Cold, corporate Canary Wharf could be picked up and plonked in any major city in the world, and it wouldn’t look out of place. It bustles with businessmen and bankers from Monday to Friday, but come the weekend an almost calm (it is after all still London) descends and that makes it a brilliant place to go shopping. Here’s our pick of the best shops in Canary Wharf.
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The ten best shops in Canary Wharf
Occupying the space between contemporary and classic, Whistles makes clothes that’ll be in your wardrobe until they wear out. The best part about its Canary Wharf outpost is not just that it houses a great selection you may not find in other stores, but you can scope it all out in peace at the weekend.
The Canary Wharf branch of this cult skincare brand definitely adds a hint of East Village to East London. Maintaining its New York flagship pharmaceutical-style décor, there’s a contemporary twist of exposed brickwork, marble countertops and cabinets to rifle through. If your skin is looking grey from sitting at the computer for too long, hit up Kiehl’s for a refreshing revival.
With stylish homeware and pretty gifts, Oliver Bonas is the natural habitat of Pinterest addicts. The Oliver Bonas – who knew he was a real human person? – used to bring gifts back for his friends from his travels abroad. He loved it so much that he was inspired to open a shop, which now has 59 branches that are ideal for those ‘oh-no-I-forgot-it-was-her-birthday’ moments.
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We've managed to whittle the list of thousands down to the 100 best shops in London. There's something to please every taste and budget, including a selection of the best department stores, quaint little boutiques, cavernous thrift stores, chic homeware outlets and designer fashion shops.