Shopping in London in an absolute delight. Most people think that they need an extra fat wallet to be able to but something cool in London. However there are plenty of little shops around the city that are affordable and very neat. The top London unique shops sell everything from novelty items to interestingly decorated clothe shops. In smaller cities around the world it can be very difficult finding specialty shops. But in a massive city such as London people will find all sorts of specialty shops that will meet all their specific needs and wants. If it’s a bargain you are looking for, just keep your eyes open and do some research, and we guarantee you will find cheap items in London. But if you have deeper pockets and the will to spend some serious cash, there’s no better place in the world than London. The shops we’ve included on the list are very eclectic. Some specialize in selling cheese from all over the UK, some sell nothing but umbrellas, or naval gear and memorabilia. In a nutshell, everything your heart could desire is available in the glorious city of London.
Anyone who has spent even a brief amount of time on the British Isles knows how important umbrellas are to its culture and everyday life. The umbrellas that James Smith and Sons sells could easily the Rolls Royce of umbrellas in the world. They are of the highest imaginable quality. It first opened in 1830 and is still going strong. It is a really beautiful old London shop that deserves all the praise in the world.
Visiting address: 53 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1BL
The Sunspel brand had a tremendous reputation in the 1800’s by supplying the whole British Empire with undergarments. In the century or so, the brand’s popularity began drastically dropping and diminishing. But the company was in luck, because in 2008 costume designer Lindy Hamming invited this particular shop to make a shirt Daniel Craig’s role in the 007 movie Casino Royale. Ever since then this London shop has been supplying the famous actor with shirts and tighty-whiteys. Clothing items here are on the expensive side.
Visiting address: 40 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1
At first glance this place looks like a nice museum dedicated to the business of cutting hair. In reality it is so much more. In the Guinness Book of Records the Truefitt and Hill is listed as the world’s first barber shop. Today it is probably the best masculine hairdresser and perfumers shops. Here people can buy an amazing shaving set made from silver with a badger brush for roughly 200 quid. It’s a hefty price tag, but for people who take their grooming seriously, it’s nothing.
Visiting address: 71 St. James Street, London, SW1A 7PH
Shoreditch is known to be London’s hipster ground, and the Old Shoreditch Station fits in perfectly with this part of the city. It sells a vast variety of domestic designer clothing. There’s so much to choose from! From tremendously sexy hipster glasses for the ladies, jewelry from a Hackney based firm, and fantastic knitwear from the Electronic Sheep. There’s plenty of things to see and visit in Shoreditch, and this shop deserves a place on the list of the most unique London shops.
Visiting address: 1 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8AA
Cheese anyone? Every single wheel of delightful cheese in this store comes from all different parts of the British Isles. This shop’s first customer (then it was based in Covent Garden) was the actor from Monty Python, John Cleese. Cheese connoisseurs will have an absolute blast trying out all the different flavored dairy products. Eight kilograms of a Colston Bassett Stilton will set you back 120 quid.
Visiting address: 6 Park Street, London, SE1 9AB
On the outside this London store looks like the regular Georgian townhouse most people are accustomed to in London. However once a person steps foot inside, it’s a whole different story. On the inside it is stripped down and resembles a chic industrial space. They offer anything and everything, from books, to jewelry, and fashion. The shop itself is an art installation that is also a very trendy boutique.
Visiting address: 17-18 Dover Street, W1S 4LT
Heard of the expression “Mad as a hatter”? The Bernstock Speirs might not be mad legally, but they are mad about headwear. It’s been specializing in selling hats for almost thirty years. They’ve been selling collections from Emma Cook, Richard Nicoll, and many others. Their customers are some A list celebrities as well, such as Kirsten Dunst, Kylie Minogue, Sharon Stone, Victoria Beckham, and many others.
Visiting address: 234 Brick Lane, London, E2 7EB
If there was ever a bookstore worthy of being mentioned here, then is has to be Society Club. It’s situated in Soho among numerous strip clubs and other such establishments. They have a wide range of books on offer, from first edition signed novels, to raunchy vintage erotica. It’s often visited by writers and artists. Visitors will often see pets resting, sleeping, or running around the store. It’s quirky, slightly naughty, and a lot of fun!
Visiting address: 12 Ingestre Place, Soho, London, W1F 0JF
Also known as the London Architectural Salvage and Supply company. It’s a mouthful, we know. It is situated in a delightful 18th century mansion right across the river Thames, facing the House of Parliament. People who are renovating or refurbishing their homes and want to make it feel vintage and antique, simply have to visit the LASSCo.
Visiting address: Brunswick House, 30 Wandsworth Rd., London, SW8
Jewelry should be fun and colorful, and this is what the fabulous people from Tatty Devine strive to do. All of their merchandise is made in Britain and they are very proud of this fact. Their store on Brick Lane first opened its doors in 2011 and it is the company’s first original London shop. We suggest the ladies to check out their website, or if they can, visit their shop where they can browse through their wonderful collections.
Visiting address: 236 Brick Lane, London, E2 7EB