Londoners favourite shops

Celebs and style insiders give us a few shopping pointers


Beth Ditto
Favourite London shop:
Vivienne Westwood, Bond Street
‘I spend 50 percent of my time there. Shout out to my home girls!’

Brix Smith-Start
TV fashion pundit
Favourite London shop:
Harrods, Knightsbridge.
‘Old-school opulence and decadence mean the products are the finest money can buy and the word “No” has been taken out of existence.’

Chloë Sevigny
Actress and fashion designer
Favourite London shop:
Dover Street Market, Mayfair
‘I love Dover Street Market – it’s where I always get my sunnies. They have the hugest, most expensive range there!’

Danielle Scutt
Fashion designer
Favourite London shop:
Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly
‘It’s impressive that a shop has been in one place for so long. It is as much a tourist attraction as it is a shop.’

Deyan Sudjic
Director of London Design Museum
Favourite London shop:
Design Museum Shop, Shad Thames
‘Before I was a museum director, I was a journalist and I couldn’t stand museum shops. Now, I know better. A museum shop has to work even harder than the rest of the museum to keep engaging visitors.’

Geoffrey J Finch
Creative director, Antipodium and creative design consultant, Topshop
Favourite London shop:
The Goodhood Store, Hoxton
‘In a charming cobbled street by Hoxton Square, proprietors Kyle Stewart and Jo Sindle have created the perfect east London emporium. Their edit of Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons, Opening Ceremony, Bernhard Willhelm, Perks and Mini, Norse Projects (and my brand, Antipodium!) is inspired, witty and eminently wearable. Combine this with a sharp yet unpretentious fit-out, an irresistible selection of accessories, magazines and Malin + Goetz products, easy-on-the-eye staff and rollicking events, and you have a retail environment that sums up everything I love about my ’hood.’

Harriet Vine
Co-founder, Tatty Devine
Favourite London shop:
Beyond Retro, various locations including Shoreditch
‘I don’t buy vintage as much as I used to, but my favourite store is still Beyond Retro. I love its dresses and fancy-dress rail, which often has little gems that find their way into my everyday wardrobe.’

James Frey
Favourite London shop:
Other Criteria, Hinde Street
‘Damien Hirst’s retail shop offers great prints, small paintings and books. I wish there was one in NY.’

Joanna Lumley
Favourite London shop:
Pollock’s Toy Shop, Covent Garden
‘It’s a truly enchanting place. I never come away empty handed.’

Joe and Charlie Casely-Hayford
Fashion designers
Favourite London shop:
James Smith & Sons, New Oxford Street
‘The store has an old-world charm that is captivating and enticing. All the bespoke umbrellas and sticks are built on-site in the basement. The umbrella makers are so highly trained that the store has only hired one new member of staff in the past ten years. Its craftsmanship stands for a real type of luxury that is often overshadowed by larger, so-called “luxury” brands and their fanciful marketing.’

Katie Eary
Fashion designer
Favourite London shop:
Browns Focus, South Molton Street
‘I’ve chosen this shop because the buyer has the best taste and everything stocked is exclusive.’

Manolo Blahnik
Fashion designer
Favourite London shop:
Liberty, Regent Street
‘Liberty is good for unusual items and Harrods is good for finding anything. And groceries.’

Matthew Williamson
Fashion designer
Favourite London shop:
LN-CC, Dalston
‘A great concept store designed by set designer Gary Card. I love the interesting mix of Japanese and British brands with quirky installation pieces.’

Sasha Wilkins
Lifestyle blogger
Favourite London shop:
Daunt Books, various locations including Marylebone
‘Their edit is so good that I always find the best and most interesting books there.’

Steve Lazarides
Favourite London shop:
Foyles, Charing Cross Road
‘This is my sanctuary – I have spent way too much money there over the years.’

Yasmin Sewell
Fashion consultant
Favourite London shop:
Acne Studio, Dover Street, Mayfair
‘Acne Studio is a beautifully designed store with even more beautifully designed clothes – it really doesn’t get any better.’

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