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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Foyles

Best for... a vast range of books and great customer service

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

Best for... fresh designer labels

  1. 46 Ledbury Rd, W11 2AB
  2. www.wolfandbadger.com
    Notting Hill Gate tube
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Pitfield London

Best for... chic homewares for all budgets

  1. 31-35 Pitfield St, N1 6HB
  2. www.pitfieldlondon.com
    Old St tube
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37

Coco de Mer

Best for... stylish lingerie and sex toys

  1. 23 Monmouth St, WC2H 9DD
  2. www.coco-de-mer.com
    Tottenham Court Rd tube
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36

Debenhams

Best for... cheap and cheerful fashion

  1. 334-348 Oxford St, W1C 1JG
  2. www.debenhams.com
    Oxford Circus tube
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35

Harvey Nichols

Best for... designer fashion and luxe food

  1. 9-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ
  2. www.harveynichols.com
    Knightsbridge tube
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34

Labour and Wait

Best for... low-fi home accessories

  1. 85 Redchurch St, E2 7DJ
  2. www.labourandwait.co.uk
    Old St tube
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33

Condor Cycles

Best for... quality bikes

  1. 49-53 Gray’s Inn Rd, WC1X 8PP
  2. www.condorcycles.com
    Chancery Lane tube
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Couverture & The Garbstore

Best for... original gifts and home accessories

  1. 188 Kensington Park Rd, W11 2ES
  2. www.couvertureandthegarbstore.com
    Ladbroke Grove tube
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31

Start London

Best for... hot designer pieces for men and women

  1. 40, 42 and 59 Rivington St, EC2A
  2. www.start-london.com
    Old St tube
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30

General Eyewear

Best for... retro eyewear with an in-store optician

  1. Arch 67, the Stables Market,
    Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AH
  2. www.generaleyewear.com
    Camden tube
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29

The Vintage Showroom

Best for... vintage menswear

  1. 14 Earlham St, WC2H 9LN
  2. www.thevintageshowroom.com
    Covent Garden tube
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28

Habitat

Best for... budget and trend-conscious homeware

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

Best for... chic, relaxed womenswear

  1. 17 Lamb St, E1 6EA
  2. www.themercantilelondon.com
    Shoreditch High St Overground
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J.Crew

Best for... american preppy style

  1. 165 Regent St, W1B 4AD
  2. www.jcrew.com
    Oxford Circus tube
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Browns Focus

Best for... cutting edge designer labels

  1. 24 South Molton St, W1K 5RD
  2. www.brownsfashion.com
    Bond St tube
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24

JJ Fox

Best for... the ultimate cigars

  1. 19 St James’s St, SW1A 1ES
  2. www.jjfox.co.uk
    Green Park tube
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The Conran Shop

Best for... high-end homeware

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

Best for... a vast array of second-hand clothing

  1. 92-100 Stoke Newington Rd, N16 7XB
  2. www.beyondretro.com
    Dalston Kingsland Overground
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Topman General Store

Best for... cheap, hip-looking menswear

  1. 98 Commercial Street, E1 6LZ
  2. www.topman.com
    Liverpool St 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.