Disneyrollergirl’s picks for Time Out’s Best 100 shops in London

Choosing my favourite shops for Time Out’s 100 Best Shops In London list wasn’t difficult. I’m not a big online shopper because I prefer to make really considered purchases and I find the whole store ambience and experience adds to the value of what I’m buying. My top five stores are the ones I visit on a regular basis, not just to buy, but also to ‘keep my eye in’ and research what’s out there.

THE SHOP AT BLUEBIRD, 350 King’s Road, London, SW3 5UU

‘It’s curated and merchandised in a way that lets you discover lovely new things on every visit. Plus the staff members are knowledgeable and helpful without hovering around you and getting under your feet.’

COUVERTURE & THE GARBSTORE, 188 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2ES

‘It has a great mix of international labels that tend to be quietly interesting and under the radar. The womenswear is quite expensive but the buy isn’t your average fashiony fare so you tend to get things that you’ll wear over a period of time as you can’t put a date on it.’

HARVEY NICHOLS, 109-125 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ

‘It has a magnetic pull that drags me to its fourth floor for all those cool Brit labels and then to the fifth floor for rocket salad and chips.’

CLAIRE DE ROUEN BOOKS, 121-125 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EW

‘There aren’t many fashion bookshops left in London. This one is really browse-friendly and a fantastic place for gifts and new discoveries of photography books. Plus, it has the best window displays.’

LABOUR & WAIT, 85 Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ

‘It’s one of those shops full of things you didn’t know you needed, such as almond-scented glue and balls of twine.’

If you fancy checking out The Shop at Bluebird, make sure you hunt out Dagmar’s AW11 collection that has just arrived. Also, I’ve just been told that December will see a special installation from House of Hackney. The Shop At Bluebird’s wonderful merchandising is a huge part of its appeal so I’ll definitely be making that visit (not that I need much encouragement).

I also discovered Umit & Son and Little Paris in the Top 100. Umit & Son is a shop that specialises in old school cinefilm while Little Paris looks like Francophile heaven…

Here’s the complete Time Out 100 Best Shops In London list, as chosen by fashion insiders and design experts like Sharmadean Reid, Deyan Sudjic (love his list) and Stephen Jones. Being the nosy parker I am, I’d love to know your favourite London shops. Let me know in the comments…

[Harvey Nichols image/Fashion Foie Gras]

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2 Responses to Disneyrollergirl’s picks for Time Out’s Best 100 shops in London

  1. Sam H says:

    I happened to randomly stumble across Labour & Wait last week.

    The surrounding area is particularly ‘arty’ with a few shops/galleries (some of which made me feel a little uncomfortable) but it’s that charm that makes this shop what it is

    Going back this Thursday with some money.

  2. Hands down Selfridges for their beauty hall! It’s like my one stop shop for all the makeup goodness a girl could want!

    I spend countless hours in that store browsing through all the makeup offerings, splurging on them (sometimes you just can’t help it) and trying to get as many samples as possible to try out and blog about!!

    The only annoying thing about Selfridges is that the Mac counter doesn’t take the PRO discount so a close second on my list is:

    The Westfield Shopping Centre in White City (or does that not count because it’s not one shop?)

    I’m always at the MAC store in there and House of Fraser beauty department in there isn’t half shabby.

    Plus it has everything from Massimo Dutti to Banana Republic without having to walk miles in central London trying to get from one store to another.

    Also, the designer village is excellent for imaginary shopping and drooling over Dior shoes and Debeers diamonds!


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