While most of Spitalfields Market’s units are being snapped up by global brands, this exceedingly tasteful new boutique is an example of independent retail at its best. The shop is designed to be airy, soft and welcoming rather than stark and modern (there’s even a well-behaved shop dog called Robert), and rails are filled with wearable, affordable labels from all over Europe. Owner Debra McCann is adept at selecting the best bits from their ranges and, on our last visit, that meant broderie blouses from Pyrus, lace dresses from Bolongaro Trevor and silk tops from Danish designer Second Female. Some bits stretch to £180, but most things you pick up are suprisingly good value, with tops ranging from £30-£70. Bargain seekers should also peruse the permanent sale rail.
The Mercantile London is number 27 in our list of the 100 best shops in London.