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!

  • Fortnum & Mason

        

    Best for... luxury foodie hampers

    181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER
    www.fortnumandmason.com

    Green Park tube

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    Fortnum & Mason
  • LN-CC

        

    Best for... esoteric fashion labels

    18-24 Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EZ
    www.ln-cc.com

    Dalston Kingsland Overground

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    LN-CC
  • Burberry

       

    Best for... luxury British clothing in techy surroundings

    121 Regent St, W1B 4TB
    uk.burberry.com

    Oxford Circus tube

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    Burberry
  • Present

       

    Best for... quailty menswear for the discerning urbanite

    140 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JE
    www.present-london.com

    Shoreditch High St Overground

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    Present
  • Heal’s

      

    Best for... beautiful, well-made and contemporary homeware

    The Heal’s Building
, 196 Tottenham Court Rd, W1T 7LQ
    www.heals.co.uk

    Goodge St tube

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    Heal’s
  • Opening Ceremony

      

    Best for... New York style in London

    35 King St, WC2E 8JG
    www.openingceremony.us

    Covent Garden tube

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    Opening Ceremony
  • The Goodhood Store

        

    Best for... edgy men’s and womenswear with a sense of humour

    41 Coronet St, N1 6HD
    www.goodhoodstore.com

    Old St tube

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    The Goodhood Store
  • John Lewis

          

    Best for... all household goods with excellent customer service

    300 Oxford St, W1A 1EX
    www.johnlewis.com

    Oxford St tube

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    John Lewis
  • Celestine Eleven

       

    Best for... luxury labels

    4 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3ET
    www.celestineeleven.com

    Shoreditch High St Overground

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    Celestine Eleven
  • Harrods

          

    Best for... ostentatious style under one roof

    87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7XL
    www.harrods.com

    Knightsbridge tube

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    Harrods
  • Paul Smith No. 9 Albemarle St

         

    Best for... British style for men, women and home

    9 Albemarle St, W1S 4BL
    www.paulsmith.co.uk

    Green Park tube

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    Paul Smith No. 9 Albemarle St
  • Blitz

       

    Best for... quality vintage gear

    55-59 Hanbury St, E1 5JP
    www.blitzlondon.co.uk

    Shoreditch High St rail

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    Blitz
  • Topshop

       

    Best for... cheap, on-trend fashion

    36-38 Great Castle Street, W1W 8LG
    www.topshop.com

    Oxford Circus tube

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    Topshop
  • The Shop at Bluebird

         

    Best for... a high-class shopping experience

    350 King’s Rd, SW3 5UU
    www.theshopatbluebird.com

    Sloane Square tube

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    The Shop at Bluebird
  • Dover Street Market

        

    Best for... avant-garde international fashion

    17-18 Dover St, W1S 4LT
    www.doverstreetmarket.com

    Green Park tube

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    Dover Street Market
  • & Other Stories

       

    Best for... edgy fashion at purse-friendly prices

    256-258 Regent St, W1B 3AF
    www.stories.com

    Oxford Circus tube

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    & Other Stories
  • Rough Trade East

       

    Best for... exclusive vinyl releases

    Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
    www.roughtrade.com

    Aldgate East tube

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    Rough Trade East
  • House of Hackney

         

    Best for... bold, printed home accessories and clothing

    131 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JE
    www.houseofhackney.com

    Old St tube

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    House of Hackney
  • Liberty

          

    Best for... eccentric English style and historical prints

    Regent St, W1B 5AH
    www.liberty.co.uk

    Oxford Circus tube

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    Liberty
  • Selfridges

          

    Best for... high fashion from high street to designer under one roof

    400 Oxford St, W1A 1AB
    www.selfridges.com

    Bond St tube

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    Selfridges

Fortnum & Mason

    

Best for... luxury foodie hampers

181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER
www.fortnumandmason.com

Green Park 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

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squitully
squitully

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squitully
squitully

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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.