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  • 1. Benjamin Pollock's Toyshop

    Covent Garden | Toys

    This landmark shop still carries on the tradition of its founder, who sold miniature theater stages made from richly detailed paper from the...Read More

  • 2. Berry Bros. & Rudd

    St. James's | Wine/Spirits

    Nothing matches Berry Bros. & Rudd for rare offerings and a unique shopping experience. A family-run wine business since 1698 (Lord Byron...Read More

  • 3. Blue Mountain School

    Shoreditch | Clothing

    It's hard to think of somewhere more East London than Blue Mountain School, a building that comprises a fashion, furniture, and accessories...Read More

  • 4. Books for Cooks

    Notting Hill | Books/Stationery

    It may seem odd to describe a bookshop as delicious-smelling, but on several days you can't but notice the aromas wafting out of the tiny café...Read More

  • 5. Broadway Market

    Hackney | Shopping Neighborhoods

    This parade of shops in hipster-centric Hackney (north of Regent's Canal) is worth visiting for the specialty bookshops, independent boutiques...Read More

  • 6. Columbia Road Flower Market

    Hoxton | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    London's premier flower market is about as pretty and photogenic as they come, with more than 50 stalls selling flowers, shrubs, bulbs, and...Read More

  • 7. Cundall & Garcia

    Spitalfields | Food/Candy

    All of the traditional or retro foodstuffs here—such as jars of locally produced honey, relish, or even "Mother's Ruin" gin—are British-made...Read More

  • 8. Daunt Books

    Marylebone | Books/Stationery

    An independent bookstore chain (there are additional branches in Belsize Park, Chelsea, Hampstead, Holland Park, and Cheapside), Daunt favors...Read More

  • 9. Fenwick

    Mayfair | Department Stores

    A manageably sized department store, Fenwick is a welcome haven of affordability in a shopping area where stratospheric prices are the norm...Read More

  • 10. Fortnum & Mason

    St. James's | Department Stores

    Although F&M is jokingly known as "the Queen's grocer" and the impeccably mannered staff still wear traditional tailcoats, its celebrated...Read More

  • 11. Foyles

    Soho | Books/Stationery

    Founded in 1903 by the Foyle brothers after they failed the Civil Service exams, this family-owned bookstore is in a 1930s art deco building...Read More

  • 12. Hatchards

    St. James's | Books/Stationery

    This is the United Kingdom's oldest bookshop, open since 1797 and beloved by writers themselves—customers have included Oscar Wilde, Rudyard...Read More

  • 13. Heywood Hill

    Mayfair | Books/Stationery

    Open since 1936, this is considered by some to be the best small bookstore in the English-speaking world—John Le Carré, who set a scene in ...Read More

  • 14. James Smith & Sons Ltd.

    Bloomsbury | Jewelry/Accessories

    This has to be the world's ultimate umbrella shop (it is definitely Europe's oldest), and a must for anyone interested in real Victorian London...Read More

  • 15. Liberty

    Soho | Department Stores

    The wonderful black-and-white mock-Tudor facade, created from the timbers of two Royal Navy ships, reflects this store's origins in the late...Read More

  • 16. Lock & Co. Hatters

    St. James's | Specialty Stores

    Need a silk top hat, a flat-weave Panama, or a traditional tweed flat cap? Or, for ladies, an occasion hat? James Lock of St. James's has been...Read More

  • 17. Manolo Blahnik

    Chelsea | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Blink and you'll miss the discreet sign that marks fashionista footwear central. Blahnik, the man who single-handedly managed to revive the...Read More

  • 18. Paul Smith

    Covent Garden | Clothing

    British classics with an irreverent twist define Paul Smith's collections for women, men, and children. Beautifully tailored suits for men and...Read More

  • 19. Persephone Books

    Bloomsbury | Books/Stationery

    A must for all lovers of fiction and nonfiction by women writers, Persephone is a gem of a bookshop specializing in its own reprints of mostly...Read More

  • 20. Peter Jones

    Chelsea | Department Stores

    This tasteful department store has been a beloved local institution since it opened in 1937, and the poet John Betjeman remarked that come the...Read More

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