicite

What issue was this in. Does anyone know?! I can't find it anywhere! Thank you x

Brondo
Brondo

I don't really understand how any properly thought through list of the best shops in somewhere as diverse as London can end up with 9 clothes (or strongly clothes focused) shops in the Top 10. How depressingly blinkered...

Will
Will

You forgot 'The Dulwich Trader'

MIAO
MIAO

LN-CC , Louis Vuitton, BROWNS, OKI-NI, HARRODS,

VF
VF

LN-CC is fantastic, an out of this world shopping experience!! A must see!!

AJ
AJ

LN-CC is wonderful, can't understand how Selfridges ranked so highly? Liberty is also great. Good list all in all.

YURI TINGELLI
YURI TINGELLI

How could you miss out LAYERS on Conduit Street???

Nadia Manning-Thomas
Nadia Manning-Thomas

Thanks for this list--a very interesting composition of shops across London. I would like to offer my personal favourite--which didn't make your list-maybe because it is new or maybe because ethical fashion is still emerging properly in the London arena, it is: Danaqa World Chic 282 Westbourne Park Road, W11 1EH www.danaqa.com ...for wonderful luxury, ethical personal and household accessories. beautifully made items from unusual places, with great 'feel-good' stories!

Alice
Alice

Erm... Stanfords?! Anyone?

Ben Allen
Ben Allen

TFC in Dalston rules, I love the European supermarket smell - It's like being on holiday. It's a shame Beach London didn't make it in, on Cheshire Street.