Our Favourite Places to Buy a Present in London

Thu, 6 December 2018

We’ve curated a selection of the best independent shops in London to help you find something unique, thoughtful and undeniably “them” (we mean you).

Goop Notting Hill

Knowing its demographic all too well, the latest addition to Westbourne Grove is in good company, plotted alongside 202, Bodyism, Daylesford and others of that ilk. Scan a chic edit of key sartorial items – from cashmere knits to double-breasted coats – and homewares, plus jewellery by designers including Fernando Jorge and Ariel Gordon.

18montrose Kings Cross

Located on Granary Square, 18montrose boasts a collection of garb that can contend with its uber cool neighbours at Central Saint Martins. Stocking Stone Island, Maison Margiela and Rick Owens, you’re likely leave here better dressed than you came. Yeezys are mandatory.

Alex Eagle Soho

Shop a finely honed edit of fashion, furniture, art, design, photography, ceramics and rare books, all hand selected by creative director Alex Eagle. From ceramic plates to pleated skirts, homeopathy to VEJA sneakers, you’ll be glad you diverted to Lexington Street.

8 Holland Street Kensington

A new gallery space from designer Tobias Vernon and curator Rowena Morgan-Cox showcasing carefully selected 20th-century British artwork, European vintage furniture and studio pottery, Scandinavian and Moroccan textiles. Phew. Survey objects from across the globe, contemporary design and inspirational reference books; a great spot for bibliophiles and hobbyists.

House of Hackney Shoreditch

Wade your way through a mix of iconic interiors, unique fashions and must-have accessories at House of Hackney. Whether in search of bespoke furniture or looking to treat yourself to a pair luxe pajamas, this East London mainstay caters to all (in every bold print and exotic pattern imaginable.)

Alfie’s Antique Market Marylebone

As the largest antique arcade in the country, Alfie’s Antique Market is a treasure trove of retro goods and rare antiques, modernist furniture and costume jewellery. Pace yourself: 100 antique dealers trade under one Egyptian-style art deco roof.

Modern Society Shoreditch

Shop Modern Society’s eponymous unisex label, which focuses on quality, wearability and modern simplicity. Simultaneously scour more notable brands including Rejina Pyo and Chimi Eyewear before recharging over a flat white at the front of the store and watch the foot traffic on Redchurch Street go by.

Casely-Hayford Shop Marylebone

This tailoring hotspot is strategically situated right next to Chiltern Firehouse for a post-brunch consultation with your clothier. Founded by father and son duo, Joe and Charlie, Casely-Hayford’s new store emphasises timeless tailoring, with a brand-new women’s collection offering both ready-to-wear and bespoke designs in delicious velvets, silks and crêpes.

Persephone Books Holborn

Reprinting neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-20th century (mostly) female writers, the shelves at Persephone Books are stocked high with intelligent, thought-provoking and beautifully written prose. Neither too literary nor too commercial, pick up any number of titles from diaries and memoirs to cookery books.

Grace and Thorn Hackney

From Terrarium Tuesdays to The Don Bouquet and everything in-between, spend hours scouring through the best pots and plants at Grace and Thorn to help you green up your gaff. Leave with a cactus (or multiple cacti) and a kitsch animal-shaped pot by Quail to match.

Pentreath & Hall Holborn

Founded by Ben (an architectural and interior designer) and Bridie (a decorative artist and maker), Pentreath & Hall is a go-to destination for those seeking beautiful, unusual and decorative things for their home. From Venetian wrapping paper to colourful beeswax candles and alphabet brush pots, here you’ll find everything you never knew you needed.

Labour & Wait Shoreditch

Seeking out specialist makers from around the world, many of whom manufacture their goods in the traditional way and to their original designs, Labour & Wait offer an evolving range of timeless, functional products for everyday life. From household items and stationery to great gifting ideas (Tabasco chocolate anyone?), we defy you to leave here empty handed.

Summerill & Bishop Holland Park

Founded by June Summerill and Bernadette Bishop, Summerill & Bishop first opened its doors on 18 May, 1994 in Holland Park, and has remained on the same quiet, leafy corner of Clarendon Cross ever since. A kitchen and tableware shop, this is a great spot to pick up something for your mum. Note: the tablecloths here are the main event.



Alex Eagle

8 Holland Street

House of Hackney

Alfie’s Antique Market

Modern Society

Casely-Hayford Shop

Persephone Books

Grace and Thorn

Pentreath & Hall

Labour & Wait

Summerill & Bishop

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