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!

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T&F Slack Shoemakers

Best for... elegant and unusual shoes for men and women

  1. 6 Buspace Studios, Conlan St, W10 5AP
  2. www.tandfslackshoemakers.com
    Ladbroke Grove tube
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James Smith & Sons

Best for... umbrellas of every description

  1. 53 New Oxford St, WC1A 1BL
  2. www.james-smith.co.uk
    Tottenham Court Rd tube
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58

Caravan

Best for... quirky home accessories

  1. 5 Ravenscroft St, E2 7SH
  2. www.caravanstyle.com
    Hoxton rail
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57

Lewis Leathers

Best for... luxe biker leathers

  1. 3-5 Whitfield St, W1T 2SA
  2. www.lewisleathers.com
    Tottenham Court Rd tube
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56

Kristina Records

Best for... undergound, independent record labels

  1. 44 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XJ
  2. www.kristinarecords.com
    Dalston Kingsland rail
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Alexander McQueen

Best for... designer womenswear

  1. 4-5 Old Bond St, W1S 4PD
  2. www.alexandermcqueen.com
    Green Park tube
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54

Drakes

Best for... old school men’s ties and scarves

  1. 3 Clifford St, W1S 2LF
  2. www.drakes-london.com
    Green Park tube
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53

John Simons

Best for... traditional Americana

  1. 46 Chiltern St, W1U 7QR
  2. www.johnsimons.co.uk
    Baker St tube
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52

Blackout II

Best for... quality retro clothing and all the trimmings

  1. 51 Endell St, WC2H 9AJ
  2. www.blackout2.com
    Covent Garden tube
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51

Monki

Best for... hip teen fashion

  1. 39 Carnaby St , W1F 7DP
  2. www.monki.com
    Oxford Circus tube
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50

V&A Shop

Best for... arty accessories and exhibition-related books

  1. Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. www.vandashop.com
    South Kensington tube
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Pringle of Scotland Outlet

Best for... bargain British clothing

  1. 86 Morning Lane, E9 6NA
  2. www.pringlescotland.com
    Hackney Central tube
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Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

Best for... activity-based toys for all ages with a gory theme

  1. 159 Hoxton St, N1 6PJ
  2. www.monstersupplies.org
    Hoxton rail
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Folk

Best for... hip clothing and accessories for men and women

  1. 12-14 Shepherd St, W1J 7JF
  2. www.folkclothing.com
    Green Park tube
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Merchant Archive

Best for... quality, hand-picked vintage items

  1. 19 Kensington Park Rd, W11 2EU
  2. www.merchantarchive.com
    Holland Park tube
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Daunt Books

Best for... an inspiring range of books

  1. 83-84 Marylebone High St, W1U 4QW
  2. www.dauntbooks.co.uk
    Baker St tube
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Stella McCartney

Best for... cool British womenswear

  1. 30 Bruton St, W1J 6QR
  2. www.stellamccartney.com
    Bond St or Green Park tube
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KJ’s Laundry

Best for... lovely small labels and accessories

  1. 74 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2PW
  2. www.kjslaundry.com
    Bond St tube
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Pokit

Best for... sleek suits and smart accessories

  1. 132 Wardour St, W1F 8ZW
  2. www.pokit.co.uk
    Oxford Circus tube
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OTHER/Shop

Best for... curated pop-up fashion ranges

  1. 21 Kingly St, W1B 5QA
  2. www.other-shop.com
    Oxford Circus tube
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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

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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

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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.