Holborn shops

Find the best independent shops in Holborn

If you think Holborn is all about a day in the office and a commute home, think again. Holborn has many wonderful independent shops to help you pass the time. Dash to Magma to grab a gift at lunchtime, have a walking stick hand-crafted for you at James Smith & Sons, or simply pick up some groceries at The People's Supermarket. If you'd rather be pampered, head over to the Spa at Chancery Court.

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Where to shop in Holborn

  • Classic Camera

    Electronics: Specialist electronics, 2 Pied Bull Yard, off Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JR

    This isn't the place for anyone on a tight budget, since 90 per cent of the stock is Leica, and they don't come cheap - we're talking £3,000 plus for a camera. The rest of the stock...
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  • The People's Supermarket

    Supermarket, 72-78 Lamb's Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3LP

    We've followed the slow and steady success of The People's Supermarket, a carrot-packed co-operative outlet in Bloomsbury. Fighting off Tesco for a site in one of London's most...
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  • Magma

    Art & design: Books, DVDs, toys and more, 117-119 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1R 5BY

    If it's a visual medium or phenomena, this art and design specialist has got a book on it. Magazines, DVDs, trendy toys, T-shirts, toy and pin-hole cameras and a series of commissioned...
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  • Jarndyce

    Books: Used & antiquarian, 46 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3PA

    In Dickens's Bleak House Jarndyce and Jarndyce was the law case that consumed all the money the litigants were fighting over. In contrast, the stock in this charming bookshop...
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  • James Smith & Sons

    Specialist: Umbrellas, 53 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1BL

    James Smith & Sons is one of the most visually striking of London's traditional shops. In the niche market of superior quality umbrellas, the store is unrivalled thanks to its lovingly...
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  • Bikefix

    Specialist: Cycling, Lamb's Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3LJ

    If you're looking for a machine that'll make fellow cyclists stop and stare, or need a three-wheeler to take your ice-cream business into the parks, head for Bikefix. The fantastically...
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  • Old Curiosity Shop

    Fashion accessories: Shoes, 13-14 Portsmouth Street, London, WC2A 2ES

    Built around 1567, this building can justifiably lay claim to being the oldest shop premises in central London - though whether it actually inspired the Charles Dickens novel of the same...
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  • York Cameras

    Electronics: Specialist electronics, 18 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL

    Staffed by a team of seasoned experts, each of whom is a dedicated photographer too, York Cameras is a Canon Pro Centre, and stocks an impressive selection of both new...
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Spas and salons in Holborn

  • Aveda Institute

    High Holborn, London, WC1V 7AA

    For those who care about what is going into and on to their bodies, the Aveda Institute on High Holborn is hard to beat. One of the orginal purveyo...

  • Spa at Chancery Court

    Chancery Court Hotel, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN

    This friendly, subterranean, luxury spa is all dark wood and limestone, scented candles and hushed tones - punctuated by the post-treatment guests ...

  • Brooks and Brooks

    Sicilian Avenue, London, WC1A 2QH

    Brooks and Brooks is a multi-award-winning salon in Bloomsbury (three times London Hairdresser of the Year, for starters). It's good value in gener...