Islington's shops boast vintage finds, design icons and quirky one-offs aplenty. For antiques and second-hand treasures, head to tucked-away Camden Passage, where you can rummage through a kaleidoscope of colours in yarn mecca Loop or browse reimagined retro classics in interiors boutique Smug. Meanwhile, nearby Diverse has long been a haunt of the fashion-forward. Check out our guide to the best shops in N1.
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Annie Moss’s shop was the obvious choice for providing dresses for the 1980s Brideshead Revisited TV series. Knockout flapper dresses are the speciality.
This tiny interiors shop may not have a huge range, but what it lacks in quantity is more than made up for in quality.
This drop-in hair bar on a cosy Islington back street with have you washed, blow-dried and out on the street looking fabulous in just 30 minutes.
Islington stalwart Diverse does a fine job of keeping N1’s style queens in fashion-forward mode, with cool clobber, a chic layout and striking window displays.
Far less hidden away since its move from Cross Street to Camden Passage in June 2010, Loop is a joy to browse.
Venue says Yak yarns from the Tibetan Plateau are now in at Loop. Baby yak, hand-dyed cashmere and silk, as well as great pattern support in the shop!
Graphic designer Lizzie Evans has decked out this new lifestyle boutique with all her favourite things; the result is a space that’s a labour of love as well as a canny commercial move.
New and vintage design meet in this design store beloved of, and frequented by, Islington’s substantial coterie of architects, designers and other assorted trendies.
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